May 2016 Meeting Announcement

Join us for our May 2016 Meeting!
Brian Collins“Processes of exfoliation-induced rock falls: recent studies from California’s Sierra Nevada”

Presented by: Brian Collins, PhD, PE of USGS



Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

Spice Monkey Restaurant
1628 Webster Street

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, May 9, 2016.

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SFGI / UCB GeoEngineering Distinguished Lecture series: May 6, 2016


Register Today to attend the always fabulous SFGI / UC Berkeley GeoEngineering Distinguished Lecture Series event on May 6, 2016

More information & to register

This year’s even features an exceptional set of lectures, a wonderful social and poster session, and a dinner that celebrates the GeoEngineering Profession in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Lecture Series will be held in the Sibley Auditorium. The Hosted Social and Dinner will be held at the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus.

Lecture Topics

  • “The Role of Distributed Sensing in Understanding the Engineering Performance of Geotechnical Structures”, Kenichi Soga, Ph.D. Professor, Univ. of California at Berkeley; and former Professor of Civil Engineering, University Cambridge
  • “Capturing Liquefaction Details from Space”, Ellen Rathje, Ph.D. Warren Bellows Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • “Effects of Climate Change on Watershed Dynamics: Insights Gained Using Geophysical Methods” Susan Hubbard, Ph.D. Associate Lab Director and former Director of the Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Registration is open. It will close Friday April 22, 2016 at 5pm Or when registration is full. Space is limited to 245 lecture seats, which includes 110 Full Registration seats. Sorry, all sales are final, no refunds will be given. Tickets can be re-assigned by contacting Wendy Rudolph (

Reservations can be made at this time using a debit card or PayPal Only. No credit cards will be accepted. Advance registration is recommended. Walk-ins are discouraged. Previous years have sold out. Please plan ahead.

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ACHMM 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course

ACHMMRegister Today for ACHMM’s 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course and prep for the CHMM exam!

May 18, 19, 20, 2016
1233 Preservation Park, Oakland

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Intended Audience

This course is targeted for experienced professionals and technicians who have duties or responsibilities related to the management of hazardous materials, transportation, emergency response, safety regulations, and environmental technologies and practices.  This course is taught by practicing professionals, most of whom are Certified Hazardous Materials Managers.  There are no prerequisites, and all participants will have a better understanding of hazardous materials management upon course completion. This course is an excellent preparation for the Certified Hazardous Materials Managers Certification Examination.


Why Certification?Environmental programs are vital to our public health and safety, and within that field, the management of hazardous materials and wastes require proven and unquestionable skill and competence.  Quality control over professionals involved in programs of national importance, particularly public safety, is best accomplished through certification.The CHMM credential is the premier credential for Hazardous Materials Managers, Waste Management Professionals, and Environmental Health and Safety Managers.

The examination application, schedule of exams, and fee structure can be accessed at the following Web site:


Course DescriptionThe course consists of comprehensive instruction on Federal environmental laws and regulations, health and safety requirements, and environmental technologies and practices in an overview fashion that highlights and emphasizes what is important for a hazardous materials manager to know.The course provides an overview of the body of knowledge associated with identification and management of hazardous materials; impact upon and protection of human health and the environment; releases of hazardous materials to land, air, water, and groundwater; restoration of the environment from hazardous materials; compliance with Federal environmental laws; multimedia application of environmental management principles and reviews basic concepts in chemistry and radioactive materials.

Please bring a standard function calculator to the course.


Registration Fees$895 – Early Bird registration: Now through April 18, 2016$895 – Government employee rate.  Must have a “.gov” email address.

$995 – Standard registration: April 19, 2016 to May 17, 2016

$1095 – On site registration: May 18, 2016 

To Register for the 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Overview Course, please go to our web site at 

The course fee does not include the Certification exam. 

The exam is a separate application, registration process, and fee.                        The CHMM exam details are available at 

Bring a Buddy Promotion!

Attendees who register together and on the same registration form receive a $50 per student discount!  This promotion is valid during the Early Bird and Standard registration periods only.  Registrations received on separate registration forms are not eligible. Contact to request this discount before registering. 

Course Location: 1233 Preservation Park in Oakland, CA. The site is in the heart of Downtown Oakland and 3 blocks from the 12th Street BART station.

Contact the course coordinator, Michael Kumpf, at for additional information.

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April 2016 Meeting Announcement – Student Night

Register today to attend the San Francisco Chapter April 2016 Meeting!

Student Night Presentations & Posters!


Orhun Aydin, Stanford University
Robert Lanzafame, University of California Berkeley
Michael Murphy, San Jose State University

Posters by:

Ian McGregor, San Francisco State University
Holly Young, Stanford University
Millie Levin, University of California Davis 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

Spice Monkey Restaurant
1628 Webster Street

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

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

Reservations: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Monday, April 11 2016.

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Oakland Environmental Equipment firm looking for Customer Service Technician

Eco-Rental SolutionsEco-Rental Solutions is looking for a Customer Service Technician for their Oakland location.

Check out their website for more information and to apply.

Summary: Performs equipment testing per test procedures, while maintaining accurate documentation. Develops strong customer relationships while maximizing sales potential. Proactively seeks to eliminate any customer complaint situations through excellent customer service and complete awareness of business process. Assists with shipping and receiving relating to inventory and customer orders. Prioritizes and manages work day in an effective manner enabling the completion of personal and team tasks by performing the following duties.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Performs testing per specific test procedures by using measuring instruments and computer test programs.*
  • Documents test results with appropriate information in a complete manner.*
  • Reads and interprets specific test procedures to properly perform and document test results.*
  • Develops maximum sales potential out of assigned customers through good customer service techniques, and knowledge of the company’s products and services as well as the competition’s strengths/weaknesses.*
  • Applies knowledge of company products/services to effectively process customer information and respond to inquiries and complaints in a diplomatic manner.*
  • Builds and maintains quality relations with assigned customers, and increases volume of sales on a consistent basis through ongoing determination of customer requirements.*
  • Contacts customers and prospects via telephone and email correspondence to meet and surpass company sales goals and maintain an accurate database.*
  • Maintains updated, organized files on all assigned customers.*
  • Assists with shipping and receiving of all assigned customer orders and internal inventory.*
  • Tracks and expedites late orders to ensure customer satisfaction.*
  • Maintains knowledge of companies products and services offered as well as internal departmental activities to constructively identify leads.*
  • Establishes and maintains good customer relations to enhance the company’s image.*
  • Logs all customer communication accurately in an automated database.*
  • Prioritizes and resolves issues as they arise and notifies management of potential problems.*
  • Ensures complete customer satisfaction by recognizing potential or actual customer complaint situations, and takes appropriate action or follow up until resolved.*
  • Develops and implements special projects as needed.*
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability:Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability:Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; RMI Advantage and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Education/Experience:Associate’s degree (A. A. / A. S.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:

  • Time management
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Courteous and professional
  • Ability to up-sell and maintain customer satisfaction

Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified candidates should forward a resume to

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March 2016 Meeting Announcement

Register today to attend our March Meeting!

“What does it take to effectively monitor for environmental and engineering geology projects?”

By: AEG/GSA 2015-2016 Jahns Lecturer Jerome De Graff


Date and Time:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

1919 4th Street
Berkeley, CA

Note: Paid parking lot across from restaurant or street parking is available for FREE after 6pm

Cost$45 Members, $55 Non-Members, $20 Students

Reservations*: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Friday, March 4, 2016.

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Mining Operations Supervisor needed by East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Regional Park DistrictThe East Bay Regional Park District is looking for an Engineering Geologist to serve as a Mining Operations Supervisor at Black Diamond Mines near Antioch.

Construct and operate underground public use areas in a safe manner; review and make recommendations on construction requirements; prepare cost estimates on construction projects; assist in the preparation of budgets, forecasts and schedules; assist in the analysis of bids and the preparation and award of contracts; inspect projects during construction; maintain organized and detailed records of projects; write reports and correspondence; identify hazards and carry out and/or supervise abandoned mine reclamation, subsidence prevention, mine closure and habitat development projects; assist in the planning and design of mine reclamation and underground development projects; promote the development of subordinates through mentoring, coaching, training, and performance feedback; develop and promote a positive employee relations environment; working with Risk Management, develop and present training programs for District staff and other agencies and organizations in areas related to mining operations, mine safety, and emergency response. Conduct safety meetings; maintain mining unit vehicles, tools and equipment; assist with public programs and events; ensure that the developed areas of the mine, construction sites, tools and equipment, and on-going operational activities are in compliance with applicable Regional Parks, State and Federal regulations.

Other tasks related to this position will include: considerable coordination and cooperation with other Regional Parks units, frequent public contact, and the occasional presentation of lectures and interpretive talks on mine-related matters. Approval and coordination of use of maintained or abandoned areas of the mines by researchers, educators, District staff, commercial enterprises, and others whose objectives require access to underground resources. Develops procedures applicable to the mining function, and acts as liaison with other agencies and organizations assisting or regulating District mining operations activities. Assists Interpretive Department with the design and installation of displays.

Education: Four year degree in mining engineering, geology or geological engineering, or related engineering field (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for two years of education on a year for year basis); and

Experience:  Five years of appropriate experience in underground mining, or construction, including the operation and maintenance of mines, plants or other surface or subsurface facilities. Two years of this experience must have been in a responsible supervisory capacity. College level education in engineering, geology, or a related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience on the following basis: 90 quarter or 60 semester units shall be equal to one year experience.

Additional Information: Demonstrated background in underground mining and/or construction and maintenance in such areas as ground control (rock bolting, timbering, shotcrete), ventilation, water and compressed air plumbing, electrical, transportation and communications. Knowledge of mining history. Knowledge of concrete and timber construction. Knowledge of safety regulations and concerns relevant to underground operations. Knowledge of computer software such as word processors and spreadsheet programs. Ability to research, develop and administer programs and procedures related to abandoned mine land reclamation and hazard abatement. Ability to organize work, order material, assign resources, adhere to budgets and direct the efforts of employees and other workers in mine construction, operations and maintenance work. Ability to prioritize, solve problems, and resolve conflicts. Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse public, with a focus on quality service to internal and external customers.

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BPELSG – Geosciences Degree Workshop

Help steer the future of our profession!

Important upcoming workshops hosted by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG)

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG or the Board) is holding two workshops to receive input to identify the minimum curriculum required for a qualifying geological sciences degree in order to apply for licensure as a Professional Geologist. The minimum qualifications for licensure as a geologist in California are described in Business and Professions Code section 7841.

The Board has long recognized that there is confusion among potential licensees regarding the requirement for “Graduation with a major in geological sciences from a college or university”. The confusion appears to be due to several factors.

 The Board intends to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3031 to define the minimum curriculum for a qualifying geological sciences degree and to clarify the educational and experience requirements for licensure as a Professional Geologist. The Board is asking for input from academia, licensed geologists, and members of the public and is hosting two workshops to provide a forum to communicate with interested parties. The agenda for each of the two workshops will be identical. A copy of the presentation will be posted online, 10 days prior to the first workshop.

Workshop Dates

February 19, 2016, 10 am – 12 noon
Riverside, CA

February 26, 2016, 10 am – 12 noon
Sacramento, CA

Interested parties may also submit comments to the Board via email ( or U.S. Mail (Attn: Laurie Racca, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95833). Comments are requested by March 31, 2016. After considering all input, the proposed amendments to Section 3031 would be presented at a future Board meeting with a request that the Board approve moving forward with rulemaking. Additional opportunities for public comment will be available during the formal rulemaking process.


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US EPA Region 9 looking for an Environmental Engineer / Geologist


US EPA Region 9 is now accepting applications for an Environmental Engineer / Geologist in the Water Division, Tribal and State Assistance Branch, Drinking Water Protection Office, located in San Francisco.  For more information, please view the announcement.

Job listing closes on: February 5, 2016
Apply online at


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Geocon is looking for a CEG in Orange County, Southern California

GeoconGeocon has an immediate opportunity for a highly motivated geologist to work on a wide variety of engineering geology projects based out of our office in Irvine, Orange County. The ideal candidate will have experience performing a wide variety of geotechnical investigations for public and private sector clients, supervising rough grading operations for large-scale land development projects, and be proficient in utilizing field data to characterize and solve complex engineering geologic problems. Flexibility to travel, ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects, willingness to learn new skills, and a commitment to workplace health and safety while maintaining a positive attitude is desired.


  • Prepare project proposals and budgets and coordinate staff scheduling
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct geotechnical investigations
  • Collate, analyze, and present project geologic data, including the preparation of trench and boring logs, geologic maps and cross-sections, fault trench logs, and interpretation of historical stereographic aerial photographs
  • Perform construction documentation during grading projects, including field mapping of cut slopes and other excavations
  • Identify/evaluate geologic conditions impacting project design, construction and/or long-term performance of engineered structures
  • Coordinate the collection of field samples and assignment of laboratory testing • Prepare project geotechnical reports
  • Review project plans, specifications, and related documents
  • Attend meetings with clients, contractors, and project staff as-needed


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Geology or Engineering Geology (graduate level education preferred)
  • Professional California Registration as a Certified Engineering Geologist required
  • A minimum of 5-plus years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of complex structural geology, ability to recognize geologic hazards, and experience in evaluating the impacts of slope instability and landsliding on land development.
  • Experience in a variety of subsurface investigation techniques, including downhole logging of large diameter borings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as the member of a professional team to accomplish project goals
  • Valid California driver’s license

Geocon is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to retaining talented staff; therefore, we offer competitive market wages and extensive benefits to our full-time employees. We have established a variety of employee benefit programs designed to assist our employees and their dependents in meeting financial requirements that can result from illness and disability as well as assist in planning for their retirement. Our benefits package includes medical insurance, vacation and sick leave, bereavement leave, family leave, medical and pregnancy leave, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and a profit sharing program. We practice same-week reimbursements for mileage and expenses as well as flexible work hours to accommodate employees’ needs. Most of our employees have been with the company for over five years, and the majority for over ten to twenty years. Come work for a company that truly values its employees and offers an energetic work environment, great benefits, pleasant office dynamics, no corporate red tape, flexible work hours, and the opportunity to advance in your career!  Benefits and salary based on experience

For consideration, please e-mail resume to Rupert Adams at

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