What You Will Be Doing
The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) conducts monitoring and scientific investigations of Alaska’s 100 active and potentially active volcanoes. On average, there are 1 to 2 volcanic eruptions each year in Alaska, requiring our team of dedicated staff to work closely to ensure all aspects of the Observatory run smoothly. As a partner agency of AVO, the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking a permanent Geologist II for our Volcanology section and the inter-agency AVO to coordinate all aspects of remote field logistics, including helicopter, fuel and marine vessel contracting. In addition to field logistics, the Geologist II will have the opportunity to apply their geologic expertise to research projects across the Division, including volcanology, geologic hazards, minerals assessments, and energy-related projects.
Mission and Culture
DGGS provides the State of Alaska with the geologic information necessary to evaluate geologic hazards and to define the State’s oil, gas, coal, and mineral resources. The Geologist II will primarily work with the Volcanology Section and the interagency AVO staff, coordinating mission-critical logistics for volcano hazard mitigation, and taking part in geologic investigations as needed to advance the knowledge of the geology and geologic hazards of Alaska.
The first-priority responsibility of the Geologist II is to coordinate helicopter and ship-based logistics for the AVO predominantly and secondarily for the DGGS. The Geologist II will be the primary in-town logistics contact for all remote field parties and be available for mission-critical logistics requests during field operations. The Geologist II will follow State procurement rules in the planning and execution of fieldwork, specifically helicopter and marine vessel contracting and scheduling, remote fuel purchasing and logistics, and field equipment shipping and retrieval. The Geologist II will coordinate logistics with field personnel and administrative staff at DGGS, and colleagues at AVO’s partner agencies at the U.S Geological Survey and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute to ensure field operations run smoothly and that helicopters, fuel, and equipment are where it needs to be on time and that all State procurement policies are adhered to. In addition to logistics work, the Geologist II will participate as a team member in geologic investigations using GIS, field mapping, database, petrography, and other geologic and data management skills to produce technical reports, geologic maps, hazard assessments, and compile and synthesize geologic sample laboratory analyses. The Geologist II will also assist in organizing specialized helicopter-related training for AVO field personnel (if required), and in the annual update of the DGGS and AVO Field Safety manuals.
Benefits of Joining Our Team
The vast undescribed geology and near-continuous volcanic activity along the Aleutian Arc provides unprecedented research opportunities for geologists and volcanologists interested in basic geologic research and active volcanic processes. The remoteness of Alaska field operations provides an opportunity to employ creative solutions to supply field teams with the necessary aviation, fuel, and other logistical support needed to run complex, remote, field-based operations.
The Working Environment You Can Expect
The job is located in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the DGGS office on the west end of town, near the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Daily operations at DGGS involve close collaborations with our UAF colleagues. You will often find the active employees at DGGS getting outside on their lunch break, or right after work, to take advantage of the nearby ski/walking/running trails, or visiting the several local restaurants in walking distance from the office.
We are looking for a candidate that possesses the following position-specific competencies
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering.
One year of entry professional level experience in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering. This experience is met by service as a Geologist 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
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.
Equivalent combinations of professional experience and graduate level education in the geoscience fields described above are acceptable and will be considered as follows: 24 graduate semester hours=one full year of graduate education=one full year of professional experience.
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