Mountain Safety Technician (6-8 Month Contract)
Northwestern, BC
1d ago

Welcome to the Brucejack Mine!

We are Pretivm a Canadian mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, BC and the proud owner of the Brucejack Gold Mine.

Brucejack Mine is a 3,800 tonnes-per-day high-grade gold underground mine located in northwestern British Columbia, approximately 65 kilometers north of Stewart.

As an employer, we are committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse working environment. We are working closely with our neighbours the local communities and First Nations - to provide employment.

About the Opportunity :

Pretivm is currently seeking a Seasonal Mountain Safety Technician to join our dynamic team and support the success of the Brucejack Mine in Northwestern British Columbia .

This position is located at Pretium Exploration Inc.'s "Pretivm" Brucejack Mine, BC and reports to the Mountain Safety Superintendent or designate.

Job Purpose and accountability :

The Mountain Safety Technician will be able to follow instructions, work well within a team environment and have good knowledge in avalanche risk management, with a focus on following in-house avalanche policy.

The Mountain Safety Technician will work under and report to the Supervisor or Lead hand and will assist in the many facets of the avalanche control programs and the electronic weather related computer systems and networks.

The program mandated is to ensure safety to all users and to minimize avalanche related road closures. The position sets the parameters for, and ensures effective communication through the respective Supervisor regarding avalanche hazard levels exposed to the Brucejack Mine and access roads.

Responsibilities :

Preform the following duties with safety being the number one priority :

  • Follow leadership and direction from Supervisor or Lead Hand.
  • Under the direction of the Supervisor or Lead Hand, provide support to the implementation of the Brucejack project snow avalanche hazard protection and forecasting program, follow all policies, standards and techniques related to the application and safety of avalanche, weather and road clearing programs.
  • Assist in data input for the weather and avalanche input for the real-time exchange of information, and the production and dissemination of weather, road conditions and avalanche forecast information.
  • Ensure the site Avalanche Safety Plan and all procedural documents and associated training are current and understood.
  • Follow avalanche safety measures for road and mine site protocols, training requirements, search and rescue plans and ensure avalanche incident response protocols are understood.
  • Ensure the safe and effective use of explosives and remote avalanche control devices.
  • Work closely with the Brucejack ERT Coordinators to establish common response methodologies and rescue practices and cross train in disciplines like rope rescue, first aid, avalanche rescue.
  • Collaborate with and provides expert guidance to staff and contractors to ensure the safety of staff and contractors on all areas impacted by avalanche and weather hazards.
  • Provide maintenance and repair of all relevant equipment related to the avalanche program.
  • Maintains safe working conditions and ensure that workers are using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and inspect work areas to identify / correct possible safety hazards.
  • Ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and performance standards.
  • Identifies and implement related awareness training, and pass on any concerns to Senior and Lead Mountain Safety Technician regarding competency evaluations of end users working in avalanche zone.
  • Identify avalanche warning signs and closure gates appropriate to specific worksites.
  • Ensure all daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities are completed in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that terrain assessments are completed for all at risk work sites or as required.
  • Carry out patrols.
  • Qualifications :

  • Completion of Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Level 2 program, complimented with at least five to ten (5-10) years’ experience as an assistant forecaster assisting avalanche programs.
  • Preferable industrial avalanche experience. Professional membership with the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) in good standing and Association of Mountain Guides (ACMG) winter certification an asset.

    Current Level 3 Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder. Valid BC Blasting Certification ticket for avalanche control.


  • Strong mountain skills, including safe travel in glaciated terrain.
  • Criminal background check and Letter of Approval from NRCAN
  • Basic Weather Course.
  • Search and Rescue Advanced skills.
  • Introduction to Avalanche Mapping an asset.
  • Knowledgeable around helicopters and all motorized equipment involved in avalanche work.
  • Professional ski-doo course an asset.
  • High level of physical fitness with ability to carry / pack rescue equipment.
  • Rope access certification an asset (SPRAT or IRATA).
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of workplace safety requirements and procedures.
  • Computer software skills (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, data base management etc.
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