The Division assists Tribes with the environmentally responsible exploration, development and management of their energy and mineral resources to create sustainable economies for reservations, generate new jobs and economic self-sufficiency. DEMD provides the best technical and economic advice and services to assist Indian mineral owners in achieving these goals through the environmentally sound development of their energy and mineral resources. Indian reservations – largely unexplored lands – hold vast, natural resources, and DEMD staff members are uniquely poised to offer services no other agency can provide.
DEMD-Lakewood, CO is currently staffed by approximately twenty (20) federal employees, including the Division Chief, Deputy Division Chief and Branch Chiefs, and twenty-four contractors (24), with a mixture of federal employees and contractors participating on various functional teams. The position described falls under the Branch of Renewables and Distributed Generation.
The Geologist will:
• Serve as project manager and provide oversight for assigned mineral evaluation or mineral marketing projects.
• Provide direction for project development, technical analysis, and resource assessment.
• Prepare resource estimates of industrial mineral and construction aggregate deposits.
• Prepare and review mine and reclamation plans for undeveloped mineral properties including mining method, equipment selection, staffing, production rate, and scheduling.
• Review, comment, and prepare reports on resource estimates and mine plans prepared by others for mineral deposits.
• Assist Indian mineral owners with mineral lease contract negotiation.
• Review and comment on proposed mineral lease agreements between outside parties and tribes or allotment holders with particular attention to royalty terms and environmental protection.
• Assist Indian mineral holders with contractor selection.
• Act as mineral geologist/engineer technical representative for tribes dealing with mining companies, contractors, and government agencies.
• Make presentations to tribes, federal government agencies, and the general public on geologic, exploration, regulations, mineral agreement, NEPA, and mining fundamentals.
• Travel frequently to Indian Reservations to conduct field work that includes collaborating with Tribes, overseeing project contractors, geologic mapping, and assessing, locating, and sampling aggregate and mineral resources.
• Communicate with Tribal members, Tribal leaders, and BIA officials to solicit the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) annual program. Work closely with Tribes to have their grants submitted.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:B.S. in Geology with three years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation,or aB.S. in Mining or Civil Engineering with at least 20 hours of geology classes with three years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation, orB.S. in Mining or Civil Engineering with at least five years of experience with solid mineral exploration and evaluation.Any undergraduate degree but with a M.S. degree in Geology
• Technical understanding of the physical properties, chemical properties, and economic value of soils, minerals, and aggregates.
• Thorough knowledge of geology and solid mineral deposits.
• Knowledge of the federal environmental clearance application process in relation to solid mineral exploration, evaluation, and development.
• Experience with the mineral exploration process, including surface and subsurface sampling, (drilling, backhoeing), reconnaissance geological mapping, detailed geological mapping, and resource quality and quality evaluation and estimation.
• The ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate geological sample analyses.
• Knowledge and experience with Geographic Information System (GIS) software and how to utilize the software in mineral resource and market evaluations.
• Experienced in drafting technical scope of work and realistic budgets for exploration projects.
• Experience with independently managing multiple work assignments in order to maintain progress on them simultaneously
• Experience reviewing geologic maps and surface and subsurface geologic conditions in conjunction with engineering or development projects
• Experience in communicating in both formal and informal settings with those inside and outside the agency, other government agencies, state or local governments, private institutions, members of the general public, landowners, permittees and contractors
• Experience composing formal written products dealing with technical/scientific information.
Other Requirements: Up to 20% travel may be required
Desired skills: Experience with and knowledge of the dynamics of working with American Indian Tribes and on their reservations is a plus. Experience with GIS mapping software a plus