Geologist Technician - Temporary

State Geological Survey
Kentucky Geological Survey
Contact Name
William "Drew" Andrews
Contact Email

Job TitleGeologist Technician - Temporary

Requisition NumberDU10010

Department Name40520:KY Geological Survey

Work LocationLexington, KY

Salary Range$14.00 - $15.00/hour

Type of PositionTemporary

Position Time StatusFull-Time

Required Education

B.S. in Geology or related field.

Required Related Experience

Stratigraphy, sedimentary rocks, structural geology, GIS (ESRI Arc)

Required License/Registration/Certification

Drivers license + 5 years experience

Physical Requirements

Sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Safe independent navigation of office environment and outdoor terrain. Safely lift up to 50 lbs.


Working hours Between Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
37.5 hours per week.

Job Summary

The Kentucky Geological Survey is seeking a Temporary Geologist Technician to assist with rock characterization tasks associated with geologic mapping and geoframework projects. This position is Federally funded through the USGS StateMap program for approximately 9 months and is eligible for health benefits. The successful candidate will safely assist with roadcut description and photography, three-dimensional modeling of roadcuts, and collection of gamma profiles of roadcuts and rocks cores using a handheld spectrometer. The position is full time, and would be located on the UK main campus, at the KGS EARL facility in north Lexington, with occasional field work.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in geology, earth science, or related field, and experience with GIS.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Working knowledge of MS Office, email, and basic computer file management
Teamwork abilities
Professional communication
Report writing and GIS metadata documentation

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?No

Preferred Education/Experience

GIS (ESRI Arc Pro), Kentucky geology, 3D geology or modeling, geological field work

Deadline to Apply11/18/2022

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted. I understand that I will be obligated to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination or exemption requirement prior to starting employment at the University of Kentucky.
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents