Job Ad – DNR Field Assistants


Seeking Geology Field Assistants – Summer 2015 to Spring 2016

PROJECT 1 – Granite Falls 7.5-Minute Quadrangle, Snohomish County

PROJECT 2 – Shelton Valley 7.5-Minute Quadrangles, Mason County

The two projects consist of mapping various Quaternary deposits (glacial, non-glacial, landslides, etc.) and Tertiary or pre-Tertiary bedrock types. This work is an excellent opportunity to increase mapping and GIS skills and learn more about geologic map compilation methods and the geology of Washington. The Granite Falls quadrangle is along the Pilchuck Valley fault and the newly named Explorer Falls basin; the Shelton Valley project includes the Olympia fault lineament. The work provides an opportunity to study and map a diversity of Quaternary and bedrock geologic units in areas of potential active faulting. Significant contributions lead to publication.

Time: Mon-Fri work schedule. Budget covers minimum of 7.0 months of part-time work over a ~8-9 month period (July through ~April). Part time in this context means that work is typically full-time on any given week, but some weeks will be taken off (for example, summer vacation, Christmas break, etc…). Granite Falls project requires overnight cabin stay during the work week when in the field from July 1st to Nov. 1st. Office work in Olympia from Nov 1st to end of tenure. Relocation to the Olympia area is strongly encouraged during the office work phase of the Granite Falls project. The field portion of the Shelton valley project is based in Olympia, thus relocation proximal to Olympia is strongly encouraged for that entire project.

Pay is part time: Scientific Technician 2 ($2,513/mo. salary; with full benefits) as well as per diem ($61/day) when in the field (~55 days field work) for the Granite Falls project. Field house rental cost is covered by the grant for the Granite Falls mapping project.

Required Qualifications:

  •  Position only available for those with open schedules from July 2014 to April, 2015 and applicant must be completely done with school including thesis work.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • A degree in geology is preferred, as is knowledge of Washington State geology.
  • Ability to carry 30 lbs. of equipment and samples.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel and must have a valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience

Contact : Joe Dragovich, WA State DNR, Division of Geology (360-902-1443)

Please Supply: Resume, brief description of plans in geology over the next few years (area of emphasis, interest, and future geo-plans), list of geology classes completed, and references.



Careers in Sustainability Career Panel

Careers in Sustainability Career Panel

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: HUB Room 214
Who’s Invited: All UW

Summary: Careers in sustainability (AKA green jobs) focus on the goal of using resources to meet present needs without compromising future resources. Sustainable industries go beyond working in the outdoors and encompass business practices that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

The Career Center is hosting a panel of 5 employers who will share insight on the benefits, challenges, and realities of working in a sustainable industry.  The panel features representatives from the following companies:

  • REI
  • Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
  • City of Seattle
  • Starbucks
  • Naked City Brewery

Stay for the Q&A session and networking following the moderated panel.