Job Announcements from BLM

We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Forester (O & C Lands);
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0115;
Location(s) of position:  Roseburg, OR, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  04/29/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.


Position Information:
Job Description:  Archaeologist;
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2016-0296;
Location(s) of position:  Carson City, NV, US;
Salary:  $63,525 – $82,583;
Applications will be accepted until:  05/06/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.


Position Information:
Job Description:  Soil Scientist;
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0120;
Location(s) of position:  Grants Pass, OR, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  05/06/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.


Position Information:
Job Description:  Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic;
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0123;
Location(s) of position:  Lakeview, OR, US;
Salary:  $23.43 – $27.34;
Applications will be accepted until:  05/05/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday May 5—RSVP by May 3

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Mount St. Helens Eruption from an Extremely Close Point of View
Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting— Thursday May 5
Topic: Mount St. Helens Eruption from an Extremely Close Point of View
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Hickson, P. Geo, FGAC, FSEG, FRGS, FGC; President, Tuya Terra Geo Corp; Burnaby, BC

Mount St. Helens—Thirty six years and counting

Where were you 36 years ago? Most people living in the North Western United states can remember the impact of the eruption – it spread a wide blanket of ash over much of Washington state and beyond. The sound was heard over a 1000 miles away. Cathie was there with a front row seat and a set of photographs to prove it! At the time she was a 3rd year geology student at the University of British Columbia, planning to complete her studies focusing on sedimentology and stratigraphy. In the back of her mind was a plan to return to the oil fields of her native Alberta, Canada. Instead, a desire to “see what was going on” first hand brought her to MSH that Sunday morning, 36 years ago.

The witnessing of this catastrophic eruption focused the rest of her studies. She used her sedimentological background to study the “Directed Blast” (pyroclastic surge) that caused most of the widespread devastation resulting from the eruption. Cathie was amongst the first to prove turbulent flow in these catastrophic events, previously thought to move under laminar flow. As a student she also started studying geothermal energy. Cathie was doing temperature surveys as well as being involved in the drilling at Mount Meager during the early 1980s. She then went on to study subglacial volcanoes for her PhD.

Since then her career has never wandered far from the volcanic theme. Volcanoes have taken her from Iceland to Italy to Indonesia and many countries in-between. She has spent time as a geothermal geologist and knows Nevada and its geothermal resources well. She is now returning to carry out exploration for Lithium brines in western Nevada. What’s the link between Lithium and geothermal? Well volcanoes of course!


Biography: Dr. Catherine Hickson, P. Geo, FGAC, FSEG, FRGS, FGC is a Director of Dajin Resources Corp and leads their exploration efforts in Nevada and Argentina. She is an exploration geologist / science manager with extensive global experience. A volcanologist, regional mapper, geothermal geologist & community communication specialist, she served as a research scientist and senior manager with the Geological Survey of Canada. During her distinguished 25 year career, she managed large multidisciplinary global teams doing regional mapping, geophysical and geochemical surveys as well as hazard and risk assessments in South America. Since 2008, she has been working in the field of geothermal resources and more recently, lithium brine exploration. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist, British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.


Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Cocktails served at 6:30 PM
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

Please RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Tuesday May 3 using this link.
If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at or you can call at 775-720-6387.
NPGS will be charged for all no shows. Thank you for your consideration.

Andrew Sadowski Thesis Defense—May 2

Structural Controls of Black Warrior Geothermal System
Washoe-Churchill Counties, Truckee Range, Northwestern Nevada, USA
Masters Thesis Defense by Andrew J. Sadowski
Advisor: Jim Faulds, NBMG Director and State Geologist
Monday, May 2, 2016, 3:00 p.m., LME 417 at University of Nevada, Reno

The Black Warrior geothermal system lies 20 km east of the southern end of Pyramid Lake in the Truckee Range of northwestern Nevada on the Washoe-Churchill county line. It is an amagmatic blind geothermal system, as the region lacks recent (<5 Ma) volcanism and the system lacks hydrothermal surface manifestations (no fumaroles, hot springs, sinter deposits, or high temperature alteration). The system was discovered by shallow temperature gradient drilling (100-600 m, max temp: 128°C) by Phillips Petroleum Company in the 1980s and observed with a 2-m shallow temperature survey circa 2011.

The thermal anomaly resides in a structurally complex zone that has not been previously characterized. Detailed geologic mapping in the area has identified faults and stratigraphic relationships between successive and interfingering Tertiary volcanic sequences that nonconformably overlie Mesozoic igneous intrusive and metamorphic basement. The structural framework is characterized by north-northeast-striking, moderately to steeply west-dipping normal faults that terminate and step in the vicinity of the thermal anomaly. This suggests two possible favorable structural settings: (1) a fault termination of the southeastern range-front fault with accompanying horse-tail splaying producing an area with abundant closely spaced faults and high fracture permeability; and/or (2) a fault step-over in a broad left-step of the major normal faults, whereby many closely-spaced minor faults provide hard linkage and a zone of high fracture permeability. In either case, the study area lies in a favorable structural setting for geothermal activity and may host a robust geothermal system at depth.

Media Coverage of the Earthquake Forum

Earthquake report spurs retrofitting of old buildings in Nevada
Story from Reno Gazette Journal, April 25, 2016
By Scott Sonner, Associated Press

“A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City in the next half-century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of collapsing.

It’s also getting attention in neighboring Nevada, where a significant quake is overdue along the Sierra. Nevada officials are anxious to see if Utah succeeds in a first-in-the-nation attempt to secure federal disaster funds for private homeowners to aid in such efforts.”…

“He [Craig dePolo] estimates there are 1,400 unreinforced buildings in Reno, Sparks and Carson City above a series of Sierra-front faults where earthquakes of 6.5 hit on average every 30 years but haven’t struck in more than 60 years.
‘Thirty to 40 percent of those will partially or totally collapse during strong shaking,’ dePolo said.”
You can read the entire article with quotes from Craig dePolo (Research Geologist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology) and Graham Kent (Director of the Nevada Seismology Laboratory) here.

Related publication: Preliminary assessment of potentially unreinforced masonry buildings in Nevada


Sierra overdue for earthquake
Nevada Appeal, April 19, 2016

“The Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades, scientists said Tuesday.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory Director Graham Kent said the region’s earthquake “drought” is likely one of the reasons the public has a misconception there’s a low risk a serious quake will strike.”…

“Rich Koehler, an assistant professor of geology at Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, said a magnitude-7 earthquake could potentially hit anytime, anywhere along the California-Nevada border.”

You can read the story here.


Global experts to inform region on economic recovery after devastating earthquakes: Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum for public, economic leaders and disaster officials
Nevada Today, April 12, 2016, by Mike Wolterbeek

Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy: National Geothermal Academy Summer Program

The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy offers the National Geothermal Academy Summer Program.

One week short course on Reservoir Engineering with Professor Roland Horne, Stanford
June 20-24, 2016

Student applications (2 credits)    DUE BY APRIL 22, 2016

Professionals (certificate)              DUE BY JUNE 6, 2016

Applications accepted only until course is full.

Course Outline, Course Flyer and Course Application available with the following link:[]

“The summer academy is a collection of eight individual short courses covering the “end-to-end” development of a geothermal system for electrical power generation, from initial exploration to market and political policies that make geothermal power plants cost competitive.  The emerging and high-growth areas of direct use and ground source heat pumps are also included. This program is intended for outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals with strong backgrounds in science, math, and/or engineering.

Individual modules are offered in groups from one to three weeks duration, alternating between geoscience and engineering content each year.”