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Soils Limited Cornwall Is Hiring

Posted on 29th April 2022


Graduate Position

Soils Limited have an opportunity for a graduate with an education in geology, engineering geology, geotechnics or other relevant earth sciences to join our expanding team in Redruth, Cornwall and begin their engineering career in a geotechnical/geoenvironmental consultancy. The role will see a mix of office-based engineering work and fieldwork varied to suit project needs.

Who are we?

Celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, Soils Limited are a team of qualified geotechnical engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, and geochemists working across the south of England, with offices in Hampshire, Cornwall and Surrey. We provide geotechnical and contaminated land consultancy, as well as in-house site investigation services, monitoring, and inspections. We also have our own team of surveyors that provide utility tracing, GPR and topographical surveys.

Soils Limited is proud of our company ethos and the strength of our teams working in a relaxed and positive environment, leveraging a deep technical base to deliver value for clients and stakeholders alike. Over the years, we have built our company around the core principle of retention and development of our people, with this approach instilled in everything we do by the company founders, who remain with the firm to this day.

Where will you be working?

The role will be based in our Cornwall office, with a mix of office and site work across the region. Our Southwest team are based in our office and warehouse at United Downs, a few miles from Truro and Redruth. The team here routinely undertake fieldwork west of Bristol, with occasional needs further afield.

The Role

At a firm like Soils we don’t really do ‘typical’ but, if we did, a week might look like:

– Liaising with clients, engineering supervisors, subcontractors, and other project stakeholders

– Coordinating ground investigation works with our field technicians and drillers

– Supervising intrusive investigation activities such as drilling, trial pitting and in-situ testing

– Support for onsite works

– Soil and rock logging and laboratory scheduling

– Processing field and laboratory results

– Writing technical memos, reports and communicating our work to our clients

– Working with our accounts department to prepare invoices

What are we looking for

The following attributes are essential:

– A degree or similar qualification in geology, engineering geology, geotechnics or other relevant earth sciences

– UK Driving Licence

– Computer literate, able to use MS Office applications, SharePoint etc

– Eagerness to obtain chartership through an appropriate professional institution

– Enthusiastic and supportive team member with strong verbal and written communication skills

– A strong work ethic and desire to learn

– Familiarity with and ability to interpret geological maps

– Ability to manage time and complete tasks efficiently across multiple projects

– Capable of presenting ideas and working collaboratively within a team

– Flexibility for occasional work assignments nationally with overnight stays

The following attributes are desirable, feel free to highlight any of these in your cover letter:

– A Masters in a relevant discipline

– Relevant industry experience through placements or internships

– Experience in design to relevant British Standards and Eurocode

– Experience in developing ground models and assessing existing risks and solutions related to ground activities

– Understanding and/or experience of design for foundations (shallow and piled) and retaining walls

– Familiarity with the concepts of Contaminated Land

– CSCS Card

What we can offer

– A starting salary of £22,000 to £26,000 with annual appraisals

– 20-day holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, rising with years of service

– Company mobile phone for business needs

– Workplace Pension Scheme

– Reimbursement for membership to a professional body/industry association

– Mentoring and support in your progression towards chartership

We seek to develop strong mentoring relationships for our junior staff and see this as vital to our core goal of retaining and developing our people. We pride ourselves on having an open and relaxed flat-management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation.


Please send your CV with a brief introductory email to Craig Morrison –