Development Geologist

The Development Geologist will support wellfield design and planning efforts to achieve Fervo’s geothermal energy development goals.

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge, and with the right technology, geothermal energy can play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.

Position Description

The Development Geologist will support wellfield design and planning efforts to achieve Fervo Energy’s geothermal energy development goals. This position will play a key role in shaping the development strategy, evaluating investment opportunities, and optimizing reservoir performance across Fervo’s growing project portfolio. Responsibilities will include working with various geological, geochemical, and geophysical data sets to test and build conceptual and three-dimensional geologic models of geothermal reservoirs, planning and executing large scale geothermal development drilling campaigns, overseeing drilling operations, and identifying nearfield development and acquisition opportunities.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare AFE’s, well paths, geologic prognoses, data collection programs (open and cased hole logging, mudlogging, sample collection, and core), communication programs, and real-time and post-drill evaluations and presentations (including end of well reports).
  • Manage vendor relationships, develop RFPs, facilitate proposal selection processes, and work closely with Fervo’s drilling operations to oversee key wellfield operations and services related to data acquisition activities.
  • Integrate geologic, geochemical, and geophysical datasets to build and update geologic models across Fervo’s geothermal development portfolio.
  • Work across a cross-functional team of reservoir engineers, geophysicists, and drilling & completions engineers to build and refine geologic and numerical reservoir models to optimize wellfield developments.
  • Work closely with geology, reservoir engineering, and land to plan wellfields and evaluate project economics.
  • Support Fervo’s well delivery process by contributing to Statement of Requirements and Basis of Design reports.
  • Identify growth opportunities for Fervo’s development portfolio through nearfield development opportunities and acquisitions.
  • Oversee mudlogging, logging (wireline, LWD, coil tubing), geo-steering, and general wellsite and operations geology for Fervo’s development drilling programs.
  • Develop geomechanical models and evaluate subsurface state of stress to inform wellfield and completions design.
  • Perform offset well analysis to develop geologic prognoses, evaluate wellbore stability, and support D&C team to develop well plans.
  • Support preparation and execution of short- and long-term flow tests for resource confirmation and early-stage production testing and geologic interpretation for history matching efforts.
  • Assist with asset management, resource reserve estimates, and investment analysis/diligence.
  • Travel periodically to field sites (mostly in western US) as required. During active drilling campaigns travel may increase up to 20-30%.

Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Required: 5+ years of geologist experience in the geothermal and/or unconventional oil & gas industries
  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in geology, geophysics, or related discipline; MS degree or beyond is a plus
  • Required: Proficiency in modelling software (Leapfrog, Petrel, EarthVision, GOCAD, or similar) and GIS software
  • Required: Strong background in structural geology
  • Required: Previous drilling experience
  • Required: Driven self-starter team player, willing to plan and execute with little oversight
  • Strongly Preferred: Previous wellsite geologist and/or operations geologist experience preferred
  • Preferred: Previous experience analyzing petrophysical logs and software (Geolog, WellCAD, or similiar)
  • Preferred: Previous horizontal geo-steering drilling experience
  • Preferred: Prior experience in geologic resource assessment and geologic mapping for conventional hydrothermal systems strongly preferred
  • Preferred: Experience in wellbore image log analysis for stress characterization and fracture characterization
  • Preferred: Experience in data analytics and geostatistics

Location

Fervo Energy has offices in Reno, Houston, Oakland, and Golden. This position will be eligible for some hybrid work flexibility, but regular in-office presence will be required.

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy provides 24/7 carbon-free energy through development of next-generation geothermal power. Fervo’s mission is to leverage innovation in geoscience to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Geothermal has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that have been developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo has an industry leading development pipeline with projects with multiple partners including Google and East Bay Community Energy. Fervo’s investors and financiers include leading venture capital firms Capricorn and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, industry leaders Helmerich and Payne and BHP, and research support through Activate, ARPA-E, and the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office. Fervo’s culture is fast-paced, innovative, and collaborative. We believe in building things that last, constantly innovating, doing what we say we’re going to do, and stopping to smell the roses.

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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