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Working in a remote mining camp with scheduled on-site shift rotations, this full-time seasonal / term position is responsible for performing the dual roles of: (A) Core Technician and (B) Environmental Monitor. The work period is expected to be between mid-June and mid-October, 2022 and the duties are outlined hereunder. This position receives supervision and direction from the onsite Senior Geologist, and also formally reports to the KCDLP Executive Director.
Core Technician: (Approximately 80% of the time.)
The Core Technician (“Core Tech”) works closely with the geology team to ensure a smooth workflow of diamond drill core processing. Tasks include taking receipt of core from the diamond drillers, either by loading / unloading boxes / bags by hand from the back of a pick-up truck, or by using a skid-steer to move loaded pallets. Processing core will include arranging core boxes in an intuitive way throughout the core shack, washing dirty sections, piecing together broken pieces, measuring core and marking metre locations on boxes, taking photographs and collecting data for scientific analysis.
Data collection includes: i) measuring rock quality data (RQD) by performing fracture analysis, ii) measuring core recovery between core blocks, iii) relative specific gravity (SG) measurements by weighing core (air & water) and iv) magnetic susceptibility (Mag-Sus) using a KT-10 magnetic susceptibility meter.
Main Duties and Responsibilities – Core Technician:
- Core processing / physical measurements and database (Geospark) entry.
- Sawing and sampling drill core at intervals laid out by the Geologist.
- Preparation of core samples for shipping.
- Assist geologists moving core boxes, sample bags and ensure samples and geology materials are in proper order.
- Help with the collection of surface rock or soil samples, drill hole surveys & drill hole set up.
- Promote Nickel Creek Platinum’s and Kluane Community Development Limited Partnership’s culture of commitment to environmental, health and safety standards to all workers at the Nickel Shäw Project.
- Conduct all business in a professional manor as a representative of Nickel Creek Platinum and Kluane Community Development Limited Partnership.
- Other related duties as required.
Environmental Monitor: (Approximately 20% of the time.)
The Environmental Monitor (“EM”) is responsible for the observation, collection, organization and record keeping of wildlife and environmental data. The EM works closely with any company Biologists and the Geology team to conduct environmental and wildlife surveys as specified by company procedure. The EM will have significant knowledge of native species and habitat in the Kluane First Nation Traditional Territory, and will have a duty to report any sightings and behaviors in order to protect the environment and minimize the adverse (if any) environmental effects of exploration activities.
The EM will take detailed notes; pictures and coordinates of findings, and transcribe those findings into an organized document for the Site Biologist and Senior Geologist. At times, the environmental monitor will conduct environmental audits of the site, and report findings to those parties described above. The EM will work closely with the Site Geologist and be available for assistance with any biological survey, test work or the setup/data retrieval or take down of any environmental or wildlife monitoring stations.
Main Duties and Responsibilities – Environmental Monitor:
- Conduct environmental and wildlife surveys on the property using company protocols.
- Responsible for maintaining continuous monitoring stations and retrieving data as outlined in the baseline data collection plans.
- Responsible for conducting environmental drill site inspections and coalitions of wildlife sightings.
- Biologist field assistance work identifying and recording species into databases.
- Data entry of all observations into spreadsheets in an accurate, organized and presentable fashion.
- Monitor the status of fish and wildlife habitat.
- Promote Nickel Creek Platinum’s culture of commitment to environmental, health and safety standards to all workers and contractors at the Nickel Shäw Project.
- Conduct all business in a professional manor as a representative of Nickel Creek Platinum.
- Sends all Environmental reports to the Senior Geologist.
As Nickel Creek Platinum and Kluane Community Development Limited Partnership adheres to strict environmental, health and safety standards, the Core Technician / Environmental Monitor will be expected to act accordingly and implement such standards on contractors.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- High School Graduate or Equivalent.
- Valid, current driver’s license with a clean driving record (ability to be a primary driver on potential rental vehicles).
- Driving & maintaining a 4X4 capable vehicle throughout steep, rough terrain.
- Experience using and maintaining ATV’s, chainsaws and power tools.
- Ability to use hand tools (hammer, crow bar, measuring tape, shovel, broom, scraper) in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to perform basic mathematics (adding & subtracting) dealing with distance measurements.
- Ability to learn & use exploration / mining software systems (eg. Geospark, Access data base, GIS software, word processors, spreadsheet software).
- Experience with GPS and cartography.
- Experience in the use of environmental monitoring equipment.
- Good communication skills and command of the English language (verbal and written, including the use of technical terminology as it relates to the duties being performed).
- Can work both independently with little supervision, and in a team setting.
- Comfortable working in an outdoor environment and ‘camp’ setting (remote) for shift rotation
- Working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and regulations.
- Knowledge of the Kluane First Nation Traditional Territory.
- Overall, no minimum experience is required – Nickel Creek Platinum will offer extensive on-site training, however individuals with experience are preferred.
- Fit for purpose – ability to work in dusty conditions and lift up to 50 lbs.
Required / Preferred Certifications:
- Certification from a recognized and accredited skid-steer / bob-cat training program.
- Valid, current First Aid or EMR certified.
- Valid, current PAL (Possession and Acquisition License) firearms experience and / or training.
- Bear Awareness training.
Employment Terms and Working Conditions:
- Remote area work-camp, employees work rotational in / out schedules.
- Shifts for this position are 5 days per week, 10 hours per day.
- Must occasionally work in adverse weather conditions.
- Ability to lift ~ 50 lb core boxes (using proper lifting techniques).
- Extended periods of time standing throughout the day.
- Comfortable with heights, extended periods of time sitting down (driving), standing (drill surveys) and walking throughout the project area (mountain side).
- Confidentiality must be maintained at all times, and any sharing of this information or job particulars will result in immediate dismissal from the site and ‘cause’ for the termination of any employment / services contract.
- Without exception, the incumbent is ineligible to personally hunt or guide others to hunt while under contract at or around the project area.
All KCDLP employees working on the Nickel Shäw Project must comply with YWCHSB, provincial and federal health and safety regulations, company policies and procedures, and the company’s environmental & wildlife policies. Employees will perform all duties as directed and needed by the company to ensure optimal safe operation. No employee is obligated to perform any task he or she considers unsafe or beyond personal physical capability and is responsible for seeking assistance on such tasks.
Pay and Benefits:
- Remuneration / Pay is contingent on qualifications, skills and experience.
- Overtime, at the rate of one and a half times the hourly rate, will be paid for all hours in excess of eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. Since Shifts are 10 Hours, this equates to 2 hours of overtime per day, or 10 hours of overtime per week.
- Statutory benefits are provided in accordance with the Yukon Employment Standards Act, including; 4% Vacation Pay (in lieu of Vacation Time), Statutory Holiday Pay and Overtime.
- On-Site Meals are provided without any cost to employees.
- With Shift Rotations being 5 Days in Camp, weekly transportation to and from the Camp from Burwash Landing, or any other approved location, will be provided / arranged by the Employer. Employees may use their own transportation if preferred, but fully at their own expense.
- On-Site Accommodation (free) is provided during scheduled shifts, but should the incumbent prefer to travel back and forth to the Camp, this is acceptable with the understanding that any such transportation costs are fully at the incumbent’s expense.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, except steel-toe certified work-boots.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of said person, and additional duties within a skill set possessed to perform the above tasks may be required.
Preferential Hire Statement:
Whenever possible, the first preference for hiring will be afforded to qualified people of Kluane First Nation, and then to qualified people of First Nation’s ancestry.