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Avalon Development Corporation
** All positions for the 2019 field season are now CLOSED. Avalon is No longer accepting resumes.
These are no-nonsense geology orientated field positions in remote and occasionally isolated exploration camps. It’s not all fun and sunshine out there… Individuals will be expected to work in inclement weather (mud, rain, snow, sleet, hail). You will be working around heavy duty mechanical equipment (dozers, backhoes, front-end loaders), and aviation equipment (helicopters, float planes and cargo planes). Work in Southeast Alaska usually involves water craft (cargo vessels, tugs, small 2-4 person boats and rafts). You will be using a variety of project and camp support equipment (4-wheelers, chainsaws, rock saws and shovels). If employed as a senior geologist, junior geologist or geotechnician, you will be working in a variety of topographic settings (mountains, steep slopes and glaciers). Your duties may require you to carry a pack containing gear and samples weighing up to 50 lbs. You will be working with people from a variety of social backgrounds and from all aspects of life. Individuals will be expected to develop a cooperative spirit in field operations. Flexibility is a key component because project needs vary due to changing project focus or on-site mineral discoveries or equipment breakdowns. Leave any "attitude" at home and realize you must become part of a total team effort.
The embedded camp cost per person as well as the short time limit of the Alaskan summer dictates that field work continues every day until project demobilization. General work schedules vary with client requests and assigned duties, however 10-12 hours per day, every day for a minimum of 15 days extending to as much as 45 days without a break would be considered normal in the exploration industry. Days off usually occur only after a project demobilizes. On longer duration projects, days off are tentatively considered based upon such variables as helicopter work loads, maintenance schedules, camp moves and extremely harsh weather.
Camp conditions and size are dictated by the scope and budget of the project. Personnel living accommodations may vary between a small single-person tent or sharing a weatherport/cabin with up to 3 other individuals. In smaller tent camps (spike camps), it is assumed that you will share in the normal day to day camp operations (cooking, cleaning, daily geo-prep, etc.) while in the larger project camps, an experienced cook and camp labor are usually available. Camp food is unusually plentiful and of excellent quality. Camp supplies are restocked on a regular basis. Occasionally, some project operations are located in small towns, in which case you'll be sharing a motel room and eating at the local diner.