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Mine Geologist & Surveyor

Kinross Gold Corporation

Located approximately 26 miles from the City of Fairbanks, Fort Knox is a centre of excellence for the Company as one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world. Fort Knox celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2021, and has produced over 8.5 million ounces since it began operation. In 2020, Kinross acquired Manh Choh a project expected to commence production in 2024 and process ore at Fort Knox.
Fort Knox prioritizes being a strong contributor to the State and local communities, and since 2001, has helped support more than 300 community partners and has contributed more than US$25 million to the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Job Description

Responsible for the timely integration of geologic and blasthole data into grade control ore releases guiding open-pit shovel and loader operations. The Mine Geologist & Surveyor conducts geological mapping of dig faces, highwalls, and blasthole patterns, and conducts a quality-control program for the ore sampling. The Mine Geologist & Surveyor collects an array of geospatial data across the site to facilitate the success of all technical functions.
This is a highly impactful function which seeks to maximize project value by; minimizing ore dilution, directing ore to the appropriate process streams, and most importantly, enhancing safety through communication with mine operations.

Job Responsibilities

1. Monitor blast hole sampling protocol and blast hole assaying. Revise sampling procedures as needed to ensure that representative samples are collected. Develop a QA/QC program for blast hole assaying. Log blast hole cuttings. 2. Perform grade control responsibilities working with Engineering staff on short- and long-range mine planning. 3. Work with loading unit operators and supervisors at the dig face to minimize mining dilution. 4. Prepare lithologic, structural, rock quality, and alteration maps of dig faces and highwall exposures. 5. Assist in recognizing, mapping, and communicating with the entire operation regarding potential geotechnical hazards. 6. Interface with Resource Modeler and/or Senior Geologists, to compile routine operational reconciliation data, and to continually refine the reserve and resource models using field geologic data. 7. Work safely in all areas and identify potential safety hazards and work with management to correct them. Work without significant risk of harm to self and others. 8. Conduct routine surveying; dig stakes, pit features, stockpiles, roads, and waste dump advancement. 9. Ensure drill patterns are located and labeled appropriately in accordance with the plan. 10. Generate road alignments and dump designs in plan/section view, including volumetrics. 11. Enter surveying, drilling, and engineering data in Dispatch and engineering softwares. 12. Perform other duties as required associated with the safe and efficient operation of open-pit mines.

Education and Experience

1. Bachelors degree in geology or related field is required. 2. Minimum of two years as a mine geologist preferred. 3. Exposure to grade control practices for gold mining and surveying preferred. 4. Must have a sound background in sampling theory for gold and assay techniques.


1. Must have a strong commitment to safe working practices. 2. Sound working knowledge and skill with desktop software for mapping, data analysis, and standard MS Office suite. Experience with MineSight, Leapfrog, and/or Vulcan software is a plus. 3. Strong analytical, administrative, and organizational skills. 4. Must have strong verbal and written communication; the ability to interact with all levels of employees, contractors, and management. 5. Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and with others in a team environment. 6. Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets. 7. Possession of a valid drivers license issued by the state. 8. Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions required. 9. May work holidays, shift work, and weekends as required. Punctuality and regular attendance required.

Reporting Relationships

Reports into the Chief Geologist

Career Framework and Level

Accountability (P2)

Knowledge (P2)

Leadership (P2)

Complexity (P2)

Impact (P2)

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

Kinross is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile, and Canada. Our focus on delivering value is based on our core principles of responsible mining, operational excellence, disciplined growth and balance sheet strength. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).
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