Entry Level Geotechnical Engineer

Engineering · Seattle, Washington
Department Engineering
Employment Type Regular Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Title: Entry Level Geotechnical Engineer

Location: Seattle, WA

Required education: M.S. in Civil Engineering (with a geotechnical focus) with 0 to 2 years of relevant work experience

Who Are We?

Anchor QEA is an environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on improving the environment and our communities by solving challenging problems. We employ more than 350 people in offices around the United States. Our vision is for a growing company that is our clients’ first choice for solving their most challenging problems and our employees’ first choice as a company where they want to work. We believe engaged staff lead to great client service and to a financially strong company—in that order. Our work environment fosters personal and professional growth for employees by providing autonomy, a clear vision, and the ability to master their skill set.  Learn more about Anchor QEA at www.anchorqea.com

What’s the Opportunity?

Anchor QEA is seeking a full-time, entry-level geotechnical engineer for our Seattle, Washington office to support our team with geotechnical, civil and environmental engineering design. We are interested in a candidate that has the capacity to grow and is a quick learner, detail-orientated, and a committed team player. Candidates for the position must have a M.S. degree in geotechnical engineering and a demonstrated understanding of or interest in field sampling, slope stability, foundation design, soft soils/sediments, seismic design and environmental cleanup. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to work on a variety of tasks of differing complexities, both independently and in team environments and learn directly from leaders in the industry.


  • Preparing engineering calculations, cost estimates, design drawings, and specifications for upland and sediment remediation, waterfront, restoration and structural design projects
  • Executing field sampling and analysis at upland and in-water project sites (position may require travel and/or field work for up to approximately 40-60%, depending on project needs; actual amount of time will vary over the course of a year)
  • Preparing qualitative and quantitative analyses of geotechnical and environmental data
  • Technical writing to support the preparation of sampling and analysis plans, geotechnical baseline reports, remedial investigation and feasibility study reports, and design documents, including technical specifications
  • Completing field assignments, including conducting geotechnical and environmental sampling (soil, sediment, groundwater, and water quality) and providing construction management support during project implementation


What Are We Looking For?

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (with a geotechnical focus) with 0 to 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with or interest in in-water and upland remediation sites, including the planning and implementation of sampling, data analysis, feasibility studies, and geotechnical design 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Critical thinking and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to pursue Professional Engineering (PE) licensure after requisite experience is obtained
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification (preferred; will be provided by Anchor QEA upon hire if not certified)
  • Ability to travel for field and/or construction projects (may be up to 60%, depending on project needs)

What Can You Expect?

A collaborative work environment where we encourage everyone to bring their authentic self. We offer a competitive salary; bonus program; medical, dental and vision coverage, short- and long-term disability programs; flexible schedules; a retirement plan with company match; and paid time off.

How to Apply?

Apply online through Anchor QEA's Open Positions page at https://www.anchorqea.com/careers/careers-open-positions/.  Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Additional Information

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience