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Hydrogeologist (California)

Woodard & Curran is a national engineering, science, and operations firm with a simple vision for clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. As an employee-owned company, we strive to cultivate diverse teams and encourage collaboration in an equitable and inclusive culture. We seek talented individuals from all backgrounds to help us address a broad range of water and environmental issues. We prioritize our people, offering opportunities for professional growth, ownership, and flexibility. That’s how we make a difference to our clients, people, and the planet.

What’s in it for you:

We are looking for a motivated scientist/engineer to join our Water Service Line, preferably in the Sacramento or Walnut Creek office. If you want to expand your career and expand your skills while working alongside talented experts, then this is the opportunity for you! You will be involved with project work from your first day, working side-by-side with experienced engineers, technical specialists, and scientists to help clients address their water and environmental challenges. Exercise your creativity and problem-solving skills in a supportive environment where every perspective is valued. We are a mission-driven organization that puts our people first, with a culture that focuses on providing meaningful work, engaging challenges, recognition, and reward.

Location: Sacramento or Walnut Creek

Travel: Yes, for projects primarily in California

Who are we looking for:

The individual in this position will assist with scientific/engineering tasks for water resources and environmental remediation projects and gain the experience that will support application for professional licenses. Position responsibilities will include data collection, data management/tracking, interpretation, and reporting. Tasks would include a mix of field and office work. Field work would include conducting field investigations, drilling oversight, soil sampling, monitoring well and production well construction, well development, aquifer testing, instrumentation, groundwater sampling, well rehabilitation, well destruction, implementing pilot tests, remedial system construction oversight, and other related activities. Office work would include developing work plans, site-specific health and safety plans, analyzing data, website searches, GIS and other software programs, preparing technical reports, and preparing regulatory-required documents. The role would involve the selection, coordination, and management of subcontractors, cost estimating, and management of the scope, schedule, and budget for various project tasks. Report writing and interaction with project staff, clients, and regulatory agencies will also play an important role in the candidate’s success.

Candidate should be a self-starter with strong technical and writing skills and possess a desire for on-site fieldwork to support a wide range of science and engineering projects. Candidates must also have excellent verbal communication skills combined with leadership and mentorship ability, a positive attitude, and the ability to work both independently and within teams.

What will you need to succeed?

  • 1-3 years experience in the environmental consulting industry or California regulatory agency.
  • BS in hydrogeology, geology, civil/environmental engineering, environmental science, or related discipline, MS preferred.
  • 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER training is a plus, but we will train.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing state and federal regulatory programs.
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and ArcGIS, and familiarity with database software.

  • Benefits & Wellbeing

    Retirement Savings:

    • 401(k) Pre-tax or Roth Contributions: Company will match equal to 100% of the first 3% of salary contributed, All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan and are 100% vested in the value of own contributions and any employer matching contributions.

    Time away from work:

    • Vacation time is provided to full and part-time regular employees. Vacation is accrued, based on number of hours worked per week as well as prior years of experience.

    • Woodard & Curran offers paid sick time to eligible employees who are absent due to their own non-work related, illness, injury, or medical procedure.

    • Woodard & Curran provides up to 80 hours of Paid Parental Leave for child bonding in a 12-month period.

    • Company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance from Sun Life to assist with replacing a portion of your income in the event of non-job-related illness or injury. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled and eligible immediately.

    Coverage and support for your needs and wellbeing:

    Personal and Family health: Company offers three medical plan options based on geography; plus HSA and PSA plans are available based on eligibility, additional options include dental and vision plans.

    Company provides basic employee group life insurance and AD&D benefits; additional voluntary life insurance for employee and family are available through Sun Life.

    WayForward powered by Dario: EAP Program combined with personalized mental health and wellbeing coaching.

    LiveWell wellbeing program: credit incentive is available, up to $600 annually – nutrition and fitness reimbursement, and access to the Virgin Pulse wellness platform.

    Education: Tuition assistance offers eligible employees up to 100% reimbursement of tuition, books and fees up to $5250 per year, for courses related to the employee’s job or planned career development.

    Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

    Woodard & Curran is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to ensuring our employment practices are non-discriminatory and based solely on job-related factors. To read our entire Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement, click here. To view the Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal poster and supplement, click here.

    If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to apply, please contact Beth Sweitzer.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    We value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

    Woodard & Curran believes that complex teams working together in an equitable, inclusive space provides the best opportunity for achieving our vision of clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. Our success is tied to a culture that embraces our differences so that everyone can bring their whole, authentic selves to work. When our people are supported to reach their full potential, we provide the most innovative, sound, and effective solutions.


    This position’s anticipated pay range is provided above; final exempt salary or non-exempt hourly pay will be dependent on experience level as well as considering a % based geographic differential based on where the final candidate will be working. Geographic differentials are used to recognize and reflect cost of labor differences between geographic markets.

    Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity:

    Eligible positions may receive an annual cash bonus based on the role’s organizational level, and is represented as a percentage range of eligible earnings.

    Salary Range: $65,000 - $80,000

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