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Geologist 4 (PCN 2229)

State of Alaska

Job detailsSalary$6,020 a monthJob TypeFull-timeBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionAD&D insuranceDental insuranceDisability insuranceFlexible scheduleFlexible spending accountGym membershipShow 6 more benefitsFull Job Description


What You Will Be Doing

Are you passionate about working directly with the public to study and mitigate naturally occurring environmental hazards to increase the health, safety, and welfare of Alaskans? If so, this may be a great job for you! The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking a motivated and highly organized geologist or earth scientist with advanced-level experience in environmental geology or a related field, extensive program and project management experience, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will manage and grow DGGS Environmental Hazards program, which currently consists of three project areas: radon outreach, naturally occurring asbestos, and groundwater quality. You will also develop and manage division-wide, grant-funded projects in the areas of data preservation and digital geologic map (GIS) data management, which require coordination and collaboration among the divisions sections.

Mission and Culture

DGGS mission 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 Geologic Hazards Section uses a combination of field data, remote sensing, modeling, and education & outreach to assess, monitor, predict, and mitigate the impacts of geologic hazards on communities, infrastructure, and resources in Alaska. The successful candidate will conduct environmental hazard projects that directly inform the public about and mitigate, when possible, adverse impacts from these hazards. You will also manage division-wide projects that (1) rescue at-risk geologic data and (or) make accessible high-value geologic information and (2) develop standardized geologic map data for use in public, agency, and industry decision making and to facilitate the long-term DGGS goal of compiling a 100,000-scale geologic map database of the state. The division views public geologic information as a key element in unlocking our natural resources, protecting communities, and helping grow Alaska’s economy.

Benefits of Joining Our Team

DGGS 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 others 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, improve the publics understanding of environmental hazards, and ultimately lead to positive health and safety outcomes for Alaskans.

The Working Environment You Can Expect

This permanent Geologist 4 position is stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. DGGS prioritizes a respectful and inclusive workplace.

The successful candidate will use initiative, teamwork, and consensus building to create and maintain collaborations with division, state, federal, university, Alaska Native, and private partners to achieve program goals. As the manager of the Environmental Hazards program, you will primarily work with staff from the Geologic Hazards and Hydrology and Surficial Geology sections at DGGS and with outside agencies and other stakeholders to develop and conduct projects of maximum benefit to the public; serve as the division’s content-area expert for naturally occurring environmental hazards; and lead a developing team of technical staff. As a key DGGS data manager, you will also work closely with the GIS group from the DGGS Geologic Information Center (section) and all division sections, as well as federal and state collaborators, to develop data management projects that benefit the agency. The candidate will develop, write, apply for, and manage multiple, concurrent grants in these project areas, which fund the salaries of personnel in several DGGS sections whose work advances the goals of the division.

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking an advanced-level, applied-science professional with a background in environmental science, geochemistry, hydrogeology, engineering geology, radon science/nuclear physics, or closely related fields. The successful candidate will also have experience in program and project management, GIS, and data management. Knowledge of data preservation, commonly used national and Alaska geologic data standards, and Alaska geography is preferred. Information on the national Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) standard for digital geologic maps and the AK GeMS extension is available from the U.S. Geological Survey and DGGS. Information on federal STATEMAP, U.S. GeoFramework Initiative, and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program funding opportunities are available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

In addition to the standard Minimum Job Qualifications for a Geologist 4, the following knowledge and skills are REQUIRED for this position: All of these skills must be documented in your cover letter and applicant profile. If you don’t have experience with one or more of the abilities listed, please say so in your required cover letter.

Demonstrated experience conducting naturally occurring environmental hazard studies and outreach in conjunction with agency, academic, tribal, Indigenous, public, and private sector partners.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, used to bridge the gap between scientists and the public by breaking down complex topics for a general audience; build collaborative relationships among various stakeholders to identify and work toward common goals; and prepare professional presentations and written publications on geoscience topics for scientific as well as general audiences.
Demonstrated program and grant-funded project leadership: develop project ideas and funding proposals, apply for grants, and manage the administrative and scientific work, to include assigning tasks, monitoring staffs project schedules, managing resources, ensuring that projects stay on schedule and budget, and meeting deliverables.
Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to compile, process, analyze, and manage geospatial data in support of project and agency objectives.
Data Management: Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of data management, such as modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data dictionaries, data warehousing, data mining, data archiving, data disposal, and data standardization processes.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering. AND Three years of journey professional 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 2 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer. OR One year of advanced professional 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 3 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer. OR A master’s degree from an accredited college in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering. AND One year of journey professional 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 II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer. OR A doctorate degree from an accredited college in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geological engineering, engineering geology, or any of their subdivisions, including mining engineering. 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.

Additional Required Information



At the time of application
, the applicant must attach as individual documents the following items (If unable to attach documents, please fax or email the contact listed below):

Cover letter (will be considered writing sample)



If selected for an interview
, the applicant must provide the following:

Three (3) professional references

Pre-employment certification form


This position may require travel within or outside of the state (normally 3-5 trips of 5 days or less per year).

Requires frequent communication with the public and organization of, preparation of materials for, and participation in education & outreach events, which may involve travel and (or) hours outside of the traditional workday.

Application Notice

You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal, such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to apply successfully. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska How to Apply” page. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the closing date.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your experience as it pertains to the knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), and competencies identified above in the job description section of this posting. Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment.

Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact number provided below.


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 the 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 the 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.

Work Experience

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employers name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and if minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the recruitment interview and selection phase.

Note: Attaching a resume is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting, “see resume” or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination that your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

Bargaining Unit
If you are a
current state employee, please mark the union you are a member of at the time of application. If you are
not a current state employee, do not complete this question.

EEO Statement

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal-opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Workplace Alaska Application Questions & Assistance Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll-free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to For applicant password assistance, please visit the reset password page. For specific information about this position, please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Jennifer Athey

Title: Geologist 5

Phone: 907.451.5028

Fax: 907.451.5050


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The 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 for additional information.

Correctional Officers
Marine Engineers
Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
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 expenses

Retirement 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 options

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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.

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