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The Assistant State Geologist is responsible for the daily operations of the agency and for project research and development. This position is governed by

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Special Job Requirements:

Occasional in-state travel is required; occasional overnight and/or out-of-state travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

Oversees the activities of the agency; manages subordinates to ensure agency goals and objectives are met in a timely manner; informs the State Geologist on all pending projects, research, budgets, and grant programs; reviews and updates agency policies and procedures as needed. Provides oversight for geological, geochemical, geohazards, and geophysical field studies and surveys, sample collection, and drilling and testing programs used to collect data for research and application. Writes proposals for geological projects; prepares budget, manpower needs, and equipment needs when approval is secured. Coordinates agency efforts with other state agencies and/or federal agencies. Prepares technical reports for publication on geological projects and surveys; reviews and approves reports for publication submitted by agency geologists. Conducts field trips, presents talks, and presents technical papers to company representatives, professional groups, universities, civic clubs, and schools interested in the mineral resources and geology of the state. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state laws and regulations pertaining to geological activities. Knowledge of geology theories and practices. Knowledge of the methods and techniques for conducting petroleum, mineral, and water surveys, tests, and analyses. Knowledge of mineral identification, geologic mapping, and geologic laboratory procedures and instrumentation. Knowledge of grant writing protocols and federal requirements for grant processing and administration. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and monitor the performance of co-workers and/or subordinates. Ability to write technical reports, geological publications, and make verbal and written presentations to the public. Ability to conduct geological investigations and to conduct independent scientific research. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in geology, hydrology, or a related field; plus five years of experience in geology, including two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be registered as a Professional Geologist by the State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists as per ACA 17-32-303. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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