Mine Surveyor

Date: Mar 16, 2023

Location: Tetlin/Tok, Alaska, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

The Manh Choh Project is a greenfield gold deposit in eastern Alaska being developed with ore being hauled to Kinross’ Fort Knox mine north of Fairbanks for processing. The mine site is located in the Tetlin Hills, approximately 250 miles southeast of Fort Knox and 10 miles southeast of Tok. Production is expected to begin in 2024.

Job Summary

Responsible for carrying out a full range of mine surveying functions at the mine site and surrounding areas. Determine precise location and measurement of points, elevations, lines, areas, and contours for mine operations, drill patterns, planning, and other survey purposes. Produce accurate results that will be used for planning, production and contractor payment. Complete survey projects in a timely and efficient manner. Position requires direct involvement with Engineering and Operations departments.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for surveying in the open-pit, including drill pattern layout, ore control layout, pit toes and crests, ramp slopes, construction projects, reconnaissance surveying, and exploration/geotechnical drill hole locations.
  • Responsible for accurately posting daily production, weekly 3D model updates, and month-end production data used for maps and plans.
  • Daily slope stability monitoring and related tasks.
  • Work closely with Mine Operations supervisors to perform special requests/design conformance.
  • Perform various survey tasks with the use of fixed wing and quadcopter drones including topographic surveys, stockpile volumes, and aerial photography.
  • Establish reference lines and lines for blasting patterns.
  • Establish grade for bench levels and ramp slopes.
  • Check and maintain all survey equipment.
  • Follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform functions of the job.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  • Work safely in all areas and identify potential safety hazards and work with management to correct them.
  • Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

• High school diploma or equivalent preferred.  Employee must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple mathematical calculations, and keep records.


  • Knowledge of computers and programs to plot surveying data preferred (AutoCAD and Excel).
  • Knowledge of survey theory and instruments preferred.
  • Possession of a license to fly or ability to gain a license to fly fixed wing and quadcopter drones preferred.
  • Must have solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets.
  • Must be available for shift work, overtime, holidays, and weekends.
  • Progression through wage scale is contingent upon satisfactory completion of attached checklists.

Health, 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 is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile, and Canada. Our focus on delivering value is based on our core principles of responsible mining, operational excellence, disciplined growth and balance sheet strength. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).