Career Openings

Senior Project Geologist

Department: Exploration
Location: Nikolai Project, Alaska
Reports To: Vice President Exploration and/or Chief Geoscientist 


The Senior Project Geologist controls, directs, and participates in mineral exploration projects. The primary objective of the position is the successful advancement of the Nikolai project and will involve supervising and managing diverse groups of personnel working toward that common objective. Secondarily, the Senior Project Geologist will generate ideas and concepts to generate new exploration targets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute large-scale exploration projects.
  • Build, lead and motivate exploration teams composed of employees, contractors, and field staff, with direct onsite supervision.
  • Lead exploration team efforts to develop exploration plans by analyzing prior exploration results and existing data.
  • Identify program logistical needs and work with support staff for contract services.
  • Make exploration plan recommendations to management.
  • Lead the efforts of exploration teams to execute approved exploration project plans.
  • Ensure that all operations are conducted to the highest level of safety standards, environmental and operational best practices, and corporate and social responsibility in accordance with company policies, procedures and expectations.
  • Prepare and / or review and approve project budgets and be responsible to deliver exploration projects on budget (or timely flag budget problems).
  • Coordinate with support staff to assure that land tenure is maintained, assessment reporting requirements are met, and that all necessary permits are acquired and in good standing at all times.
  • Report project results in a comprehensive and timely manner to management, business partners and regulators.
  • Ensure the capture, safety, and integrity of all project data.
  • Build relationships with existing and potential business partners, service suppliers, and local and regional project stakeholders.
  • Generate new exploration targets.
  • Make recommendations for mineral right acquisition and relinquishment.
  • Other responsibilities as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Supervision / Influence

  • Supervise exploration project teams.
  • Work with office administrative staff to meet project goals.


  • Bachelors or Masters of Science in Geology or related field
  • Ten years minimum experience, with five years’ experience on exploration drilling projects
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Previous experience working in Alaska
  • Previous experience managing projects
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute field programs with minimal direction
  • Dynamic, high energy, self-motivated and ability to make independent decisions
  • Must enjoy outdoor work and be able to tolerate inclement weather and challenging terrain conditions.
  • Working knowledge of GIS systems

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with mafic-ultramafic orthomagmatic systems
  • Advanced computer skills including 3D modelling (Leapfrog preferred) and GIS (ArcGIS preferred)
  • Experience with helicopter supported exploration drilling projects

Working Conditions and Physical Work Demands

  • Comfortable with working in rugged terrain
  • Remote locations often in exploration camp style work environment
  • Extended periods away from home base


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

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Senior Project Geologist

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