Staff/Senior Staff Geotechnical Engineer at Schnabel Inc.

Posted in Architecture 10 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Lakewood, Colorado

Job Description:

Schnabel is an employee-owned, professional consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in dam, water resource, geotechnical and tunnel engineering.  Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities we live in and support are a vital part of who we are and what we offer.  Founded in 1956, Schnabel has experienced tremendous success and growth through its dedication to excellence in client service, high quality, and value-added solutions.  Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and Top 10 Dams and Reservoirs Design Firm. 

Recognized by CE News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work for, Schnabel provides over 450 employees in 23 offices throughout the United States with competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, life and disability. Engagement in Schnabel’s wellness program offers incentives for employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and the firm rewards employees through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan.


Job Description:

Are you looking for interesting and meaningful work, a fun atmosphere, and opportunities to learn, grow, and excel? If so, then welcome to Schnabel! We approach problems with creativity and innovation. The Denver, Colorado office is seeking a Staff/Senior Staff Geotechnical Engineer to support our growing office and region. We are looking for a motivated candidate with attention to detail, a passion to develop as a professional, and a desire to be part of a strong multi-disciplinary team.

The Denver office of Schnabel focuses on the evaluation and design of dams, structures, and facilities as well as advancing our practice of risk informed decision making within our dams engineering group. Example projects include the inspection, evaluation and design (new dams and rehabilitation) of embankment and concrete dams, spillways, outlet works, and instrumentation, and performing risk assessments for dam owners for sites located across the United States.

Job Responsibilities:

Perform the following geotechnical and dam engineering tasks:

  • Perform engineering activities throughout all phases of a project lifecycle, including field inspections, subsurface explorations, evaluation, analysis, design, and engineering services during construction. 

  • Review instrumentation data and prepare instrumentation layouts and designs.

  • Prepare design calculations, engineering reports, construction drawings and technical specifications.

  • Work as a team member within the Denver office and across other Schnabel offices to effectively balance workload among available resources.

  • Observe construction and perform materials testing.

  • Willingness and ability to perform field work and travel, including assignments that may last several weeks or months away from the office.    

Required Skills/Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program is required.

  • Experience and/or knowledge of geohazards and rock mechanics is beneficial.

  • 0-3 years of professional experience.

  • Relevant work experience/background in geotechnical and/or dam safety engineering is preferred.

  • Successful completion of the EIT or plans to complete for future ability to become a Licensed Professional Engineer. 

  • Experience/knowledge of common computer-aided analysis and modeling programs applicable to geotechnical engineering is preferred. For example, Geo-Slope International, gINT, OpenGround, Rocscience, LPILE, etc.  

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to multi-task.

  • A strong work ethic and the desire to perform professionally at a high level.

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

  • Attention to detail and well-organized.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and be physically able to negotiate drilling and construction sites, enter trenches, climb ladders, and work outside.

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment screening.


For candidates in Colorado, the salary range for Staff Engineer is between $55,000 - $80,000.

For candidates in Colorado, the salary range for Senior Staff Engineer is between $60,000 - $90,000.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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