Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical · San Francisco, California
Department Geotechnical
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Commensurate with Experience

AGS, Inc., an established engineering firm based in San Francisco, is seeking a full-time Senior Geotechnical Engineer.   We are proud to be called home to leading technical experts in seismic, soil improvement, shallow and deep foundations systems and liquefaction mitigation measures.  We offer competitive compensation and benefits.   We are looking for innovative professional to provide efficient, sustainable solutions for challenging and unique projects.

This position is based in San Francisco, California and provides geotechnical analysis and design; and technical project management on projects related to infrastructure, bridges, traditional and specialty geo-structures, and ground improvement.   Demonstrated experience in liquefaction assessments, seepage, groundwater, seismic response, stability, and deep foundation systems are required.


  • Competent to serve as Engineer-of-Record on design and design-build projects
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate and execute detailed phases of geotechnical and geophysical investigations, testing programs, instrumentation programs, and other technical work
  • Responsible for project management and execution, including budget development and monitoring, management of all staff and subcontractors working on project
  • Provide direction to and mentoring to technical staff in completing project tasks
  • Provide quality control review of technical work, reports and deliverables
  • Prepare project proposals
  • Interface with client project managers, government regulators, outside consultants, subcontractors, and other stakeholders
  • Contribute to business development efforts, outreach and materials.

Specifics of Role:

  • Plan and coordinate geotechnical and geophysical investigations, instrumentation programs, and in-situ and laboratory testing programs (soils and rock, coal combustion residuals/byproducts, mine tailings, construction materials, geosynthetics)
  • Characterize material properties for geotechnical modeling, analysis and design
  • Originate geotechnical analyses and designs for pipelines, landslide evaluation and mitigation, cofferdams, traditional & specialty geo-structures, deep foundations, and ground improvement programs
  • Experience in deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (DSHA, PSHA, as well as numerical modeling) is a plus
  • Liquefaction assessments and triggering analysis
  • Prepare design documentation reports and calculation briefs
  • Coordinate preparation of construction document packages (drawings, specifications, QA/QC manuals)

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations, Work Status:

  • California Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure/registration required.   CA Geotechnical Engineer (G.E.) license is a plus
  • U.S. State Driver’s License
  • U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the U.S.


  • Advanced degree (MSCE or PhD) in civil engineering from a U.S. college or university with an ABET-accredited civil/geotechnical engineering program is a plus
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant engineering experience is required
  • Candidates will have proven experience in successfully executing projects from inception, into planning and scheduling, through design, to completion of deliverables.   Will demonstrate provision of strong technical direction/support for geotechnical aspects of projects
  • Specialization in geotechnical engineering is required

Other Skills:

Candidates will be self-motivated; have broad engineering experience; strong organizational, excellent writing and communication skills; excellent self-management and interpersonal skills; and possess specialized knowledge to successfully perform and manage geotechnical duties.

Computer skills will encompass the Microsoft Office software suite, industry-standard geotechnical analysis & design software.  Familiarity with numerical analysis & modeling software is a plus.


We offer a competitive salary plus an exceptional benefits package for full-time employees including:

  • Annual increases & bonus pay
  • Medical, dental, and vision (optional)
  • 401(k) and 401(k) matching (up to 4%)
  • Vacation, Sick time, and 7 paid holidays
  • STD, LTD, Life, and AD&D Insurance
  • Professional development opportunities

Our offices are also close to transit.

AGS Company Culture:

  • Semi-annual company events (Summer/Family & Holiday)
  • Monthly staff lunches and department lunches
  • Quarterly all staff luncheon/meetings
  • Happy hours & seasonal/holiday celebrations
  • Flexible schedule
  • Hybrid
  • Incentives (such as wellness, commuter)

About AGS:

AGS provides a broad range of multidisciplinary engineering services for interesting projects primarily in California. Clients include both public and private. Federal clients include US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard. Regional clients include BART, MUNI, SFPUC, City of Oakland, City and County of San Francisco, SFO and OAK Airports, Port of Oakland, Port of San Francisco, Caltrans and many more.

Commitment to Diversity:

AGS is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in company policy and the way we do business at AGS, and is an important principle of sound business management.


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AGS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer 

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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  • Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Commensurate with Experience