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Early Career Geologist

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Science
  • Memphis

AI generated summary

  • You need a degree in geology or related field, 0-1 years of experience, analytical mindset, attention to detail, familiarity with environmental laws, strong communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and uphold workplace safety standards.
  • You will assist in collecting, analyzing, and reporting environmental data, maintaining quality standards, providing technical support, writing reports, ensuring safety compliance, and collaborating with teams on projects and remediation efforts in the field of geology.


  • BS or BA in Geology, Environmental Science or Engineering, or related technical field
  • 0 to 1 years of relevant post-education experience in environmental engineering.
  • Analytical mindset with an ability to exercise sound judgement in evaluating situations and making decisions.
  • Capable self-leadership with attention to detail, accuracy, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Familiarity with the concepts of reducing and eliminating the use or generation of hazardous substances, processes, or products., as well as awareness of mitigation programs.
  • Familiarity with relevant environmental laws, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to an engineering and non-engineering audience.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team to meet business objectives.
  • Basic proficiency with technical writing, office automation and communication software, technology, math principles, predictive models, and tools.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Must be able to pass a HAZWOPER physical/ Fit for Duty Exam
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Engineer-in-Training Certification or Geologist-in-Training Certificate, or ability to obtain one.


  • With minimal supervision, assist with collecting, extracting, identifying, and compiling environmental data from soil sampling, soil gas sampling, groundwater sampling, stormwater sampling, boring logs, and other matrices for projects, investigations, and surveys.
  • Review, integrate, collect data, and perform quality control from environmental regulatory, and other databases.
  • Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements and statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Perform basic professional environmental engineering work relating to air emission sources, hazardous or solid waste facilities, water supply facilities, industrial and agricultural facilities, pollution sources, existing site conditions, water resource, and underground storage tanks.
  • Assists with verifying the characteristics of a site, providing technical assistance on various environmental issues.
  • Write technical reports summarizing research with findings and conclusions, generating complete, accurate, and concise documentation using electronic systems and software.
  • Comply with safety guidelines and site-specific procedures which include but is not limited to, the maintenance of sample collection, laboratory documentation, written procedures, and field/work site logbooks.
  • Assist technical staff and project managers with environmental risk identification and assessment, offering input and analysis with low-level threat mitigation activities and remediation projects.
  • Work with cross-functional teams in executing project work.
  • Assist with work plan preparation and coordination of field work permitting.
  • Complete training on assigned tasks.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.


What are the primary responsibilities of an Early Career Geologist at WSP?

The primary responsibilities include supporting technical staff and project managers on various environmental projects such as due diligence, investigation, remediation, and environmental permitting projects. Tasks may involve assisting in the development of processes related to air and water quality, hazardous waste disposal, and pollution control.

Where can an Early Career Geologist expect to work within the Southern States-Southeast District?

An Early Career Geologist may sit in WSP's Memphis, Tennessee or Ridgeland, Mississippi offices within the Southern States-Southeast District.

What type of documentation does an Early Career Geologist need to generate regarding field conditions and contaminants?

The Early Career Geologist needs to generate accurate and concise documentation regarding field conditions, movement, outcome, and ecological risks of contaminants.

What level of quality is expected when delivering responsibilities as an Early Career Geologist at WSP?

Responsibilities must be delivered and adhered to with a level of quality that meets or exceeds acceptable industry standards.

What are some examples of infrastructure and environmental projects an Early Career Geologist may be involved in at WSP?

An Early Career Geologist may be involved in projects related to water supply, hazardous waste disposal, air emission sources, pollution control, and preserving the quality of the environment to prevent contamination and degradation of air, water, and land resources.

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