30+ days ago


San Luis Obispo (preferred) or Santa Barbara, CA



Job Title:  Senior Level Hydrogeologist/Water Resources Engineer

Job Type:  Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried

Reports to:  CA Groundwater Practice Lead

Location:  San Luis Obispo (preferred) or Santa Barbara office

Closing Date:  Open until filled

GSI Water Solutions, Inc. (GSI), is seeking a skilled project manager with experience in California water supply issues to help manage a thriving and growing base of groundwater projects. This is an exciting opportunity to join a passionate, high-performing team of professionals making a positive impact in the water industry.

Essential Functions

Technical work includes: 

• Development, oversight, and delivery of technical groundwater management, water supply development, water resources planning, and SGMA-related projects. 

• Management of projects involving basin analyses, aquifer characterization, and well design, construction oversight, and testing. 

• Collaborating with stakeholders to address groundwater issues and problems. 

• Generating technical reports and proposal materials. 

• Providing review and oversight of project work and reports prepared by junior and mid-level staff members. 

Managerial work includes responsibility for the: 

• Management, budget, performance, billings, collections, and schedule control of multiple projects simultaneously. 

• Mentoring and performance reviews of junior and mid-level staff.

• Independent and internal team collaborative implementation of strategic planning. 

Business development work includes: 

• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with current and prospective clients. 

• Attending and presenting at professional conferences. 

• Identifying new clients. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This job operates in a professional office environment and in the field year-round, in all weather conditions. This work requires the use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and copiers, and at times requires working long hours to meet project deadlines. We follow CDC and CA Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines and are currently working remotely. 

Travel and Field Work

General field activities consist of site visits and regulatory/client meetings. Travel to other company offices will be required as needed. Approximately 10-15 percent of work time will be spent traveling and working in the field. COVID-19 protocols are followed for all fieldwork activities and meetings are currently held over Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

• California PG (preferably CHG) or California PE in civil engineering with a water resources specialty

• Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Required Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Typical ways to obtain the required knowledge and abilities include:

• BS degree in geology, water resource engineering, natural resources planning, or a closely related field

• 10 or more years of water resources planning, water supply development, and/or groundwater experience, primarily in California, with established relationships and client network

• Proven track record of managing complex projects in the areas of water supply development, water resources planning, aquifer/basin studies, and groundwater management

• Understanding of the water resources sector in California, including market, competition, and clients

• Experience preparing work plans and technical reports as well as reviewing and interpreting data 

• Experience with and a solid understanding of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Valued Education and Experience

• MS degree in hydrogeology or geology; or MS degree in civil engineering, water resources engineering, or environmental engineering

• Extensive central and southern California experience and water resources network

• Experience in the water resources consulting field. 

Success Factors

• An understanding of the technical complexities of groundwater management issues in California

• Proficient in all phases of business development activities 

• Excellent technical skills with the ability to organize and manage work efforts of various types

• Excellent communication, organizational, and report-writing skills 

• Ability to work independently 

• A self-starter with an entrepreneurial character

• Service and action-oriented.


• Employee Owned through Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

• Medical, Dental, Vision, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and Life Insurance

• Access to medical and dependent-care flexible spending accounts

• Generous and flexible paid time off 

• 401k with employer matching

• Cell phone benefit to assist with the cost of using a personal cell phone for business purposes 

• Reimbursement for professional registrations and renewals

• Paid time off for certification and licensing exams

• Paid memberships in professional organizations

• Flexible work schedules

About GSI 

In 2000, our three founders left a large consulting firm to start something different. We take pride in being a company that supports local organizations, treats its employees with respect and fairness, actively seeks out a diverse candidate pool, has a strong focus on social equity and environmental justice, and engages in green practices and reducing GSI’s carbon footprint.