Geologist 3
State of Ohio - Franklin County, OH

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Plans and conducts complex geologic research & review (e.g., casing programs, spacing information, depth & geologic formations etc.) of oil & gas drilling/plugging applications submitted for permit issue (e.g., new well, revised location, plug back, re-issue, idle & orphan well plugging applications, UIC injection wells, etc.); corrects casing programs using geologic & hydrogeologic data; ensures applications, plats, casing programs, etc. meet requirement of 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C. & applicable federal rules/regulations; researches geologic & hydrogeologic area information, environmental policies/procedures prior to recommending approval of variance and mandatory pooling requests, reviews and interprets well completion information, topographic/structure maps, plugging reports, 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C.; reviews and designs specifications for idle & orphan well plugging to ensure protection of groundwater resources & public health & safety; contacts appropriate owner/operator for more complete & detailed technical information (e.g., ingress/egress roads, x/y coordinates, geological formations, etc.) prior to processing drilling/plugging applications; may assist with field investigations when drilling sites are questionable or problems occur during operation & casing programs or plats need to be changed.

Prepares variety of reports (e.g., geologic, hydrogeologic, statistical, etc.) for division/department use; periodically works on compiling/ gathering statewide drilling/plugging statistics for publication in division’s annual report; reviews & analyzes geologic formation depths, spacing & casing programs & enters into IBM personal computer utilizing Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) computer program; manipulates information for purposes of retrieval to compile & prepare statistical/geological reports; reviews & processes requests from oil & gas industry for core testing & well rehabilitation; maintains records of tests (e.g., depth, geologic data, etc.); performs technical research of drilling/plugging hard copy & computer records to determine ownership of wells to be permitted (e.g., review topographic and township maps, plugging & well completion records, etc.); provides assistance & expertise in formulating or amending 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C. or other legislation pertinent to permitting oil & gas wells. Reviews and processes plugging/plugging-back reports.

Provides technical assistance & advice to public, oil & gas industry, environmental and oil & gas consultants, division/department personnel & governmental agencies (i.e., Ohio E.P.A.) pertaining to spacing, location and ownership of wells, casing programs, geologic formations, statistics & 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C.; gives speeches/presentations before specialized groups, professional organizations or general public; testifies as expert witness for division for civil/criminal court cases or administrative hearings (i.e. Board of Review, Technical Advisory Council) when required; answers inquiries (e.g., spacing, 1509 O.R.C./1501 O.A.C., permitting process, etc.) via correspondence or telephone regarding oil & gas drilling/plugging applications; assists in training new staff in policies/procedures for processing & approving/disapproving of applications; coordinates work activities (e.g., approving/disapproving of applications, etc.) with regional offices as necessary; attends meetings seminars & conferences as representative of division & to provide or receive information related to environmental issues; works on committees, task groups & special projects as assigned by supervisor or other division administrators.

Minimum Qualifications:
Completion of graduate core program in geology, hydrogeology or other specialized geologic science; 12 mos. exp. in geologic field, laboratory &/or drafting methods.

  • Or completion of undergraduate core program in geology, hydrogeology or other specialized geologic science; 36 mos. exp. in geologic field, laboratory &/or drafting methods & techniques.
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of : public relations, agency policies & procedures (division/department), government structure & process (state/federal), engineering (petroleum), natural sciences (geology, hydrogeology, stratigraphy), law (1509 ORC/1501 OAC, federal rules/regulations); Skilled in: word processing (Harvard Graphics, Word, Excel, Access), skilled trade (mapping, investigative techniques, equipment operations (IBM personal computer, Laser/Matrix printers, Kodak microfilm reader, automobile, pick-up truck); Ability to: deal with many variables & determine specific action (research), add, subtract, multiply & divide whole numbers; use proper research methods in gathering data; gather, collate, & classify information about data, people or things; work alone on most tasks.

Supplemental Information:
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: May require travel or overnight travel; may be exposed to unpleasant weather conditions &/or dangerous machinery.

In order to operate state owned vehicle, must show proof of valid driver’s license.

RETIREMENT PROGRAM: Regular Public Employees Retirement System

THIS POSITION IS: Non-exempt from the bargaining unit (position is governed by union contract).


In order to comply with the mandate of ORC 124.151(B), all State of Ohio employees hired on or after June 5, 2002 must have their pay directly deposited into a financial institution of their choice.

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