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Job Announcements from BLM

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A message 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.

Job Description:  Planning & Environmental Coordinator;
Announcement Number:  CA-Merit-2019-0116;
Location(s) of position:  Sacramento, CA, US;
Salary:  (USD) $96,311 – (USD) $125,202;
Applications will be accepted until:  06/19/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:
https://jobs.monstergovt.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=123535

Job Description:  Planning & Environmental Coordinator;
Announcement Number:  CA-Merit-2019-0113;
Location(s) of position:  Sacramento, CA, US;
Salary:  (USD) $96,311 – (USD) $125,202;
Applications will be accepted until:  06/19/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:
https://jobs.monstergovt.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=123517

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Public Workshops

Nevada Division of Minerals Public WorkshopJune 13
For Proposed Revisions to Chapter 534AGeothermal Resources
http://minerals.nv.gov/
See: Public Workshop(s) and Hearings(s)
Date:  June 13, 2019 (1:30 PM to 4:00 PM)
Location: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library
2175 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV 89512

See “Meetings Page” for Additional Information
http://minerals.nv.gov/Commission/Meetings/

Northern Nevada Teacher WorkshopJune 18 and 19
35th Annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education Workshop
Hosted by Nevada Mining Association (NMA) & Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM)
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran School, Carson City
Start: Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 07:00
End: Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019 05:30

A message from NMA: “Join us June 18-19 for the 2019 Northern Nevada Mineral Workshop. We are offering two fun-filled days of rocks, minerals, and mining. This workshop will be our 35th Annual Workshop in Northern Nevada. The workshop is provided FREE to teachers, everything is provided by the Nevada Mining Association members and Nevada Division of Minerals. The goal of the workshop is to educate K-12 Nevada teachers about earth sciences, the importance of mined materials and the role that mining plays in our lives. Classroom materials and lessons will be provided to all who attend. All lessons are Nevada standards-based and fit the new STEM standards.”

Teachers for the workshop sessions are D.D. LaPointe, Rachel Micander, and Jon Price (from NBMG); Lucia Patterson, Courtney Brailo, Garrett Wake, and Rebecca Ely (from NDOM); and Terry Jennings, Patti McCelland, Sam Macaluso, Ginger Peppard, and Joe Riney.

More details or register here:
https://www.nevadamining.org/events/northern-nevada-mineral-education-workshop/
https://en.xing-events.com/ETRHNRD.html?page=1730256

New Books—Hot off the Press

Here are two new books to help plan for your trips this summer.

Geology of the Lassen Country:
The Geologic Story of Lassen Volcanic National Park & Vicinity
by R. Forrest Hopson and Michael A. Clynne
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Geology-of-Lassen-country-p/bp1.htm

Nevada Map Atlas (twenty-second edition, 2019)
by Nevada Dept. of Transportation
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Nevada-map-atlas-by-NDOT-p/dot.htm

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip

Save the Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

We hope you can join us on Saturday, October 12 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology lead a public field trip in celebration of National Earth Science Week. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone.”

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during, or near, Earth Science Week. These field trips are fun, educational, family oriented, and always free. NBMG has been an active participant in Earth Science Week since it began in 1998.

Details and signup for the October 12 trip will be coming soon!

Job Announcement from Idaho Geological Survey

Senior Geologist, Idaho Geological Survey

A message from Virginia Gillerman: “The Senior Geologist position is a full-time, non-faculty exempt appointment at the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus. Position requires implementation of field-based geological research projects and the construction, publication, and presentation of the results to a diverse audience. The research emphasis is geologic mapping of Idaho which requires extended travel along with interaction and development of relationships with industry, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, and the general public.

Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree in Geology and an additional 3 years of post-graduate applied geologic work experience. This position is eligible for state of Idaho benefits. Salary $55,000 or higher depending on experience and education.

Go online to https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/26659 for information about the position and to apply.

Please pass this information along to those that might be interested.”

Virginia S. Gillerman, Ph.D., PGL-1524
Research Geologist
Idaho Geological Survey
322 E. Front St., Ste. 201B
Boise, ID 83702-7359
Phone:  208-332-4420
FAX:  208-332-4400
vgillerm@uidaho.edu

Job Announcement 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:  Wildlife Biologist (0486);
Announcement Number:  CO-DEU-2019-0023;
Location(s) of position:  Montrose, CO, US;
Salary:  (USD) $42,053 – (USD) $66,868;
Applications will be accepted until:  06/20/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Nevada Today Article

Machines being trained to enhance geothermal exploration in Nevada:
College of Science geologists are successful with new exploration methods for renewable energy
By: Mike Wolterbeek (from Nevada Today, 5/29/2019)

Read story here (also copied below):
https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/machine-learning-geothermal-exploration?utm_source=newsletter053019

“After a successful new method of geothermal exploration found two new geothermal systems in Nevada, the Department of Energy has awarded a major new grant to the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology to research and expand the use of machine-learning to make the exploration process even more effective.

The two successful discoveries in the Great Basin by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology used a previously untried method for finding unknown, hidden geothermal resources, called blind systems, where there are no surface indications of hot water.

There had been no exploration previously in one of these areas and only minor previous exploration in the other. University of Nevada, Reno geologists in the Bureau of Mines and Geology used a number of other surface and subsurface clues in their methodology developed as part of their Department of Energy funded Play Fairway project that has been underway since 2014.

As part of their analysis, James Faulds, director of the Bureau and principal investigator on both the play fairway and machine learning projects, and his team used a few basic machine learning techniques, and now have plans to step up this effort with this newly funded project from the DOE. The project is intended to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration to identify previously unrecognized connections between the various datasets.

“This is like icing on the cake of our very successful geothermal play fairway project,” Faulds said. “This new project is aimed at facilitating additional discoveries of geothermal systems in Nevada using machine learning methods and builds on our previous efforts on geothermal play fairways in the region.

“This machine learning project is hopefully the first phase of a long-term, multi-phase program. This first phase is funded at $500,000.”

While the Play Fairway project relied to some degree on expert opinion where machine training data might be used, this new grant will fund the introduction of an additional approximately 100 training sites and the addition of an industry partner with extensive applicable datasets.

For this project, Faulds has assembled a team of scientists from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, USGS and experts in machine learning from MIT and the oil industry. Machine learning is a technique that teaches computers to analyze data, learn from the data and improve their performance through adaptation. The hope is that there will be higher success rates in geothermal exploration leading to greater efficiency and lower costs for geothermal exploration and development.

In a statement released by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), they applauded the DOE for selecting the University’s geothermal exploration technology project as one of 10 national projects chosen for funding.

“Thanks to these funds, the University of Nevada, Reno will be able to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production,” said the Senators. “This technological investment will help to develop renewable energy technology to create a cleaner future for Nevada and our entire country.”

The mission of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is to provide the citizens of Nevada with geologic information on geologic hazards and natural resources both to protect the public and facilitate, diversify and enhance Nevada’s economic future. NBMG is a statewide public service unit that applies its expertise to the entire state. It is a division of the University of Nevada, Reno and resides in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science. Since its inception in 1929, it has served as the State Geologic Survey of Nevada and a Bureau of information and analysis for geologic data throughout the state.”