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Field Geologist-Assistant or Associate Professor
Montana Tech Butte, MT

Field Geologist-Assistant or Associate Professor

Montana Tech
Butte, MT
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Field Geologist-Assistant or Associate Professor
Montana Technological University provides a comprehensive benefits package for all eligible positions that includes health, dental and vision insurance, mandatory retirement plan with employer contribution, partial tuition waiver, and a wellness program.

Applications received by April 30, 2024 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) invites applications from geologists with expertise in geologic mapping to join our expanding geology program. Field mappers with Quaternary geology experience are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will join a team of geologists with diverse backgrounds who share a love of fieldwork and geologic mapping in Montana, a state renowned for its complicated geology with a stunning backdrop of rugged mountains, pristine river valleys, and expansive plains. The position may entail several weeks of field mapping annually, working alone or with other geologists in remote areas of Montana. The successful candidate will work with MBMG’s geologists, GIS specialists, cartographers, and laboratory technicians to produce and publish geologic maps, analytical data, and associated databases. The candidate will participate in writing proposals, managing projects, disseminating geologic information, and interacting with MBMG’s stakeholders, including the public, members of industry, and the research community. The candidate will also participate in applied projects involving geologic hazards, glacial geology, economic geology, or hydrogeology investigations. The position is based in Butte, Montana, a historic mining city that offers many exceptional recreational opportunities, festivals, and affordable housing. The position is supported by and contingent upon grant money administered by the U.S. Geological Survey’s STATEMAP program. The MBMG is a department of the Montana Technological University, but this is not a teaching position and is not eligible for tenure.

Required Qualifications:
  • Assistant Professor Level: Master’s degree and 3 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree. Both the degree and experience must be in Geology or a closely related field.
  • Associate Professor Level: Master’s degree and 8 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree. Both the degree and experience must be in Geology or a closely related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills demonstrated in the cover letter and interviews.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience collecting and interpreting field data to create geologic maps and cross sections.
  • Working knowledge of modern field methods applied to geologic mapping.
  • Proficient computer skills relevant to the position and experience using GIS software to organize and disseminate geologic data.
  • Experience mapping both surficial deposits and bedrock in various geologic settings.
  • Experience using lidar and/or other remote sensing methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete and publish professional geologic maps.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing reports, maps, abstracts and presenting to technical and general pubic audiences.
  • Success at writing grants and obtaining external funding.

Physical Demands
  • Work in remote settings and car camp for extended periods of time.  
  • Conduct fieldwork on foot, hiking several miles a day off trail, often in challenging terrain.
  • Collect and carry rock specimens for several miles.
  • Sit at a computer station for long periods of time, several months a year.
  • Stand for several hours a day in a laboratory setting.

For full consideration application materials must be complete.  
Please include: 
  • Cover letter addressing qualifications,
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references. 

For full consideration application materials must be complete.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.

To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

Employment (veteran's) preference form

To request an accommodation for the application or interview, please contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380;

Why Work at Tech?

Help meet the changing needs of society by providing a transformative student experience by helping develop leaders for tomorrow by advancing science, engineering and technology.

In addition, Montana Tech offers an attractive benefits package* which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance with low deductibles and comprehensive coverage.
  • Generous employer contribution toward monthly health care benefits worth $6.08 per hour.
  • 5.9% retirement employer contribution for eligible employees
  • 11 Holidays per year
  • 3 weeks of Annual Leave to start
  • Generous sick leave policy that can be used for sick children, doctor and dentist appointments as well as bereavement.
  • 6 credits of coursework free per year (fees not included)
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Reduced tuition for dependents after 4 months of employment for eligible employees
  • Employee Assistance and a Wellness Program
  • Optional Retirement Plan for eligible employees
  • Possible remote work days with supervisor approval and eligible positions.

* Benefits are dependent on position type and terms and conditions of eligibility.

Montana Technological University, Butte Montana, is nestled in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide, where I-15 and I-90 intersect. We are home to the largest National Historic District in the country. Montana Tech is a special focus institution with a reputation for excellence and value. Montana Tech is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeNET.

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Montana Tech job posting for a Field Geologist-Assistant or Associate Professor in Butte, MT with a salary of $54,400 to $90,300 Yearly with a map of Butte location.