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Yippee! I got a good an excellent job, starting in less than three weeks. That is about all I will ever say about it here on my blog.

Thank you to all who sent notes of encouragement, contacts,  and job announcements, as well as to those of you who prayed for me over the past year since we returned from Romania.

Grace and Peace

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Employment | 8 Comments

Competition for jobs

Yahoo News: Job competition toughest since recession began

The number of job seekers competing for each opening has reached the highest point since the recession began, according to government data released Friday.

The employment crisis is expected to worsen as companies stay reluctant to hire. Many economists expect a jobless recovery, putting pressure on President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to stimulate job creation.

There are about 6.3 unemployed workers competing, on average, for each job opening, a Labor Department report shows. That’s the most since the department began tracking job openings nine years ago, and up from only 1.7 workers when the recession began in December 2007.

A few comments:

  • I’ve been told that there are 50-100 applicants for some geospatial/GIS positions I have applied for. I’ve been a finalist (top 8?) for a number of these.
  • I don’t place high confidence in the government’s ability to create jobs in a way that is good for the economy in the long run. The only result of previous government job stimuli that I have seen so far has been an increase in the number of temporary positions, which I have been applying for. But what I really need is long-term employment.
  • There are millions of people like me who for one reason or another are not even counted in the government’s unemployment figures.

Grace and Peace

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Employment | | Leave a comment

Job search update

A few of you have asked how the job search is going. Well… it is still going.

  • I still have a tentative offer from my former employer from before I went overseas to teach. This would be an excellent position (interesting work, great pay and benefits), but the hiring process is excruciatingly long. Until it is a done deal, I’m still looking.
  • I know I’m being considered for a couple of positions in Colorado and Washington that I could do very well at. These are both geospatial/cartography positions.
  • I’m looking for temporary work in the Denver area to fill in the gap until a permanent job comes in. I’m mainly looking at GIS or geological laboratory work, but am open to other things.

Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.

Thanks for asking and for your prayers.

Grace and Peace

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Misc | 2 Comments

September poll — who reads The GeoChristian?

I’m averaging a little over 300 visitors per day at The GeoChristian, and am curious to know more of the make up of my audience. This is my first attempt at polling on my blog; I think you can vote only one time.

I am still seeking employment as either a geoscience or geospatial professional (or both combined in one position). Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.

September 5, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Polls | 6 Comments

Updates: job search, unemployment activities, comments (Is God a malevolent bioterrorist?)

I’m still plugging away on the job search. I know that I am competing against 50 to 100 people (or more) for many of the positions I have applied for. My lovely wife tells me that I should feel pretty good about being a finalist for a number of these positions. Yes, but I’d sure rather be employed than just feeling good about myself at this point.

I still have a tentative offer for an excellent position, but it may not start until 2010, and I can’t wait that long (and they know that). If I can find good temporary work, this might still work out. Until it is a done deal, however, I’m still looking for a permanent position.

Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.

What does one do in a long period of unemployment, other than networking and working on applications?

  • I’ve been taking GIS classes from ESRI to expand and update my skills. The course I’m working on now is “Creating and Integrating Data for Natural Resource Applications.” I also took a course on the geochemistry of gas shales this summer.
  • Long walks in the mountains and foothills. I saw my first western tanager last week—a very pretty bird.
  • Lunch dates with my wife.
  • Reading books.
  • Going to the apartment complex swimming pool with the family.
  • We’re going to a Colorado Rockies baseball game this week. My wife found some seats for $1 each!
  • Writing blog posts on The GeoChristian helps to keep me sane.

The greatest number of comments in the past week have been on my “Seeing God in nature” post. What is the difference between ID and the theistic evolution of Francis Collins? Is God a malevolent bioterrorist?

Grace and Peace

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Misc | 2 Comments

Where’s the beef?


from World Magazine

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Employment | Leave a comment

Updates: job search, Best of The GeoChristian, Dr. Dino

I’m still looking for a job in the Earth sciences or GIS. I have a very strong possibility for an excellent position, but until it’s a sure thing I’ll keep on looking. Click here for a brief resume, or go to Ten reasons why you should hire me.

I’m working on compiling a list of what I think are my best posts, sorted by topic. Click on “Best of the GeoChristian” at the top of this page.

My January post Dr. Dino still in prison is still generating comments; up to 88 right now. (WorldNetDaily—the Christian source for conspiracy theories—reports that Dr. Dino is a victim of government persecution. I don’t think so.)

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Origins, Young-Earth creationism | , , | 4 Comments

AAPG Convention — Short resume

Here’s my short resume that I’ll have posted on the AAPG Career Center bulletin board, with pull-off tabs at the bottom with my name, email, and cell phone number. I have a more detailed resume, of course, for those who are interested.

Kevin Nelstead


  • M.S. in Geology, Washington State University
    • Coursework included Sedimentary Petrology, Clastic Depositional Systems, Carbonate Depositional Systems, Paleoecology, and Structural Analysis.
  • B.S. in Geology, Montana State University.
    • Coursework included Petroleum Geology and Groundwater Resources.
  • 37 semester hours in Chemistry and Geochemistry, including a full year of Organic Chemistry and Organic Laboratory, as well as Isotope Geology and X-Ray Analysis in Geology.
  • High GPA and very high GRE scores – put my intelligence to work for you!


  • Eleven years experience with imagery interpretation, digital cartography, and GIS (Federal Government)
  • Five years experience as a high school science teacher in Eastern Europe.
  • Teaching Assistant for introductory Geology and Chemistry courses.
  • Research Assistant – Electron microprobe analysis and fission-track dating.

Recent Training:

  • Short Course: Applied Geology and Geochemistry of Gas Shales, AAPG Convention, June 2009.
  • ArcGIS courses from ESRI: 3D Analysis (Sept 2008), Spatial Analysis (March 2009), Geoprocessing (in progress).

Contact me here at the AAPG Convention: 720-xxx-xxxx

E-mail: knelst [-at-]

Currently residing in Lakewood, CO (Willing to relocate in the West)

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Geology | 9 Comments

AAPG Convention

I’ll be at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists national convention Saturday through Wednesday here in Denver, and might not do much blogging. I’ve got a full-day short course on Saturday (Applied Geology and Geochemistry of Gas Shales) and will be attending the technical program and visiting the exhibitors’ booths Monday through Wednesday.

It should be both fun and enriching. I’m hoping to make some employment connections as well.

Grace and Peace

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Geology | Leave a comment

Job search

I’m still looking for a job as a geologist or GIS professional, and just updated my Ten Reasons Why You Should Hire Me post.

When I picked up one of my daughters from school a few weeks ago, she asked, “Dad, did you find a job today?” I replied, “I’ve found lots of jobs; they just haven’t found me yet.”

I have more strong possibilities now than I did a few weeks ago, and had two good interviews in St. Louis last week. I’m hopeful that something will come up soon.

Thanks for reading The GeoChristian, and for any openings you can point me to.


April 29, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Geology, Maps | Leave a comment

Looking for a hydrologist or environmental scientist?

In the midst of economic hard times, there are still some employment bright spots. Being that I am looking for a job in the Earth sciences, it is encouraging to me that there are openings out there in hydrology and environmental science:


From the New York Times: Hiring in Hydrology Resists the Slump:

“Demand for hydrologists has been predicted to grow 24 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

“Most hydrologists did not earn degrees in hydrology; in fact, only a handful of undergraduate and graduate hydrology programs exist across the country. It is far more common for hydrologists to come from a hard-science or engineering background.” [I have an M.S. in geology.]

“In fact, computers have revolutionized hydrology in ways beyond sampling. Data collected in the field is now plugged into complex mathematic models that allow hydrologists to make predictions — for example, about the effect of climate change on sea levels. The models also help them develop recommendations for solving problems, like how much water can be diverted from a river to combat a drought.” [I have extensive experience with GIS, and recent training in GIS spatial analysis and 3D analysis, both of which have hydrology applications.]

“People interested in hydrology often don’t understand you need to be very strong in math.” [GRE Quantitative: 94th percentile; A’s in calculus-based physics and graduate-level nuclear chemistry.]

“They also need to communicate well, because their research is often written in reports and presented to others — to policy makers, if they work in the public sector, or to clients in the private sector.” [Strong written and verbal communication skills gained through graduate school, employment as a cartographer, and teaching at various levels.]

HT: Geology News


From The Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill includes environmental scientists in its list.

I am well qualified for work as an environmental scientist:

  • M.S. and B.S. in geology
  • Minor in biology
  • 37 semester hours in chemistry and geochemistry
  • Strong communication skills
  • ArcGIS experience
  • Love for the creation

HT: The Evangelical Ecologist

You can contact me by commenting below, or by emailing me at geochristianblog (at) yahoo (dot) com.



March 17, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Environment, Geology | , | Leave a comment

New GIS class

I started a new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) class from ESRI today: Learning ArcGIS Spatial Analyst. I am taking courses like this to expand and update my GIS skills. Plus, it is cool stuff to work with.

I’ve done some of this before, such as generating shaded relief and contours:

Shaded relief and contour maps of Mt. Shasta, California. Note the lava flows on the lower slopes north of the main part of the volcano. Taken from the ESRI course Learning ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.

Shaded relief and contour maps of Mt. Shasta, California. Note the lava flows on the lower slopes north of the main part of the volcano. Taken from the ESRI course Learning ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.

Other things will be new to me, such as interpolating data. An example of this would be filling in precipitation values between scattered weather stations.

I might not get much blogging done this week, as I’d like to really push myself to get this done.

Grace and Peace


Here’s my first hillshade map for this class. This is a hilly region near Harlan, Kentucky, showing the topography with the sun at an elevation of 45 degrees in the northwest:


Here is a slope percent map of the same area. Green areas are flat, red areas are steep, and yellow areas are of intermediate slope:


Here’s one more for tonight. This map shows slope aspect, which is the direction the slope faces:



You could combine the final two maps to search for a homesite on a shady north-facing slope; not too steep, and not in the flats.

All of this illustrates one of the strengths of GIS: the ability to quickly analyze a large geospatial dataset—in this case a digital elevation model—to create new output files.

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Employment, Maps | 1 Comment


As you know, this is a difficult time to find a job.

I just sent off application #212. I spent a good portion of the day writing essays on four federal job applications that were due by midnight Eastern time; I sent the last one off at 11:58. I’ve been very well qualified for most of the 212 jobs I’ve applied for. I suppose there are a few that I’m not fully qualified for, and a few that I’m overqualified for.

When I picked up my daughter from school a few days ago, she asked me, “Did you find a job?” My answer was, “I’ve found lots of jobs; they just haven’t found me yet.” There are still companies and agencies hiring, and I’m praying that some day soon one of them will find me.

Remember to reach out to those in your church and community who are without jobs. I am still filled with hope. Some others are having a very difficult time.

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
–Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

Grace and Peace

January 23, 2009 Posted by | Employment | 1 Comment

An endorsement from Einstein


November 21, 2008 Posted by | Employment | 1 Comment