at Ho-Chunk
Location Lakewood, United States
Date Posted August 23, 2019
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


The Mineral Geologist will study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, including rocks and minerals. The Mineral Geologist will also use physics, mathematics and geological knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals or underground water.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Serve as project manager and provide oversight for assigned mineral evaluation or mineral marketing projects.
Provide direction for project development, technical analysis, and resource assessment.
Prepare resource estimates of industrial mineral and construction aggregate deposits.

Prepare and review mine and reclamation plans for undeveloped mineral properties including mining method, equipment selection, staffing, production rate, and scheduling.

Review, comment, and prepare reports on resource estimates and mine plans prepared by others for mineral deposits.
Assist Indian mineral owners with mineral lease contract negotiation.
Review and comment on proposed mineral lease agreements between outside parties and tribes or allotment holders with particular attention to royalty terms and environmental protection.
Assist Indian mineral holders with contractor selection.
Act as mineral geologist/engineer technical representative for tribes dealing with mining companies, contractors, and government agencies.
Make presentations to tribes, federal government agencies, and the general public on geologic, exploration, regulations, mineral agreement, NEPA, and mining fundamentals.
Travel frequently to Indian Reservations to conduct field work that includes collaborating with Tribes, overseeing project contractors, geologic mapping, and assessing, locating, and sampling aggregate and mineral resources.
Communicate with Tribal members, Tribal leaders, and BIA officials to solicit the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) annual program. Work closely with Tribes to have their grants submitted.

1. Initiative.
2. Learning Orientation.
3. Technical Capacity.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel is required during the business day, out-of-area and overnight travel to be expected.


Technical understanding of the physical properties, chemical properties, and economic value of soils, minerals, and aggregates.
Thorough knowledge of geology and solid mineral deposits.
Knowledge of the federal environmental clearance application process in relation to solid mineral exploration, evaluation, and development.
Experience with the mineral exploration process, including surface and subsurface sampling, (drilling, backhoeing), reconnaissance geological mapping, detailed geological mapping, and resource quality and quality evaluation and estimation.
The ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate geological sample analyses.
Knowledge and experience with Geographic Information System (GIS) software and how to utilize the software in mineral resource and market evaluations.
Experienced in drafting technical scope of work and realistic budgets for exploration projects.
Experience with independently managing multiple work assignments in order to maintain progress on them simultaneously
Experience reviewing geologic maps and surface and subsurface geologic conditions in conjunction with engineering or development projects
Experience in communicating in both formal and informal settings with those inside and outside the agency, other government agencies, state or local governments, private institutions, members of the general public, landowners, permittees and contractors
Experience composing formal written products dealing with technical/scientific information


B.S. in Geology with three years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation OR
A B.S. in Mining or Civil Engineering with at least 20 hours of geology classes with three years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation OR
B.S. in Mining or Civil Engineering with at least five years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation OR
Any undergraduate degree but with a M.S. degree in Geology

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Maintain a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under the company insurance provider/program.
Security Clearance
Public Trust clearance required for this position

AAP/EEO Statement
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EOE/M/F/Veteran/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Drug Free Employer SBA 8(a), SDB Certified, HubZone, Buy Indian Certified, Native American, Tribally owned.

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