Monday, July 27, 2015

Position opening: Director, PA Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey

invites applications for the position of:
Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has an immediate opening for:

Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

This is a full-time, senior management service position serving as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Geologist responsible for directing DCNR's statewide program of collecting, preserving and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealth's geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding and conservation of its land and its associated resources.

This position will actively engage with both internal DCNR staff and external entities, such as other Commonwealth agencies to encourage, foster, and develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, academic institutions, private industry and the public.

This position will also collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs and related issues and will develop DCNR and statewide earth science policies and programs.
The selected candidate should:
  • show a demonstrated successful career and experience in geologic or geologic-based program management
  • demonstrate skill in leading a multidisciplinary organization committed to providing information and advice to decision makers
  • demonstrate a commitment to public and/or customer service
  • communicate the importance of sciences to varied audiences
  • have a high level of professional credibility and personal integrity
  • share a practical understanding of the challenges facing society related to the geosciences, including water, environmental, earth hazard, mineral resource, and/or energy issues
A Master's degree in geology, hydro geology, or a related geologic specialty field; and nine years of professional experience in the geologic research field. Four of the nine years of required experience must have included managerial and second-level supervisory experience;


Any equivalent combination of education and experience which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and includes a minimum of four years of managerial and second-level supervisory experience.

A necessary special requirement of this position is licensure as a Professional Geologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or a reciprocal jurisdiction, where there can be no exemption from such licensure as defined in Section 5, Exemption from Licensure, of the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law (as amended).

$76,519 - $116,265 plus attractive benefits package.

JOB TYPE: Permanent Full-time
DEPARTMENT: Conservation & Natural Resources
BUREAU/DIVISION: Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey
COUNTY: Dauphin, Pennsylvania
ADDRESS: 3240 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown, Pennsylvania, 17057
CONTACT: Debra Gray,, 717-705-1082
OPENING DATE: 07/27/15
CLOSING DATE: 08/21/15 11:59 PM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Mexico Tech Taps Matthew Rhoades As New State Geologist

SOCORRO, N.M. June 23, 2015 – New Mexico Tech announced Friday, June 19, that the Matthew Rhoades has been selected as the new State Geologist and Director of the Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
“In Mr. Rhoades, we’re getting an individual with broad experience,” said Dr. Daniel H. Lopez, university president. “We’ve found an individual who will continue the excellent work at the Bureau for many years. He has a strong science background and strong grasp of finances that are required for the continued growth and success at the Bureau.”
Rhoades has been the principal geologist at WorleyParsons in Denver since 2011. He has experience in ground water, surface water, soil, soil gas, solid waste leachate, mine waste and mine tailings projects. In addition to projects in several states, Rhoades has worked on a variety of projects in foreign countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Afghanistan, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Rhoades earned his bachelor’s from the University of Missouri in 1981, a master’s in structural geology from Washington State University in 1984 and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in Denver in 1992. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in six states.
Rhoades worked in operations as a well site geologist from 1984 to 1986 with Analex Inc. He then spent 11 years with Harding Lawson Associates. There, he spearheaded a successful initiative to pursue Department of Energy projects, including a geophysical investigation at Hanford Nuclear Researvation in Richland, Wash.
From 1997 to 2005, Rhoades was the principal hydrogeologist and operations manager for the Denver office of Maxim Technologies. He oversaw remediation projects for ConocoPhillips, Lockheed Martin Aerospace and TotalFinaElf.
Rhoades then joined Golder Associates from 2005 to 2006, where he worked on mining issues in Arizona. From 2006 to 2011, he worked as an independent consultant, targeting mining projects.
“Mr. Rhoades background is not specific to a university setting, but he’s worked directly with industry on science questions related to extractive industries,” Lopez said. “He also has a strong background in the area of securing external funding. I am confident that Mr. Rhoades will maintain the strong foundation of the Bureau. He’s well equipped to pursue other opportunities for expanding the role of the Bureau within New Mexico, as well as reaching out beyond the borders of the state.”
Lopez said he was impressed with Rhoades during the interview process, particularly his management experience and skills.
“He’s a good listener and problem-solver and he will be highly supportive of the Bureau staff,” Lopez said. “He has a clear vision about how the Bureau can expand its role and add value to its existing excellent work.”
Rhoades was selected from three finalists. Initially, a search committee of nine faculty members, administrators, and Bureau of Geology staff reviewed application materials and interviewed candidates to settle on three finalists. The candidates were Dr. Nelia Dunbar, deputy director of the Bureau; Matthew Rhoades, principal geologist with WorleyParsons in Denver; and Dr. Hannes Leetaru, senior petroleum geologist with the Illinois Geological Survey.
“We were very fortunate to have three excellent finalists,” Lopez said. “It was very difficult choice because any one of the candidates would’ve made a great director. Mr. Rhoades brought the right mix of talents and experience, which should prove beneficial to the Bureau and to New Mexico Tech.”
– NMT –
By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech