Overview: The MGS is seeking a highly motivated individual to bring their unique experience and perspective to our team. The main objectives of this position are to contribute to geologic mapping of the surficial and glacial sediments of Minnesota, and to develop technical field and office skills as a map author. This is a continuing position, pending a one-year probationary period review. The individual will work independently as well as with a multidisciplinary team depending on the task. This position focuses on collecting, processing, and interpreting information about the glacial geology of Minnesota. The Researcher 3 will produce geologic maps and accompanying products to convey information to various public entities. The applicant is expected to have a solid foundation in geosciences, but on-the-job training and mentoring will be provided to ensure a successful transition into the role. The duties of the Researcher 3 may include but are not limited to the below list. Previous experience with all listed field or office duties is not required.
Field-based tasks ~40% of time (*Fieldwork is project-dependent, and can be scheduled around an individual’s needs in most instances. Fieldwork is typically done in teams of two to ensure safety. Field safety training is available): â— Navigate to, describe, and sample exposures of rock and sediment â— Record rock or sediment properties and location of observations â— Operate Giddings soil probe to collect subsurface samples â— Drive a variety of vehicles, from small sedans to 4WD pickup trucks on a variety of terrain, occasionally for long distances and for 4+ hours â— Describe drill core at archived and/or active drilling sites â— Occasional paddling, steering, and portaging a canoe â— Collect passive seismic and ground-based gravity measurements â— Attend and supervise drilling operations â— Direct the work of field technicians
Office-based tasks: ~60% of time â— Enter field data into databases utilizing a variety of software programs â— Create surficial geologic map components using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) â— Design and construct map components, including correlation diagrams, cross-sections, and relevant figures, using Adobe Suite products â— Discern rock composition using a binocular microscope (grain counts) â— Analyze well cuttings â— Query databases for information to support geologic mapping â— Review drilling records, existing literature, and previous work â— Arrange for geochronological, geochemical, or other analyses, and interpret results â— Direct the work of field technicians * The Minnesota Geological Survey retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
Minimum/Essential Qualifications: â— Bachelor’s degree (in geology or related physical sciences, preferred) and two years of related experience, or a combination of education and work experience in geology or earth sciences totaling at least six years. Related experience could include: undergraduate thesis, internship(s), professional work experience, and/or graduate school coursework experience. â— A valid driver’s license â— A broad background in geology â— Availability for travel within Minnesota, usually in one-week (Monday - Friday) increments or less. The total amount of fieldwork is project-dependent. â— Interest in working outdoors in addition to office setting â— Willingness to learn new geological field, lab, and office skills â— Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, depending on the task
Preferred Qualifications (the applicant does not need to meet these qualifications): â— Master’s degree in earth sciences or related field, or combined education and work experience in geology totaling greater than six years â— Familiarity with complex glacial sediments â— Previous experience with geologic maps in a classroom, field, or similar setting â— Previous field experience, which may include field camp, independent research projects, work experiences, etc. â— Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and vector graphic software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, GIMP, Inkscape, etc.) â— Effective written and verbal communication skills â— Proficiency using navigational tools such as a GPS, compass, and topographic maps â— Experience utilizing and/or interpreting large data sets to create geologic maps
Internal Number: 341894
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