Environmental Specialist

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Date: Mar 14, 2019

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

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

Assist with the implementation of programs and procedures to ensure environmental compliance for Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. Participate in the development of environmental management plans, monitoring plans, and permit applications. Responsible for data management including on-site document and corporate portal document management.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Develop, revise, and update environmental management plans, monitoring plans, and other environmental documents as required by permits and for management of environmental programs in accordance with the requirements of Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. and the corporate office.
  2. Preparation of regulatory reporting including Title V and Title 1 semi-annual and annual air reports, APDES monthly and annual discharge reports, Toxic Release Inventory reporting, APMA reporting etc.
  3. Oversight and maintain obligation tracking system for permits, agreements, and regulations required by regulatory agencies and the corporate EHS Management System.
  4. Manage environmental sections of Fort Knox portal to ensure compliance with standards and policies of Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. and the corporate office.
  5. Maintain sampling and monitoring databases for water, air quality, and other permit requirements to provide reports required for permit compliance.
  6. Assist with field-level reclamation activities and revegetation of disturbed areas.
  7. Assist with the training of site personnel in environmental compliance issues.
  8. Assist Environmental Technicians in performing environmental monitoring and sampling in accordance with approved permits and monitoring plans.
  9. Assist with environmental studies and projects conducted at all sites.
  10. Maintain a competent level of knowledge of environmental permit conditions and environmental regulations applicable to the site.
  11. Participate in development and implementation of plans and studies for permitting new projects.
  12. Compliance with all company policies and procedures, including, but not limited to safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  13. Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  14. Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  15. Work safely in all areas and identify potential safety hazards and work with management to correct them.
  16. Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  17. Willing to be on an on-call schedule on a one-week rotation (Friday evening to Monday morning and week nights every four to six weeks).
  18. Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience


  • BA or BS degree in engineering, (preferably environmental, civil, or mining), natural resources management, or biological sciences.


  • One to three years environmental management experience in an industrial setting (preferably mining).Strong background in environmental engineering or sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of all phases of mining and milling operations as well as environmental monitoring and sampling.
  • Working knowledge of the provisions of all environmental permits and regulations.
  • Willingness to work outdoors, often in adverse weather conditions, is required.
  • Ability to work well with mine site personnel in various departments and positions throughout the site.


  • Ability to develop and update environmental documents (Project descriptions, EMP, SPCC Plan, SWPP Plan, etc.).
  • Working knowledge and skills with a P.C. utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Must have solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment and also as a member of the management team.
  • Capable of wearing negative pressure air-purifying respirators.
  • Must be available for shift work, overtime, holidays, and weekends.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to Senior Environmental Engineer

Legislative Requirements

Background Check required

US work permit required

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

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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