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Geologist - Albuquerque, NM #7834085

Company: Department of Defense

Date: 02/22/2021

City: Albuquerque, NM

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




About the Position: Serving as a Geologist in any of the listed District offices of the South Pacific Division (SPD) supporting geologic projects.

This is a direct hire solicitation.

This is an open continuous announcement.

The first cut-off date is 03/05/2021.

Other certificates may be issued as needed.

Another certificate will be issued after the closing date of 9/30/2021.

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  • Making continuous geologic inspections during drilling operations performed by contract forces.
  • Ensuring samples are obtained per the Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP), the Field Sampling Plan (FSP) and Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP).
  • Measuring and recording depth of water table and presence of contaminants (either by physical appearance, odor detection or special detection equipment).
  • Assisting other geologists or performing surface reconnaissance, including the identification of various types of soil and rock, land forms, geological processes, etc., for use in the preparation of maps.
  • Performing shallow geophysical explorations

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Business travel is approximately 25%.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1350 Geology

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position may require a valid state issued driver's license.
  • This position may have a requirement to have the physical ability to lift or move heavy objects.
  • This position may?require?certification to handle hazardous and toxic wastes.
  • This position may require routine and special medical examinations requirement because of potential exposure and the significant physical stress factors that occur while wearing protective equipment.
  • This position may require candidate to know, comply with, and promote prescribed safety rules and regulations.
  • This position may require working outside the office involving exposure to the elements, with weather varying from extreme heat to extreme cold.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Geologist:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.(Note:Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking geological samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.)

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

For the GS11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing geologic explorations and investigations on such things as foundations, materials, soil, etc. in an effort to support major construction and environmental remediation projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Geology.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

For the GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing geologic explorations and investigations to be applied for various constructions projects in areas such as foundation, materials, or design recommendations; determining contamination nature and extent in soil, groundwater, and soil gas vapor; and managing collected data to process and present findings. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

For the GS-12 grade, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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