Senior Exploration Geologist

Date: Sep 9, 2023

Location: Round Mountain, Nevada, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Round Mountain is an open-pit mine located in Nevada, one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world. The mine uses conventional open-pit mining methods and processes ore by mill and heap leach. The Round Mountain Phase W Project is now in production, with first gold poured in May 2019.


About Kinross
Kinross Gold is a senior gold mining company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.  The Company is focused on delivering value through operational excellence, balance sheet strength, disciplined growth, and responsible mining.  We strive to create economic benefits in host communities and countries, which are sustainable beyond the life of mine, while minimizing health and safety, environmental and social impacts of our operations. This commitment, shared by all of our employees and across the entire Company, is rooted in our core values, entrenched in our Safety and Sustainability Policy, and implemented through Kinross’ governance structure and management systems. 
We put people first.  We want our people to be known across the industry for their passion, ability and initiative.  Our Chief Executive Officer and leadership teams are committed to creating inclusive environments that value, respect, and foster our diversity.  Our strength comes from the diverse traditions, customs, and cultures of our people, and the interaction and growth that happens by bring those people together in teams.  We value innovation, adaptability and accountability, and reward excellence. 


Why Work for Kinross Exploration
•    Exploration is a corporate priority, with a record global exploration budget allocated for 2022, and long-term support for organic internal growth a cornerstone of a new, Americas-focused strategy.
•    Competitive salaries, generous medical, dental, and vision plans, employer-provided supplementary insurance coverages, company-matched 401k, paid vacation, long-term incentive programs, company-matched share purchase program.
•    Access to a variety of career opportunities across a global organization, with a portfolio of geologically and culturally diverse operations or projects at multiple sites in the United States (Alaska, Washington, Nevada), as well as Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mauritania, with a growing pipeline of projects.


Job Description

Kinross is looking for a full-time Senior Exploration geologist to join the brownfields exploration team at Round Mountain.  Reporting to the Exploration Manager, you will play a key role discovering and delineating resources in the Round Mountain district, by developing targets, designing programs, and helping to execute on a variety of projects from early to advanced stages, with the ultimate goal of  delivering ounces to sustain long-term production at an operation which has provided high-quality, high-paying jobs to central Nevada for over 45 years.  This is an ideal role for an experienced project geologist looking to take on larger projects and dive into a senior technical role with a major company where you’ll receive exposure to management-track decision making and planning.  Strong candidates will have a strong background in both geology fundamentals (structure, stratigraphy, mineralogy) and economic geology (hydrothermal geochemistry, metalllogeny of the Western Cordillera), as well as experience working with larger drill programs and exploration teams.  
The role is based at the Round Mountain mine site, with several schedule options available depending on experience and demonstrated ability to complete work.  Located at the base of the towering, Toiyabe and Toquima ranges, Round Mountain is a hidden gem in the Basin and Range, and your work here will have a direct positive impact on a close-knit community that is truly unique and special in the state of Nevada.    

Job Responsibilities

•    Conduct field surface/underground geological mapping and sampling
•    Data management, designing and improving existing workflows, particularly with regards to core drilling.
•    Geologic/structural modelling and interpretation in 2D and 3D space
•    Operates with a high degree of autonomy to analyze diverse geologic data sets, develop targets, design and present programs, and execute exploration work, from early stage reconnaissance to advanced drilling.
•    Write detailed technical reports, create figures, and present data to a variety of audiences.
•    Supervise and develop junior employees, work with site collaborators, and oversee contractors
•    Take part in critical risk management, working with the team, site and contractors to develop a pro-active, forward-looking safety culture.


Education and Experience

•    BS or BA degree in Geology or Geosciences.  MS degree with thesis preferred, as is experience working in volcanic environments and epithermal Au-Ag systems.  
•    Broad-based experience in greenfields/brownfields exploration with at least 5 years working as a hard-rock geologist in metals exploration.  Underground experience a plus.
•    Strong understanding of the non-fuel mineral exploration process and best practices for core/RC drilling, in both greenfields and near-mine environments.  
•    Strong written communication and presentation skills.
•    Good interpersonal skills and willingness to consider alternative hypothesis and perspective.
•    Demonstrated ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy, stay organized and effectively manage data in a dynamic work environment.
•    Proficient with PC office applications, GIS, and database software.
•    Experience with 3D modeling software (Leapfrog, Vulcan, Micromine, or similar) to display data, plan drillholes, and perform geologic modeling.
•    Be authorized, or able to be authorized, to work in the United States on a full time basis. 



        Previous experience in the mining industry
    Previous experience overseeing geological activities in Nevada is preferred
    Advanced knowledge and skill with a PC utilizing office applications and GIS software
    Good interpersonal skills required
    Considerable management experience required
    Comprehensive understanding of field projects
    Excellent organizational skills

Reporting Relationships

Reports to Exploration Manager

Career Framework and Level

Accountability (P3)
Knowledge (P3)
Leadership (P3)
Complexity (P3)
Impact (P3)

Legislative Requirements

Background Check required
US work permit required

Language Requirements


Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.