RRC - Chief Geologist in Austin, United States

Location Austin, United States
Date Posted May 31, 2018
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


RRC - Chief Geologist (00002105)


Primary Location: Texas-Austin

Work Locations: RRC Headquarters 1701 N Congress Avenue Austin 78701

Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

State Job Code: 2366

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 25

Salary (Pay Basis): 6,941.50 - 8,166.67

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Exempt

Job Posting: May 31, 2018, 10:35:46 AM

Closing Date: Ongoing


Job Description:

Coordinates with a staff of multidisciplinary team of professionals with backgrounds in various earth science, engineering and geoscience fields, as well as support staff. Performs highly advanced and/or managerial (senior-level) geosciences work. Work involves planning, coordinating, and overseeing the execution of technical and regulatory projects; reviewing and evaluating reports; reviewing and implementing guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establishing priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; and overseeing collection and analysis of data. May plan, assign, and/or direct the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Duties:
1. Works with the Division in developing and establishing goals and objectives consistent with the agency’s strategic plan.
2. Oversees the analysis and interpretation of geological, geochemical, geohydrological, and geophysical information from sources such as survey data, well logs, bore holes, and aerial photos.
3. Oversees geological, geochemical, geohydrological, and geophysical field studies and surveys; the gathering of samples; or the drilling and test programs used to collect data for research or application.
4. Coordinates as necessary with other section, division, and agency personnel, including the Information Technology Services Division.
5. Plans and oversees the execution of technical projects.
6. Interprets laws, regulations, and policies.
7. Reviews and evaluates records and analytical reports, and provides recommendations for courses of actions.
8. Reviews and evaluates geology reports, test reports, studies, and technical data; and develops recommendations for programs or projects.
9. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.
10. Assists in providing professional development, training and mentoring support for the division.
11. Represents the agency at business meetings, hearings, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels and committees.
12. Assists in analyzing state and federal regulatory proposals and developing oil and gas regulatory policy recommendations.
13. Performs related work as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a geoscience;
2. Registration/Licensure as a Professional Geologist (PG) in the state of Texas or in a U.S. state with license reciprocity;

3. Five or more (5+) years of experience in professional geosciences work;
2. Valid Texas Driver’s license and a good driving record.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure:
Must be licensed as a Professional Geoscientist by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists or in a U.S. state with license reciprocity.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience in the management and direction of a program relevant to the assignment. The successful candidate would have at least ten (10) years of progressive experience in direction of a program, team or activity related to oil and gas drilling and production.
2. Five (5) years of experience with oil and gas regulatory functions, rules and procedures, including conservation and environmental protection.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of geosciences principles, techniques, and procedures; of testing methods, processes, and procedures; of mathematics and statistics; and of the practical application of geosciences and technology.
2. Skill in scientific data management; in collecting and assessing geological, geohydrological, and geophysical data; in applying modeling and statistical procedures; in the use of a computer and applicable software; and in the use of standard tools of the profession.
3. Ability to plan and oversee projects; to conduct inspections; to apply geological concepts; to communicate effectively; and to plan, assign, and/or direct the work of others.
4. Knowledge of the oil and gas regulatory functions and Railroad Commission rules and procedures.
5. Knowledge of state and federal statutes and regulations concerning oil and gas drilling and production, including the Texas Administrative Code, Title 16, Chapter 3; Texas Natural Resources Code, Title 3; and Texas Water Code.
6. Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend effective solutions and to prepare reports.
7. Excellent communication skills, with clear, timely, and precise verbal and written expression within the Commission and to the general public and regulated industry; advanced skill in analyzing and organizing information and devising solutions; ability to present technical material to a wide variety of audiences, including the regulated industry, state and federal agencies and the public, and the Commissioners.
8. Ability to work effectively on a team, both as a leader and as a member.
9. Skill in operating telephones, computers, and applicable computer software, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Miscellaneous Requirements:

1. Ability to work Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5PM with occasional flexible hours, overtime, weekends.
2. Position requires occasional overnight travel.

Work Environment:
Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general office environment; the noise level in the work environment ranges from low-to-moderate.
Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Ability to reach high and low; open, close and retrieve files from file cabinets as well as operate computer keyboard and appropriate office equipment. Must walk/stand for considerable amounts of time. Must use sense of smell; must also have visual acuity, depth perception, and the ability to discern colors.

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