SMM Pogo
  • 10-Nov-2017 to 27-Dec-2017 (AKST)
  • Geology
  • AK, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time Salaried

General Accountability
Reporting to the Geology Manager, the Chief Geologist is accountable for all geological activities relating to the production and development on the SMM Pogo property. He is also the head Geoscientist and is responsible for maintaining and advancing the geological knowledge and activities through the following line of operations:

1. Production Geology
2. Ore Control
3. Underground geological mapping
4. Underground definition and probe drilling
5. Core processing
6. Resource and modeling
7. Mine geohydrology
8. Geometallurgical issues related to mill feed.

Nature and Scope of Position
The Chief Geologist supervises and provides direct leadership and technical guidance to 6 Production/Ore Control Geologists, a Sr. Mine Production Geologist, 2 Sr. Resource Geologists and a Sr. Mine/Exploration Drilling Geologist.  The Chief Geologist, through daily counsel, written procedures, scheduling, evaluations, and individual training, guides their work.  Work includes mapping all development headings, guiding ore headings based on geology and engineering guidelines, underground rib mapping, muck tracking, surveying, sampling, and data entry/report generation.

The Chief Geologist also has the ultimate responsibility of all underground definition and exploration drilling.  This is in conjunction with a Sr. Mine/Exploration Drilling Geologist who assists in the planning, and tracking of underground drilling duties.  The Chief Geologist ensures that the drilling meets objectives safely and in a timely way by providing training and guidance to the Sr. Drilling Geologist, and in conjunction with the Scheduling Engineers and the Resource Geologists to identify necessary targets. 

The Chief Geologist, under the direction of the Geology Manager and in conjunction with the Exploration Manager, will assist in the development, resourcing, and supervising of the yearly underground exploration program to complement the underground definition drilling program.   The Chief Geologist will maintain geological continuity between the exploration program and mining operations to ensure continual reserves/resources to support future mining operations.

The Resource/Modeling Geologists (x2) also report to the Chief Geologist.  All changes to the reserve model and all reserve work are reviewed by the Chief Geologist for accuracy.  The Chief Geologist works with the Resource/Modeling Geologists to interpret drill findings, troubleshoot inconsistencies, ensure sampling and assaying integrity, and identify drilling targets either to expand reserves or verify resources.

All geologic research and consulting work done at Pogo is guided by the Chief Geologist to ensure value added, safety, and data security.

Specific Accountabilities

- Provide a geologic model sufficient for production scheduling and engineering needs.
- Provide engineering and mining departments with up-to-date geologic information to optimize mining progress, minimize dilution, and engineer ground support appropriately.
- Work to ensure effective communications and harmonious relationships are maintained between geology staff and other departments.
- Ensure that drilling programs are optimally operated with respect to safety, productivity and sample quality.
- Ensure that data collection by drilling and mapping is of high quality, and that it is archived safely both electronically and on paper, and used appropriately in reports.
- Maintain a professional and ethical responsibility that adheres to the corporate code of ethics in all business dealings with internal and external contacts.
- Support and promote company and corporate health/safety and environmental programs.
- Must follow all safety and environmental standards and procedures.
- Provide technical supervision across all lines of geological operations.
- Prepare budget requests and negotiate contracts.
- Assist other departments with tasks that involve geological, geochemical, or statistical issues.
- Keep current on new developments in geology, mining, and other fields that might improve efficiency in developing, handling, and interpreting geological data.
- Establish and maintain a professional relationship with academic staff, federal and state geologists, independent consultants, geologists and industry peers
- Assume responsibility for additional roles and or projects as required.
- Act as department manager in the absence of the Geology Manager

Equipment Used
Leica Total Station, Computer station with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point), Pickup truck, Brunton Compass, Laser Disto, Scaling Bar.  Computer modeling software including Vulcan, ArcGIS and GEMS (GEMCOM)

Unusual Working Conditions
Extreme conditions, including but not limited to changing arctic weather conditions underground and on the surface. Conditions will be hot, extreme cold, dusty, muddy, over varying and uneven terrain and varying levels of noise. This is a site-based position with permanent camp and facilities. An extended rotational schedule of work at site is required, working 12 hour shifts

Leadership Responsibilities
- Directly responsible for the onsite actions, safety, welfare, health, and morale of 10 mine side geologists, ultimate responsibility for the safety of 20 underground drilling contractors and field consultants
- Provide training and schooling necessary for the geology staff to competently perform their tasks and to advance in this profession.
- Exercise the upmost discretion and judgment in job performance to maximize work across geological lines of operation are performed without significant risk or harm.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Economic Geology or related scientific discipline and 10+ years of experience in geology or related scientific field; Master's degree in Economic Geology preferred.

Certificates & Licenses:  Valid Driver's license is required.  MSHA certificate required but will provide. Must be a registered and licensed professional geologist or a certified professional geologist (CPG).

Experience:  10+ years of experience in a combination of exploration, project or mine geology including underground geological experience. Strong familiarity with ore control-geotechnical, metallurgical processes and mining planning and an emphasis on underground operations.

Skills: Strong mineral/rock identification skills required.  Must possess effective written and verbal and interpersonal communication skills.  Demonstrated computer skills in Windows environment with experience in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Must be proficient in modeling software programs including Vulcan, GEMS, and AutoCAD. Strong verbal, written, analytical, and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.

Abilities: Must be able to lift 20 pounds regularly, from floor to chest level without injury. Ability to stand for long periods of time.  Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Ability to work in confined spaces and tight corridors, as well as, working closely around moving, rotating, electrically energized, and elevated equipment in a safe and efficient manner.   Ability to work in a team with a high regard for quality and environmental concerns and with a strong commitment to safety and safe production. 

Knowledge: Strong background in ore deposits, geochemistry, structure, and geostatistics is a must. Knowledge and significant experience working in epithermal/mesothermal gold deposits with a demonstrated understanding of hypogene and supergene geologic processes. Working understanding of Interior Alaskan geology, especially with metamorphic terrains, needed. Understanding of metallurgical processing of mineralized materials. Demonstrated technical knowledge in the design, management and completion of computerized geologic models.

OTHER:  Must pass a post offer physical and drug test, as well as background check.

Accommodations: Requires staying at the company provided camp during the work rotation.  Camp facilities provide dining service, game room, exercise & weight room, sauna, and dorm room having phone, internet & cable tv.
Transportation:  The company provides bus service to and from Fairbanks, Delta Junction or Tok.
Benefits:  quarterly Gold Bonus, monthly Safety Bonus, Medical, Dental, Long Term Disability, 401(k), sick & vacation leave including paid holidays

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