Two New Positions at NBMG

Field-Oriented Sedimentology, Structural Geology, or Volcanology
Application Deadline March 1—Main-Campus/Assistant-Professor-Geosciences–Sedimentology–Structural-Geology-or-Volcanology-_R0113653

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno, seeks applicants for a tenure-track academic faculty position in field-oriented research in structural geology, volcanology, or sedimentology. NBMG is a public service unit of UNR and serves as both the state geologic survey of Nevada and as a research department in the UNR College of Science. Faculty at NBMG have tenure-track academic appointments, with both research and teaching obligations.

Position Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position will be to develop broad programs in research and education in Sedimentology, Structural Geology, or Volcanology. Research will focus on the geologic framework and tectonic evolution of Nevada, utilizing innovative approaches to detailed geologic mapping, sedimentologic analysis, structural analysis, geochronology (e.g. U/Pb, detrital zircons, or 40Ar/39Ar), and/or paleomagnetism. Position responsibilities and expectations include: 1) utilizing detailed geologic mapping to conduct basic and applied research; 2) working independently as well as collaboratively with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units in the Nevada System of Higher Education, and others in industry and government in developing funded research projects; 3) contributing to the understanding of natural resources and geologic hazards in the region; 4) supervising graduate students and teaching courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to sedimentology, structural geology, tectonics, and/or volcanology as indicated by dissertation research, industry experience, or peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate must also have experience in field-oriented research and a desire to conduct detailed geologic mapping on future projects in Nevada. Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. Doctoral research must include one or more of the following disciplines: structural geology, sedimentology, or volcanology. We encourage candidates to explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in their area of expertise in the letters of interest.

Salary and Date of Appointment: The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant professor level with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2019 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

For more detailed information about the position and to apply, please visit: .

Application deadline is March 1, 2019. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website .

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

EEO/AA Women and under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Economic Geologist (Hydrothermal Geochemistry)
Application Deadline February 22

There are currently two positions open at NBMG, and this ad for Economic Geology was also included in a recent announcement.

Contact information for this position: Dr. John Muntean, Search Chair –

To express interest, please apply online at:—Main-Campus/Assistant-or-Associate-Professor—Economic-Geologist_R0113408-1

Nevada Radon Action Month—January 2019—Take Action!

  • Check your home or business on NBMG’s My Hazards interactive radon map.

MyHAZARDS-Nevada—Interactive hazard map for the state of Nevada

Click on the radiation symbol and select radon potential and radon average.

  • Order a free radon test kit from the Nevada Cooperative Extension at UNR.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Radon Education Program

The following locations have FREE radon test kits for Nevada residents Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 as part of National Radon Action Month. For more information or assistance, call the Radon hotline at 1-888-RADON-10 (1-888-723-6610).

Upcoming Radon Education Program Events

Mining Claim Filing Guidance during 2019 Government Shut Down—Message from the BLM

“Here is a link to information BLM has available to the public on Mining Claims.

An Affidavit of Assessment, along with the appropriate processing fee are required to the BLM by December 30 and BLM National has received external questions on two fronts:

  1. If mail with affidavit and fee are post mark by December 30, even though the government is shut down and the mail may arrive in January 2019, will that after my claim?

BLM Response: No. Once the government is opened, BLM offices will proceed with processing the affidavit and fee.

  1. I usually visit the BLM office to file my affidavit and pay the fee by December 30, but with the government shut down, I will file the affidavit and fee once the government is open and I would like to make certain I don’t lose my claim because it was not done prior to December 30?

BLM Response:  Annual filings received during the shutdown or after Dec 30 should be treated in the same way as if Dec 30 was a holiday.  In other words, so long as the filing is postmarked by the next day the office is officially opened the filing will be treated as timely.  43 CFR 1822.14.  A person can also walk in the first day the BLM office is officially open after the shutdown and pay and be timely.  But they will not be timely if they come in after the first day the office is officially opened after the shutdown.”

This message is also posted on the Nevada Division of Minerals website:

Job Announcements from BLM

We are pleased to announce a new, exciting position 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.

Job Description:  Petroleum Engineer;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2019-0018;
Location(s) of position:  Farmington, NM, US;
Salary:  (USD) $33,394 – (USD) $99,920;
Applications will be accepted until:  01/11/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=122257

Association of Engineering Geologists, Great Basin Chapter: Monthly Dinner Meeting—January 10, 2019

SPEAKER: Shawn Gooch, P.E.
TOPIC: Water Pollution Control Permitting in Nevada for Metals Mining

ABSTRACT: Metals mining in the State of Nevada that uses mechanized equipment is required to obtain a  Water  Pollution  Control  Permit  from  the  Department  of  Conservation  and  Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation (BMRR) pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes 445A and Nevada Administrative Code  445A. BMRR’s Regulation Branch operates under these statues and codes with a mission to provide protection of “Waters of the State” by enforcing water pollution control regulations at mining facilities. The presentation will provide an overview of typical water pollution control permitting for small and large scale metals mining. The presentation will also cover new 2018 regulations and upcoming changes and improvements to the permitting process. Some general attention will be given to reclamation and closure topics as well as inspection and compliance activities. The presentation will emphasize containment of process solution through a variety of methods including use of synthetic liner systems, secondary containment systems, double containment, and QA/QC procedures.

For a detailed biography, please click here:

The Bar is sponsored, and we are providing complimentary dinners to the first three students who submit RSVP’s. Any additional students will be charged $25.


Social Hour Sponsored by Doug and Merrily Graham
Cost: Members: $30.00 ~ Non-Members: $32.00 ~ Students: $25.00
Currently seeking a sponsor for student dinners!


Please give us a 48 Hour Cancellation Notice if you are not able to attend. “No shows” without proper notification will be charged. You will be responsible for your invited guests who do not comply with the cancellation request.  Thank you.

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS) Monthly Dinner Meeting—January 10, 2019

TOPIC: Stratigraphy, structure, and fluid flow at the Soda Lake geothermal field, western Nevada, USA
SPEAKER: Holly S. McLachlan

ABSTRACT: The Soda Lake geothermal field lies in the south central Carson Sink basin in northwestern Nevada. It is within the Basin and Range province, a world-class geothermal region with significant untapped potential. Basin and Range geothermal systems can often be ‘blind’, and have little or no surface expression. The Soda Lake well field taps one of these blind systems, and as a result, the controls on geothermal fluid flow are not discernable at the surface. However, Soda Lake has produced electricity for over 30 years, and a great wealth of subsurface data has been acquired since the area was first explored in the early 1970s. Both legacy and new (c. 2010) data were used in this study to model the geology of the Soda Lake field, and to estimate the most likely fluid upflow paths.

The stratigraphic framework of the field was re-modeled from drill cuttings and borehole logs at the outset of this study. A 3D geologic model of the field area was then constructed based on 1) the re-interpreted well data, 2) bedding attitude estimates from seismic surveys and borehole logs, and 3) a fault pick set obtained from a previous study of the Soda Lake 3D seismic volume. Prior to building the geologic model, the preexisting seismic fault pick set was enhanced along strike and extended to >2 km depth using well intercepts and 2D gravity profiles. The resulting fault framework served as the initial input in the modeling workflow. A ‘horizon’ model was then built around this fault framework to generate a 3D block model of geology at the field. In the final phase of this study, the Soda Lake temperature anomaly was modeled in a series of cross-sections extracted from the geologic block model. Equilibrated well temperature data were interpreted in context with the geology, PTS data, and well schematics in order to identify likely upwelling and outflow conduits.

There are three major stratigraphic packages at the Soda Lake field: 1) unconsolidated basin fill, 2) Miocene bedrock, and 3) Mesozoic basement. Basin-fill sediment is ~1 km thick at Soda Lake, and can be divided into two units based on grain size and provenance. The basin fill section is underlain by a ~1 km thick Miocene bedrock section comprised of mafic lavas (75%), mafic to felsic tuffs, and sedimentary rocks. This late to middle Miocene package lies unconformably on Mesozoic metasediments and granite. The structural fabric of the field area is defined by a series of east-dipping, northerly-striking normal faults that bound a series of west-tilted half-grabens. Five of these east-dipping faults define the west side of a deep graben in the center of the Soda Lake field, and they step to the left in tandem a few hundred meters west of the most densely drilled part of the well field. The easternmost of these, the Blue3 fault, accommodated the most slip. A northeast-striking splay, the SWX fault, intersects the Blue3 fault slightly southeast of the left step. The hottest, highest flow rate wells are in the dilatational southeast quadrant of this fault intersection, and are interpreted to intersect upflow zones that converge on the Blue3 fault at ~1.2-1.5 km depth.

BIO: Holly S. McLachlan
M.S. Stanford University, 1993, Brecciation and its relationship to gold mineralization and wall-rock alteration in the Round Mountain epithermal gold/silver deposit, Round Mountain, Nevada, 139 p Advisor: Dr. Marco T. Einaudi.
~15 years as a geologist in the Nevada mining industry with Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Hecla, Newmont, Placer Dome, Harvest Gold and Rye Patch Gold.
PhD. UNR, 2018, Stratigraphy, Structure, and fluid flow at the Soda Lake geothermal field, western Nevada, USA; 258 p. Advisor: Dr. Jim Faulds.

The event details are as follows:
Date: Jan 10, 2019; 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Tamarack Junction
Click here to register online and reserve your seat:

Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration.

For further information contact:
Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Phone: (775) 800-1862