After completing an M.S. in Geology in 2009, I began work for Barrick Gold Corporation, the largest gold mining company in the world. I am Project Geologist of the delineation drilling program at a mine called Turquoise Ridge, near Winnemucca Nevada. Turquoise Ridge is a subsurface mine, and the deepest point in the mine is about 1/2 mile underground.
The day-to-day activities of my job vary. Some days I log core, block core for assay intervals, interpret drill results, plan future drill programs, coordinate drill moves, QA/QC our data, verify and approve drill holes in the database, have safety meetings with the drill contractor, budget, write monthly reports, and go underground to chase drill rigs for a variety of reasons. It’s a fast paced, dynamic environment and the underground is continually changing.
I really like my job – Barrick is a great company and has provided me with ample opportunity for professional development. Because Barrick is an international company with properties all over Nevada, South America, Australia, South Africa, and Alaska, I never know where the next opportunity will take me, and that’s exciting.