Meet our P.G. of the Week: Wade Oliver. P.G., Senior Hydrogeologist, Intera

Wade Oliver is a hydrogeologist that works with a large range of clients throughout the Lone Star State. After receiving his P.G. license in 2011, Wade has worked diligently on protecting the land and groundwater in Texas. That’s why he has been chosen as this week’s Professional Geoscientist. Meet Wade Oliver!

 
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1. Tell us about your background. What do you do, your interests, hobbies, etc?

I was born and raised in Friendswood, Texas, outside of Houston. I was very involved in scouting growing up, which is where I got my love of the outdoors: camping, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, etc. Now that I have kids, I enjoy sharing those activities with them. 

2. What college did you attend? Did college prepare you for the ASBOG?

I earned a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience from Texas A&M in 2006 and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Utah in 2008. College certainly helped prepare me for the ASBOG exams, but I also learned a lot through experience working at the Texas Water Development Board from 2008 to 2012. Studying certainly helped as well.

 
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3. Why did you become a licensed professional geoscientist?

I became a P.G. because it clearly demonstrates to others that I have both the education and experience to do credible geoscience work. I’m now a consulting geoscientist with INTERA Inc. and regularly see how our clients rely on the P.G. license and the accountability it provides to evaluate our credentials. Most of our clients are not geoscientists themselves (which is why they need to hire us), so the P.G. helps assure them that we are competent and qualified.

4. How long have you been a professional geoscientist?

I have been a professional geoscientist for seven years. I received my license in 2011.

5. How have you helped the public with your PG license?

I’m a hydrogeologist and work with a broad range of clients across Texas helping them better understand, manage and develop their groundwater resources. These clients include groundwater conservation districts, oil and gas companies, state agencies, water developers and private individuals. It’s clear that having reliable water is critical as Texas grows, but we need to balance meeting needs today with having sufficient water for the future. My work and the work of many other professional geoscientists provides the information necessary for decision-makers to strike the right balance.

6. How does your job require you to use your PG license?

We seal our geoscience work to show that it was done with professional care, thoroughness and competence.

 
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7. As a licensed PG, what is the most interesting thing you have seen or done?

As a consulting geoscientist, I get to work on many different kinds of interesting projects: developing groundwater models, drilling wells, evaluating water supply reliability, and facilitating groundwater planning to name a few. If I had to pick, working on and testifying in groundwater disputes has probably been the most interesting.

8. What would you tell someone in school who wants to gain their PG Licensure?

Go for it – you’ll be a better geoscientist and professional for having done it.

9. Why is licensure in the state of Texas important to you?

Water is unquestionably important to Texas’ future. In my opinion, we are all better off when the individuals responsible for evaluating that resource know what they’re doing and are held accountable to professional ethics and high quality work.

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