Mill Operator

Kinross Gold Corporation
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

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Machinery Operators, Mill & Metallurgy
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
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Located approximately 26 miles from the City of Fairbanks, Fort Knox is a centre of excellence for the Company as one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world. Fort Knox celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2021, and has produced over 8.5 million ounces since it began operation. In 2020, Kinross acquired Manh Choh - a project expected to commence production in 2024 and process ore at Fort Knox.

Fort Knox prioritizes being a strong contributor to the State and local communities, and since 2001, has helped support more than 300 community partners and has contributed more than US$25 million to the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Job Description

Tend to one or more mills that grind materials, such as rock/ore, using chemical reagents and steel balls to achieve required grindability and material fineness. Monitor process control panelboard and regulate inflow/outflow of materials, adding reagents to ensure attainment of specified production goals. Must comply with all company safety regulations, operation requirements, and efficiency levels while continuously aligning daily functions to reflect Kinross' values.

Job Responsibilities

  • Operates, inspects, and monitors crushing, processing, and refining equipment to achieve the highest possible ore recovery.
  • Performs mechanical tasks when needed that are within the scope of training and skills.
  • Responsible for keeping a clean work area.
  • Responsible for pre-shift inspections, including of equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with other operators in order to maintain continuity of operating strategies.
  • Responsible for maintaining written logs in a precise and orderly manner.
  • Estimated travel based on current job requirements is (0%).
  • Helps develop other department personnel to perform duties listed above.
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • 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, identify potential safety hazards, and work with management to correct hazards.
  • Work without significan risk of harm to self and others.
  • Other duties as required


  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Employees must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple mathematical calculations, and keep records.
  • General background in milling and/or processing preferred.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  • Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets.
  • 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.

Reporting Relationships

  • Works under the direct supervision of the Ore Processing Supervisor.

Legislative Requirements

US work permit required

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

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).
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