Senior Permit Specialist

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Bald Mountain is an open-pit mine with a large estimated mineral resource base that was acquired by Kinross in January 2016. The mine is located in Nevada, one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world, along the southern extension of the prolific Carlin trend. The Bald Mountain Vantage Complex Project has commenced production, and the first gold bar was poured in June 2019. 

Job Description

KG Mining (Bald Mountain) Inc. is seeking a Senior Permit Specialist to provide permitting and environmental services at a gold mining operation in Nevada. Under the direction of the Environmental Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing permitting projects, and occasionally compliance projects, as well as providing technical advice and support to the mining operation.


This person will work with internal operations groups; government/regulatory officials; technical resource experts; and on occasion may interact with non-governmental organizations and other external stakeholders. Work tasks may include managing environmental projects/studies that may involve: archaeological surveys and mitigation; wildlife, water, and biological studies; functional assessments; and other studies as deemed necessary. This person will be responsible for developing scopes of work, managing project budgets, and developing regulatory/permitting strategies.


The successful candidate must ensure that company activities are conducted in accordance with company policies, as well as, local, state and federal environmental regulations and permits. The successful candidate must be able to conduct all activities in a safe manner and align performance and daily functions to reflect Kinross' core values.

Job Responsibilities
  • Conduct all activities safely, in accordance with all regulatory requirements and Kinross' policies
  • Complete permitting actions in a timely manner by gathering necessary information, coordinating the completion of necessary studies and analysis, completing permit applications, and developing strategies to eliminate or minimize permitting delays
  • Develop and maintain rapport with external stakeholders to foster a working relationship that minimizes adversarial actions
  • Manage environmental and permitting contractors and consultants including scopes of work and contracts
  • Develop and manage project budgets
  • Maintain compliance with any assigned environmental regulatory programs by ensuring the environmental management system and obligations registers are complete and up-to-date, effectively communicating with site personnel regarding regulatory obligations, and completing or organizing the completion of regulatory tasks as necessary
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to safety, environmental, supply chain, confidentiality, and code of conduct
  • Perform other functions as assigned
Qualifications and Skill Requirements
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in environmental science, planning, or engineering. A degree in a related scientific or engineering discipline will be considered (e.g., biology, ecology, chemistry, hydrology, civil or mining engineering)
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience directly related to environmental compliance and permitting
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience with NEPA regulations and processes
  • Project and team leadership experience
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and at times stressful environment
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in negotiation; problem-solving; attention to detail; accuracy and producing high-quality deliverables; project organization and management; fulfilling commitments on schedule; mentoring and training staff in preparing documents and applications; building strong working relationships; leading and participating in multidiscipline teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Experience and skilled at using Microsoft Office software
  • Must be at least 18 years old and authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Experiences in hard rock mining (preferred) 
Health, Safety, and Environmental RequirementsHealth, 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 Leadership PracticesKinross 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 
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.