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Chief Geotechnical Engineer - Fairbanks, Alaska

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Geosciences Jobs
Civil Engineer Jobs, Drill & Blast Jobs, Geotechnical Jobs, Mining Engineer Jobs, Geotechnical Engineer Jobs, Mine Geologist Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
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Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Fort Knox is an open-pit gold mine located near Fairbanks, Alaska in one of the largest gold producing areas of the state. It is mined by conventional open-pit methods, with ore processed at a mill and heap leach facility. Fort Knox has one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world.

Job Description

The Geotechnical Engineer is responsible for providing geotechnical & mining engineering technical support to the Mining department to ensure that the mine functions effectively and safely. To be familiar with and understand the principles of the environment policy and also to maintain and support procedures and work practices aimed at preventing accidents or injuries. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop geotechnical design criteria to support safe and optimal mine operations.
  • Plan and manage the installation of the mine-wide geotechnical monitoring systems.
  • Assist with continuous improvements in drilling and blast designs while ensuring they comply with mining regulations and site standards as they relate to Geotechnical Wall Control blasting.
  • Coordinate with the Drill & Blast Engineer and Mine Operations to ensure maximum utilization of production drilling equipment as it relates to Geotechnical Wall Control blasting.
  • Advise planning & operations personnel on geotechnical issues relating to production drilling, blast and mine design.
  • Plan and budget geotechnical drilling programs and conduct numerical modeling work for mine design and optimization.
  • Coordinate with the geotechnical consultants to ensure design criteria are effectively implemented and optimized based on operational performance.
  • Provide technical support where electronic blasting is carried out.
  • Ensure that all reporting requirements and licensing conditions by regulatory bodies are met.
  • Develop, maintain, and update the Ground Control Management plan.
  • Ensure a sound geotechnical model covering mine geology, geological structures, rock mass quality and hydrogeology is built and updated through collection, analysis and interpretation of geotechnical data.
  • Effectively communicate geotechnical outcomes.
  • Provide comprehensive and timely contributions to the daily, weekly monthly and annual reports.
  • Improve the overall safety performance of the site including facilitating Job Safety Analysis and Incident Analysis.
  • Train and mentor engineers/geologists in all aspects of geotechnical engineering, including identification of geotechnical skills development programs & course for engineers/geologist to undertake and participate in.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including but not limited to safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in geological engineering or structural geology preferred.
  • A post graduate degree in engineering or geology is preferred, but may be substituted with additional experience.
  • Candidates should have a minimum of 10-12 years of mining experience in large scale open-pit metal mining.
  • Practical experience with advanced geotechnical monitoring instruments and techniques
  • Exposure to electronic/digital blasting systems is necessary.


  • A high level of computer literacy with specialized mining software.
  • Effective decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills.
  • Must have solid verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the physical demands sheets.

Legislative Requirements

US work permit required

Language Requirements


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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