County of Alameda

Engineering Geologist (#2071)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Eng & Related Mgmt (U30)
$49.82-$60.29 Hourly / $3,985.60-$4,823.20 BiWeekly /
$8,635.47-$10,450.27 Monthly / $103,625.60-$125,403.20 Yearly

Under direction, to plan, organize, review, interpret, and direct geological and soils stability and foundation reports, studies, and plans in relation to the construction of roads, structures, grading, and drainage facilities; to review geology and soil reports in order to make recommendations regarding subdivision applications and the issuance of building and grading permits; to assist in planning and zoning matters where seismic hazards must be considered; and to perform related work as required.


This is a full professional-level Engineering Geologist. The incumbent is expected to perform a wide range of engineering geological work from general instructions to obtain the information that is desired, and is expected to perform independent research and plan, organize and conduct studies necessary to develop desired geological and soils stability and foundation design data, conclusions and recommendations. He also provides technical direction to other professional engineers in carrying out geological field investigations and office analysis.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Reviews geological and soil investigation reports submitted by contractors and the general public and comments on their accuracy; makes recommendations on the issuance of building permits based on field investigations, samples and research.

2. Conducts engineering geological investigations and supervises the preparation of investigations and reports relative to existing and potential geological and seismic hazards encountered in site location, design, construction and maintenance of all types of public works; provides professional engineering geologist expertise in field investigations, mapping assignments, and conducting analysis of soil stability and other geological conditions.

3. Advises engineering personnel in the administration of programs required by current and future State laws, such as the Alquist-Priola Geologic Hazards Zone Act.

4. Assists in the design of silt collection facilities and erosion control structures.

5. Performs seismic, bank and slop stabilization, and subsidence studies.

6. Performs field investigations in order to clarify existing fault maps, to observe construction sites, and to obtain additional data with regard to seismic and legal considerations.

7. Works intensively with other Public Works Divisions and other County departments by performing research and analysis where geological expertise is required.

8. May testify in court as an expert witness or at public hearings before governmental bodies regarding geological matters.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Engineering Geologist, issued by the California State Board of Registration for Geologists and Geophysicists.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Stratigraphic, structural, historical, and economic geology as related to civil engineering.
• Geological survey and research techniques.
• Principles of hydrolics, soil mechanics, petrography, minerology, and ground water.
• Equipment and procedures related to civil engineering project.
• Laws and regulations as they apply to geology.

Ability to:

• Read and interpret geologic, soils, and hydrologic data.
• Conduct geologic research and studies and to interpret the results.
• Prepare plans, specifications, estimates and reports relating to the geologic aspects of construction.
• Make reliable recommendations on the acceptance or rejection of building permits.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work.

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Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.