If you’re a geologist, then we know that you like to dig, get dirty, and be out in the field. A hard hat is part of your work attire and you wear it proudly. You are an investigative individual that is intellectual, introspective, and inquisitive with a high dose of curiosity. Methodical, rational, analytical and logical are words your friends use to describe you. Am I right?
If you are serious, dedicated and driven to uncover new and exciting solutions, then Wood Rodgers is for you. Our work centers around developing an understanding of groundwater basins to support drinking water supplies and sustainable agricultural practices. Our projects focus on implementing a wide-array of water supply projects that range from site-specific projects to county-wide scientific assessments.
We bring new ways of solving old problems. We are inventors, we ask ‘why not?’ and we challenge convention.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Working as part of a dynamic team, you will further the understanding of our groundwater resources with the goal of sustainable use and to do no harm.
- Perform field activities that may require extended travel/duration, paid overtime hours and night shift work (on occasion) to characterize sites throughout northern and southern California. Field activities may include such tasks as:
- Provide oversight during borehole drilling and prepare descriptions of drill cuttings (we often drill down to depths over 1,000 feet),
- Review and interpret geophysical logs to define the underlying geologic formations
- Inspect the installation of groundwater monitoring wells
- Inspect and document construction of municipal and agricultural supply wells
- Coordination with and provide oversight of subcontractors and drilling crews
- Perform well tests to document production well capacity and collect groundwater samples
- Data collection: depth to groundwater (static and pumping) and water quality
- Analyze changes in pumping water levels, sand production, and electrical consumption to evaluate the health of a well and pumping equipment
- Collect groundwater samples and submit to laboratory for analysis
- Prepare well rehabilitation and modification programs to improve water quality and increase capacity in older wells
- Provide oversight of drilling crews during the implementation of well rehabilitation and/or modification programs
- Perform geologic and hydrogeologic studies throughout California, including field work, and other hydrogeologic and geologic tasks
- Conduct literature searches for appropriate geologic and hydrogeologic
- Review existing databases for groundwater levels, water quality, and well construction
- Compile and process existing data
- Process data and prepare charts to analyze trends in groundwater levels (hydrographs) and water quality
- Take responsibility for data analysis, report writing, groundwater sampling plans, sub-contractor coordination
- Prepare geologic and hydrogeologic cross-sections utilizing geologic and geophysical data
- Provide support for all project phases ranging from proposal to field tasks to report preparation
- Bachelor's degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or Earth Science (Master’s Degree is a plus)
- California Professional Geologist registrations preferred
- 5 to 10 years’ experience in hydrogeologic consulting with a successful track record of data analysis, report preparation, generation of exhibits and figures to relay geologic data, and client satisfaction.
- Previous field experience and knowledge of water well drilling equipment a plus
What it takes
- Highly motivated self-starter
- Driven to obtain licensure as a Certified Hydrogeologist
- The ability to travel and work in an outdoor environment
- An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
Things We’d Like to See
- Master’s Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or Earth Sciences
- Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Esri ArcGIS
- Familiar with California geology and hydrogeology