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Senior Reclamation Specialist

New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division

Posted Sunday, November 13, 2022

Position Details: Senior Reclamation Specialist Save Job State of New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Santa Fe, New Mexico Job Type Permanent Salary Details $56,357 – $90,171 Annually Deadline Dec 17, 2022 Reclaimed mica mine near Taos, New Mexico THIS POSTING WILL BE USED FOR ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. APPLICANT LISTS MAY BE SCREENED MORE THAN ONCE. The Mining and Minerals Division – Mining Act Reclamation Program is seeking applications for the position of Senior Reclamation Specialist. The position is a senior level, scientist/specialist position within the Mining Act Reclamation Program. The incumbent is responsible for the review of the environmental impacts from mining by reviewing technical studies, collecting field data, and evaluating designs for remediation and reclamation for mined lands. Duties will involve the review of mine permits and conducting periodic onsite inspections, and evaluating environmental compliance and reclamation success. Works closely with the mining industry, other state and federal regulatory agencies, public NGOs and individuals form the public sector to ensure coordinated permitting and reclamation of mines. Prepares and delivers presentations, materials for distribution to the public and represents agency at public meetings, hearings and school presentations. Responds to members of the public to address informational requests. As a technical team member with the Mining Act Reclamation Program, the incumbent assists the Program in evaluating mine permit applications related to the operation and reclamation of mined lands. The incumbent participates in inspections and evaluates environmental conditions present on mining operations. The incumbent looks at environmental conditions which include: vegetation, soils, wildlife, air, water, site stability, and public safety. The incumbent also assists in the evaluation of cost estimates and financial assurance proposals related to mined land clean up and mitigation. The incumbent will assist in the development of permits for operations involved in mining and exploration. The incumbent works closely with the mining industry, other state and federal regulatory agencies, public NGOs and individuals of the public to ensure coordinated permitting and reclamation of mines. Prepares and delivers presentations, materials for distribution to the public and represents agency at public meetings, hearings and school presentations. Responds to members of the public to address informational requests and concerns about ongoing mining operations. The position is a senior level, professional position within the Mining Act Reclamation Program responsible for ensuring consistency and timely agency action regarding the reclamation of permitted mines and mills in the state of New Mexico. This position will interact, co-regulate and collaborate with other state and federal agencies involved in hard rock mine and mill operation and reclamation. The position provides support to the Mining Act Reclamation Program and Mining and Minerals Division for the review and approval of mine permits, and then the continued field and administrative monitoring of approved permits for compliance with the Mining Act Rules Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s of Science in a relevant discipline, within the fields of environmental science, physical science or natural resources. Also candidates should have an interest in regulatory oversight, and an interest in the environmental aspects of mined land reclamation, or the regeneration of heavily impacted ecosystems. Specific skills and knowledge in evaluating environmental data, project management, GIS mapping, computer skills and technical writing. Experience in public speaking and meeting facilitation. The candidate should have good reading skills, writing skills, and communication skills. Minimum Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Physical, Natural, or Environmental Science, Soil Science, or Engineering and five (5) years of experience in public/environmental health, environmental science, Air Quality Management, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Geology, Hazardous Waste Management, Wildlife Management, and/or Water Resources. Substitutions Apply (see below). These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position: Education Experience: • High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 9 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 9 years of experience • Associate’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 7 years of experienceAssociate’s degree or higher in any field AND 9 years of experience • Bachelor’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 5 years of experience • Master’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 3 years of experience • PhD degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 1 year of experience • Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position. • If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

How to Apply: Applications may be submitted through the State of New Mexico’s State Personnel Office website at: Applicants can search for this specific job posting: ENVIRO SCI & SPEC-A (EMNRD #00005395) Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Holland Shephard, Program Manger, When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Department Head

Blacksburg, Virginia

Posted Friday, November 4, 2022

Position Details: The Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering (MME) at Virginia Tech seeks applications and nominations from talented and motivated individuals for the position of Department Head. The Head oversees MME’s academic programs, which currently serve approximately 125 undergraduate (sophomore to senior) and graduate (PhD, MS, MEng) students. The Head is responsible for management of fiscal and human resources, including 9 tenured and tenure-track faculty and numerous research, teaching and administrative faculty and staff. The Head also acts as MME’s advocate and liaison to college and university administration, as well as to external stakeholders. MME is one of the largest and most prominent mining-related programs in North America. It currently enjoys a reputation as a global leader in the field, with a stated mission to serve society through education and innovation that supports safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible production of energy and mineral resources. MME has world-class facilities in Holden Hall (pictured above), which just underwent a complete renovation/rebuild to update 20,000 square feet in the 1940s-era original structure and add over 80,000 square feet of cutting-edge research, teaching and advising space. The Department is home to two renowned and highly productive research centers (the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, and the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies), and the faculty include globally recognized experts in mineral processing, geoenergy, and mine health and safety. The diverse research portfolio includes federal, state and privately funded projects, with annual expenditures averaging about $6,000,000 in the past eight years and a notable focus on capacity building and graduate student education. At the undergraduate level, MME’s contemporary curriculum is designed to shape future leaders who have exceptional technical capabilities as well the soft skills needed for a productive and impactful career. MME is a three-time recipient of the University Exemplary Department award, most recently in 2021 for its focus on community and student well-being. Graduates are highly sought after with placement rates consistently near 100%. To further build its programs and infrastructure, MME is seeking a leader who will work internally to support faculty, staff and students, while also engaging a wide range of external stakeholders including alumni, industry and private partners, and research sponsors. The successful candidate should have a track record of effective leadership and demonstrated abilities that support the development and execution of strategic initiatives. This individual should also possess the interpersonal, organization, and decision-making skills needed for executive management. Moreover, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity is essential. While predominantly an administrative and leadership position, the MME Department Head is also expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service activities of the department. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 16th, and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance, and stewardship. Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and are also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. MME is housed within Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked College of Engineering, and operates from the main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Blacksburg is a high-tech hub located in a scenic and vibrant community in the New River Valley between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and raise a family. The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s Commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. Required Qualifications Candidates must hold a Doctoral degree in engineering or applied science that is substantially related to the field of mining and minerals engineering. Candidates from other engineering or applied science disciplines (e.g., civil, environmental, materials, mechanical, geoscience, etc.) with specific experience related to mining and minerals engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have academic credentials commensurate with appointment at rank of Professor with tenure in the Mining and Minerals Engineering department. An endowed professorship may be available for well-qualified individuals. Preferred Qualifications Demonstrated effectiveness in administrative leadership and financial management in an academic setting are preferred, along with a track-record of excellent teaching or advising students at the undergraduate and graduate level. A professional engineering (PE) license and strong ties to partners in the mining, minerals or related industry sectors are also desirable.

How to Apply: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should apply online at Job No. 522450 and must submit a cover letter expressing interest in this critical leadership position and vision for MME; a curriculum vitae; a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; and contact information for at least three references who can discuss the applicant’s leadership, communication, and decision-making style. Questions for the search committee should be directed to Emily Sarver ( or Annie Lawrence ( Review of applications will begin on December 1 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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