Two New Positions at NBMG!

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and serves as the state geological survey.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  The primary responsibilities of this position will involve conducting field-based research and teaching mainly in the field of Economic Geology, particularly hydrothermal mineral deposits, and to a lesser extent in structural geology.  Research will involve both independent work and collaboration with other NBMG faculty and staff, as well as faculty in other geoscience departments at UNR and in the Nevada System of Higher Education.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral and energy resources, including resource assessments. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral and energy resources.  Research conducted by the successful candidate must be focused on mineral deposits in Nevada.  The successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students and teach classes in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at UNR.

Required Qualifications:Doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with industrial or academic experience in hydrothermal mineral deposits and with experience in field-based studies in a wide variety of geological settings, especially studies that required geologic mapping.  Expertise in structural geology, geologic mapping, and active hydrothermal systems (geothermal activity) will be valued.

Contact Information
Sharee Williams at (775) 682-8795 or

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application.
1) Resume/CV.
2) Cover letter expressing interest in the position and research plans.
3) Contact information for three professional references.
4) Word document containing a link to three publications.
5) Examples of geologic mapping related to mineral deposits that you have conducted.
6) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the job posting on the UNR Workday website.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on February 21, 2020.

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

Administrative Assistant 2
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant 2 with a line of progression into an Administrative Assistant 3 for Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology. The position will be responsible for general office duties, which includes managing the front desk and customer service, ordering and maintenance of supplies, co-managing building maintenance, creating memos and flyers, managing shipping and receiving, and managing fleet vehicle logs, vehicle and equipment check out, and mileage billing.

Additional duties include administrative support to faculty and the Director by entering personnel transactions, reconciling purchasing cards, assisting with travel transactions and travel arrangements, arranging visits for prospective students and visitors, and organizing and scheduling meetings and events.

Required Qualifications: Graduation from high school or equivalent education and two years of clerical and administrative support experience which included experience in one or more of the following areas: maintaining records and files; preparing a variety of materials using a personal computer or word processor; assisting customers in completing forms and applications; and/or performing secretarial duties in support of professional staff; OR one year of experience as an Administrative Assistant I in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Schedule: The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; this is subject to change based on organizational needs.

Compensation Grade: 25, Classified Compensation

Classified Benefits: PERS retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with other benefits. For more information, please visit: Classified Benefits

Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit: For more information about the Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit, please visit: Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit

Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program: Additionally, we offer a Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of classified employees (working at least a 50% full-time equivalent).

For more information, please visit: Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program

Contact Information
Lora Robb at (775) 682-8762 or

Exempt: No

Full-Time Equivalent: 100.0%

Required Attachment(s): Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachment(s) to your application:

  • Resume/CV – (required) List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.
  • Cover Letter – (optional)
  • Contact Information for Three Supervisory References – (required) – Please make a note if you do not want your present employer contacted unless necessary to determine your qualifications for the position.
  • Transcripts – (optional) – If you have not graduated, please attach your transcripts to receive education credit for classes you have taken. Credit is given for classes relevant to the position.
  • Veteran Interview Consideration – (optional) – To receive interview consideration for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability, proof is required at the time of application.  Please attach proof electronically to your application under the Veteran Document(s) section. (Examples of acceptable documents include DD-214, disability letter from Veteran’s Administration, etc.).

Posting Close Time: This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 01/17/2020

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on January 16, 2020.

More information can be found through the job posting website.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

NBMG Biennial Report 2016–2017

Biennial Report of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, 20162017
Author: James E. Faulds
Year: 2018
Series: Open-File Report 2018-08
Format: 52 pages, 8.5×11, color

Nevada is a unique state whose opportunities and challenges stem from its distinctive geologic, geographic, economic, and demographic heritages. It is richly endowed in natural resources but is also prone to earthquakes, floods, and other natural hazards. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is the state geological survey of Nevada and is tasked with analyzing and characterizing these resources and hazards for the benefit of Nevada’s citizens.

As defined by state statutes, NBMG serves as the state’s official locus of data, analysis, and exchange on Nevada’s geology, natural resources, and geologic hazards. We disseminate this information to local, state, and federal agencies, major industries, engineers, educators, and to the general public. Our primary mission is to provide geologic information to enhance the safety of Nevada’s citizens and to facilitate environmentally sound and sustainable economic development of Nevada’s mineral and energy resources, applying geologic research for the public good throughout the state. We are a statewide public service unit that resides in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Since its inception in 1929, NBMG has produced geologic maps for much of the state and catalogued more than 320,000 geologic specimens and reports. This report summarizes NBMG activities, programs, and accomplishments for 2016 and 2017.

To fulfill its mandate, NBMG employs about 28 individuals, including geoscientists, GIS (geographic information systems) and cartographic professionals, technicians, and staff. NBMG conducts research and publishes reports on mineral, geothermal, and oil and gas resources, engineering geology, geologic hazards, hydrogeology, geologic mapping, and Nevada’s overall geologic framework. NBMG cooperates with numerous state and federal agencies in conducting this research and in providing geologic and resource information. Research results are published as NBMG bulletins, reports, maps, and special publications, as well as in federal publications and scientific journals. In the 2016–2017 period, NBMG produced dozens of publications on Nevada’s geology, natural resources, and geologic hazards, including 15 NBMG geologic maps, 11 NBMG reports and other publications, and more than 75 papers in nationally and internationally recognized scientific journals. Geologic research conducted by NBMG has benefited many industries in Nevada (e.g., the gold, lithium, silver, copper, and geothermal industries) and enabled the state to become leading producers of gold and geothermal power. Geologic information managed by NBMG also helps government officials make informed decisions on the use of Nevada’s lands. To preserve and provide public access to this information, NBMG manages and operates the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL), whose staff catalogues and archives geologic reports, rock and mineral samples (including cuttings and core from geothermal and oil-gas wells), mining district files, aerial photographs, and geologic and topographic maps. About half of the NBMG staff are supported by State funding, with the other half supported by external grants. NBMG has been very successful in acquiring external grants and expended ~$3.36M in external funds on statewide projects in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Continued rapid population growth in Nevada has resulted in increasing needs for mineral, energy, and groundwater resources, land-use and infrastructure planning, and assessments of geologic hazards. NBMG’s major programs are geared toward applying the forefront of technology to satisfy these needs. NBMG’s major activities are described in the following chapters of this report: 1) Geologic Mapping; 2) Mineral Resources; 3) Geothermal Resources; 4) Tectonic Setting; 5) Geologic Hazards; 6) Data Dissemination; and 7) Education and Outreach.

This report was prepared for the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering New Director—Anna (Annie) Huhta

A message from the Dean of the College of Science at UNR, Jeff Thompson: “I am very happy to announce that Ms. Anna (Annie) Huhta has accepted the position of Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. She will assume her new role on June 10. Annie has been employed by Newmont Mining Corporation since 2005, most recently holding the position of Chief Geologist.  She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from the University of Idaho, and completed the Executive MBA program at UNR in 2018.

In addition to 14 years of experience in the mining industry, Annie has extensive experience building community support and increasing endowment funds as a non-profit board member and active volunteer.  Annie’s vision is “to continue Mackay’s proud history and reputation for excellence while meeting new challenges, seizing innovation opportunities, and fostering collaboration.”

I hope you will all warmly welcome Annie to Mackay and the University of Nevada, Reno.”

KNPR Audio Interview with Seth Dee

UNR Uncovers New Earthquake Faults in Nevada
KNPR, 1-2-19, by Kristy Totten

The complete article is copied below.

A new kind of mapping technology being used by the University of Nevada, Reno sounds a little like X-ray vision.

It can create incredibly accurate topographical maps using lasers.

“Basically, it’s sending pulses of light, which gets bounced off whatever it hits off first, and bounces back up to the sensor on the instrument,” said Seth Dee, a mapping specialist with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

The laser technology is attached to airplanes that fly over swaths of land collecting data. The flyover of the Reno and Carson City areas happened in the fall of 2017 but it wasn’t until this past summer that UNR received the data.

So far, the research has uncovered previously unknown earthquake faults, landslides and even an Ice Age lake that no longer exists.

But that’s not all LiDAR data can do, Dee explained. Because of how the light bounces off objects it registers vegetation but researchers can delete that data to look only at the ‘bare earth’ picture.

Biologists, on the other hand, can use the vegetation data for their own look at the tree canopy.

Dee said the information gathered in the mapping for Nevada can be used by a myriad of industries and researchers to find everything from dangerous abandoned mines to roadside ditches.

For Dee and his colleagues, they’re getting detailed information about fault lines they knew about in the Reno area but now understand much better.

“What this helps us do is map those a lot more accurately and analyze them in a way that can help us rank their relative hazard,” he said.

The new fault lines they found were in the mountains west of Reno that were difficult to map because of all the vegetation.

“When you don’t have LiDAR, it is essentially blurry and when you do have this it’s like you put on glasses and can see all these things,” Dee said.

View the story map here and search for your house and other landmarks here.

Guest: Seth Dee, Geologic Mapping Specialist, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

STEM Career Fair at UNR—February 13

“Do you seek access to a pool of talented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics students and graduates? If so, then the University of Nevada, Reno STEM Career and Internship Fair is the place for you.

This fair will provide an opportunity for you to discuss internship and employment opportunities with UNR STEM students. In addition to meeting students at the fair, you can request a room for interviewing potential job candidates or for hosting an information session.”

Register for the UNR STEM Career & Internship Fair here:

If you have any questions, please contact Katia Albright by email or phone:
(775) 682-8370

Job Announcement from UNR—closes October 27

Director, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering College of Science University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative leader to serve as the Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. The Mackay School is one of the world’s leading educational institutions in the fields of natural resources, and earth sciences and engineering. The School includes the Departments of Geography, Geological Sciences & Engineering, and Mining & Metallurgical Engineering. Mackay also includes the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, the Nevada Seismology Laboratory and the State Climate Office. The School awards undergraduate and graduate degrees across all disciplines in the earth sciences and engineering. Faculty members in the Mackay School also participate in two interdisciplinary graduate programs: Hydrologic Sciences; and Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology. In addition, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is housed in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

The Director of the Mackay School reports to the Dean of the College of Science and is a member of the Dean’s senior staff. The Director is responsible for leading and coordinating efforts in student and faculty recruitment and retention, developing student leaders and industry professionals, managing relations with industries and governmental agencies, building interdisciplinary efforts inside Mackay and across the University, and managing personnel and financial resources at the director’s level. The Director will coordinate and lead fundraising efforts with the Development Directors in the College of Science.

The successful candidate will have an earned degree in the earth sciences or engineering, demonstrated leadership skills and administrative experience, experience in the natural resource industries, a commitment to diversity, and an understanding of the University of Nevada’s land grant mission. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in the earth sciences or engineering, business or equivalent experience in the natural resource industries; a demonstrated understanding of natural resource industry related issues; demonstrated fundraising experience; and experience working with community members and university stakeholders.

Applications must include a resume, a statement of interest, and the names and addresses of five professional references. The preferred starting date is January 1, 2019. EEO/AA Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. This posting closes at midnight October 27.

For more information and to apply, click here.