GEOLOGIST 2 in Phoenix, United States

at State of Arizona
Location Phoenix, United States
Date Posted October 19, 2020
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission? Please apply today! For general information, visit our website:


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Geologist II
Grade 20
Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $60,000
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007
(Position Will Remain Open Until Business Needs are Met.)


The Arizona State Land Department manages over 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.
Under the direction of the Minerals Section Manager, the Geologist II is responsible for permitting and leasing of State Trust land under several state-wide programs, including Exploration Permits, Mineral Leases, Mineral Material Leases, Oil and Gas Leases, Geothermal Energy Leases and Special Land Use Permits for exploration and mining related purposes primarily on split estate lands where the Department controls only the surface estate. The work will involve many levels of complexity or difficulty, and includes planning, data assembly, and/or data presentation in tables, reports, and geological maps for use in the evaluation of oil, gas, geothermal energy, mineral and mineral material, surface and ground water resources.
The incumbent has extensive experience in the hard rock mineral/ sand & gravel industry and analyzes, extrapolates and interprets geological data; suggests solutions and provides advice on a variety of geological and engineering problems; inspects exploration activities, drilling sites and mining operations; may supervise and train professional and technical personnel or assistants; and performs related work as required. The Geologist II is distinguished from the Geologist I by the volume of interpretation, extrapolation and application of geological principles to the solution of problems in the areas of geologic exploration, mining and resource development.

Conducts field examinations of active operations to ensure compliance with lease terms, mine operating plans, statutes and policies; pre-approval field examinations of applications to assess and document initial conditions; and post-mining and reclamation examinations again to ensure compliance with lease terms, reclamation plans, statutes and policies. Composes geologic or field exam reports, including maps and photographs documenting conditions and observations.
Analyzes geological samples, reports, and geological, geophysical and topographic maps; inspects geological exploration sites and review and approve methods and location of geological exploration; observes drilling and extraction operations to determine that operating procedures are in accordance with submitted and approved plans.
Conducts and writes geologic assessments or mineral evaluation reports of areas for non-mineral applications (for example land sales, commercial leases, land exchanges, rights-of-way, other leasing programs, and special projects).
Communicates and interfaces with other Department divisions and sections, other federal, state and local agencies, and public entities. Communicates via e-mail, telephone and/or letter with applicants and lessees to answer questions and resolve problems, or to answer general questions regarding the application and leasing processes, or other Minerals Section programs.
Assists in mineral issues related to land-use planning, public/private meetings, hearings and committees, appeals, responding to information requests from the Department and outside agencies or the public, assisting in other areas of the Department, and contracting with consultants, service providers and appraisers. Performs unique or special studies or assessments triggered by in-house or cross-agency needs related to mineral evaluations, mining and reclamation programs or regulatory requirements and compliance.
Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures.
Other duties as assigned as related to the position.


Knowledge of:
· Knowledge of geology pertaining to the following areas:
mineral and mineral material value;
appraisal methodology;
reclamation practices;
water availability and utilization;
petroleum exploration and drilling;
geologic field equipment, tools, and instruments;
related geologic and engineering principles and practices.
Geologic mapping and mineral identification;
Mineral deposits including type, kind and theories as to genesis;
Sampling methods, analytical techniques and appropriate applications;
Basic principles and practices of mining;
Economics of mineral commodities, their uses, value, demand and production methods and costs;
Understanding of mineral resource availability within the state, nation and world;
Understanding of mining rules and procedures and governmental agency policies;
Understanding of appraisal theory and methodology and mineral valuation.
Skill in:
Advanced skills in speaking and writing effectively; preparing technical reports and geologic maps; and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
Basic computer literacy skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, ArcView/ArcMap
Ability to:
Ability to conduct field operations, work alone, travel in rugged and remote terrain, drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle, collect samples and data, carry heavy loads (rock samples), supervise field crews, read topographic maps and aerial photographs;
Ability to compile data and write reports in usable formats;
Ability to prepare maps and diagrams illustrating field relationships and/or concepts;
Ability to conceptualize and model ore deposits in terms of geology, operations and economics;
Ability to make oral presentations of projects and programs with appropriate props and illustrations;
Ability to manage multiple projects
A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Geology or a mining-related field is mandatory. An advanced degree and several years of minerals or mining related job experience is preferred, although additional years of experience may be substituted for the advanced degree. A minimum of three years of experience in geological exploration, oil and gas development, or mining is required. Preference may be given to those who hold Professional Geologist (PG) or Registered Geologist (RG) credentials.

Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For more information on the benefits available to State of Arizona employees, including plan descriptions, wait periods and cost, please visit

Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
The current contribution rate is 12.22%

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Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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