Monday, November 04, 2013

Alaska Survey job opening: Mineral Resources Section Chief

State of Alaska
Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

Mineral Resources Section Chief

Job Description:
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking an experienced and highly motivated geologist to provide long-term planning, scientific leadership, and oversight for the Division’s Mineral Resources Section. DGGS is a dynamic, fast-paced office with multiple field-based programs evaluating many facets of Alaska geology. Alaska offers geologist’s frontier opportunities to make creative professional contributions and significant new geologic discoveries. The DGGS Mineral Resources Section conducts geologic mapping and research to further the understanding of the state’s geology and determine the state’s metallic and non-metallic mineral-resource potential. More information about DGGS’s programs is available on the website
The successful applicant will provide professional-scientific and operational management of multiple, applied research and bedrock mapping projects in support of mineral resource assessments throughout the state. This is a full-time, permanent supervisory position, with a current staff of seven full-time geologists.
The successful candidate needs a strong background in project management, field-based geologic mapping, and economic geology, preferably with experience in Alaska. Examples of duties include:

·         Establish the Mineral Resources Section’s program goals, plans, and objectives in consultation with the Director.
·         Identify areas of the state, styles of mineral occurrences, or commodity types where geologic mapping and (or) scientific research will benefit the State and (or) will encourage mineral exploration. Develop funding proposals to address identified needs.
·         Conceive, plan, direct, and participate in statewide, multidisciplinary, field-, lab-, and office-based mineral-resource projects. Coordinate these with other DGGS staff, management, other state and federal agencies, Alaska Native organizations, and industry.
·         Manage section activities to ensure public availability of data through timely production of maps and reports, and completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
·         Provide professional-level scientific, technologic, and operational leadership. Supervise section staff, mentor junior staff and monitor professional service contracts where appropriate.
·         Compile, analyze, synthesize, and interpret available geologic data to define mineral belts and provide mineral-resource endowment estimates and land-ownership recommendations for the State of Alaska.
·         Manage the acquisition and archiving of new and historical, field and laboratory geologic data needed to understand the genesis and geologic models for Alaska’s mineral deposits.
·         Author and supervise the production of expert-level, peer-reviewed reports and geologic maps.
·         Prepare and deliver written and oral presentations in divisional, departmental, public, and professional forums.
·         Respond to requests by the Director, DGGS staff, state or federal agencies, and the public for information or assistance on issues requiring expert knowledge of the geology and mineral resources of Alaska.
Application Information:

Please apply online via Workplace Alaska on the State of Alaska website:

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