GEOLOGIST II in Phoenix, United States

at State of Arizona
Location Phoenix, United States
Date Posted September 10, 2019
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 land 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.
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Geologist II
Grade 20
Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $60,000
(Position Will Remain Open Until Business Needs are Met.)


1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007


Under the guidance and direction of the Minerals Section Manager, the Geologist II is responsible for permitting and leasing of State Trust land through several state-wide programs. These programs include Mineral Exploration permits, Mineral leases, Mineral Material leases, Oil and Gas leases, Geothermal Energy leases, Right of Entry permits, and Special Land Use permits for mining-related activities. Daily work involves many levels of complexity, including long-term planning, data assembly, and data presentation for use in the evaluation and leasing of petroleum, geothermal, mineral, and water resources.
The incumbent is responsible for: 1) interpreting geological data, 2) formulating and recommending solutions on a variety of geological and engineering problems, 3) inspecting exploration sites and mining operations, 4) mentoring professional and technical personnel or assistants, 5) processing incoming applications using our digital customer relationship management (CRM) software, 6) interfacing with customers that include members of industry and the general public, and 7) actively contributing to the Minerals Section team. 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.

Summary of Duties: The Geologist II is responsible for the daily processing of mineral-based permits and leases. This involves utilizing several sources of information, including digital land databases, CRM software, geographic information systems, and other resources provided by customers.
The Geologist II conducts: 1) field examinations of active operations to ensure compliance with lease terms, mine operating plans, statutes, and policies, 2) pre-approval field examinations of applications to assess and document initial conditions, and 3) post-mining and reclamation examinations to ensure compliance with lease terms, reclamation plans, statutes, and policies. The Geologist II is responsible for composing technically written geologic or field exam reports that include maps and photographs documenting conditions and observations. The Geologist II analyzes geological reports and maps, reviews and approves exploration methods, evaluates the location of geological exploration, and observes exploration operations to determine that operating procedures are in accordance with submitted and approved plans. The Geologist II 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).
The Geologist II is responsible for communicating and interfacing with other Department divisions and sections, government agencies, and public entities. The Geologist II effectively communicates via e-mail, telephone, and/or letter with applicants and lessees to answer questions and resolve problems. The Geologist II performs 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. All Arizona State Land Employees apply the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; including actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates, continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement, and adhering to established standard work and procedures. Other duties assigned as related to the position. The Geologist II is primarily based in an office setting, with up to 15% of time spent in the field.


Knowledge: Knowledge of geology pertaining to the following areas:
Arizona geology and geologic history; Mineral and mineral material value;
Appraisal methodology;
Reclamation practices;
Water availability and utilization; Petroleum exploration and drilling;
Helium 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, locations, and theories as to genesis; Sampling methods, analytical techniques, and appropriate applications; Basic principles and practices of mining, including exploration; Economics of mineral commodities, their uses, value, demand, and production methods and costs;
Mineral resource availability within Arizona, the United States, and globally;
Mining rules, regulations, and procedures and governmental agency policies (ie. ADEQ, US Army Corp of Engineers); Appraisal theory and methodology and mineral valuation practices.

Skills: Advanced skills in speaking and writing effectively, preparing technical reports and geologic maps, and establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships; Proven computer literacy skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), ArcView/ArcMap, and digital databases.

Abilities: Ability to effectively and efficiently multi-task in an office setting; Ability to conduct field operations, work alone, travel in rugged and remote terrains, drive 4-wheel drive vehicles, and interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs while in the field; Ability to compile data and write reports in usable formats;
Ability to prepare maps and diagrams illustrating field relationships and/or concepts;
Ability to effectively contribute to an interdisciplinary team; Ability to design and deliver oral presentations of projects and programs;
Ability to independently manage multiple projects at one time.

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.

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.


The State of Arizona provides a highly comprehensive benefits package, including: A Competitive salary A robust and very affordable insurance plan that includes medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options;
A top-ranked retirement program with 100% employer matched contributions;
10 paid holidays per year; Accrued vacation and sick days; Work-Life balance and additional options for life betterment such as deferred compensation, credit union membership, and a wellness program.

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.)
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.
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