Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Pick & Gavel Award to Dr. Pat Leahy


The Association of American State Geologists (AASG) announced that Dr. Pat Leahy, Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute, will be the recipient of the 2015 Pick and Gavel Award.   AASG is recognizing that awareness of geosciences in this nation has been heightened significantly through effective education and communication under Pat's enthusiastic and creative leadership.  

The Pick and Gavel Award was initiated by AASG in 1999 to recognize distinguished friends of geology who have made or are making major contributions to advancing the role that geoscience plays in our society.
 

The Pick and Gavel Dinner is held in Washington D.C. in mid-March at the Cosmos Club, whose history is steeped in geology. One of its founders and first presidents was John Wesley Powell, 1881 -1894 USGS Director and explorer of the Grand Canyon, and its membership has included many renowned geologists.

The Award consists of a mounted mineral, fossil, or rock, with a symbol that includes a geologist's pick, a policy-maker's gavel, and the Capitol, where geologists and policy-makers work together to respond to the needs of the nation. 


The award will be presented at the  2015 Pick and Gavel Award banquet at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC, the evening of Tuesday, March 10th.  A reception will commence at 6 PM, with dinner following at 7 PM.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Position opening: Deputy Director, Missouri Geological Survey



The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking a Deputy Director of the Missouri Geological Survey (MGS).   As MGS Deputy Director, the individual will serve as Director of the Water Resources Center with responsibilities for administrative, managerial, technical and fiscal oversight. 

The Water Resources Center’s (WRC) responsibilities address the development, conservation and utilization of the state’s water resources. The WRC assists communities, public entities and state and federal agencies by providing expert technical assistance and guidance on issues such as interstate water management, drought and flood assessment, water resources planning and monitoring, statewide water use, in-stream flow recommendations and dam safety.  The WRC’s responsibilities are carried out to ensure that the quantity of the water resources of the state are maintained at the highest level practicable to support present and future beneficial uses. 

This is a senior level administrative and technical managerial position in support of an organization with complex responsibilities affecting public health, welfare and safety.  This position works with local, state and federal government agencies and private sector interests to develop partnerships that align with mission objectives.

The Department of Natural Resources offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, paid retirement (defined benefit), deferred compensation, and cafeteria plan.  Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Human Resources Program, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102 (573/751-2518) (TDD users call Missouri Relay at 800/735-2966).  Applications will be accepted through January 30, 2015.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Vacancy Announcement: Director/State Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources



VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

NEW MEXICO BUREAU OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES
NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY

 
DIRECTOR / STATE GEOLOGIST

 The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is seeking a new director and state geologist. The director must develop and articulate a forward-thinking vision of bureau programs in applied research and service and embrace a collegial leadership style. The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a research and service division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). Situated in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Tech, the bureau has served as the state geological survey for 85 years. With close to 60 employees, the organization has a long-standing reputation for excellence in research, service, and outreach. Our mission includes basic research on the geologic framework of the state, with an emphasis on applied geosciences and the state’s geologic resources. We are also tasked with the gathering, preservation, and dissemination of geologic information to the professional geoscience community, state and federal agencies, and the general public. The bureau embraces a strong academic role and supports the university through teaching courses, advising students, and operating world-class analytical laboratories. Also, as a division of the university, the bureau works in collaboration with the other divisions of the university. The position reports directly to the president of the university. Anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2015. Salary: Negotiable.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sustain and enhance the environment for creative research and service at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology in order to meet the mission of the bureau and the needs of the state of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, and the geoscience community in New Mexico. Provide administrative and scientific leadership in natural resource (energy, water, and minerals) and environmental issues; geosciences data collection and analysis; basic and applied research in the geosciences; and public access to, dissemination of, and archival collection of research results and natural resource data using current and innovative technologies.
  • Manage the administrative, personnel, and financial affairs of the bureau. This includes direct supervision of a significant portion of the professional staff, and being proactive in seeking additional non-bureau or external funding to support both new and ongoing programs of the bureau. The director will be responsible for setting funding priorities and establishing strategies to capture current and future geoscience funding opportunities.
  • Establish policies that maintain a balance between the broad goals of research and service, while working with state government and university leadership to address the diverse funding needs of the bureau. This includes interacting with staff in the development and review of programs and personnel to insure that the bureau fulfills its broad goals. Both planning and implementation must be consistent with the needs of the state of New Mexico and sensitive to the state’s public policy issues.
  • Foster collaborations and positive working relationships with academic departments and divisions of the university, the state legislature, local government, state and federal agencies, the private sector, and the public. Provide leadership and advice for other government bodies regarding resource and environmental policy, and the economic development and management of natural resources.
  • Promote and maintain a positive public image for the bureau in both state and national discussions regarding natural resource and earth science issues.
  • Maintain an awareness of new and important developments in geosciences research and relevant technologies to anticipate the directions of geosciences research and applications, integrating this knowledge with an understanding of the specific needs of the state and incorporating it into long-term planning.
  • As State Geologist, collaborate with other State Geologists in the development of national earth science policies, programs and related issues. The director or an allowed designee serves on various state advisory boards, including the New Mexico Mining Commission, the Water Quality Control Commission, and the Coal Surface Mining Commission.
  • Promote dissemination of new geosciences research on New Mexico through peer-reviewed journals, bureau publications and support the growth of the bureau analytical facilities.
  • Maintain avenues for outreach through programs that are targeted at a non-technical audience, including the general public and K-12 educators.
  • Communicate regularly with bureau staff about budgetary, scientific, and professional issues, including their impact on strategic planning, and maintain an open communication with bureau managers.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree and at least fifteen years of professional experience in the geosciences.
  • A minimum of ten years of management experience, which must include budgeting, supervision, personnel evaluation, and program development.
  • National recognition in a field of geosciences research or management, as demonstrated record of written communication (i.e. peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, proposals), professional service, and scientific leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a university setting with a wide constituency, including division staff, academic faculty, administration, the public, government officials, and the private sector.
  • A successful record of obtaining external financial support for research programs through a competitive and merit-based process.

  • Ability and experience in dealing effectively with public policy issues, and knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues associated with them.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication to both scientific and public audiences.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • A doctorate in geosciences.
  • A notable diversity of both background and experience.
  • Service on state, national, and/or international committees and professional associations.
  • Knowledge of geology of New Mexico and/or the American Southwest, including an understanding of regional natural resource issues and how they relate to economic development.
  • Experience interacting with state and federal agencies and funding institutions.
  • Ability and experience dealing effectively with public policy issues in a way that demonstrates a balanced approach toward industry and environmental concerns.
  • Experience with outreach programs that are specifically targeted at communicating technical geosciences data to the public at large.
To Apply:
Applicants should submit a resume with supporting materials (including a signed cover application and references) to: Human Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801 (no e-mail applications).
For full consideration, application materials must be received by March 1, 2015.

For more information about the application process, please contact JoAnn Salome in Human Resources at 575-835-5955 (JSalome@admin.nmt.edu). For more information about the position itself, please contact Warren Ostergren, Search Committee Chair, at 575-835-5363 (warreno@nmt.edu).