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Lead Exploration Technician

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Field Assistant Jobs, Geo Drilling Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
Job Ref:

Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Bald Mountain is an open-pit mine with a large estimated mineral resource base located in Nevada. It is the newest mine in Kinross’ portfolio and was acquired in January 2016.

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of a Exploration Supervisor who performs and monitors projects and programs dealing with drilling, sample collection, preparation, storage, and record-keeping tasks.  Assists in the planning and execution of department objectives while continuously aligning daily functions to reflect Kinross’ values.

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs and monitors drill rig sampling, sample preparation, cataloging, storage, and other special technical tasks. 
  • Coordinates complex logistical functions related to drilling, sampling, and storage tasks. 
  • Interfaces with contractors and other departments in the pursuit of project goals. 
  • Monitors, corrects errors, and improves routine procedures at all technician levels. 
  • Assists in developing and maintaining procedures and disciplines necessary to proficiently perform all tasks.
  • Oversees training in the duties of other exploration technicians.
  • Directs and monitors the maintenance of sample supply stocks and equipment. 
  • Routine typing and data entry through the use of computer and spreadsheet programs.
  • Print and distribute required reports.
  • Maintain department specific records, logs, and files as required.
  • Possesses good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to safety, environmental, confidentiality and code of conduct.
  • Meets or exceeds established performance expectations set by management.
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Works without risk or harm to self and others.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by state agency, or must be able to pass driver competency course and exam.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance required.
  • Helps develop other department personnel to perform duties listed above.
  • Perform other related functions as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Skill Requirements

  • Possesses good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • General understanding of exploration and mining operations.
  • Working knowledge and skill with P.C. utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  • Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational and technical writing skills.
  • Must be 18 years old and presently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis.
  • Requires valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to implement the directives of the Staff Geologist.
  • Must possess a professional attitude toward responsibilities.
  • Must be able to work with little or no supervision and work well with others.
  • At least one year of experience Geological Technician level is required.  Basic math skills are required.  Must demonstrate mastery in the operation of all sampling related equipment and duties.  Must have a sound knowledge of drilling principles and techniques and proven organizational/supervisory skills. 

Kinross Leadership Practices

  • Creates an environment where nothing is more important than every employee returning home safe and healthy every day. 
  • Creates an environment in which people are unfailingly treated with respect.
  • Fosters the talent and potential of all employees by enabling them to grow, develop, and make a difference in the organization.
  • Demonstrates that leadership in the areas of environmental performance and community and stakeholder relations is fundamental to the way we plan and manage our business. 
  • Holds self and others accountable for the decisions, commitments, and behaviors required to deliver outstanding results.
  • Uses judgment to manage business complexities, prioritize and balance conflicting demands to make timely decisions that best advance Kinross strategy. 
  • Builds and brings teams and people together to achieve organizational goals.  Models humility by going beyond self-interest for the good of the group.
  • Understands the economic implications of decisions and consistently uses all resources effectively and efficiently to maximize shareholder value.
  • Relentlessly champions, develops and embeds best practices. 

Health, Safety, and Environmental Requirements

  • Adheres to all safety and environmental considerations.
  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.
  • Wears Personal Protective Equipment at all times while in the production environment.
  • Is alert and observes, corrects, and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Follows operating procedures and complies with all regulatory requirements.

Kinross Competencies

  • Strategic Effectiveness

    Developing and communicating rigorous and creative business strategies that drive sustainable value.

  • External Engagement

    Understanding and building relationships with external parties that strengthen and sustain competitive advantage.

  • Business Focus

    Applying commercial rigor and discipline to all business decisions and customer relationships.

  • Living the Kinross Values

    Aligning behavior, decisions, and actions with Kinross values and principles.


This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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