Surficial geologist position

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Position Summary

The ERCB acts in the best interest of all Albertans in overseeing the efficient and effective development of our resources, while balancing the need for resource conservation, public safety, environmental protection, technical innovation and service. This broad mandate places the new ERCB at the forefront of the regulatory world. With a passion for service, we will create a legacy of excellence for present and future generations of Albertans.

The rewards and challenges are enormous. We are seeking highly skilled and diverse team members possessing strong technical skills with a vision and desire to carry out the ERCB mandate. Grow individually and as a Team member in your career by working with the ERCB to serve all Albertans.

Purpose of Role

To provide a major contribution to the mapping and stratigraphic understanding of Alberta’s Quaternary sediments within a team working to create a new three-dimensional Geological Atlas of Alberta.


  • Apply geological principals and independent judgement, incorporating a thorough knowledge of near-surface geological processes to the mapping of Alberta’s surficial geology, based on field observations and the interpretation of aerial photographs and digital images.
  • Stratigraphic mapping of Quaternary sediments and the bedrock unconformity utilizing field observations and well data.
  • Conduct sediment sampling for laboratory analyses (including heavy mineral and geochemical determinations), monitor analytical processing and report on results.
  • Disseminate information and knowledge in geological reports, presentations and peer-reviewed journals in a manner that will maintain and enhance the scientific credibility of the Alberta Geological Survey and the Energy Resources Conservation Board.
  • Contribute to the digital Geological Atlas of Alberta project.
  • Participate in high priority projects to advance the understanding of Alberta’s geology involving collaboration with scientists having a variety of specialties and affiliations.
  • Manage field projects including safety aspects, budget responsibilities and supervision of field staff.
  • Provide sound geological opinions to staff within various areas of the Energy Resources Conservation Board, particularly to those within the Geology, Environmental Sciences and Economics Branch.
  • Interact with peers in universities, provincial and federal government departments, and industry.


  • Advanced university degree in Geology or related discipline (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) with a minimum of two years of related experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of sedimentary processes in glacial and non-glacial environments.
  • Experience producing surficial geology maps and constructing stratigraphic sections.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research and presentation skills combined with the ability to apply original thinking to resolve complex issues.
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (preferably demonstrated by one or more publications).
  • Ability and willingness to undertake field mapping projects in remote and rugged areas of Alberta requiring travel by helicopter and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Experience logging core and interpreting downhole geophysical logs an asset.
  • Experience applying geological knowledge to issues related to groundwater advantageous.
  • Ability to visualize and create three-dimensional geological models.
  • Knowledge of common PC office software (knowledge of GIS and database software advantageous).
  • Ability to work in teams and provide leadership as needed.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Eligibility for registration with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Applications are being accepted until May 27, 2011