M&A is seeking full-time, entry-level and experienced hydrogeologists to join our Reno, Nevada, office. Our current Reno openings include a mix of fieldwork and office work, with a focus on projects that involve water well drilling, lithologic logging, well construction, sampling, and testing. If you have 0-5 years of experience, a degree in geology, hydrology, or related field, and interest in a range of well drilling, construction, and testing methods, you are encouraged to apply. We are looking for a self-motivated professional who demonstrates strong time management, organization, and communication skills. Duties will vary daily to weekly between fieldwork and office work, with an expected average work breakdown of 90% fieldwork and 10% office work. M&A will provide necessary training for field and office tasks. Some work locations may be in remote areas or in other western states.

Fieldwork Duties

  • Observe and document drilling operations, prepare and describe drill cuttings samples in both basin-fill and hard rock geologic settings, characterize hydrogeologic conditions and contacts, review and interpret borehole geophysical logs
  • Oversee and document monitor well and production well installation and development, including inspection of materials, verification of compliance with technical specifications, and direction of drilling contractor
  • Observe and document well development, rehabilitation, and pump installation procedures
  • Measure water levels and download dataloggers
  • Conduct pumping, slug, infiltration, and other types of field tests with instruction
  • Collect and document water and soil samples and measure water quality parameters
  • Follow health and safety protocols and regulations, including applicable government, M&A, and client-specific policies and procedures
  • Maintain field equipment and vehicles
  • Maintain detailed field notes and communicate daily activities to project managers and clients

Office Duties

  • Develop scopes of work, sampling and analysis plans, drilling program technical specifications, and health and safety plans
  • Describe drill cuttings and prepare lithologic logs
  • Prepare water and soil sample documentation and submit samples to laboratories
  • Use spreadsheets and graphing software to create data tables and plots to analyze field data
  • Process and analyze pumping test data to determine hydraulic parameters and recommend sustainable pumping rates
  • Prepare data summaries, presentations, and technical reports/memos
  • Participate in client meetings/teleconferences to present program results and recommendations

Minimum Qualifications

  • 0-5 years of experience overseeing water well drilling, construction, development, and testing; experience with different drilling methods and their application
  • Experience with well design fundamentals including well construction materials and applications, sizing of filter pack material and/or formation stabilizer, types of well screen and applications, and Nevada well construction standards
  • Undergraduate degree in hydrology, geology, engineering, environmental sciences, or related field
  • Able and willing to travel to out-of-town and potentially out-of-state field locations with night and/or long shifts (up to 14 hours per day); field tours are anticipated to range from several days to 2 weeks
  • Aptitude for working safely in remote outdoor locations around heavy machinery, identifying potential hazards, coordinating with Health and Safety personnel on a worksite
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and perform the following actions: standing for long periods of time, stooping/kneeling/crouching, and walking/hiking on uneven terrain
  • Strong organizational, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license with clean driving record
  • Ability to pass background check and drug test if requested
  • Ability to legally reside and work in the United States and provide associated documentation

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to [email protected] by February 28, 2023.