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Senior Geologist

Idaho Geological Survey

Open for Recruitment:  July 9, 2012 - September 1, 2012
Announcement #:  12313091841
Salary Range:  $35,000 - $38,000 DOE
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Letter of Qualification
    Job References


The individual in this position works at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) and is stationed at the University of Idahoís Moscow campus.  This position conducts geological research that results in published products. The position requires scientific research into the basic geologic framework of the state. To achieve the goals of the agency, this person must interact with industry, state and federal agencies, educational institutions, the general public, and professional colleagues. Therefore, this person must be capable of effective professional communication including writing for scientific audiences.


This position reports to the IGS Director, coordinates work plans, and the organization and funding of projects with other research staff. The position participates in state and externally-funded Idaho Geological Survey programs, conducts research projects, oversees specific elements of projects, and has independent or shared responsibility in determining project objectives and methods. This position may supervise less experienced geologists and geologic aides, and direct their training. An individual in this position is expected to collect data and make observations in the field; develop scientific conclusions, write scientific documents, and interpret geology; portray scientific interpretations on geologic maps, cross sections, and graphs, which may include digital mapping skills to enhance the research, reports, and publications. The research emphasis is geologic mapping of Idaho which requires travel and field work.


The person will accomplish a wide variety of task with considerable independence and must exercise discretion in applying policies and procedures.  This must be done with a professional demeanor, in a manner that promotes a positive image for IGS and the Office of Research and Economic Development, and safeguards the flow of sensitive and confidential information.


RESPONSIBILITIES (% of Time, Essential/Marginal)

Advances the knowledge of the basic geologic framework of Idaho (40% / Essential):

  • Conducting elements of geological research projects including observing, describing, and identifying geologic features in the field, and analyzing and interpreting those features in the laboratory and office. Field work involves walking and hiking over rough terrain and carrying equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Developing graphical and textual databases that augment geological research and publications.
  • Completing projects to meet both deadlines and the quality standards of the IGS. 

Communicates knowledge of the geology of Idaho (35% / Essential):

  • Writing project results, preparing geologic maps, and other graphical presentations of geological interpretations.
  • Developing and writing publications that enhance the publicís understanding of the geology of the state. Applying digital mapping skills to enhance scientific value and quality of publications. 

Contributes to the IGS team effort (15% / Essential):

  • Collaborating with other IGS and external professional colleagues to accomplish project and program goals.
  • Assisting research faculty geologists and other research staff in writing project proposals that achieve the IGS mission and goals. 

Enhances IGS public relations and maintains professional and technical knowledge (10% / Marginal):

  • Updating skills and certifications.
  • Attending and presenting results of IGS research at professional meetings and reading geological literature.  Interacting with representatives from industry, state and federal agencies, educational institutions, and the general public to provide the best services of the IGS.


  • M.S. in Geology and a minimum of 3 years of experience in similar duties and responsibilities, including evidence of conducting geological study, field investigations, geologic mapping, and professional activity.
  • Demonstrated experience in: 
    • Field work and geological mapping or stratigraphy.
    • GIS and application of GIS to geologic research.
  • Ability to: travel and conduct field work alone, including operation of off-road vehicles; travel away from home periodically throughout the year for up to a few weeks at a time to conduct geological field research and attend professional meetings.
  • Proficient in:  rock and mineral identification and modern field investigation techniques. 
  • Ability to supervise, counsel, and develop less experienced employees and their training.
  • Must take initiative; be organized, able to manage multiple priorities to meet deadline requirements.
  • Good knowledge of: office support functions including word processing, composing a variety of business documents, gathering and compiling data, editing and proofing, and balancing and coordinating a workload for multiple projects.
  • Good writing skills: able to write letters, reports, and other technical documents with minimal guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through a variety of mediums.
  • Good attention to detail in all written work, database manipulations and analysis. 
  • Proven ability to:  think critically; act independently; and exercise initiative; to work collaboratively; maintain productivity under a variety of circumstances; and manage a variety of projects simultaneously.

Must Possess:

  • Computer software skills including Excel, word processing, graphics, data manipulation, electronic communication, and information access through the Internet.
  • A valid driverís license.


  • Experience in basin analysis, interpreting well and/or core log data, and characterizing stratigraphic units.
  • Experience researching and producing geologic maps and cross sections of stratified rocks.
  • Experience with Access or similar database program.
  • College degree or certification in GIS (Geographic Information Systems).


To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.