Groundwater Geologist II in Lincoln, United States

at State of Nebraska
Location Lincoln, United States
Date Posted September 30, 2020
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Under general supervision, has technical responsibility to oversee the investigation and cleanup of petroleum releases for both responsible party and orphan sites. Manage and oversee the procurement program for the orphan sites.

Location of position: 1400 N Street - Lincoln, NE

Work schedule: Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Flexible Schedules – After 6 month probationary period 10 hour workdays may be available.
Examples of Work
-Manage projects where surface and/or subsurface releases of petroleum and petroleum products have impacted soil and/or ground water. - Communicate with responsible parties via written, electronic, and verbal means to establish cleanup requirements and deadlines, and to track compliance with applicable regulations. - Coordinate with state contractors via written, electronic, and verbal means to establish cleanup requirements and deadlines for investigation and cleanup of petroleum releases at orphan sites. - Review hydrogeologic reports, work plans, and cost estimates, and approve, deny, or modify as appropriate. - Maintain database(s) of assigned projects, and track established deadlines for compliance by responsible party. - Answer questions posed by the regulated community, property owners, contractors, and other state, local, and federal entities. - Receive reports of releases of oil and/or hazardous substances, and enter information into database as appropriate. - Research geology and hydrology of petroleum release sites for most appropriate and cost effective cleanup technologies. - Investigate releases of petroleum via remote and/or on-scene methods. - Represent the Department in meetings such as community board, legislative, and outreach. - Write program development documents. - Attend training to advance and maintain competencies and to obtain needed certification CEUs. - Review cost estimates for responsible party sites to determine if costs are appropriate for the proposed scope of work. - Manage and coordinate the Department’s procurement program for approximately 300 Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites that do not have a responsible party. Enforce numerous written contracts based on time and materials. Directly supervise State Contractors, and enforce environmental regulations to ensure that cleanup is reached in a technically, timely, and fiscally sound manner. Review and approve all Contractor task assignments and Contractor invoices
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor of Science Degree in geology, the physical sciences, geography, environmental science, soil science, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related field consistent with the duties of the position AND one year of full-time professional experience in a related field, consistent with the duties of the position. NOTE: Experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis

PREFERRED: Masters of Science; DHHS Water Well Monitoring Certification; OSHA 40 hour Hazardous Waste Training; registered as a professional geologist in the state of Nebraska;

OTHER: Valid driver's license or ability to provide independent transportation; Ability to travel overnight; Ability to lift 20 pounds; Ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes; Ability to walk on muddy, icy, uneven terrains and steep slopes to accomplish tasks: regular and reliable attendance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: State of Nebraska geology and groundwater resources; Nebraska geology and the storage and movement of groundwater as influenced by geological phenomenon; cause and effect of contamination in groundwater; governmental and private sources of information relating to water in the environment; drilling and construction techniques involved in the withdrawal of groundwater; statistics and arithmetic, and their applications; practical application of engineering science and technology; principles and methods for describing features of land masses, including physical characteristics and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Skill in: Communicating with individuals and groups with varying technical backgrounds to collect and relay information; listening to and understanding others; prioritizing workloads; using analytical judgment to make decisions; public speaking and providing presentations.

Ability to: Learn and apply applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations and standards; establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals in order to obtain their cooperation in the selection of water supply sources and methods of withdrawal; communicate technical information to staff members, developers, and users of groundwater; assume a major role as an agency representative in statewide water management efforts; 23.0

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