We are looking for an experienced groundwater / Hydrogeologist professional for an exciting opportunity in our San Dimas, CA office.  But who is Wood Rodgers and why is this an exciting opportunity?

Wood Rodgers is a +/- 300-person engineering firm based in Sacramento with offices spread throughout CA and NV.  We are incredibly diverse for a firm our size; with 11 disciplines, 25 departments, and a strong balance between public and private work. We have the resources of much larger firms, while being able to provide strong career growth and entrepreneurial advancement.  Not to mention great pay, very fun company culture, excellent benefits, and continuous reinvestment in our employees.  We are creative problem solvers that ask “why not?” instead of saying “that’s just the way it is.”

Why this opportunity?

Our San Dimas office is smaller, but growing strongly with very interesting projects.  We are looking to bring in someone at an Associate level.  This means you will be able to hit the ground running with the next career step as a Principal / Partner level.  You will not need to work decades with us to gain ownership status.  If you feel stuck in your career growth, we are the right place to call home.  

Our hydrogeologic team centers its work around developing an understanding of groundwater basins to support our municipal clients.  Our projects focus on implementing a wide array of water supply projects for municipal clients, including designing and constructing new high-capacity municipal supply wells; evaluating and assessing existing municipal supply wells; and designing and implementing well rehabilitation programs to return municipal supply wells to service.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Further the understanding of our groundwater resources with the goal of sustainable use and to do no harm.
  • Work with a diverse group of internal and external clients.
  • Working on projects primarily in Southern California, with opportunity to work in Central and Northern California
  • Manage and coordinate technical expertise on the development of groundwater resource projects for a wide variety of clients in the municipal and commercial sectors
  • Assist in management of multiple projects within the client’s scope, budget, and schedule
  • Assist with preparation of technical proposals, including project scope of work, budgets and schedule
  • Assist with business development to increase department revenue and market share
  • Maintain client relationships to generate additional revenue
  • Assist in the planning of field work, including drilling, well construction, well testing and sampling
  • Performing field activities that may require extended travel/duration, to characterize sites throughout Southern California (and opportunities in Central and Northern California)
  • Assist with the design and construction of municipal supply wells, including:
    • Preparing municipal well designs, per the objectives of clients and requirements of DWR, DDW, and AWWA
    • Preparing technical plans and specifications for the drilling, construction, and testing of production wells
    • Interpreting geophysical logs to characterize subsurface conditions,
    • Designing and installation of groundwater monitoring wells,
    • Coordinate and oversee subcontractors and drilling crews Design and implement well tests to document production well capacity and water quality
  • Evaluate and provide condition assessments of existing municipal supply wells
  • Analyze changes in pumping water levels, sand production, and electrical consumption to evaluate the health of a well and pumping equipment
  • Prepare well rehabilitation and modification programs to restore well capacity and/or improve water quality
  • Managing projects with staff, contractors, and clients.
    • Performing meetings and preparing agendas and minutes
    • Reviewing contractor and consultants contract budgets
    • Scheduling and communicating with staff
  • Perform geologic and hydrogeologic studies, including managing field work, and other hydrogeologic and geologic tasks throughout California to prepare:
    • Well designs;
    • Well siting studies;
    • Groundwater basin studies;
    • Groundwater movement (hydrographs and contours); and
    • Conduct geologic and hydrogeologic research
  • Take responsibility for data analysis, report writing, groundwater sampling plans, and sub-contractor coordination
  • Oversee the preparation of geologic and hydrogeologic cross-sections to support groundwater resource protection/development
  • Overall client interaction, including presentations and meetings

The Ante

  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or Earth Science (Master’s Degree a plus)
  • Licensed in California as a Professional Geologist (PG)
  • 10 years related experience and increasing responsibility in hydrogeologic consulting with a successful track record of data analysis, report preparation, generation of exhibits and figures to relay geologic data, preparing meeting agendas and minutes, and coordination with clients and contractors.
  • Familiarity with southern California geology and hydrogeology.
  • Familiarity with drinking water regulations.
  • Experience and knowledge of municipal water well design, drilling methods, construction, and testing

What it takes

  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • 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
  • Strong understanding of municipal supply well design, and State and local regulations

Things We’d Like to See

  • Master’s Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or Earth Sciences
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Esri ArcGIS
  • Professional California Certification as a Hydrogeologist

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