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About Coastal Geologic Services

CGS is committed to responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea by providing innovative coastal science, design, and management to help protect the resources of the Salish Sea/Puget Sound. We are a small, independent consulting firm that is a leader in coastal restoration in the region. CGS has been in business with steady growth for over 26 years. We provide a full range of services for coastal sites at many scales, and for a diverse client base including local, state, and federal government agencies, tribes, non-profits, private landowners, and associations. Focus areas include beach, bluff and estuary restoration and enhancement, gravel beach nourishment/soft shore protection, inlet processes, and climate change/SLR analysis, vulnerability, and adaptation.

We own our modern office located along a forested reach of Whatcom Creek in the vibrant downtown of Bellingham, WA, adjacent to an award-winning trail and park network, and within walking distance of Bellingham Bay. Bellingham boasts wonderful schools, an active and progressive community, access to the San Juan Islands and thousands of miles of marine shore, the Cascade Mountains, and many affordable cultural venues, restaurants, and breweries.

Geotechnical Engineer, Bluff Stability and Coastal Focus

Updated October 19, 2020

Coastal Geologic Services (CGS) is currently looking to hire a full time Geotechnical (Civil) Engineer for the Engineering and Design Group at our Bellingham, WA office. The position will cover coastal bluff and beach system analysis, mapping, design, and field oversight. The position includes mid-level engineering and project management as part of our small team, which includes engineering and coastal geologists, a senior coastal engineer, CAD, and GIS staff. The successful candidate will be working in conjunction with these staff on small multi-disciplinary teams to support projects through the application of engineering and geologic principles and techniques. The successful candidate needs to have strong communication skills and be able to work independently and with teams to apply critical thinking skills to solve technical issues and develop project-specific solutions.

Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Conducting field investigations involving bluffs, beaches, coastal structures, and other sites
  • Performing engineering calculations of bluff stability (including slope modeling), preparing technical reports including field reports, design of coastal structures and retaining walls, technical memoranda, computation packages, feasibility reports, design reports, construction drawings, and specifications
  • Processing and analyzing large datasets including LiDAR data, other topography and bathymetry data, along with development features
  • Providing field oversight, monitoring, and testing for coastal and bluff restoration, parks, and other development and construction projects
  • Assignments may include project travel within the Salish Sea region in rural and urban locations, but will generally be limited to no more than 5-15% of work time
  • Support Senior Coastal Engineer with other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited university
  • 5+ years work experience in geotechnical engineering
  • Project management experience
  • Professional Engineer Registration
  • Work experience with bluff/coastal projects, LiDAR data, and slope stability modeling
  • Strong organizational, technical, written, and oral communication skills with attention to detail

Preferred Education and Experience

  • M.S. or M.Eng. in Civil/Geotechnical, Coastal, or Ocean Engineering
  • Puget Sound and sea level rise adaptation work experience
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, MATLAB, ArcGIS, Python
  • Knowledge and experience in coastal processes, coastal geomorphology and coastal structural analysis

Work Environment

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with some flexibility. Currently, this job will require working from home due to COVID. The job largely operates in a professional office environment working with computers. Occasional fieldwork and travel will be necessary. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401(k), and a comprehensive leave package.

How to Apply

Please email detailed resume, cover letter, certifications, and a minimum of three references. Cover letter should address how the candidate’s specific experience makes them well suited for a small, independent firm and how their long-term career goals align with this position. Please email completed materials to careers@coastalgeo.com. Interviews are starting. Position is open until filled (currently open).

CGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. CGS will provide reasonable accommodation to all applicants and employees.

Coastal Engineer – Restoration and Sea Level Rise Resilience Focus

Updated October 22, 2020

Coastal Geologic Services is accepting resumes from qualified professionals for a full time mid-level/ junior to mid-level Coastal Engineer position in our North Puget Sound (Bellingham, WA) office. The position will cover analysis and project design for coastal beach and estuarine systems, with an emphasis on process restoration, nearshore habitat enhancement, erosion control, and sea level rise utilizing beach nourishment, logs, vegetation, coastal structure removal and modification, and water crossing upgrades.

Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Analyze conditions and design project elements for beach and estuarine systems
  • Conduct field measurements
  • Model flooding, waves, sediment transport, and coastal evolution/morphodynamics of gravel beach and estuarine systems, including inlet processes
  • Create and manage project elements
  • Work both independently and as a team member
  • Effectively manage client needs
  • Identify and pursue project opportunities
  • Collaborate on and/or lead grants and proposals

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in engineering (civil, environmental preferred)
  • 3+ years of professional experiencing working on coastal engineering projects or a PhD
  • Coastal modeling experience such as modeling of waves, currents, storm surge, sediment transport, etc.
  • Environmental and bathymetric data processing and analysis.
  • Experience with coastal flooding and sea level rise resilience and adaptation
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT)
  • Demonstrated ability to complete field measurements at beaches and coastal waters
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to conduct effective client and agency presentations and written technical reports 
  • Ability to work in the US and valid driver’s license

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Puget Sound region professional experience
  • Consulting experience
  • Current Professional Engineer (PE) registration
  • Proficiency in GIS, programming, and modeling tools (SWAN & DELFT3D, or similar, CEM, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Coastal process restoration, living shorelines/habitat enhancement project experience
  • Design experience in project plan development; specifications development, AutoCAD
  • Experience with coastal structure design (shore erosion control structures, culverts, boat ramps, and gravel beach nourishment design)
  • Familiarity with gravel and mixed gravel-sand beaches

Work Environment

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with some flexibility. Currently, this job will require working from home due to COVID. The job largely operates in a professional office environment working with computers. Occasional fieldwork and travel will be necessary. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401(k), and a comprehensive leave package.

How to Apply

Please email detailed resume, cover letter, certifications, and a minimum of three references. Cover letter should address how the candidate’s specific experience makes them well suited for a small, independent firm and how their long-term career goals align with this position. Please email completed materials to careers@coastalgeo.com. Interviews are starting. Position is open until filled (currently open). CGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. CGS will provide reasonable accommodation to all applicants and employees.