Geoscientist I - Groundwater Protection in Austin, United States

at Railroad Commission of Texas
Location Austin, United States
Date Posted April 15, 2018
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


The Railroad Commission of Texas, recognized as a worldwide leader in the regulation of oil and gas exploration and production, seeks a Geoscientist to provide advanced geological work in the Groundwater Advisory Unit in the Oil and Gas Division. Major responsibilities include evaluating and determining the depth of usable-quality groundwater and the base of the underground source of drinking water to be protected during oil and gas operations. The Geoscientist provides the related information to the oil and gas industry, other state agencies, and the general public. The Geoscientist will utilize geophysical well logs, geographic information systems, custom software applications, and available literature in determining groundwater protection recommendations. This position offers the opportunity to study and use the latest technology to gather data used in the creation of a statewide subsurface 3-D image / map that identifies the location and depth of water resources.

Essential Job Duties:
Review and process Groundwater Protection Determination Request Forms.
Prepare groundwater protection determinations for oil and gas related wells, cathodic protection wells/ground beds, seismic surveys, and oil and gas waste injection wells.
Determine fresh water zones (less than 1,000 mg/l TDS), base of usable-quality water (3,000 mg/l TDS), and the base of the underground source of drinking water (10,000 mg/l TDS).
Plot and associate appropriate information in the Geographic Information System.
Determine geologic isolation of the injection zone from the base of usable-quality water and the base of the underground source of drinking water using RRC standards and practice.
Review and interpret well logs
Prepare structural/hydrological contour maps and cross-sections.
Issue Groundwater Protection Determination Letters.
State Classification #: 2356
State Classification Title: GEOSCIENTIST I
Salary Group: B17

Military Occupational Speciality Codes (MOC):
Army – No Equivalent
Navy – 680X LDO - Meteorology/ Oceanography
Coast Guard - No Equivalent
Marines – No Equivalent
Air Force – No Equivalent

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Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year university in Geological Sciences.
Must be licensed as a Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas or in a U.S. State with license reciprocity.
Preferred Qualifications

Experience evaluating geophysical well logs for water quality (such as Total Dissolved Solids TDS).
Experience mapping localized or large-scale aquifers utilizing geophysical well logs and/or driller's logs preferred.
Experience with Petra or other engineering/geoscience software to create contour maps and cross-sections preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of geosciences principles, techniques, and procedures; of mathematics and statistics; and of the practical application of geosciences and technology.
Skill in scientific data management, in collecting and assessing geological, geohydrological, and geophysical data; in applying modeling and statistical procedures; in the use of computers and related software; and in the use of standard tools of the profession.
Ability to plan and coordinate projects, to apply geological concepts, and to communicate effectively.
Ability to perform well log interpretation.
Ability to interact with staff, the oil and gas industry, and the public in a positive and productive manner.
Ability to evaluate and organize geologic information.
Demonstrated general knowledge of Texas geology.

There are two (2) vacancies available.


Applications, for this posting, should be submitted on-line by clicking on the 'Apply' link above.

Due to the high volume of applications we do not accept telephone calls. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Notifications to applicants are sent electronically to the email address you provide.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age
or disability in employment or in the provision of services.
The Railroad Commission of Texas is a smoke-free workplace.

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