EBMUD hiring Geotech Materials Technicians

EBMUDNew job listing! East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is looking to hire 1-2 Geotech Materials Technicians.  Apply on their website by December 2nd.

Materials Testing Technician II

The annual salary range for this position is $69,360 – $84,312

Final filing date is 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2016


Reporting to the Materials Testing Supervisor, Materials Testing Technician II’s work in East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Materials Testing Laboratory and are responsible for laboratory and field testing of construction materials including soils, rock, mineral aggregates, asphaltic mixes, concrete, and steel.

Typical duties include:
• Conduct field, plant, and laboratory tests on engineering properties of construction materials such as soils, rock, and concrete, including tests of compressed strength, particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, specific gravity, consolidation, triaxial shear, field density and moisture content, specific gravity, and other properties.
• Conduct subsurface exploration, working with drilling crews, keeping drilling logs, performing soil and rock classifications in the field, and installing and monitoring geotechnical instrumentation.
• Apply laboratory and field test requirements and methodology, then monitor results; evaluate compliance with EBMUD specifications and recommend acceptance or rejection of materials.
• Operate, clean, adjust, install, and maintain instrumentation and equipment.
• Make calculations and reports, and record field and lab results in a computer database.  Continue reading

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Haley & Aldrich looking for a Bay Area CEG

Haley AldrichHaley & Aldrich is a 600-person national engineering and environmental consulting firm with creative, technically strong staff who want to work in a collaborative environment to deliver exceptional value to our clients.  We look for professionals with a passion for solving even the most complex client problems.  This problem solving ability and opportunity to be a change agent is a vital part of our culture, no matter what level or role a staff member holds.

The Real Estate business unit is seeking an experienced Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) as a Senior Technical Specialist to work alongside our Client Leaders and Project Managers to provide technical solutions to project-specific challenges for key clients in the land development, institutions, education, and healthcare industry sectors.  This is a full-time position and will be located in any of our Bay Area offices including Walnut Creek, San Jose, or Oakland, CA.


•Direct a team and perform geologic/hydrogeologic interpretation of data at complex sites

•As a lead technical specialist, evaluate the potential for geologic hazards including earthquakes and earthquake-triggered phenomena, landslides, mudflows, rock falls, rock slides, debris flows, flash floods, and volcanic eruptions.

•Direct the exploration of subsurface conditions and perform geologic hazard identification, analyses, evaluation, and mitigation.

•Direct and supervise technical assignments (both field and office) and manage entire projects or specific elements of projects

•Create detailed, scientific, and technical reports for submittal to CA state regulatory entities for review and approval.

•Perform business development and marketing activities as needed with Associate/Principal level staff to capture new clients for Haley & Aldrich

•Participate in business development pursuits and assist in preparation of proposals

•Understand and apply company, client, and site Health and Safety standards

•Serve as coach and mentor to other lower career level technical staff


•B.S. in geological engineering, structural geology, engineering geology or related discipline.  M.S. strongly preferred.

•10+ years of relevant experience working with clients in land development, institutions, education, and healthcare industry sectors.  Experience in a professional consulting environment highly desired.

• Professional registration:  CA Professional Geologist (PG) and CA Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG).

• Expertise and broad-based knowledge of applied geosciences that includes engineering geology, seismic evaluation and mitigation, groundwater, hydrology, and strong understanding of the laws and regulations for construction and development in seismically active areas of California.

• Must have experience in Northern California, including the Bay Area, performing fault trench studies and landslide evaluations, including mitigating and producing repair plans.

• Working knowledge and experience preparing supporting engineering geology and seismology reports required under California Geological Survey (CGS) Note 48 requirements and checklist review process.

• Experience with geohydrology or geophysical testing methods are desirable.

•Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines efficiently with a strong attention to detail and work product quality.

•Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams and staff across our West Coast US offices, and other offices nationwide.

Haley & Aldrich engages in challenging environmental, engineering and management projects with clients in the U.S. and internationally. If you enjoy seeing the positive impact of your work and want to grow your skills in a rewarding, collaborative learning environment, we would like to hear from you. With offices nationwide, our shared vision is to integrate technology and human potential to tackle tough issues facing the world. Through teamwork, sharing knowledge and building on experience, we achieve outcomes that benefit our clients and the communities we serve together.

If you are interest in this position, please apply online at:  https://re22.ultipro.com/BRE1001/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*25FB1F6141AC0C50

 Questions about the position?  Please contact Lynn Hoganson at lhoganson@haleyaldrich.com

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October Field Trip – Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project

Join us on Friday, October 21st for a field trip to the Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project in Oakland, California. Undertaken by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), this seismic improvement project consists of cement deep soil mixing, installation of a 35-foot-deep seepage collection system, and upgrades to the existing outlet structure at the dam. Join us for a half-day field trip starting at 9am on Friday, October 21st.  Cost is $45 for members, $20 for students. Capacity is just 10 people, so sign up here post-haste!

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November 2016 Meeting

Join us for our November 2016 Meeting!

“Silica and Other Mineral Dust Hazards: New Regulations, Sampling and Identification by X-Ray Diffraction”

Presented by: Mark Bailey, PG of Asbestos TEM Laboratories

Date and Time:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
6:45pm: Dinner
7:45pm: Presentation

Old Spaghetti Factory
2107 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 (*Note South Bay location!)

Cost:  $45 for AEG members and members’ spouses, $55 for non-members, $20 for AEG student members.

AEG Student Membership is FREE (apply for FREE student membership)!

Reservations: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Monday, November 14, 2016.

Meeting Announcement Flyer

Registration tutorial

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EnSafe looking for a Senior Project Manager in Concord!

EnsafeSenior Project Manager

EnSafe Inc., a rapid growing environmental services firm, is seeking a Senior Project Manager (Geologist or Engineer). This position will be based out of our Concord, California (Bay Area) office and will focus on leading our California presence, providing technical guidance to our clients, and generating additional business opportunities. Specific responsibilities will include:

  •   Project Management: Providing project oversight to existing, large scale client initiatives.
  •   Leading: Providing guidance and mentoring to existing staff (office and remote).
  •   Technical Expertise: Consulting experience on RCRA and CERCLA projects, specifically Superfund projects.To be successful in this position, our ideal candidate will have the following:
  •   Minimum of BS in Engineering or Geologist (MS preferred);
  •   Appropriate credentials (PE or PG);
  •   10-15 years of experience as a consultant, working on large, complex private sector
    clients, specifically in the California market;
  •   Previous experience and comfort working with California Regulatory agencies;
  •   Strong financial acumen;
  •   Previous management and leadership of a geographically dispersed employee
  •   Business development familiarity and comfort (from opportunity identification through RFP submittal);
  •   Excellent communication skills (oral and written); and
  •   Ability to travel to other areas of California.https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ensafe&jobId=97956&lang=en _US&source=CC4EEO/AA
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August 2016 Meeting Announcement

Seep City AtlasJoin us for our August 17, 2016 joint AEG/GRA meeting:

From the Ground Up: How San Francisco’s Water History Created A City Against All Odds
presented by Joel Pomerantz

NOTE: New venue

HS Lordships
199 Seawall Drive
Berkeley, California

Register Today!

AEG or GRA Members / Member’s Guest: $45
Non-Members: $55
Students: $20

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Calaveras Dam Field Trip Report

Panoramic view from the right abutment of the new Calaveras Dam.

Panoramic view from the right abutment of the new Calaveras Dam.

On Friday, June 3, 2016 a group of fourteen intrepid AEG members visited Calaveras Dam for presentations and a site tour. Our first AEGSF field trip in several years, it was deemed a grand success by all involved!

Bradley discusses NOA and shares great rock samples!

Bradley discusses NOA and shares great rock samples!

We met at the (rather expansive) field trailers just outside the dam site and, after a site environmental briefing, were treated to two excellent presentations. Glenn Gorski presented on the overall goals, challenges and changes to the project since it began in 2011, highlighting the impacts of previously unmapped landslides which were encountered during excavation.


Glenn Gorski presents to field trip participants.

Bradley Erskine presented on the Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) issues associated with construction, including containment measures, monitoring protocols, and laboratory testing of air samples. We also viewed a fantastic time lapse video of construction completed to date which you can view online here.

After the presentations, we piled into several project pickup trucks and viewed the site from the left and right abutments. We were able to see the entirety of the dam excavation, constructed spillway, and associated geologic exposures.

Entering NOA area!

Entering NOA area!

Glenn and Bradley accompanied our group to both sites and continued to answer questions about construction methods, geologic mapping results, NOA monitoring and abatement efforts, and everything in between. We returned to the field trailers (but not without thorough vehicle and personnel decon!) and enjoyed a tasty lunch while getting to know each other better.  After lunch, a few hearty souls continued networking at Bosco’s restaurant and bar in nearby Sunol, CA before heading home.

Action shot! Bradley pointing out features of the site geology from the right abutment.

Action shot! Bradley pointing out features of the site geology from the right abutment.

Action shot! Glenn explaining things in the field.

Action shot! Glenn explaining things in the field.

Our visit to Calaveras Dam was thoroughly educational and enjoyable! Many thanks to all who attended. AEGSF especially thanks Glenn Gorski and Bradley Erskine for their onsite education and assistance, Maria Le of SFPUC for coordinating on behalf of the Owner, Ryan Coe for helping run the field trip and obtaining our all-important lunches, and Courtney Johnson for helping keep track of our member registrations. Let’s do another field trip soon!

All images courtesy of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission / Photographer E. Morley Beckman.

Left abutment of new Calaveras Dam, as viewed from the right abutment.

Left abutment of new Calaveras Dam, as viewed from the right abutment.

Field trip participants gathered at the left abutment.

Field trip participants gathered at the left abutment.

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Register today for NOA Technical Working Group Meeting

Development of a Naturally Occurring Asbestos Training Course

Discussion led by: Mark Bailey, PG of AEG’s Naturally Occurring Asbestos Technical Working Group

Meeting Topic – As an increasing number of Naturally Occurring Asbestos sites are identified and worked on in California, an awareness of the complexity of such sites has developed. Many involved in NOA investigations have come to the conclusion that the simple fact of being a Professional Geologist alone is an insufficient skillset to adequately inspect and evaluate such sites. This has led to a movement among various parties to request AEG develop and offer a course on this topic specifically for geologists to increase their knowledge of NOA issues and the latest state-of-the-art methods being applied to address this complex hazard. The AEG NOA Technical Working Group is exploring ways to respond to this need for increased training.

A presentation will be given by Mark Bailey, PG, AEG NOA Technical Working Group Co-Chairperson, outlining potential topics to be addressed in a potential NOA training course including:

o          Geology of NOA in California

o          NOA Mineralogy including “regulated” and “un-regulated” NOA

o          Regulations related to NOA

o          Protecting yourself and others from NOA hazards

o          Performing a NOA geologic investigation

o          NOA sample collection protocols including use of the incremental sample method (ISM)

o          NOA laboratory analytical test methods

o          What to include in a NOA inspection report

o          Assisting other consultants and regulators involved at a NOA site

After the presentation, the meeting will be opened to attendees to discuss the advisability of offering such a course and course content. We look forward to your participation.

Date:  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Location:  Pietro’s No. 2 Restaurant, 679 Merchant Street, Vacaville, CA

Time:  Social hour and sign-in at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm, presentation at 7:45 pm

Cost:  $40 for AEG members & Member’s Family, $45 for non-members, $15 for students

RSVP:  Please register online by noon, Friday, June 17, 2016.

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AEG Annual Meeting in Kona – Travel Grants

Are you a young professional who has never attended an AEG Annual Meeting?  Do you want $500 to go to Kona?  Apply by June 30, 2016 for the Young Professionals Travel Grant!  This is a competitive grant, awarded to 2 deserving AEG members, apply today!

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Registration Open for AEG’s Annual Meeting in Kona Hawaii!

KonaJoin us in Kona this fall for AEG’s 59th Annual Meeting, September 18-24, 2016.  Registration is now open.

The hotel is booking quickly! Reserve your room at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott for $189/night!

For more information and to register, visit the Annual Meeting website.

AEG has secured an airfare discount through Hawaiian Airlines, a direct link to the discounted fares is available on the Annual Meeting site.

See you in Hawaii!


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