This position supports senior scientific staff and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to create geologic maps, particularly maps of glacial sediment. The employee may be asked to spend considerable time traveling, mostly in Minnesota, including working outdoors and at physical tasks. There is also a component of office-based tasks including examination of rock and sediment samples; entering, viewing, and manipulating data in geographic information systems; plotting and analyzing surface and subsurface data; and creating geologic maps or maps derived from geologic data.
Essential Functions: Distribution of time amongst these activities will vary with the projects the organization undertakes, and with the seasons.
Field-based data collection (as much as 50% of job) Find, describe, and sample exposures of rock and sediment Record rock or sediment properties and location of observations Operate Giddings soil probe to collect subsurface samples Attend and supervise drilling operations and collect subsurface samples Collect (or assist with collection) of geophysical data
Data Manipulation (as much as 50% of job) Enter data in digital databases and geographic information systems Graph or plot data for analysis Manipulate data in geographic information systems Prepare field samples for examination or analysis Review literature pertinent to topic and location of current project
Analysis and Reporting (as much as 40% of job) Compile field observations, remotely sensed data, and analytical data to develop geologic maps Prepare maps, charts, illustrations, and text that describe and explain geologic settings
The employer reserves the right to change or add duties to this position as long as the changes and/or additions are consistent with the job classification.
Minimum/Essential Qualifications: BS/BA and two years of related experience or a combination of education and work to equal six years. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, and be comfortable working in the outdoors in all seasons. Broad background in geology.
Preferred Qualifications: A Master’s degree in geology, including field camp. Experience with geographic information systems. Experience or training in glacial geology. Attention to detail, organized, able to work independently and in teams.
Internal Number: 326004
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