This posting was written some time ago. It has proven popular. Google likes to list it. Below is the original posting. The following few paragraphs are new, inserted in November 2011.
If you have landed at this post, you are probably seeking a job in mining in Colorado or in California. That is a tough call these days. To check out current job listings go to CareerMine at InfoMine. (By way of full disclosure, we share offices and they help me with IT–I could not manage a computer if I tired.)
In California, US Borax is still mining. And so is that group on the road to Las Vegas where they are pulling rare earth minerals out of the ground. For the rest it is quarries to get the sand and gravel to make concrete to build more structures and repair those that are falling down.
Maybe you can get a mining-related job cleaning up one of the many old mines in California that are now abandoned by their original owners and now belong to oil companies who, through Superfund, are forced to spend millions each year cleaning up past messes. That produced lots of work for folk like you and me. And it adds but a tiny bit of a cent to the price of gas at the pump to pay for it. Might as well get on the band-wagon while it is rolling.
The situation in Colorado is brighter. Denver is still a place where mining companies operate to develop mines in far-flung places. Not many new mines in Colorado though. All the result of tree-huggers, tax-grabers, and a string of horribly-run mines that have left behind a legacy of pollution. There are many consultants in Denver who are desperate for qualified folk who know mining. But be prepared to be sent to Romania, Ghana, Russia, and other diverse nasty places to do real work.
If you do not like travel to unsafe places, the Denver consulting world is not for you. But if you are young and seek adventure and the chance to die young, get on board, for they need you badly and will pay well.
If you have few skills and seek to labor and manage equipment, you are probably out of luck in Denver and Colorado mining. Sure they have lots of old mines that need to be cleaned up. But there are few mines where muscle is needed. To exercise physical power earning money on a mine, you need to go north to Fort McMurray or south to Chile, or around the globe to Australia. Go to those place unbeset by Tea Party oldies who do not like change and Take Over Wall Street folk who do not like anything except drugs, death, and squalor.
I have been brutally honest on the basis of pessimistic personal observation so far. But keep in mind that I am only a blogger and thus can be wrong. Read the original posting below. Look at the mining job posting sites like CareerMine, and ask around.
If you find I am wrong, please let me know so that we can tell the good news to others like you who are seeking employment while the politicians dither and obstruct.
There are still good jobs going begging in the mining industry. The best place to find them is at CareerMine. Seems that in spite of no dividend, Freeport-McMoran is looking for a Mill Superintendent and a Superintendent Mine at the Climax Mine site between Silverthorne and Leadville, Colorado. Coal mining is still booming in the jobs world. Cliffs in Cleveland, Ohio is looking to employ a slew of procurement folk.
To maintain this euphoria that there are still jobs in the mining industry, I do something I normally do not do. That is to tell you about two great mining-jobs brought to my attention this morning by a headhunter. My reason for so doing is primarily to help two people in mining whose jobs may be on the line.
Jeff Kremple of the Kremple Consulting Group at email@example.com forwarded me these two jobs he is seeking to fill for a client:
- Senior Mining Engineer to take responsibility for consulting activities associated with mine design, long-term mine planning, economic evaluation, and project construction management. You will need a bachelor’s degree for this one.
- Senior Resource Geologist to take responsibility for geological characterization, long-term planning, economic evaluation, and management of major mine design projects. You will need a degree in geology for this one.
The pool of people eligible is probably small. But still there are jobs if you care to work in Ohio, Colorado, or Northern California. Not bad places to live and do mining work. Contact him directly if you are interested, or can help a fellow miner keep bread on the table.