Principal Hydrogeologist

Job Locations US-CA-Gold River


CEC is growing and we have an excellent opportunity to hire a Principal Hydrogeologist working in either our Sacramento or San Diego offices. As a Principal with CEC, you will assist in expanding our services to private and public sector clients in a wide range of markets including manufacturing, mining, real estate, solid waste, and power.  You will be responsible for developing new business, managing existing client relationships, permitting projects through the CA Regional Water Quality Control Board, managing projects, mentoring junior staff, and making hiring recommendations. 


You’ll also direct and manage projects involving field studies,  groundwater, surface water, soil, and air sampling; environmental site assessments; regulatory permitting; hazardous waste site characterization and conceptual remediation report preparation, and budget management.  Projects may include solid waste hydrogeologic investigations, landfill monitoring, landfill assessments; monitoring well design and sampling; environmental assessments including Phase I/II site assessments; and Brownfields assessments and plans.


  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology or related field;
  • Professional Geologist licensure in CA required;
  • Certified Hydrogeologist and/or Certified Engineering Geologist preferred;
  • 15+ years’ plus experience;
  • Established relationships with CA Reqional Water Quality Control Board and CalRecycle;
  • Experience with CA Code of Regulations;
  • Experience with the site assessment/surface investigation process including drilling and environmental media sampling techniques and procedures, data interpretation and evaluation, and the preparation of geologic boring logs, geologic cross-sections and groundwater contour maps and iso-concentration maps;
  • Competence in conducting statistical analyses using Sanitas or DumpStat, interpreting hydrogeologic data, and analyzing trends;
  • Experience in writing and negotiating Waste Discharge Requirements, Sampling and Analysis Plans, and preparing Monitoring and Reporting Programs;
  • Competence in establishing Water Quality Protection Standards and Establishing Background Limits;
  • Experience working around active landfill and/or industrial property operations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, positive attitude, and ability to work both independently and within groups;
  • Proficiency in data management practices. Candidate should have competence and aptitude for sound data management practices related to long-term compliance monitoring programs; and
  • Valid driver’s license with clean history.

About Us

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) is consistently ranked as an Engineering News-Record Top 200 Design Firm, offering big firm opportunities with a small firm culture.  Not only will we help you develop professionally, but we will also provide you with the opportunity to become an owner of the firm and share in our success.  You will work on diverse projects while providing high quality service to our clients. 


In addition to offering company stock at all levels, we provide a matching 401(k), profit sharing, a performance bonus for all employees, medical dental and vision insurance, short and long term disability and tuition assistance.  Join our team where your contribution matters.


CEC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status), national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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