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Geologist Land Permits Branch

Date Posted:  Nov 15, 2022
Requisition ID:  402709

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance, and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.


Position Overview:

This position resides in the Office of Land Quality and requires the candidate to work with groundwater monitoring activities, explosive gas monitoring activities, and geology, while applying State and Federal solid waste and hazardous rules and regulations. In addition, this position includes the candidate reviewing facility correspondence. compliance and corrective action reports, permits, and electronic datasets; all related to groundwater, explosive gas, and geology. This position requires the candidate to have a basic understanding of statistics and good communication skills in discussing technical subjects.



The salary for this position traditionally starts at $59,800.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.



About the Job:

As the Geologist, you will be responsible for providing professional geologic and related technical expertise to governmental agencies and the public. In this position, you will be responsible for formulating investigative procedures, conducting fieldwork, and evaluating the results of a variety of geological studies. You will primarily use advanced geologic, environmental geologic, engineering geologic, and hydrogeologic techniques and principles so that human health and the environment are protected.   

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

Provide geologic 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. 
Evaluate and assist in developing geologically related plans and documents. 
Develop and write technical reports and correspondence including tabulating and interpreting data for reports. 
Follow proper sampling procedures and use appropriate geophysical and other field techniques. 
Review and evaluate technical guidance documents, reports, journals, and related articles. 
Determine historic geologic and hydrogeologic conditions utilizing agency files. 
Assist in geological enforcement actions. 
Provide technical assistance to other staff, state and federal agencies, industries, contractors, and the public.  
These additional duties may be performed if this position is at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 

Perform complex data analysis and interpretation to determine locations and extent of underground sources of drinking water. 
These additional duties may be performed if this position is at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) 

Work with the Testing Team to report findings and make recommendations for construction material aggregates and soils for highway construction. Research/investigate construction contracts that do not comply with specifications. 
Administer INDOT’s Certified Aggregate Producers Program (CAPP) program at the District level. Regulate and monitor all aggregate sources assigned to the District and ensure compliance with Department specifications and guidelines. 
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, or a related area. 
  • Must be registered as a Licensed Professional Geologist in Indiana. 
  • Four (4) years of full-time professional experience in geology or hydrogeology or related fields. 
  • Extensive 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. 
  • Extensive knowledge of applied statistics, environmental design, geologic sampling, and interpretation of the 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 geophysical instrumentation including Electro magnetometer, Resistivity Meter, and Seismograph. 
  • Specialized knowledge of good hydraulics, groundwater modeling, drinking water management, waste and wastewater management, and related regulations. 

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) 

  • Knowledge of the American Association of State Highway Transportation (AASHTO), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), Indiana Test Methods, and INDOT specifications. 
  • Working knowledge of, and ability to operate, geologic field instruments and construction testing equipment such as LWD, DCPT, etc. 
  • Working knowledge of survey and mapping techniques. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers a premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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.


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