The Role of a Prospecting Geologist

Joshua Neale Wolcott is the director of operations for Cimmaron Resources, Inc., an oil and gas company based in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Josh Wolcott oversees the development of various projects across the country, including the Rocky Mountains and the Powder River Basin. In order to seek out new exploration projects, Joshua Wolcott and his team work closely with several prospecting geologists.

Also known as exploration geologists, prospecting geologists utilize their advanced knowledge of the Earth’s surface – and what lies beneath it – to help locate valuable natural resources. By calling on the skills of a prospecting geologist, oil and gas companies can increase the success and efficiency of their drilling operations.

In order to predict where oil may be found, prospecting geologists first survey a location’s overall environment and surface rock formations before taking drill samples. The geologist then analyzes these samples in a lab to determine the likelihood of the presence of oil in the area. In some cases, oil may be present in quantities too low to justify drilling, in which case a prospecting geologist may make a professional recommendation to drill in other nearby locations.