State Geologist

State Geological Survey
Tennessee Division of Mineral and Geologic Resources
Contact Name
Bryan Epperson
Contact Email

TDEC-State Geologist

Division of Mineral and Geologic Resources

Knoxville Environmental Field Office

Salary Range: $59,700 - $89,496


Looking for an opportunity to work with a collaborative team in Tennessee State government?  The Division of Mineral & Geologic Resources (DMGR) has a position in our Knoxville Environmental Field Office that will work in a diverse team environment to lead the Tennessee Geological Survey (TGS) as the Tennessee State Geologist. This position will report to the Director of the Division of Mineral & Geologic Resources (DMGR). Major responsibilities include overseeing and directing geologic mapping, applying for, receiving, and managing cooperative grants from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), ensuring the preservation of geoscience data and materials, participating in geohazard mitigation efforts, representing the TGS with local, state, and national committees, and advising state and local agencies on geoscience issues.


Candidates are required to be a licensed Professional Geologist by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, or another state with a reciprocal agreement, have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, engineering geology or their subdivisions, and have at least five years of geological professional experience. Preferred candidates will have experience with USGS STATEMAP and NGGDP programs and specific knowledge of the geology of Tennessee. To apply for this position please visit: