Imagine being a first responder on a marine emergency project or enabling commerce in an entire region through a vital port and harbor deepening. GLDD’s business is unique and offers a vibrant culture, dynamic work environments, and career growth opportunities, and it is the talent, expertise, and effort of our employees that has contributed to our proven history of excellence for 130 years. Every day our employees are immersed in a variety of projects as well as challenged to achieve sustainable results for our clients. We are committed to discovering innovative dredging solutions, researching new ways to recycle dredged sediment as a viable resource for habitat restoration, and providing coastal recovery.


We offer a variety of employment opportunities for individuals seeking salary, hourly, office, or field-based careers. Positions are located at either our corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, or on project sites throughout the U.S. and overseas.

At GLDD, we strive to create a progressive, forward-thinking work environment for all employees by investing our time and resources in career development and professional growth. You will have training opportunities in a number of different areas including safety and health, technical proficiency, leadership development, and communication skills. You will gain experience in a variety of specialties and functions through a disciplined training program that ensures experienced-based performance as employees advance through company operations. Additionally, we have many seasonal internships that provide career-seeking students with hands-on opportunities.




You will join us as we come together to raise funds and volunteer our time for causes such as disaster relief, underprivileged schools, animal advocacy, nonprofits, and environmental initiatives. We take pride in giving back to our community whether it’s local to a project site or near our corporate headquarters. We value the donation of our time and resources and benefit from the employee teamwork it builds along the way. A few examples of our community engagement initiatives include:

• New Equipment Funding – Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island, Georgia
• Adopt a Family at the Holidays – Daybreak Center, DuPage County
• Chicago Night Ministry Winter Clothing Drive
• Golf Outing – St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
• Prostate Cancer Awareness – Movember Foundation
• Breast Cancer Awareness – American Cancer Society
• Twice yearly blood drives with Vitalant


✓ YOU will work alongside experienced and distinguished industry experts.
✓ YOU will benefit from a culture that prioritizes employee safety on every account, stimulates innovation, promotes thought leadership, focuses on performance, and encourages idea generation.
✓ YOU are a leader, architect, and pioneer.
✓ YOU can solve challenging problems, ignite a sense of passion, and promote teamwork to help us make a true impact.

The Ellis Island

The Ellis Island recently commenced dredging operations on Phase 1 of the MSCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Plan in the U. S. Gulf of Mexico offshore of Gulfport Mississippi. With a 15,000 cubic yard capacity Ellis Island is the largest hopper dredge in the U. S..

Our Projects

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Before & After

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In 2006, GLDD adopted an Incident-and Injury-Free (IIF®) safety management program that has been integrated into all aspects of the company’s culture. The company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) is North America’s dredging industry leader, the largest provider of marine dredging, and the only U.S. company with substantial overseas operations. 

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