Staff Geochemist

  • Reno, NV, USA
  • Full-time
  • Departments: Resources

Company Description

Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Ormat is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company solely engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG), with the objective of becoming a leading global provider of renewable energy. 

Job Description

The position is responsible for conducting geochemical investigations of exploration projects and operational fields to develop new and expanded opportunities for geothermal development. Candidate will work in teams with geologists, reservoir engineers and plant engineers.



  • Prepare technical reports and presentations
  • Collects geochemical samples of brine, steam, gas, soil, and alteration deposits
  • Oversees 2-phase sampling, reservoir-scale tracer testing, and geochemical monitoring of operations fields
  • Builds and operates bench top geochemical apparatus and instrumentation for analysis of geofluids and minerals
  • Manages geochemical database and performs statistical analysis of wellfield trends
  • Performs QA/QC of internal and outsourced lab analyses
  • Assists in prospect evaluations by performing literature review and data mining
  • Researches prospect characteristics, including rock types, alteration, geothermal surface manifestations
  • Builds project GIS and 3D geologic models by integrating datasets
  • Proactively makes recommendations for reservoir management and wellfield operations
  • Effectively communicates results and recommendations to peers and management verbally and in writing. 
  • Must possess at any time a valid driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to ORMAT’s auto insurance carrier
  • Must have the ability to travel to other locations, including international and developing countries
  • Must have the ability to travel long distances by car and air


  • Compiles environmental assessment reports with regulatory agencies
  • Maintain inventories on exploration equipment and sampling supplies
  • Manage contracts, budgets and timelines for exploration or reservoir monitoring projects
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology or Environmental/Geotechnical Engineering. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • Demonstration of independent work and excellent verbal and written technical communication
  • An ability to operate in a interactive environment and express your knowledge and opinion without prompting is required
  • Must have experience sampling geofluids from wells and/or natural manifestations
  • Must have relevant lab experience dealing with fluid or mineral chemical analyses
  • Proficiency in geochemical modeling applications such as PHREEQC, WATEQ, Geochemist Workbench is preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in building or operating lab or field-scale flow-through vessels preferred
  • Must be able to use and acquire knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and use of the Internet
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English at a level which will permit the employee to accurately understand and communicate information to safely and efficiently perform the job duties
  • Works under general supervision of Resource Manager and Chief Geochemist


  • The ability to navigate and work in remote field locations and work outdoors in difficult weather conditions
  • The ability to work in a power plant and wellfield near hot pipes and heavy equipment
  • The ability to walk, hike, and work on steep, rough terrain for extended periods of time
  • The ability to assemble and operate sampling vessels using hand tools
  • The ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • The ability to safely operate 4WD light vehicles on highways and off-road
  • The ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • The ability to travel approximately 50% of time
  • The ability to work in an office environment
  • The ability to work at a computer and computer monitor for long periods of time and stay alert

Additional Information

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