Will Westerfield

Will Westerfield

Biographical Info My path to becoming a geologist began back east, in New York, not too far from “the city”, as we refer to it. Like most of us, I enjoyed being outdoors growing up and had a fascination with landscapes, always wondering why the earth displayed itself the way it did. Growing up outside New York City and experiencing the congestion of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world was integral in getting me to where I am today. I learned at an early age that I wanted more space, more freedom to explore and to do something different. Luckily, I was able to attend college in Colorado, where the skiing was on another level compared to the ice I was used to back home. More importantly, once in school, I discovered that I could study the earth and learn the skills to answer the questions I always had while in the mountains or the desert. It could even be your major, how about that? The decision was easy. Geology is not something people from my hometown study and I got a lot of blank stares when answering someone who asked what my major was. I think I liked that. Studying geology was never a discipline or profession I had been aware until I got to Colorado. Upon graduation, I secured myself a job in the oil industry working for a petroleum systems modeling software and consulting firm in Boulder. I spent three years there and while it was interesting and taught me a great deal, it always felt too abstract. A fellow geology graduate and ski buddy of mine had been working for a junior gold exploration company in Nevada; working several months at a time on drill programs. When the drilling stopped he would spend his off time skiing and pack-rafting in Montana until the next drill program started up. I thought to myself, wow, this seems right up my alley. I wanted a job that was hands on and in the field, where drilling data and rocks were being analyzed in real-time and decisions were made quickly as new clues to the geology were being uncovered. I wanted to be a field geologist, not a desk geologist. My friend put me in touch with the exploration manager of the company he worked for. It would be three years, a life-changing flat tire near the Henry Mountains in Utah (which led to a not so brief stint living on Lake Tahoe) and a whole lot of persistence before I got the job I had dreamed about. I ultimately landed in Beatty where I cut my teeth as an RC rig geologist. I thoroughly enjoyed being out on the rig everyday – seeing the chips as the rock is being drilled, getting dirty and trying to piece together the geology of the deposit being drilled. What a job! There is a lot that goes into an exploration project and I have been fortunate enough to get involved in the other aspects of running a project as well. Most of us really enjoy what we do. It is not the easiest job for a variety of reasons, especially for those of you who have (or had) people waiting for you back home.  If we didn’t love it, we wouldn’t do it. There are many layers to our profession that provide fulfillment and keep our interest. If gold is what your exploring for, I encourage you to learn about the history of gold and its role as money for the vast majority of human history. I guarantee, if you haven’t already, that it will add an extra layer of meaning to an already thrilling profession. Exciting times are ahead, happy digging!

Email Address westerfield.will@gmail.com

Company Corvus Gold Nevada, Inc.

Position Geologist/Assistant Proj. Manager

Phone 917-575-3926

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