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State of Wyoming - Department of Environmental Quality
Cheyenne, WY, United States
22 days ago
State of Wyoming - Department of Environmental Quality
Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
22 days ago


This is a senior-level professional position performing high-level and complex technical, coordination, and enforcement tasks involving but not limited to groundwater geology within the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality – Land Quality Division District II office. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.
  • Provides technical reviews of geologic components of complex permit applications, reports of environmental conditions, and monitoring results. This will include reviewing and evaluating surface, underground, or in-situ mining permits and applications.   Provides technical expertise regarding geology and groundwater geology subject matter to analyze and resolve conflicts and disputes.   Prepares comprehensive review and analysis documents.
  • Provides technical expertise and serves as an expert witness in contested case hearings before the Environmental Quality Council involving groundwater geology issues.
  • Serves as the permit coordinator for specific mineral exploration and mining operations assigned by the District Supervisor.    Performs periodic inspections and prepares detailed reports documenting compliance with applicable State environmental law, mining volume confirmation, and reclamation progress and success evaluation. Reviews annual reports coordinates technical reviews with LQD staff and other State and Federal agencies as appropriate. Evaluates mining operations and reclamation to determine the adequacy of bonds to ensure the State of Wyoming is protected if a site is abandoned.
  • Has direct authority to issue on-site Notices of Violation and Cessation Orders for coal operations. Prepares Notices of Violation and recommends remediation actions and penalty assessments for the LQD District II Supervisor and LQD Administrator for non-coal operations.
  • Coordinates appropriate enforcement actions for assigned mining operations within the District to ensure consistency, including conference and conciliation discussions, notices of violation, orders, etc.   These actions may include developing compliance plans, settlement agreements, and penalty assessments when appropriate. Tracks ongoing enforcement actions for assigned mining operations within the District to ensure that deadlines are met and that compliance with the terms of compliance plans or settlement agreements is achieved.
  • Tracks the progress of permitting actions for assigned mining operations within the District to ensure that all statutory and regulatory time frames involving public notices, affidavits, reviews, and approvals are met.
  • Works with the District II Supervisor to coordinate with other state and federal agencies on permitting and enforcement actions to ensure compliance with Memoranda of Understanding and other agency procedures and responsibilities.
  • Responds to and helps resolve concerns and complaints raised by the general public, the mining industry, other agencies, and environmental groups.
  • Reviews and audits highly complex bond estimates provided by mining and exploration operations to ensure consistency within the District and ensure that sufficient funds are available to the State in the event that an operation is abandoned and must be reclaimed.
  • Assists in developing and revising rules, guidance documents, and procedures to improve the LQD regulatory program and ensure consistency in its application.   This task will include conferencing with LQD staff, public officials, private industry and consultants representatives, and environmental groups mending the reclamation bond amount.




Bachelor’s Degree required with a preference in hydrogeology/geology PLUS 3-5 years of progressive work experience in groundwater contaminant transport, groundwater monitoring, and Uranium ISR operations and permitting. Registration as a Professional Geologist in the State of Wyoming or the ability to obtain a license within six months of the hire date is required.  


  • Knowledge and experience in contaminant transport in groundwater and ability to evaluate water quality data to ensure compliance by operators.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Wyoming’s Underground Injection Program (UIC) and EPA requirements under such program.
  • Ability to evaluate and solve a broad spectrum of technical problems related to hydrogeology and environmental protection aspects of a licensee plans to clean up contaminated sites, perform environmental pathway modeling, and conduct environmental monitoring and sampling to verify performance.
  • Familiar with groundwater monitoring systems.
  • Knowledge of basic drilling, well completion; and well and drill hole abandonment methods. 
  • Knowledge of mining and reclamation technology, environmental laws, and regulatory programs. 
  • Skill in the application of scientific and hydrogeologic principles to effectively analyze problems and situations involving activities that may potentially threaten the environments, including groundwater quality, due to mining-related activities.
  • Knowledge and skill using GIS and CAD software to proficiently conduct volumetric and other spatial analyses.  Prefer the advanced ability to use GIS software to augment permit administration duties.
  • Skill in the use of personal computer for word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, query and mapping from GIS databases.  
  • Skill in interpersonal relations, organization, communication, technical writing, decision making, problem-solving, and negotiation.  Ability to clearly communicate complex technical analyses, issues, and recommendations both orally and written to staff, the public, and the regulated community.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, resolve conflicts, solve complex problems, travel, and work in the field.


Bachelor's Degree (in Geology/Geotechnical Engineering)
1-2 years of progressive work experience in Geology with acquired knowledge at the level of a Geologist II
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Professional Geologist License (PG) or Professional Engineering License (PE) at time of hire.  (Wyoming PG or PE required within six months of hire date.)


  • Field site visits are necessary and the candidate must be capable of site inspections that may include hiking over rough terrain. 
  • Overnight travel may be required.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63678882
  • Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
    Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
  • Position Title: Project Geologist
  • Company Name For Job: State of Wyoming - Department of Environmental Quality
  • Job Function: Geosciences
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $58,000.00 - $74,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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