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Geotechnical Engineer



Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024

Title: Geological/Geotechnical Engineer – Underground

Location: Denver, CO/Toronto, ON/Remote – North America

Job Type: Full-Time

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

Are you ready to shape the future of sustainable energy? Hydrostor, a pioneer in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) systems, is seeking a Geological/Geotechnical Engineer to join our team in North America. We’re enabling the energy transition to a cleaner, more reliable electricity grid, and invite you to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking journey.

Why Hydrostor?

Our cutting-edge A-CAES technology is uniquely positioned to revolutionize the energy landscape. Join us as we lead the way in shaping a greener, more sustainable future.

Your Mission:

As a Geological/Geotechnical Engineer at Hydrostor, you will play a crucial role in our renewable energy projects, contributing directly to developing and implementing innovative long-duration underground energy storage solutions. Reporting to the Principal Engineer, your primary responsibility will be to provide geological/geotechnical expertise and support for underground energy storage facilities' design, construction, and operation. You will work closely with cross-functional teams, including in-house engineering, consultants, contractors and project management, to ensure the successful execution of our projects and the optimization of our energy storage systems. Your role is integral to advancing our mission of providing sustainable and reliable underground energy storage solutions.

Your Day-to-Day Adventures

  • Screening: Perform desktop geological investigations to identify locations with geologic formations ideal for energy storage complex placement, working closely with the Business Development teams, in various jurisdictions globally.
  • Investigation: Provide oversight to geotechnical site investigations, including soil and rock sampling, laboratory and in-situ testing, geophysical surveys, and geological mapping, to assess subsurface conditions and inform project design.
  • Design: Develop geotechnical design parameters and recommendations for underground structures, including caverns and shafts, ensuring stability and safety in accordance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Support Systems: Design, specify and optimize ground support systems, including rock bolts, shotcrete and ground reinforcement, to mitigate geologic hazards and ensure the long-term stability and performance of underground structures.
  • Oversight: Provide geotechnical oversight during underground construction activities, including shaft excavation, drilling and blasting, to ensure compliance with design specifications and safety protocols.
  • and Monitoring: Install and monitor geotechnical instrumentation, such as telltales, piezometers, and extensometers, to assess ground behaviour and performance during construction and operation.
  • Assessment: Conduct geotechnical risk assessments and analyses, including rockfall hazard assessment, embankment stability analysis, and groundwater flow analysis, to identify and mitigate potential risks to project safety and performance.
  • Support: Provide technical support and expertise to project teams, contractors, and stakeholders, addressing geological/geotechnical challenges and optimizing project outcomes through proactive problem-solving and collaboration.
  • and Reporting: Prepare comprehensive geotechnical reports, drawings, and documentation, summarizing site investigations, design analyses, and construction activities, to support project documentation and regulatory compliance.
  • Travel: Travel to current and future project locations is expected (<20%).

Who You Are:

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Geological/Geotechnical (Underground) Engineer to join our team at Hydrostor. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in geological/geotechnical engineering principles and rock mechanics, with specific experience in underground mining and construction projects. You should possess excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to effectively assess and mitigate geotechnical risks. Strong communication and teamwork abilities are essential.

What You Bring

  • Bachelor's degree in geological or geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, mining engineering, or related field. Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience, with specific experience in mining or underground construction projects.
  • Experience in managing and supervising field exploration programs.
  • Understanding of geotechnical principles and practices, including rock and soil mechanics, rock wedge stability, ground support systems, and embankment stability.
  • Knowledge in geotechnical analysis and design software, such as GeoStudio, Rocscience, FLAC, or PLAXIS.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to effectively assess and mitigate geotechnical risks.
  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities, with the capacity to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks and priorities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license or equivalent certification, or ability to obtain shortly.
  • Familiarity with relevant industry standards and regulations, such as ASTM, ISRM, ASCE, and MSHA.
  • Experience with underground energy storage projects would be considered an asset.

Compensation Details:

  • Salary: $90,000 - $140,000
  • Discretionary Bonus
  • Paid Vacation Time
  • Medical, Dental and Eyecare Benefits
  • 401K Program – with a match!
  • Employee Share Option Plan

To Apply:

To apply for this position, submit your resume by clicking “Easy Apply”.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to move forward in the interview process will be contacted.

For more information on Hydrostor and the exciting journey we’re on visit our website at

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Hydrostor, we know that fostering an inclusive workplace, which values diversity, inclusion, and belonging is paramount to our success.

To fulfill our mission, our goal is to attract people who come from all backgrounds and walks of life, who bring diverse perspectives with wide-ranging experiences, and who share in our common passion to drive innovation and change the global energy landscape.

Hydrostor proudly embraces the principles of equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to providing opportunities for all employees and candidates. We ensure that all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental, pregnancy, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status protected by applicable law.

Hydrostor is committed to making our application and interview process accessible to everyone, and we encourage applications from people with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation at any stage, please contact us at In your application, we welcome you to specify your preferred pronouns (e.g. she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).