Employer: Geoscience Branch
Oil and Gas Division
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Current job description:
Senior Petroleum Geologist
- Regional mapping program in the Foothills of northeastern British Columbia;
- Multi-year mapping and research program assessing the hydrocarbon potential of the Intermontane Basins of British Columbia
M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Geology
- 1985-1987: Foothills exploration geologist with Dome Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, AB.
- 1987-2002: Regional mapper, Geological Survey Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
- 2002-present: Petroleum geologist, Geoscience Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
Reasons for working in public geoscience:
Investigative geological research within the public service has been very rewarding from a career perspective. These projects are providing basic answers for industry, government, academia and the general public. Even though these projects are addressing specific practical goals, there are commonly multi-faceted geological problems that can be investigated which add to the geological solution and make the job very rewarding. Public geoscience lends itself to looking at geological problems on a regional scale allowing one to address large-scale geological problems which I find very satisfying.
The geological solutions that one produces will have a lasting legacy as they are made available through internal and external publications. This is not necessarily possible in the private industry.