Field Specialist

GRI is seeking a Field Specialist to join our growing team.  As a Field Specialist at GRI, you will gain experience working on a variety of interesting assignments under the mentorship of project/senior engineers.

For the past 38 years, GRI has offered its professional staff the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting projects across the Pacific Northwest region. We are proud of our deeply experienced, dedicated, and highly qualified technical and professional staff. We offer an environment of professional encouragement, teamwork and fun, and provide our employees with an excellent compensation and benefits package.

As a Field Specialist at GRI, your primary focus will be performing geotechnical related construction observations including:

  • Observe fill placement
  • Observe placement and construction of cement treated fills and subgrades
  • Observe subgrade for foundations, slab on grade, and roadways
  • Observe trench excavations and backfill
  • Observe placement of pavement and slab on grade base course
  • Observe proof-rolls of fills, subgrade, and basecourse
  • Observe construction of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls
  • Perform density testing of engineered fills, compacted base course, retaining wall backfill, and asphalt concrete pavements.
  • Collect samples of onsite soils and aggregate for construction related laboratory testing
  • Perform laboratory testing including moisture contents, sieve analysis, #200 wash, and proctors
  • Observe installation of drainage sections around retaining walls, and foundations
  • Observe and document installation of deep foundations such as driven piles, drilled shafts, micropiles, auger-cast piles, drilled displacement piers, soldier piles, pin piles, and helical piles
  • Observe installation of ground improvement including aggregate piers, compaction grouting, deep soil mixing, cutter soil mixing, jet grout, permeation ground, dynamic compaction, and rigid inclusions
  • Observe installation of anchors including soil nails, tie backs, rock bolts, and rock doweling
  • Manage and coordinate work with construction contractors
  • Collect soil, rock, and groundwater samples & data; evaluate & interpret data collected
  • Prepare concise and timely site visit reports
  • Communicate on project sites with contractors/subcontractors
  • Identify and understand unsuitable conditions in the field, apply knowledge to real-world situations on project sites to make recommendations
  • Understand proper piles, anchor testing, fill placement, drilled shafts, and apply knowledge to real-world conditions on project sites to identify inappropriate or unsuitable conditions/ application, & make recommendations in real-time
  • Attend internal and external project meetings
Job Requirements

Required Skills / Abilities

  • Strong understanding of geotechnical construction and design considerations including the terms and methodology used in geotechnical engineering
  • Perform simple calculations and use tools to compute data
  • Interpret and communicate site plans and specifications
  • Communicate clearly with project managers; ability to manage time and meet deadlines
  • Work with a variety of other personnel in the office and in the field

Physical Requirements

  • Use computers, tablets, and mobile devices
  • Perform physical tasks on project sites that may include walking, climbing, crawling, or standing for long periods of time
  • Perform work outdoors in all types of weather, including inclement conditions
  • Lift up to 40 pounds at times
  • Travel to project sites in vehicles
  • Work may include out of town travel for extended periods of time.

Position Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering or Geology with 3+ years (5+ preferred) of relevant experience
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or Geology with 0+ years (2+ preferred) of relevant experience
  • EIT/GIT Preferred
  • Valid driver’s license