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Iowa Department of Transportation Geologist 2 in Ames, Iowa

Salary $49,462.40 - $74,984.00 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 20-01979

Closing 3/10/2020 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Stephen Megivern - 515-239-1936

Job Description

The Design Bureau desires to hire a full-time Geologist that will be part of a design team that provides geotechnical support in developing projects that enhance the state and national transportation systems in Iowa. This individual will be an essential member of the Soils Design Section and have the opportunity to interact with numerous stake holders in the development of many different types of transportation improvement projects. This position requires an individual capable of applying geologic and geotechnical principles in the development process of highway and bridge improvement projects. Our team is involved with geotechnical/geologic features associated with construction, repair and rehabilitation of transportation projects. Under general direction of a professional engineer, that is specialized in geotechnical engineering, this position is responsible for assisting in geological and geotechnical investigations, analysis, and recommendations regarding soil designs related to the design of highway and bridge construction projects. Typical Responsibilities:

  • Participates on a team that strives to produce decisions that effectively balance safety, mobility, environmental impacts, property impacts, cost and long-term maintenance resulting from the design.

  • Participates in the studies of proposed transportation system improvements and identifies challenges that need to be analyzed as part of the project development process.

  • Assists in the development of project design plans prepared by the Soils Design Section.

  • Coordinates and conducts field reviews of landslides, sinkholes, washouts and other problem areas that can potentially impact roadways.

  • Assists in the coordination of various geophysical surveys (including electrical resistivity and ground penetrating radar) to determine geological in-situ conditions to identify unique problem situations.

  • Evaluates geophysical data to develop specialized designs to mitigate the consequences of geotechnical problems and assists with providing initial repair recommendations.

  • Reviews subsurface geology and stratigraphy for project areas.

  • Utilizes CADD software to prepare project plans and create 3D subsurface terrain models.

  • Prepares and reviews construction plans relating to geotechnical aspects of highway design.

  • Uses field-based electronic equipment to collect the attributes of potential problem areas.

  • Utilizes GIS software to maintain geospatial database.

  • Possible exposure to adverse site conditions, including: rough terrain, steep slopes, landslides, poisonous plants, work in roadways with heavy traffic volumes, and construction sites.

  • Occasional daytime travel is required and some infrequent overnight travel.

Preferred Characteristics:

  • Analyzes geotechnical challenges, defines successful solution alternatives and proactively solves problems.

  • Passionate about, and committed to, excellence in our highway design projects.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative setting and contribute as part of a team.

  • Effectively communicates with members of the Soils team, management, and the variety of individuals involved in the development process.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Ability to successfully utilize technical software applications.

  • Ability to travel to remote locations for meetings and field reviews, and mobility to access sites in rugged terrain.

  • Ability to lift and manipulate field equipment and other items weighing up to 50 pounds over uneven terrain.

  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive and has a get-it-done attitude.

  • Embraces and encourages a culture that thrives on innovative ideas and leading changes that result in effective process and project improvement.

  • Brings a professional positive attitude to our team every day.

Office of Design - Culture and Benefits:

  • A 100+ person group with a wide variety of experiences working collaboratively to deliver exceptional transportation improvement projects.

  • Interesting and complex projects are regularly designed by our staff providing a wide breadth of experiences.

  • Excellent benefits package, web site:

  • Full-time status is based on a 40-hour work week.

  • Flexible work hour schedules.

  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.

  • An environment where team work, customer service, and a positive attitude are valued.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in geology, physical geography, or a closely related geological science;


graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in a natural science, computer science, math or engineering field and two years of full-time professional experience in an earth science related position including groundwater, soils, environmental geology, geographic information systems or other related earth science specialty.For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. (Download PDF reader)