Employment Opportunities

  • KGS Director and State Geologist
    Deadline: February 1, 2023
    The University of Kentucky’s Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking experienced candidates to apply for the position of Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and State Geologist. This senior level position reports to the Vice President for Research and is responsible for administration of the Survey, including managing a $4.3M budget, personnel, research programs, productivity, and program prioritization. The Director will develop strategic plans for KGS and new research, service, and facility programs; develop resources for new priorities and conduct research activities to develop new programs. In addition, this position leads a team of 50, including the associate director and research heads. They will supervise the professional conduct of the Survey’s activities, mandated programs, and geological investigations of the state, as well as the development and implementation of policies and strategic plans for the Survey. The KGS Director represents the University and participates in local, state, and national committees and advises state agencies on geoscience issues.
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  • Publication Resources Curator
    Deadline: January 22nd, 2023
    The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS), a publicly supported research center within the University of Kentucky (UK), is hiring for a STEPS Publication Resources Curator.

    Key position responsibilities include:
    • 1. Respond to customer requests, including assistance in material identification and completing payment transactions.
    • 2. Maintain the collection’s physical and digital representations ensuring proper cataloging, housing, access, and description.
    • 3. Create and maintain collection utilization reports.
    • 4. Perform routine condition assessments of collection items, performing repairs as needed.
    • 5. Submit new KGS publications and datasets for DOI registration and dissemination.

    The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, detail-oriented team player with strong communication skills.
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  • Geologist II
    Deadline: February 15th, 2023
    The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS), a publicly supported research center within the University of Kentucky (UK), is recruiting a Geologist II. Key position responsibilities include field work to collect methane concentration measurements from orphaned oil and gas wells, examine and analyze gas samples collected, and digital database entry of measurements. The person in this position should be comfortable working independently and safely in a field setting including driving long distances and overnight travel. As a representative of the Kentucky Geological Survey and the University of Kentucky, the person should be comfortable collaborating with outside contractors and staff from the KY Division of Oil and Gas. Experience with Excel data compilation and analysis is required, and ArcGIS and Google Earth experience skills are preferred. Experience with GC-FID measurements in a laboratory setting is considered a plus. This exempt position is grant funded with all UK benefits and paid travel expenses.
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KGS Mission: The Kentucky Geological Survey is a state supported research center and public resource within the University of Kentucky. Our mission is to support sustainable prosperity of the Commonwealth, the vitality of its flagship university, and the welfare of its people. We do this by conducting research and providing unbiased information about geologic resources, environmental issues, and natural hazards affecting Kentucky.

  • KGS Strategic Plan

  • The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

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