Friday, December 13, 2013

Job opening: Colorado State Geologist

Colorado State Geologist

Colorado School of Mines and the Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) invite applications for a full-time State Geologist. The State Geologist will lead CGS to build strong programs while fulfilling the requirements contained in the State statutes.

The Colorado Geological Survey serves the State of Colorado to ensure that the citizens of Colorado gain most efficient use of and economic benefit from geological resources, while maximizing their protection from geological hazards. Education and research programs affiliated with CGS are enhanced through close collaboration with the strong departments in the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering: Economics & Business, Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Liberal Arts & International Studies, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering.

The Colorado Geological Survey has recently transitioned management to the Colorado School of Mines, and the State Geologist will lead the growth and enhancement in all facets of the programs within CGS, including research and service.

Colorado is well-known for its quality of life and outdoor lifestyles. Mines is located in Golden, Colorado, in a scenic valley at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The metropolitan Denver area, with its cultural and sports activities, is located a few miles to the east of Golden. The climate is continental with gentle summers and occasional snow in the winter. There is a major international airport within 35 miles of campus.

The Colorado State Geologist will be expected to build a strong Survey, enhance current programs and lead CGS in new directions which support Mines’ mission of education and research in engineering and science to solve the world’s challenges related to the Earth, Energy and the Environment.

The Colorado State Geologist is expected to develop strong, externally funded research programs, serve the people of the State of Colorado, and communicate with the general public in a non
-biased professional manner. Additionally, the State Geologist will develop and maintain strong ties to industry and government entities.

The Colorado School of Mines is a world-renowned institution that continually enhances its leadership in research and educational programs that serve national and international constituencies. Mines is widely acclaimed as an educational institution focused on stewardship of the earth, development of materials, overcoming the earth's energy challenges, and fostering environmentally sound and sustainable solutions.

The successful candidate will be expected to extend and supplement the current strengths of the programs in the Colorado Geological Survey.

Applicants must be a professional geologist as defined by Colorado statute (23-41-208 C.R.S.). To meet the requirements of a professional geologist, the applicant must be a person engaged in the practice of geology who is a graduate of an institution of higher education which is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency, with a minimum of thirty semester (forty-five quarter) hours of undergraduate or graduate work in a field of geology and whose post-baccalaureate training has
been in the field of geology with a specific record of an additional five years of geological experience to include no more than two years of graduate work.

Additionally, applicants must:
  • possess a record of significant geological experience;
  • be nationally recognized within their discipline;
  • possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • have demonstrated a record of strong leadership, management, and research successes; and
  • demonstrate a sincere desire to participate in and contribute to the research mission of Mines.

College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering (CERSE) Colorado State Geologist Mines is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its campus community. Women,
minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employment with Mines is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned doctorate in geological sciences or geological engineering.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Mines also provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health insurance, dependent tuition benefits, parental leave policies and dependent care assistance through a flexible spending plan.

How to Apply:
Mines is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment with Mines is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation.

Mines encourages applications from qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of professional goals with an emphasis on education, research and service objectives, names and addresses of three professional references, and a sample publication to:

Colorado School of Mines, Human Resources Office, Search 14-180010, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401, Fax: (303) 384-2025.

Electronic applications are encouraged and will be accepted at If using this method of application, please put the search number as indicated above (in bold) in the subject line to ensure that your materials are properly forwarded to the search committee.

Review of applications will begin by January 20, 2014, and continue as needed.

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