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Science Technician I

Science and Research

Animal Technician


Reston, Virginia, United States


Work Where it Matters

Akima Systems Engineering (ASE), an Akima company, is not just another federal systems support contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At ASE, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders , ASE provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers , ASE delivers solutions in maritime IT, systems engineering, and integration across the Department of Defense and stands ready to help improve operational performance at a reasonable and sustainable cost.

As an ASE employee , you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

The mission of the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center (GEMSC) is to assess the nations and the world’s undiscovered energy resources and to investigate the environmental effects of resource extraction. To achieve this mission, the Center’s research program includes long-term and geographically extensive efforts to address large problems through a series of conceptually linked studies. This includes work in a variety of energy basins, and fundamental research related to energy resources and energy-related environmental issues.

Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a Science Technician I to provide geologic technician services for 1) inventorying and archiving several thousand coal and rock samples at GEMSC’s facilities located in Reston, VA.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare inventories of stored coal, rock, and drill core samples and assist in preparing samples for disposal or long-term archiving.
  • Work with GEMSC scientists to prepare and update spreadsheet inventories of stored coal, rock, and drill core samples. The inventories will include such items as sample name, collection date and location, and sample storage location. The samples to be inventoried are stored at GEMSC facilities located in Reston, VA.
  • Prepare coal, rock and drill core samples for disposal or long-term archiving. Using the sample inventories described above (1.a), the contractor will work with USGS scientists to identify which samples should be made ready for disposal, and which should be saved for long-term storage. This will involve opening boxes and sample bags to obtain representative splits of samples to be archived. Sample riffle splitters or cone and quarter methods will be employed to obtain representative samples weighing approximately 200 grams. Excess sample material will be compiled for disposal.
  • Prepare drill core samples for long-term archiving. Using the sample inventories and the sample splits described above (1.a, 1.b), the contractor will work with USGS scientists to prepare core samples for shipment to the USGS Core Research Center located at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO. This will involve completing core sample submittal forms and packaging core boxes on pallets for freight shipment to Denver.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Geology or similar field.
  • Experience in performing simple routine tasks under close supervision or from detailed procedures.
  • Experience in performing simple or routine tasks or tests such as tests; operating and adjusting simple test equipment; records test data.
  • Experience in gathering and maintaining specified records of data.

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, or have known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Job: Life, Physical & Social Science

Travel: None

Organization: ASE - Akima Systems Engineering

Clearance: Not Applicable

Work Type: On-Site

Remote: No

ReqID: 2024-11388