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Professional Scientist / Assistant Research Hydrogeologist

Montana Tech Butte, MT

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Professional Scientist / Assistant Research Hydrogeologist

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology is seeking a Hydrogeologist/Geologist in the Butte office. This individual will be part of a team working on regional groundwater characterizations as part of the Bureau’s Ground Water Assessment Program.


Successful candidate(s) will be based in Butte, Montana. Depending on qualifications, individual(s) will be hired as either a Professional Scientist, or Assistant Hydrogeologist/Geologist within the Ground Water Assessment Program (GWAP) at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Primary duties will be the collection and analysis of hydrogeologic, geochemical, and geologic data to develop regional interpretations of hydrogeologic frameworks, groundwater flow systems, and groundwater quality. These interpretations will be compiled into maps and reports. Successful candidate should have knowledge of the geology and hydrogeology of Montana, and familiarity with the Montana Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) online database. Tasks include planning and assisting with field activities such as: measuring groundwater levels; collecting water quality samples; design and supervision of monitor well installation; planning and execution of aquifer tests; geologic mapping; and stream gauging. A successful candidate will be expected to work individually and as part of a team to collect hydrogeologic data, write reports and develop map products; make presentations at public and scientific meetings; routinely work on more than one project; and answer public inquiries. A successful candidate will be required to travel including some overnight stays. Duties will require candidate to work safely alone in isolated areas, be able to lift 50 lbs., and may require walking up to 2 miles.


• A Bachelors degree in hydrogeology, geology, or related field and a minimum of 3 years’ experience (or a Masters degree in hydrogeology, geology, or related field) for the Professional Scientist level;

• A Masters degree in hydrogeology, geology, or related field and a minimum of 3 years groundwater project experience (or a Ph.D. in hydrogeology, geology, or related field) for the Assistant level.

• A candidate may be required to provide official academic transcripts


• Good verbal and written communication skills.

• Proficiency with common word-processing and spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Office).


• Hydrogeologic and/or geologic field experience.

• Experience with GIS analysis and hydrogeologic/geologic map compilation using GIS (ArcGIS preferred) and Adobe Illustrator.

• Experience in synthesizing, interpreting, and managing hydrogeologic and geochemical data.

• Experience in interpreting well-log data and characteristics of stratigraphic units to develop aquifer relationships.

• Ability to produce high-quality written reports.

• Familiarity with water-level and field water-quality instruments, data loggers, stream gauging equipment, and GPS receivers.

• Familiarity with water-quality and groundwater flow modeling software.

Applications received by May 2, 2021 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

For full consideration application materials must be complete.

Please include:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications,
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references.

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.

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

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.

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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