Principal Hydrogeologist
Santa Barbara, CA  / Davis, CA  / Fresno, CA  / Long Beach, CA  / Los Angeles, CA  / Oakland, CA  / Ontario, CA  / Costa Mesa, CA  / Pasadena, CA  / Rancho Cordova, CA  / San Diego, CA  / Walnut Creek, CA ...View All
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Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Geosyntec is seeking a Principal Hydrogeologist for any of our offices in California to support and continue to grow our existing Hydrogeologic and Water Resources Sector Practice. At Geosyntec, folks thrive if they embody an entrepreneurial attitude and enthusiasm for supporting business development and/or demonstrate technical expertise to solve our clients most complex problems. This position will support existing clients water resources clients, and the creation and implementation of new strategies by providing strategic solutions to our clients' most complex water resources problems.

Ranked by ENR in the top 20 design firms for the environment, Geosyntec is internationally known for its technical leadership, broad experience, and exceptional client service, our clients ask us to address their new ventures and most challenging problems involving the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.


  • Business development, and technical lead for water resource projects related to water supply, groundwater recharge, water conveyance and water storage, environmental impact assessments, regulatory analysis and permitting, and compliance solutions.
  • Maintain high visibility in the marketplace through regular client contact, participation in client-based professional organizations, and/or attendance and presentations at water resource related industry events.
  • Technical leader for water resource regulatory matters and analysis driven by federal, state, and local regulations, including evolving Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) regulations, California and western states sustainability goals and objectives, water resiliency goals and objectives, and associated reporting programs.
  • Provide hydrogeologic technical expertise or expert witness testimony for water resources topics, in support of litigation projects.
  • Provide consulting services for permitting and state-level pre-construction and operating permits, and impact assessments for water resource related projects.
  • Oversee the scoping or conducting water resource and recharge evaluations.
  • Manage projects and staff, including providing technical leadership and oversight, risk management, and mentorship to early and mid-career professionals.
  • Work closely with staff in other offices.
  • Assist in recruiting and training additional staff.
  • Serve in a leadership role for the company culture and values across the organization.

Collaboration and mentorship of early and mid-career team members are cornerstones of Geosyntec's culture. We operate under a sell-manage-do culture, and so we expect you to work on challenging technical projects while leveraging your existing knowledge and experience to help Geosyntec expand its current practices and capabilities through business development and client management. You may also be asked to take on project management responsibilities, along with staff management and mentoring tasks.

Here are some other things you should know about this position:

  • Training: We offer professional development training including technical conferences, in-house seminars, effective communication and management sessions, technical webinars, and a robust mentoring program. These programs allow our professionals to build the technical and business skills necessary to become successful consultants at Geosyntec.
  • Fieldwork: Typically, less than 10%, primarily limited to client meetings and site visits.
  • Overnight travel: Typically, approximately 10%.

Your success is our success. We encourage our professionals to continually develop their interests and skills. Advancement is based on an individual's own performance and initiative to drive their skills and career forward, in the ever-evolving water resources and environmental landscape.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Geology or Hydrogeology. (required)
  • Advanced degree in Geology or Hydrogeology. (preferred)
  • Professional Hydrogeologist registration (i.e., C.HG in CA). (required)


  • At least 10 years (12+ preferred) of water resource planning, assessment, permitting, and water supply assessment experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. (required)
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with California water regulations. (required)
  • Valid U.S. driver's license and a satisfactory driving record for business travel (required).
  • Regional visibility through involvement in professional associations or trade organizations. (preferred)


Geosyntec strives to hire and retain the best and brightest people in their fields. We look for exceptional interpersonal skills, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities, plus a passion for technical excellence and quality. We seek individuals with leadership potential, a commitment to lifelong learning and growth, and the desire to build a long and rewarding career with our growing firm.

Geosyntec is a great place to build a career. If you're looking for an exciting place to work, a place with challenging and rewarding projects, and a place that has been nationally recognized for its employees' quality of life, technical expertise, and business success, then Geosyntec may be the place for you. You can learn more about careers and employment at Geosyntec by visiting

We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive benefits package. Learn more by visiting

Below are the potential compensation ranges that we in good faith believe are applicable for this role at the time of this posting and are only applicable for jobs to be performed in the specified California locations below. The typical base salary range for this position is just one component of Geosyntec's total compensation package for employees. Actual compensation will be determined based on education, experience, skill set and location.

  • Minimum Salary: $108,485 / Maximum Salary: $174,830 (Fresno)
  • Minimum Salary: $113,910 / Maximum Salary: $183,575 (Ontario)
  • Minimum Salary: $119,335 / Maximum Salary: $192,320 (Davis, Long Beach, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara)
  • Minimum Salary: $124,760 / Maximum Salary: $201,060 (Costa Mesa, Pasadena, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, Oakland)

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal paid time off, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, 401(k), and other benefits to eligible employees.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer including minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10 to 12 years
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