State of Alabama Personnel Department

State of Alabama

Personnel Department
64 North Union Street

P. O. Box 304100
Montgomery, AL 36130-4100

Phone: (334) 242-3389
Fax: (334) 242-1110

Continuous Announcement


Salary: $45,532.80 - $76,365.60

Announcement Date: August 18, 2010
Revised Date: October 2, 2019

The Geologist II – Hydrology Option is a permanent, full-time position used by various agencies. Positions are located throughout
the state. This is advanced professional work conducting research in geology and mineral, energy, and water resources of the

• Current, permanent status as a Geologist I including the required education and experience below (for the promotional register

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited* four-year college or university in Geology and two (2) years of hydrogeological

experience to include one (1) year of field experience.

  • Master’s degree from an accredited* college or university in Geology and one (1) year of hydrogeological field experience.
  • Ph.D. from an accredited* college or university in Geology.

Open-Competitive to all applicants and Promotional to current state employees with permanent status in the job classification
listed above.
  • An Evaluation of Training and Experience as shown on the application will comprise 95% of the applicant’s final score for

the promotional register, with the remaining 5% being based on the average of the applicant’s service ratings for the last three
years. Scores from the Evaluation of Training and Experience will comprise 100% of the final score for the open-competitive

• Complete an Application for Examination Form available at, the above address, or any Alabama

Career Center Office.
  • Apply on-line, by mail, or by fax. Applications will be accepted until further notice. The State Personnel Department is not

responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service or faxing malfunctions.

Veteran’s credits are NOT allowed on promotional examinations.


  • Please refer to the back of this announcement for complete information on State Personnel’s policy for accepting
post-secondary and advanced degrees.

Except for pretest information provided by State Personnel to all applicants, you should not directly or indirectly
obtain information about examinations. If you do, the State Personnel Director may do several things. One, you may
not be given an examination. Two, you may be disqualified after an examination. Three, your name may be removed
from a register. Or four, your name may not be certified from the register. (Rules of the State Personnel Board,
Chapter 670-x-9). According to the Code of Alabama, 36-26-47, a willful violation of exam security is a
misdemeanor. Any person who is convicted of this type of misdemeanor will be ineligible for appointment to or
employment in a position in State service for a period of five years and, if the person is an officer or employee of the
State, will forfeit his or her office or position.

If you know of anyone who has violated this policy, you should contact the Examination Manager at the State
Personnel Department.

Applicants hired by the State of Alabama on or after January 1, 2012 will be subject to the E-Verify process
pursuant to Act No. 2011-535.

State of Alabama Personnel Department

Policy on Accepting College Coursework, Post-Secondary and Advanced Degrees

1. Specific college coursework required for a job classification, as well as bachelor’s, graduate, post graduate,
and doctoral degrees will be accepted from schools accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission
(DEAC) or any of the six regional accreditation associations in the United States listed below:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges –Senior College and University Commission (WASC-SCUC)

College coursework is defined as credit hours leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher.

2. Coursework or degrees from schools that have not been accredited by one of the above accreditation
associations may be accepted if a regionally accredited school* considers the coursework or degree to be an
acceptable prerequisite for admission to an advanced degree program. For example, if a regionally accredited school
accepts an applicant’s bachelor’s degree for admittance into a graduate degree program, State Personnel will accept
the degree. In the case of required college coursework (but no degree requirement), State Personnel will accept the
college coursework if a regionally accredited school accepts the coursework towards a post-secondary degree (e.g., a
bachelor’s degree). This must be documented by a letter of acceptance from the regionally accredited school. State
Personnel will review such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Note: This policy is subject to change. Certain state agencies may have additional requirements.

  • The term “regionally accredited school” refers to an institution of higher education accredited by one of the six
regional accreditation associations listed above.

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