The company that’s building a gold mine north of Stewart, B.C. is planning to ramp up its hiring efforts this fall in anticipation of a 2017 opening.
Pretivm Resources, the company in charge of the Brucejack Gold Mine Project, expects to employ at least 300 full-time workers in the near future.
Construction on the mine started in 2015, after several years of environmental reviews from the government and negotiations with First Nations.
According to Troy Shultz, Pretivm’s manager of corporate communications, the mine is now fully funded and has received all of the major regulatory permits required for commercial production that is targeted to commence in mid 2017.
Shultz said hiring has been ongoing throughout the construction and development phase.
“As the project transitions into full scale operations, we expect over 300 positions will become available,” he said. “Hiring will be ongoing throughout estimated 18 year mine life for Brucejack.”
All positions will be posted on Pretivm’s website – www.pretivm.com/careers -. Alternatively, people can also visit the nearest WorkBC Employment Services Centre for assistance.
There will be a wide range of positions up for grabs, including underground miners, geologists, engineers, mill workers and superintendents.
The company will also be hiring support staff positions such as logistics, contract management, purchasing, cooks, accommodation management, administration and safety personnel.
Pretivm’s corporate vice-president Michelle Romero told Black Press that there are currently several hundred people working on developing the mine, mostly contractors. The concrete foundations of the gold mine’s mill facility, which will be used to grind, sort and process the product harvested from the mine, have been installed.
“Right now the focus is getting the thing built. A lot of the jobs are construction related,” Romero said. “You’ll see a ramp up in the fall to employ people to work in the mill. Right now a key area for us is to get our mill building enclosed.”
Romero said one of the three dorms being built to house workers up there has finished construction.
“You have people on rotation and at any given time there’ll be accommodation for up to 330 people at the main camp.”
A feasibility study completed in June 2014 has outlined mineral reserves of 6.9 million ounces of gold at the site.
Although the mine is geographically close to Stewart at 65 km, the road access to the Brucejack property is off of Hwy. 37 north of the Meziadin Junction.
– With files from Ben Bengtson