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​​​​​​Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The SMGB represents the State's interest in the development, utilization and conservation of mineral resources; reclamation of mined lands; development of geologic and seismic hazard information; and to provide a forum for public participation​.

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​The State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) is seeking a qualified and energetic leader to serve as its Executive Officer. The Executive Officer is the constitutionally exempt (non-civil service) employee who serves at the pleasure of the SMGB to administer various sections of the State’s Public Resources Code (PRC) and the California Code of Regulations (CCR) under the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), and is the Board’s representative to the Administration and the Legislature. PRC Section 670 authorizes the SMGB to appoint the Executive Officer. The SMGB is an autonomous body within the Department of Conservation (DOC) that is responsible for giving direction and guidance to the DOC Director, the State Geologist, and to the California Geological Survey, on matters pertaining to the State’s geology, seismology, and mineral resources, and has statutory authority to establish policy and set technical standards for programs in seismic hazards mapping, geohazards and landslide mapping, active surface fault mapping, and for the reclamation of mined lands. 
The Executive Officer will have a background and experience in general business practices, accounting, budgeting, legislative and regulatory processes, and the management of professional, technical, and clerical staff. Additionally, the Executive Officer should possess excellent written and oral communicative skills necessary in dealing with elected and appointed government officials, members of various professions, and the general public.

To view the complete job announcement please click the following link:
Executive Officer Job Posting​

For further information please contact the SMGB office or the DOC’s Division of Administration at the following:
State Mining and Geology Board Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 20-15        801 K Street, MS 22-13
Sacramento, CA 95814         Sacramento, CA 95814
916-322-1082                 (916) 323-2950

The SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay
​P-C Region were approved by OAL on February 9, 2016, and will become effective April 1, 2016. ​

Meeting Information​

  • The next meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2016 in Sacramento. Agenda notices and staff reports ​can be found here​.

SMGB Authorities​

The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.

The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".

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