Job Description Summary Performs complex (journey-level) or advanced (senior-level) geosciences and hydrological work. Work involves conducting and overseeing the execution of technical projects to map, characterize, and model groundwater in the aquifers of the state related to the Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System and Aquifer Storage and Recovery programs. Gathers and manages the collection of data. Analyzes and interprets well logs for stratigraphic, lithologic, and water quality information. Develops groundwater flow models and interprets modeling results. Conducts data analysis, enters data in databases and GIS files, and prepares peer-reviewed reports. May train others. Works under general to minimal supervision, with moderate to considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Innovative Water Technologies Department.
Essential Job Functions • Researches, organizes, and implements the acquisition of necessary well log and water well data to map and characterize aquifers. • Analyzes and interprets geological and geophysical well log information from sources such as well logs, well reports, and published and unpublished literature. • Reviews and evaluates geology reports, test reports, studies, and data; and develops recommendations for projects. • Develops or uses groundwater models for various applications. • Spends extended periods on a computer performing database, GIS, log interpretation and other related tasks. • Works on multi-year research projects requiring attention to detail and quality control. • Manages contracts for programs. • Prepares technical reports and other documents. • Makes presentations at public meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences on technical studies. • Researches and provides written and verbal responses to public and inter- and intra-agency inquiries. • Maintains confidential and sensitive information. • Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule. • Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses. • May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes. • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Engineering, or related field. • Five year’s work experience in related field for Engineer III/Engineer Specialist III. • Five year’s work experience in related field for Geoscientist IV/Hydrologist IV. • Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. • Licensed as a Professional Engineer for the Engineer III or Professional Geoscientist for the Geoscientist IV state classifications.
Preferred Qualifications • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Engineering, or related field. • Experience in groundwater modeling using MODFLOW and Groundwater Vistas. • Experience in well or wellfield design. • Experience with developing, using, or manipulating programs/scripts for groundwater models. Examples may include Fortran, PERL, Python, or SQL. • Experience or familiarity with ArcPy or use of Python scripting within the ArcGIS geoprocessing environment to perform geospatial data analysis, data conversion, data management, and automated map and table reports. • Experience with GIS applications and database applications. • Experience with preparing and writing technical reports. • Experience with aquifer storage and recovery, managed aquifer recharge, and underground injection control. • Experience with groundwater resources of Texas. • Experience with the geology of the major and minor aquifers of Texas. • Experience with aquifer geochemistry. • Experience in collecting and interpreting large geological datasets. • Experience in self-directed and team-based geological studies. • Experience in geophysical well log analysis and interpretation related to groundwater studies. • Experience with sources of water and oilfield well logs, related databases, geological reports. • Experience with ArcGIS with knowledge of Spatial Analyst. • Experience with Microsoft Access with knowledge of Visual Basic programming. • Experience with geological software such as IHS Markit Kingdom Software, Golden Software Surfer and Strater, Schlumberger Blueview, and Neuralog scanner. • Experience with public presentations. • Experience with contract management.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System team, Aquifer Storage and Recovery team, and Innovative Water Technologies Department; and of the principles and practices of public administration. • Knowledge of basic hydrogeological, geological, and geochemical concepts, techniques, and analysis. • Knowledge of geophysical well logging concepts, techniques, and analysis including identification of log signatures that may be related to water quality. • Knowledge of numerical groundwater flow modeling. • Knowledge of geosciences testing methods, processes, and procedures. • Knowledge of the practical application of geosciences and technology. • Knowledge of GIS concepts, techniques, and analysis. • Knowledge of relational database concepts, techniques, and analysis. • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access. • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software. • Skills in scientific data management. • Skills in collecting and assessing geological, hydrogeological, and geophysical data. • Skills in the use of standard tools of the profession. • Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines. • Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems. • Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment. • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision. • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output. • Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors. • Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations. • Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing. • Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment. • Ability to manage multiple tasks. • Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs. • Ability and willingness to travel 15% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas. • Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements. • Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends. • Ability to train others. • Ability to apply hydrogeological and geophysical concepts. • Ability to plan, coordinate, manage, and implement multi-year projects. • Ability to schedule and prioritize work in order to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines. • Ability to break complex ideas or tasks into logical, documentable, and defendable steps. • Ability to receive and provide constructive criticism as part of a quality control process. • Ability to collaborate with co-workers to innovate techniques for aquifer characterization.
Internal Number: 19-76
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