This position is open to Alaska Residents only
Department of Natural Resources
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Geologist who is interested to expand their knowledge of GIS and digital geologic map making. This position will learn how to prepare geologic map GIS data for incorporation in an important Alaska-wide GIS database of geologic information. The database uses an Alaska-pioneered, extended national data standard for geologic maps. DGGS’ in-development geologic map production system is of interest to other state geologic surveys and the U.S. Geological Survey. As part of the DGGS Mineral Resources Section, this position will also be a team member on geologic mapping projects and other DGGS projects as needed. This seasonal, full time, permanent position is completely grant funded and currently budgeted for 12 months a year.
The mission of the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). The Mineral Resources Section collects, analyzes, and makes available new information on the geological and geophysical framework of Alaska, as it pertains to the state's mineral resources. The position will create data compatible with the statewide geologic map database that will eventually be used to provide public access to a comprehensive set of standardized geologic map data, and to facilitate its use for public, agency, and industry decision making. The division views public geologic information as a key element in unlocking our natural resources, protecting communities, and helping grow Alaska's economy.
Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:
Use ESRI ArcGIS Suite GIS software to evaluate legacy geologic map data and create new digital geologic map databases.
Become familiar with and use the Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) standard for geologic data and geologic maps and other geologic data standards to ensure map database compatibility with DGGS’ in-development geologic map production system.
Interpret and synthesize geologic data from multiple sources, and draw geologic interpretation on appropriate maps and other media using standardized DGGS nomenclature and symbology.
Assist in one or more geologic field projects per year as a mapping geologist, requiring navigation in remote and mountainous areas using GPS- enabled handheld field computers, maps and air photos; hiking with a heavy backpack; and the collection of detailed, accurate geological observations and samples using GIS-based software on the handheld field computer.
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys offers ample opportunity for on-the-job training, a very flexible work schedule, and partnership with dedicated colleagues who are passionate about their work and the mission of the division. Staff are encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other’s experiences, and via structured trainings in technical/science topics, diversity, and inclusivity. This position is important to the functioning of the survey, as it will facilitate the distribution of quality geologic information to the public.
This position is stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Possible telework options may be discussed.
This position works primarily with the GIS group from the Geologic Information Center (section), Mineral Resources Section staff, and other GIS staff within DGGS to continue population and development of an Alaska-wide GIS database of geologic information. DGGS conducts development through teamwork and works collaboratively with geologists and GIS staff from other state geological surveys and the U.S Geological Survey. The DGGS GIS group meets weekly to discuss and problem-solve issues, while collaborative partners meet online monthly. The position is expected to participate in lively discussions that are important for development and project success.
We are seeking an individual with the following desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies:
We are looking for a detail-oriented, Geologist with GIS experience who is motivated to learn and implement geologic data management techniques during office-work hours, and who can participate as a team member in geologic field projects and fieldwork as needed.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Some experience with ESRI ArcGIS Suite (ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox).
Ability to proactively question, progressively learn, and apply new skills and knowledge to work tasks.
Ability to interpret and synthesize basic geologic data (structural geology, mineralogy, petrology) from large datasets, maps, and reports into independently derived ideas and conclusions; some knowledge of economic geology preferred.
Some experience conducting geologic fieldwork and mapping in varied rock types, remote locations, and/or rugged conditions.
Ability to speak and write effectively, and function effectively as a member in a team.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in any science major, which includes the completion of 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in the above geoscience fields and 24 additional semester hours (36 quarter hours) of course work in natural sciences, may substitute for the education requirement.
Additional Required Information
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At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter; and
A copy of any documents necessary to show proof of meeting this position’s minimum qualifications. This includes a copy of your college transcripts if you are using education to meet the position’s minimum qualifications.
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers;
A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor; and
A valid Driver’s License.
THIS RECRUITMENT IS FOR ALASKA RESIDENTS ONLY
This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents Only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time. Non-Alaska residents need not apply.
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.
A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.
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COVER LETTER INFORMATION
In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIREMENT
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Jennifer Athey
Title: Geologist IV
Phone: (907) 451-5028
Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefitsThe following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)Insurance Benefits Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/programs/index.html for additional information. AVTEC Confidential Correctional Officers Marine Engineers Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers Supervisory Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining) The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information. General Government Labor, Trades and Crafts Public Safety Employees Association Masters, Mates & Pilots Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)Optional Insurance Benefits Group-based insurance premiums for Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents) Long-term and short-term disability Accidental Death and Dismemberment Long-term care (self and eligible family members) Supplemental Survivor Benefits Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expensesRetirement Benefits Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees) Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees) Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment optionsSee http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/retirement/index.html for additional information Paid Leave & Other Benefits Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served Eleven paid holidays a year Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/employee/health/gymListing.html for additional information