Do you “dig” investigating and solving geological problems? Join our Geo-Environmental team in Bend, because ODOT “rocks!”
The job: The geologist specialist assists in the development of geotechnical and hazardous materials investigation programs by conducting surface and subsurface geotechnical (soil/rock) investigations, and provides sources of construction materials for transportation facilities construction and maintenance.
In this role, the successful candidate will perform geologic reconnaissance, collect soil/rock samples, analyze and interpret geologic and hydrologic data, produce maps and cross sections for contract plans, write memos and technical reports that describe conditions, and provide construction and maintenance recommendations.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.
Please carefully read the 'How to Apply' section below, for required attachments and specific instructions on applying.
What you will be doing:
Perform surface and subsurface investigations.
Determine field investigation strategies and monitor and oversee operation of the drill personnel and equipment during the geologic investigation.
Perform fieldwork and reconnaissance to collect engineering geology data.
Oversee consultant geotechnical drill crews in the proper installation of slope inclinometers, piezometers, settlement measuring instruments and water level monitoring equipment.
Write technical reports.
Sample and conduct field-tests on construction materials such as soils and rock, using scales, sieves and shakers, hammers, probes, pocket penetrometers and torvanes.
Review potential material sources to ensure quality and quantity of materials.
Prepare maps with survey instruments and CADD (Microstation) to develop site operation plans and specifications.
Coordinate less complex material source development with external stakeholders.
Perform hazardous materials level 1 and level 2 site assessments, hazmat data evaluation and report preparation, hazmat clean-up and site remediation for support to construction and maintenance projects and to ensure regulatory compliance.
Assist with solid waste permits.
Provide technical assistance and assists in presenting hazardous materials information in interactions with consultants, the public, and other agencies.
This position requires frequent travel with overnight stays.
Exposure to active construction sites, hazardous materials, heavy construction equipment and drills, at sites where blasting with high explosives is occurring, working in and around heavy traffic, and working in remote locations.
Fieldwork requires exposure to adverse site and weather conditions in the severe climate of Central and Eastern Oregon.
Requires working within the rail road right of way, regular monitoring of instrumentation and regular working around heavy drilling.
Field work – 45%; driving – 5%; office work – 50%
To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email Sr. Recruitment Consultant Janelle Brown.
What’s in it for you:
Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
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Two (2) years of experience applying geology theory, principles, standards and methods to real world situations in a business setting.
You will be required to use a vehicle to conduct business. You must possess and maintain a valid driver license and acceptable driving record. Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.
What we’re looking for:
If you have these attributes, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
Knowledge and experience in engineering geology and hazardous materials exploration sampling and field-testing techniques as it relates to development, construction and maintenance of transportation facilities.
Knowledge and experience in safety procedures at construction project sites which includes uneven or steep terrain, hazardous materials, busy highway traffic and heavy construction equipment.
Ability to work in close coordination with other geo professionals.
Experience working effectively in multidisciplinary teams, demonstrating ability to prioritize work to meet project scope, schedule and budget.
We may give preference to candidates who have a Registered Geologist (RG) registration.
How to apply:
Attach a resume. Your resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer.
Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages and clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the desired attributes above. Please address your cover letter to Geo-Environmental Unit Manager Russ Frost. Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the desired attributes above will be graded as non-responsive. External applicants: you must upload in ‘Resume/CV’ section of the application.
After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the public records request (PRR) authorization and gender identity question. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process.
If you are a veteran, the task to claim preference will come after the PRR and gender identity tasks. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments. We will ask you for your documents later in the process. If you need time to locate or order your documents from the VA, please contact the recruiter at the phone number or email under the ‘Need help?’ section below.
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We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as your related work experience, your education and the overall professionalism of your application materials.
If you are a veteran you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. It is important that you submit your documents as soon as you receive the request. If you need time or need to order your documents from the VA, please contact the recruiter at the phone number or email above. Do not attach your documents to your application when you submit.
We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
You will be represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).
Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12 355 Capitol St NE Salem OR 97301-3871
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