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Date Posted:  Jul 10, 2024
Requisition ID:  446087

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46206


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the DNR Division of Oil and Gas:

The Division of Oil and Gas regulates petroleum exploration and production operations including well spacing, exploration, permitting, drilling, completion, production, and abandonment operations. The Division of Oil & Gas seeks to encourage responsible development of Indiana's resources in a manner that will: prevent waste, encourage the greatest economic recovery of oil and gas, protect the correlative rights of owners, protect human health and safety, and protect the environment. 


Role Overview

The DNR Oil & Gas Geologist regulates the oil and gas industry in Indiana by permitting and reviewing drilling operations in accordance with applicable State and Federal laws, regulations, and policies. Activities permitted by the Division include all oil and gas-related wells, including Class II injection wells, and certain test holes as required by statute. The Geologist 1 provides the Division with an understanding of the geology, well construction, drilling history, and operating practices of the oil and gas industry. This position requires technical expertise needed to investigate and resolve complex problems through data collection from all available resources, including printed historical state documents and available digital media. The Geologist 1 is expected to communicate scientific and technical information effectively with supervisors, peers, industry personnel, and members of the public and provide technical assistance, consultation, and training in the areas of geology, environmental geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, mapping, and petroleum geology.


Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $67,314.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provide geological consultation utilizing technical expertise regarding engineering geology, hydrogeology, and geology. 
  • Understand, interpret, and employ applicable State and Federal regulatory rules, guidance, and policies related to geological investigations and contaminant remediation. 
  • Lead or assist field teams during site investigations.  
  • Offer solutions to issues/complaints using data analysis and test data. 
  • Facilitate the creation and editing of staff reports and correspondence to ensure consistency in application of laws and regulations. 
  • Educate staff regarding implementation of geological policies and programs.  
  • Review and evaluate technical guidance documents, reports, journals, and related articles. 
  • Create internal schedules and work scopes, milestones, deliverables, and end products. 
  • Maintain organized site files and program databases. 
  • Assist in geological enforcement actions. 
  • Participate in pre-hearing conferences, provide testimony as an expert witness in pre-trial depositions and hearings, and testify in administrative or court hearings. 
  • Propose revisions to existing regulations and identify new needs in agency or program operations and develop long-term strategies to deal with these new needs. 
  • Manage resources for strategy implementation. 
  • Report findings and make recommendations for building structures (including dams, bridges, highways, etc.) material aggregates, and soils for construction.  
  • Process and evaluate applications, and issue permits for all oil- and gas-related wells and county test holes. Review all processing, exploration, and applications of mine, oil wells, dams, and other related water resource structure plans to determine and ensure that the plans are accurate and meet legal and technical requirements.

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology with an emphasis on Hydrogeology or Engineering Geology, Environmental Science, Petroleum Engineering, or a related area.  
  • Six (6) years of work experience in geology, hydrogeology, environmental management, or related fields. 
  • An Indiana Licensed Professional Geologist is preferred but not required.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles, practices, theories, and methodologies applied to geologic/hydrogeologic science and related fields. 
  • Thorough knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply all applicable federal and state laws, environmental regulations, acts, and guidelines. 
  • Broad knowledge of applied statistics, environmental design, geologic sampling, and interpretation of geologic analysis. 
  • Thorough knowledge of remedial and corrective action as it relates to various program areas. 
  • Ability to conduct intensive research for geologic and hydrogeological advancement of the program area. 
  • Ability to determine resolutions and new approaches to various geotechnical problems. 
  • Specialized knowledge of well hydraulics, groundwater modeling, drinking water management, waste and wastewater management, and related regulations. 
  • Working knowledge of the history and practices of the oil and gas industry, the construction of oil and gas-related wells, underground injection, petroleum resource management, oil and gas-related remediation, and the principles of GIS and surveying for site location. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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