Salary: $33.91-$41.40 hourly / $5,898-$7,201 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction supervises and performs
technical soil, geologic, and hydrologic analysis data collection
and assesses environmental impact to water resources resulting from
development proposals and seismic and soil stability issues
associated with development; and performs other duties as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a technical class in which
the incumbent is expected to render expert opinions on geologic
factors in the areas of identification, availability of water
supplies; environmental impact to fresh water supplies resulting
from development activities; groundwater and geologic issues
associated with solid waste disposal; and soil mechanics and seismic
issues associated with building safety. This class differs from
Hydrogeologist in that the latter's emphasis is in water
contamination and clean up. This class differs from Engineering
Geologist in that the latter's emphasis is on complex civil
engineering geological issues.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Provides technical guidance to staff on soils, geologic, seismic
or hydrologic issues associated with individual projects and
comprehensive plan updates.
2. Compiles data on each of the County's groundwater basins to
overdraft utilizing computer assisted programs and other collected
3. Reviews adequacy of groundwater hydrology reports, watershed
yield studies, and soils and geology reports.
4. Interprets aerial photographs to assist in determining water
consumption factors, drainage patterns, or soils and geologic
features in planning studies.
5. Supervises consultants in the collection of field data and
preparation of complex studies involving water, soils or geology.
6. Assists in preparation of Initial Studies and Negative
Declarations and works with consultants in the preparation of
complex NDs or EIRs.
7. Advises management and decision-makers on individual projects.
8. Conducts site investigations to determine structural stability,
seismic risk, and drainage and slope stability requirements.
9. Evaluates building and grading plans to determine compliance with
10. Conducts environmental site assessments to determine potential
environmental impacts to soil and surface/ground water; prepares and
reviews geological reports and makes recommendations.
11. Serves as resident geologist on complex projects; provides
project direction to staff, contractors, and consultants.
12. Assists in budget preparation.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid certificate of
registration as a Geologist issued by the California State Board of
Registration for Geologists.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License. Independent travel throughout the County,
including difficult to reach areas, is required.
Knowledge of: principles and practices employed in hydrology and
engineering geology to include groundwater, drainage, watershed
analysis, safe yield, recharge, slope stability, seismic risks, and
soil mechanics; collection and analysis of data; and principles of
contract administration and supervision. General knowledge of the
Alquist-Priolo Act. California Environmental Quality Act and
California land use and planning law.
Ability to: critically analyze and evaluate hydrologic, watershed,
geologic and soils reports; prepare and verbally present reports and
comprehensive studies; utilize and maintain a computer data base for
groundwater basins; read and analyze aerial photographs; establish
and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with
others, plan, direct and evaluate the work of others including
subordinates, supervisors, members of the public and specialists in
other agencies; speak clearly and concisely before large groups;
explain technical information in lay terms.