GEOLOGIST II in Phoenix, United States

at State of Arizona
Location Phoenix, United States
Date Posted April 4, 2018
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.
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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 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 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.
Summary of Duties: 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: 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.
Skills: 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
Abilities: 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 Bachelor’s Degree in Geology or a mining-related field is required. 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 and interpretation or mining.
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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