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Hydrogeology and Environmental Geophysics Technician, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 12672

Updated: June 2, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Hydrogeology and Environmental Geophysics Technician.

Reporting to the Department Manager, this position is an important component of the team providing technical support to the Department of Geoscience. Supported services are delivered to undergraduate students, graduate students, other technical support staff, and multiple faculty members at any one time, for teaching, research and service to the Faculty of Science. Support includes many aspects of undergraduate and graduate programs of study and research activities in hydrogeology (including hydrology), applied environmental geology, and related environmental geophysics.

Work includes laboratory and field work. Field work may be extensive during field schools. Research related day and weekend trips may occur throughout the year, including during the winter but primary responsibility will be to teaching. On some occasions extended field activities will occur away from Calgary. Field days will be up to 12 hours long. The peak periods for field activities include late August-September and March-May.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Instructional Support & Training

  • Involved in training of all users, including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, research assistants, faculty and other users on the proper and safe use of hydrological, shallow geophysical field and laboratory equipment and procedures for which this position is responsible for
  • Direct support for undergraduate and graduate courses and in consultation with the course instructor, provide assistance to undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants, prepare lab materials, perform lab demonstrations; this will include field activities and field schools


  • Ensure positive and professional relationships with students, staff and faculty are developed and maintained
  • Positive relationships and productive liaisons are developed and maintained with other units on campus and externally to ensure that equipment and personnel are fully utilized
  • Ensure that the Technical Manager is kept informed of activities and progress and consulted for assistance when needed
  • May be required to work collaboratively and assist other technicians in Faculty of Science Programs using same equipment and supporting common courses

Field and Laboratory Safety

  • Provide users with a safe working environment and monitor adherence to University standards and legislated regulations
  • Responsible for ensuring safe practices and knowledge of related equipment is available at all levels
  • Assist the Technical Manager with the administrations of safety protocols related to all field activities including field schools; this position is aligned with providing support for field safety at the Faculty level and will act as a resource to assist other Departments when requested by the Technical Manager

Detailed Responsibilities

  • Field schools: GLGY 441/639 (Hydrogeology Field School), GLGY 337, 435, and 537 (Geology), GOPH 549 (Geophysics Field School)
    • Equipment testing and calibration
    • Gear preparation, organization, and deployment
    • Ordering of consumables, reagents for calibration, etc.
    • Packing/loading/unloading of vehicles
    • Cleaning, organizing and proper storage of equipment
    • Facilitiating field site liaison and access where required
    • Ideally directly assisting with the delivery of field school
    • Demonstrating of field equipment (such as GPR, IP, EM, ERT, Guelph permeameter, tension infiltrometer, pressure sensors and software, Campbell Scientific equipment) to TAs and field school groups when required
    • Assist with the preparation of Hazard Assessment and Control Forms and Emergency Response Plan
  • Senior thesis projects: GLGY510 (Senior Thesis)
    • Training of undergraduate students in calibration, care, and use of equipment to conduct a wide variety of research projects which involve a significant component of field and/or laboratory work
  • Support of labs for lecture-based courses
    • Setup/run/dismantle equipment for lab experiments
    • Clean and store gear, and replace consumables
  • Graduate training/research support
    • Supporting graduate student training on hydrogeology and non-seismic geophysical equipment
    • Instructing new graduate students on the operation, calibrations/programming, data downloading, maintenance, and care of complex equipment used in the lab and at remote field sites
    • Due to the complexity of the deployment and recovery of the equipment in remote sites the ability to transfer safety knowledge is critical not only to protect the students but also to minimize vandalism of the equipment in the field
  • Instrumentation support
    • Administer the day-to-day operation of the assigned equipment and laboratories including procurement of chemicals and supplies, repairs, and other laboratory or field supplies or services
    • Organization and storage of equipment during periods of little or no use; track usage, condition of equipment before and after use for both field schools and research field activities, arrange for repair as required and ensure equipment is in good working order when sent out in the field
    • Arrange for equipment to be serviced and course lab equipment refurbished and/or replaced by the Science Workshop or external vendors as required
    • Arrange for annual maintenance of equipment as required
    • Maintaining safe work procedures
    • Organization and oversight of hydrogeology/hydrogeophysics/environmental geophysics equipment storage room
    • Organize geology field school equipment with the department technical assistant
  • Working knowledge of analytical equipment and shallow geophysics equipment including but not limited to
    • Data logging systems
    • Multiple meters including pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen and related computer systems
    • ground penetrating radar (Sensors and Software) - Pulse-Ekko, Noggin
    • GPS RTK system
    • IRIS 72 channel resistivity / IP system
    • EM & ERT
    • Pressure transducers, thermistors, thermocouples
    • HydroLab, Guelph permeameter, tension infiltrometer

Other Duties

  • Departmental/Faculty Events: Assist with the gathering, setup, and organization of equipment and/or displays for departmental and faculty events (e.g., Open Houses, Parent/Student Information evenings, etc.)

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A four year undergraduate degree in a relevant field is required (e.g. hydrogeology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, environmental science, geophysics or earth science)
  • Two to three years of industry or institutional experience is essential; a combination of a technical diploma with additional experience will be considered
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential along with the ability to work independently or as part of a team, with a wide range of clients from undergraduates to the Department Head
  • Working familiarity with computer systems and relevant application software is essential
  • Field experience in hydrological methods or geophysical methods is required
  • Related laboratory experience (e.g. sample processing, filtering, alkalinity titrations, etc.) is desirable
  • Experience with instrumentation and electronics (e.g. data logging) is desirable
  • Must have the desire, ability and willingness to work in the field and must have a valid class 5 license and qualify for an Alberta Class 4 driver license.
  • Current first aid training must be maintained.
  • Knowledge of shallow geophysical instrumentation and methods is an asset (GPR, IP, EM etc.) as well as knowledge of analytical equipment and ability to run modern chemical analysis equipment.
  • Continual learning and skill development in the area of expertise is expected.
  • Knowledge of hydrogeology/environmental-related programs such as AquaChem, Aqtesolv, Surfer, Modflow, Matlab, etc. and related scientific instrumentation software is required but may be learned on the job.
  • Experience working and recreating out-of-doors, including in winter months, is desirable

Application Deadline:  May 3, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2.

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