Montana Technological University

Butte, MT, USA 🇺🇸

Montana Technological University provides a comprehensive benefits package for all eligible positions that includes health, dental and vision insurance, mandatory retirement plan with employer contribution, partial tuition waiver, and a wellness program.

Applications received by October 1, 2023 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.


The Butte office of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology seeks a highly motivated Hydrogeologist to work in the Ground Water Investigation Program (GWIP). This program evaluates local- to regional-scale hydrogeologic systems, with studies that encompass groundwater/surface-water interactions, and groundwater quantity and quality. This position will be focused on designing projects, collecting and interpreting geologic and hydrologic data, and writing reports.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

•Assist with developing work plans and the design of monitoring networks;

•Assist with field work, including groundwater-water level monitoring, surface-water monitoring, water sampling, aquifer testing; and data management, analysis, and interpretation;

•Develop hydrogeologic conceptual models, including groundwater budgets;

•Work in a team to write reports and publish research results; and

•Present results at public and scientific meetings.

The hiring level will range from Assistant to Associate Hydrogeologist dependent on qualifications and experience at the time of offer. The MBMG is a department of Montana Technological University, but this is a non-tenurable, non-teaching position. Employer sponsorship of work visas is not available.

Required Qualifications:

• Minimum requirements for hiring levels:

Assistant Hydrogeologist: Master’s Degree and 3 years relevant experience or Doctoral Degree

Associate Hydrogeologist: Master’s degree and 13 years relevant experience or Doctoral Degree

and 10 years of experience

•College-level course work in geology and hydrogeology.

•Applicable hydrogeologic/geologic field experience.

•Strong technical writing and communication skills demonstrated through a record of publication and/or authored reports, presentations, or other formal communication experience listed in your résumé.

•Ability to self-manage time and effectively complete tasks.

•Proficiency with common word-processing and spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Office).

•A valid Montana driver’s license (or ability to acquire one).

•In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • GIS skills including project creation, geospatial data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Experience measuring and interpreting stream discharge data.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of and experience with groundwater modeling and/or geochemical, surface water, and watershed modeling.
  • Familiarity with conducting and analyzing aquifer test data.

Experience logging wells and completion.

Experience interpreting groundwater data and constructing groundwater flow budgets

For full consideration application materials must be complete.  

Please include: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications,
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references. 

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. 

For full consideration application materials must be complete.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.

To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to humanresources@mtech.edu. You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

Employment (veteran’s) preference form

To request an accommodation for the application or interview, please contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380; cisakson@mtech.edu

Why Work at Tech?

Help meet the changing needs of society by providing a transformative student experience by helping develop leaders for tomorrow by advancing science, engineering and technology.

In addition, Montana Tech offers an attractive benefits package which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance with low deductibles and comprehensive coverage.
  • Generous employer contribution toward monthly health care benefits worth $6.08 per hour.
  • 5.9% retirement employer contribution for eligible employees
  • 12 Holidays per year
  • 3 weeks of Annual Leave to start
  • Generous sick leave policy that can be used for sick children, doctor and dentist appointments as well as bereavement.
  • 6 credits of coursework free per year (fees not included)
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Reduced tuition for dependents after 4 months of employment for eligible employees
  • Employee Assistance and a Wellness Program
  • Optional Retirement Plan for eligible employees
  • Possible remote work days with supervisor approval and eligible positions.

Montana Technological University, Butte Montana, is nestled in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide, where I-15 and I-90 intersect. We are home to the largest National Historic District in the country. Montana Tech is a special focus institution with a reputation for excellence and value. Montana Tech is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeNET.





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