Department of Water Resources is Hiring!

Division of Engineering, Design, Geotechnical Services Branch, Project Geology Section, West Sacramento is hiring for an Engineering Geologist!

Position Details:
Job Code #: JC-280273
Position #(s):

Working Title/Classification: Engineering Geologist

Estimate Compensation: $5,849.00 – $11,012.00

Work Location: Yolo County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Applications can be submitted online via CalCareers or at the address below between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Department of Water Resources

Certification Desk

715 P Street, 7th floor

Sacramento, CA 958140

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications – 1 page minimum and 4 pages maximum, in Arial Font size 12.

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Nicole Ibarra at (916) 902-7022 or at

Good Luck Candidates!

California Energy Commission is Hiring!

Under the general direction of the Senior Engineering Geologist, of the GeoSciences Unit in the Engineering Office, the incumbent reviews and evaluates whether there would be impacts to geologic or paleontologic resources from the construction, operation, and maintenance of energy facilities and power plants. The incumbent also assesses whether there are geologic hazards present that have the potential to impact human health and the environment. The incumbent reviews project sites that may have issues involving sensitive paleontologic resources, recognized and documented geologic resources, and faulting, seismicity, and related phenomena that may impact project construction and operation. The incumbent responds to geologic and paleontologic resources, compliance and geologic hazards issues regarding power plant operations; and conducts investigations to determine if any violations of the program’s regulations, the Energy Commission’s conditions of certification, or the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have occurred.

Closing Date: 12/01/2021

Hiring Process:

To Apply:

2022 Ray Taber Foundation Annual Free Drill Class

Join us on February 25, 2022 for field demonstrations of solid and hollow auger drilling, mud rotary drilling, electronic testing such as CPT, and geotechnical sampling.

Our generous sponsors provide drinks, breakfast snack items, and lunch.

Please bring a hard hat and safety vest if you have one. If not, you will be able to borrow them (although our supply is limited!). Additionally, please dress prepared for field-weather conditions such as cold, rain and mud.

Due to health and safety concerns, we ask that everyone attending be either fully vaccinated against COVID or have a negative COVID test no later than three days before the seminar. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend and let Meredith Young, , know as soon as possible so someone else can attend the Class.

Two New Publications on Mount Diablo

The Northern California Geological Society (NCGS) is proud to announce two new publications: GSA Memoir 217 “Regional Geology of Mt. Diablo, California”, published through the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the companion “Geologic Guide to Mount Diablo State Park,” published by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA). The Press Release for both publications is attached.

Recently published are a geologic volume and a companion geologic map and guide to Mount Diablo geology. The volume provides modern geologic insights on the origin and history of the mountain and its place in the regional tectonic setting on the North America plate boundary. The integrated trail and geological map is the first of its kind for Mount Diablo and introduces visitors to Mount Diablo State Park’s unique earth history.

New Volume: Regional Geology of Mount Diablo, California: Its Tectonic Evolution on the North America Plate Boundary: Geological Society of America Memoir No. 217, 488 pages. Edited by Raymond Sullivan, Doris Sloan, Jeffrey R. Unruh and David P. Schwartz.

Over the past 150 years, Mount Diablo has served as a window into the evolution of the plate boundary relationships in northern California. Memoir 217, published by the Geological Society of America, is a compilation of 17 new research papers, by 33 contributing authors, on the geology of Mount Diablo. This new expansive color volume was assembled under the leadership of Ray Sullivan, Professor Emeritus of Geology at San Francisco State University. Its publication commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Northern California Geological Society. Save Mount Diablo and members of the Northern California Geological Society provided much of the funding for the book.

The Memoir includes the most recent interpretation of the structure of the mountain and explains its recent uplift. Mount Diablo might look like a volcano, but the peaks of the mountain are composed mainly of ancient oceanic rocks and the flanks of younger sedimentary rocks. Papers in the volume include a study of the landscape, details of the rocks, geologic history of the area, mining and petroleum discoveries, as well as the age and origin of volcanic ash beds in the younger sedimentary rocks on the flanks. The main sources of these ash beds are from Nevada, Yellowstone, Cascade Range and Sonoma. A short phase of volcanic activity occurred some 7½ million years ago on the

east side of Mount Diablo, forming a series of prominent domes along Marsh Creek Road. The conclusion: “while the rocks are old, the mountain itself is young”.

According to Ray Sullivan, the lead editor, “the new work contains the most complete studies on the geology of Mount Diablo. They point to the origin of Mount Diablo as a relatively recent event in the long and complex geological history of the California Coast Ranges.”

GSA Memoir 217 is available for purchase at NCGS and GSA members are entitled to discounts on the volume ($49 instead of $70). View the table of contents at

New Map: Geologic Guide to Mount Diablo State Park by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association. Available at or at the Mount Diablo State Park Summit and Mitchell Canyon Visitor Centers.

The need for a simplified geological guide to Mount Diablo to accompany Memoir 217 was recognized by the Northern California Geological Society, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, and California State Parks. A folded two-sided guide, edited by Greg Bartow, is now available, that consists of an updated geologic map with roads and trails on one side, and a description of the geology on the other side. The updated geologic map, by Russell Graymer and Victoria Langenheim of the U.S. Geological Survey, also appears in Chapter 1 of GSA Memoir 217. The guide includes a map showing the epicenters of 7,200 earthquakes that have occurred in the vicinity of Mount Diablo over the last 36 years. These earthquakes illustrate the active nature of the fault systems that continue to form Mount Diablo. Stephen Smith, President of Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, said, “This geologic guide will provide a new resource for visitors to appreciate the unique nature of the park.”

Mount Diablo State Park draws more than 600,000 visitors each year to explore the park and take in the spectacular view. Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mount Diablo State Park. Through education, sponsored activities, and publications, MDIA fosters appreciation and the enlightened use of Mount Diablo State Park. Save Mount Diablo is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Mount Diablo peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisitions.

Copies of the geologic map can be purchased online at for $7.00 (shipping included), or for $6.00 at the Visitor Centers at Mount Diablo State Park Summit and Mitchell Canyon.

AEG Sacramento Monthly Meeting – October 26th (In Person!)

Please join us (IN PERSON!!) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Aviator’s Restaurant!

We are kicking things back off this month with a presentation focused on National AEG updates (with some naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) and metals discussion thrown in for good measure) and will be hosting our National AEG Association Treasurer Sarah Kalika, PG, CAC, CDPH Lead I/A/S, from DiabloGeo Environmental Consulting, who will be giving a presentation titled AEG Update from the Executive Council; efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and a bit about an NOA & metals study. Further information regarding our speaker, as well as the topic of our meeting can be found on the meeting registration page provided below.

Where: Aviator’s Restaurant at 6151 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento, CA 95822

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM PDT

The event will begin at 5:30PM with a social hour. Plenty of parking is available at the restaurant.

Registration for this event can be done online HERE!

We will be trying our best to adhere to National AEG protocols and Sacramento County requirements for in person events. For this event and for the health and safety of our members, proof of vaccination is required or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, plus wearing masks is required regardless of vaccination status.

It’s been a while and our sincere apologies for a lack of meetings recently. We are hoping to get back on track and line some speakers up as we finish out the year and head into the 2022. Be on the lookout for some upcoming joint meetings with other organizations in the coming months!

California Department of Conservation is Hiring!

The California Geological Survey (CGS) is looking for an Engineering Geologist to join CGS’s review team! Interested parties should review the Duty Statement. The final filing date for this position is July 28, 2021.

The incumbent will be responsible for preparing highly specialized review comments on geologic and geotechnical reports prepared for critical facilities throughout California, including schools and hospitals, that address the potential for geologic and seismic hazards.

Additional information regarding the position, as well as further information about CGS can be viewed here.

Application Information:

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 7/28/2021

Who May Apply: Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply: Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to: 

Department of Conservation

Attn: Charli Ramos

801 K Street, MS 22-13

Sacramento, CA 95814

California Geological Survey (CGS) is Hiring!

Under the direction of the Senior Engineering Geologist (Supervisor), the Engineering Geologist is responsible for preparing highly specialized review comments on geologic and geotechnical reports prepared for critical facilities throughout California, including schools and hospitals, that address the potential for geologic and seismic hazards. The incumbent will be headquartered in the county nearest their residence, including but not limited to the following counties: Sacramento, San Mateo, and Los Angeles and telework is available.

For more information and to apply visit CalCareers!

Pacific Section AAPG Virtual Convention June 21-24

The Pacific Section-American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PS-AAPG) is excited to announce that the PS-AAP will be hosting a virtual convention this year (June 21-24, 2021). 

This year’s virtual convention will include:

• A virtual field trip lead by Dr. Richard Behl of CSU Long Beach 

• Three technical sessions scheduled for the mornings of June 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2021

• Bob Lindblom’s annual Honors and Awards session

The technical sessions include:

• A Monterey session with a lecture on age control in the Monterey and its relationship to climate change, plus several technical presentation including updates on the latest Monterey


• A geochemistry and basin modeling  session with Dr. Allegra Hosford Scheirer regarding machine learning to enhance the understanding of petroleum systems, plus several technical presentations focusing

on the coastal basins of California.

• A Regulatory and Environmental Geology session, including a panel discussion with the State Geologist Dr. Steven Bohlen and William Bartling, recently retired CalGEM Chief Deputy, on the

future of petroleum geologists in California, plus a lecture on the use of the role of stratigraphy in the environmental industry by Rick Cramer, and additional technical presentations.

Please mark your calendars and save the date(s)!

Check the convention website for registration information.  The convention website will be updated soon.

To check membership status- please visit the PSAAPG.ORG Membership page, where you will be able to type in your last name and check the status of your member (Click Here for Link)

Stay connected with PS-AAPG on LinkedIn for more up to date information and job/training opportunities.

Sacramento AEG Virtual May Meeting: National AEG President William H. Godwin!!!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 18 on Zoom! We will be hosting the national AEG President William H. Godwin from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AEG who will be giving a presentation titled Lessons Learned from the Baker Beach Landfill Removal Project.

Register Here!!!

Lessons Learned from the Baker Beach Landfill Removal Project

William H. Godwin, PG, CEG

National Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) President and San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Member


After a three-year planning, site investigation and design process, two Army-era landfills were removed from the steep 270 foot (80 meter) high bluffs above Baker Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco in 2007.  The landfills had been created over a 50-year period during the last century by dumping of waste soil, construction debris and incinerator ash over the steep cliffs.  High-value serpentine habitat and historic artillery batteries and earthworks surrounding the landfills, as well as locally unstable slopes prevented the construction of access roads to simplify the removal process.

Despite extensive pre-removal site exploration and analyses, once excavation and removal began the landfills were found to contain nearly double the amount of waste that had been anticipated, resulting in a significant increase in project cost.   By using a combination of paddle conveyors, “spyder “walking excavators, off-road dump trucks and a bucket-brigade of long-reach hydraulic excavators the contractor was able to remove the waste soil and debris and adhere to the original project schedule.  

A project post-mortem indicated that additional drilling and sampling during the site investigation phase would have likely revealed the presence of thicker fill deposits, allowing a more accurate estimate of the eventual waste tonnage and better estimates of the project’s final cost, albeit at a significant increase in the cost of the investigation.

This presentation was given at the 2007 AEG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles and the 2010 IAEG Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. Portions of this presentation have been updated.

Speaker Bio

William H. Godwin is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and is the current 2020-21 National President. He has been a practicing geologist for over 40 years and has been working as an independent geologic consultant since 2014 and as an on-call employee for several large geotechnical consulting firms.  Mr. Godwin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Redlands, in Southern California.  He is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) in California. He lives in Pacific Grove California.

May Meeting Announcement – Southern Nevada, Great Basin, NV Student Chapters!!!

May Meeting Announcement!
“When Mountains Move Roads:Science, Engineering, and Management along the Big Sur Coast”  
By: Cheryl Hapke, PhD; AEG/GSA 2021 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

Join us Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. PDT for an AEG Southern Nevada, Great Basin, and NV Student Chapter joint webinar.

We hope to resume in-person meetings in the future, but will continue to host our meetings virtually until further notice.
This is a free webinar!

Abstract of the presentation and speaker’s bio are available on our website. 
Please Register at  
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   

Please save the date and time!  

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