Sage Engineers Looking for a Principal Engineering Geologist

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Principal Engineering Geologist


SAGE is looking for a self-motivated Principal Engineering Geologist interested in shaping the company’s future. With a successful 20-year foundation to build upon, candidates must share our passion for providing exceptional service.

The Principal Engineering Geologist is responsible for achieving business development goals, managing and mentoring technical staff, and providing expert technical input and/or oversight on large, complex projects with multi-disciplinary teams and subconsultants. This is a strategic role reporting directly to the president, and is based in either our Oakland or Roseville, CA office.

Essential Function

  • Conducts business development to build a book of business. Generates leads, pursues new opportunities, and develops new markets/clients.
  • Builds/maintains client relationships, works to identify and understand client needs, and manages client expectations. Assists clients with risk evaluation and asset management.
  • Manages technical staff to build a high performing team that delivers an exceptional work product. Mentors the team in preparation for future challenges.
  • Conducts engineering geologic investigations related to critical water and energy infrastructure. Identifies the primary geologic opportunities and constraints to be considered during project design and construction.
  • Characterizes geologic and seismic hazards on both regional and site-specific scales, defines the associated risks, and develops recommendations to manage or mitigate risks to an acceptable level.
  • Develops/supervises large field exploration programs with multiple subcontractors.
  • Directs and reviews engineering geologic analyses related to soil and rock.
  • Prepares and reviews comprehensive technical reports.
  • Interacts with regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD).

Other Functions

  • Manages projects, resources, and budgets in ERP (Deltek Vision).
  • Conducts technical presentations to clients and staff.

Position Type and Work Schedule

Regular, full-time.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position manages a team of technical professionals.

Required Education and Experience

  • BS degree in geology, geosciences, or earth sciences.
  • 15 or more years of experience in engineering geology and seismic hazards with emphasis on water and energy infrastructure projects, including dams, levees, tunnels, water/energy conveyance (canals, pipelines, and transmission lines), and other critical structures.
  • 7 – 10 years of managing, mentoring, and developing professional staff.
  • 10 – 15 years of developing business and managing client relationships.
  • California Certified Engineering Geologist license.
  • Valid and unrestricted California driver’s license.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • MS degree in geology, geosciences, or earth sciences.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Passion for delivering high quality work.
  • Ability to manage client engagement and expectations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to shift priorities in a dynamic environment.

Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.


This position requires up to 25% travel, including overnight.

Work Environment

Primarily works in an office environment. Field work involves exposure to steep, mountainous terrain and inclement weather such as heat, cold, rain, and wind. Field work may involve working from elevated equipment (e.g., scissor lifts, crane-suspended platforms, etc.) and within underground tunnels.

Physical Demands

Frequent standing, sitting, and walking. Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs., kneeling, climbing, stooping, crawling, and reaching.