Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist) Opening with Dept. of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) currently has an opening for a Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist) position in DWR Division of Engineering, Project Geology Section. The position is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting geology studies relating to hazardous wastes and hazardous substances. Interested applicants can apply through a Cal Careers account. The application deadline is Friday, January 8th.

AEG Webinar 12/17: Lobbying and Tracking Legislative Issues Pertaining to Geologists

Lobbying and Tracking Legislative Issues Pertaining to Geologists

Join us for a webinar on December 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST. 

Free for AEG members / $20 for Non-Members 
Members Register Here
Non-Members Register Here

Speaker: G.V. Ayer
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The first part of the presentation will spotlight the importance of being aware of the issues the State Legislature is considering that impact geologists. It will include the role of a lobbyist, with a particular example of the California legislative process. The second part of the presentation will focus on tools for engaging with state representatives and letting your voice be heard on legislative issues of importance to geologists and to the geologic profession.  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AEG Great Basin and Sacramento Holiday Gathering Tonight!

Reminder to please join us for an AEG Great Basin and Sacramento Joint Holiday Gathering this evening with photographic artist Peter Goin! Peter Goin is a University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor of Art Photography and Time-Based Media and his presentation is titled Telling Tales – Creating Lake Tahoe History.

Peter Goin will present a lively and conversational visual telling of Tahoe’s created history, from the faux to the ‘then and now’. For a more detailed Abstract and Biography, please CLICK HERE.

Please follow the Zoom link below to access the meeting:

Meeting ID: 815 4142 7423
Passcode: 485303

Update on BPELSG License Renewal Fees and Renewal Notifications

As many of you know, in early 2020 the Board initiated the development of a new application/licensing system designed to facilitate the submittal of applications and management of license(s) through an online portal, known as BPELSG Connect.  The first release resulting from this development launched in September 2020 with online Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) applications in addition to online complaint submittals.

The Board anticipates that renewal of existing licenses will be included in the next release which is scheduled to occur in early 2021.  Traditionally, license holders have become accustomed to receiving a renewal notification in the mail around 30-60 days prior to their license renewal date, on a biennial basis.  These notices are printed and mailed by a state agency, through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on behalf of the Board.  Due to circumstances outside of the Board’s or DCA’s control, this other agency will discontinue production and distribution of the printed renewal notices sometime during 2021.

Once renewal functionality in the next release of BPELSG Connect becomes publicly available, it will be imperative for each individual license holder to register a new profile in the system as soon as possible to ensure that future renewal notices are received by each license holder in a timely and efficient manner.

It is anticipated that during registration, the license holder will:

•       Confirm contact information including address of record

•       Link their profile to their existing license(s)

•       Verify receipt of a confirmation email

The Board believes that this initial process should only require approximately 10 minutes of the license holder’s time to complete and will be well worth that time to ensure that each license holder is properly served in an effective manner during this transition.

Please share this message with your professional licensed colleagues and spread the word.  The Board will continue to provide updates on this effort in the near future and throughout 2021.

Department of Water Resources’ Workforce Planning and Recruitment Program!

DWR’s Workforce Planning and Recruitment Program will be hosting an Engineering Geologist Info Session on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a virtual information session to meet some of our engineering geologists and learn about their experiences and why they chose DWR.

To register, email us at or sign up with Eventbrite:

Link to the webinar will be sent to registered participants at least one day prior to the event.

For more information on the engineering geologist classification, including minimum qualifications, visit here.

Limited space available, so sign up soon!

The RWQCB is Hiring!

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in Rancho Cordova has three Engineering Geologist openings in the Site Cleanup Program! Two of the positions are in the Federal Cleanup Unit and the other position is with the Private Sites Cleanup Unit.

For more information on the positions and application information (electronic submission preferred), please see the links below or reach out to John Murphy at (916) 464-4636 or

The application deadline for all three positions is November 20.

Federal Cleanup Unit:

Private Sites Cleanup Unit:

Department of Water Resources is Hiring!

Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hiring for an Engineering Geologist in the Geotechnical Services Branch, Project Geology Section! Interested candidates should apply online at the link provided here. DWR is also hiring for Senior Dam Safety Geologist in the Division of Operations and Maintenance, Dam Safety Services. Interested candidates should apply online at the link provided here. Final filing dates are October 14th and 15th, respectively!

Job Code #s: JC-216392 and JC-216225

Position #(s): 843-485-3756-001 and  842-772-3751-XXX

Working Title: Engineering Geologist and Senior Dam Safety Geologist


# of Positions: 1 (EG) and 1 (SEG), respectively.

Work Location: Yolo County and Sacramento County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Considering Professional Licensure?

If you are interested in obtaining an GIT certificate, PG license, PGP license or CEG/CHG specialty title authority, you may want to attend a free on-line workshop to learn about the licensing process and application requirements. These workshops are not mandatory, and are provided as a service to help you understand the requirements.  The workshops will be offered several times per year depending on demand.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: How to apply for a GIT, PG, PGP, CHG or CEG license or certificate, August 26, 2020 and October 7, 2020 at 10am, (30 to 45 minutes)
  • For References: Completing the Independent Evaluation form for PG, PGP, CHG or CEG applications, August 26, 2020 and October 7, 2020 at 11am, (30 to 45 minutes)
  • After the Exams: Next steps in the process for GIT, PG, PGP, CHG or CEG applications, November 18, 2020 and December 30, 2020 at 10am, (15 to 30 minutes)
  • Introduction to the laws and regulations for geology and geophysics license applicants and new licensees, November 18, 2020 and December 30, 2020 at 11am, (45 to 60 minutes)

Please visit the Board’s webpage and select the Online Services tab for a schedule of upcoming webinars.

Forensic Engineering Geology of Landslides Webinar Thursday

Feel free to check out a webinar from AEG National this Thursday!

Forensic Engineering Geology of Landslides

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 12 PM EDT

Speaker: Dr Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Geology Portland State University
Past President IAEG (International Association of Engineering Geologist and the Environment)

Landslides are one of the major geological hazards of the world, and they cause major destruction and loss of life everywhere in the world.  Engineering geologists are very involved in all phases of their study.  The talk will cover what background research must be done in your area to help you understand local landslides.  Second, what do you do when a landslide happens, and you are asked to evaluate it.  What does a forensic engineering geologist then do to determine causes of the failure?  How do you mitigate the landslide and prevent further landslides.  The importance of safety on the site will be stressed.  We have many new technological aids to help us in all phases of our work.  Dr. Burns will use 35 years of case histories that he has been involved in to illustrate his points.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.