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Hycroft Resources & Development Inc Senior Metallurgist in Winnemucca, Nevada

Hycroft Mining Corporation is a US-based gold and silver mining company, which operates its wholly owned Hycroft open pit, gold and silver mine located an hour south west of Winnemucca, Nevada.

Job Summary

As a Senior Metallurgist at Hycroft Mining, you will provide technical expertise, execution, and metallurgical solutions by analyzing production data for accuracy and consistency. Optimize the metallurgical processes and provide accurate metallurgical allocation of gold and silver, including compliance with metallurgical accounting standards. Arrange and control of work to manage heap leaching performance and production under the direction of the Chief Metallurgist. Work closely with process, ore control, assay/metallurgical lab, and outside departments to ensure environmental compliance and safety is adhered to daily. Report metallurgical or process issues and make recommendations to Chief Metallurgist on resolutions. Mentor and develop junior metallurgist to further understand metallurgical methodology and application of processes. Your initial task will be to assist in the overall metallurgical strategy to assistant in the restart process.

Job Description

  • Provide training and documentation of QA/QC compliance for all assay and metallurgical work completed in support of heap leach and plant optimization test planning.

  • Distribute weekly reporting to senior management team on all metallurgical tests in progress.

  • Directly responsible for overseeing the process ponds that includes oxidation, barren and pregnant solution ponds.

  • Indirectly, train and provide technical knowledge to Merrill-Crowe supervisors and operators on the sensitivity of the metal recovery process.

  • Adapt to novel process situations caused by the implementation of a new technology upstream of areas of responsibility.

  • Interact with the Process Technical Superintendent and Laboratory Manager on metallurgical samples to ensure proper pH, Alkalinity, Sulfate, Iron, Oxygen, Moisture, and metal content are within range in order to produce gold and silver through the Merrill-Crowe system.

  • Provide expertise with Merrill-Crowe systems in the initial commission phase of Hycroft and beyond.

  • Provide a unique perspective on problem solving and troubleshooting for the Hycroft oxidation process.

  • Organize and maintain operating data that can be used to predict and avoid future processing problems as the performance of the plant is refined over time.

  • Take ownership of the plan, prioritize, and forward thinking of opportunities, challenges, and risks.

  • Have an awareness for recognizing and then suggesting continuous improvement initiatives with an outcome of cost saving or generate revenue for the mine site.

  • Sound methods and approaches to persuade, convince or influence others.

  • Leadership qualities including safety, teamwork, communication, influence, execution, and business sense.

  • Take ownership of the plan, prioritize, and forward thinking of opportunities, challenges, and risks.

  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to safety, environmental, confidentiality and code of conduct.

  • Meets or exceeds established performance expectations set by management.

  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in job performance.

  • Works without risk or harm to self and others.

  • Perform other related functions as assigned by supervisor.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineer, Mining, or equivalent discipline.

  • Minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years direct metallurgical experience in a production minerals environment.

  • More than ten (10) years of mining experience

  • Ten (10) years specific Ore Processing experience

  • In-depth experience, knowledge, and background in commissioning a Merrill-Crowe processing plant.

  • In-depth technical knowledge of metallurgy process, refining and gold extraction methodologies.

  • Ability to assist with budgeting, set priorities, meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy, and to develop, support, and promote safety, environmental awareness and grow the technical talent of direct reports.

  • Ability to work with a team environment and excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills required.

  • Possesses good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • General understanding of mining operations, as well as limited understanding of maintenance operations.

  • Working knowledge and skill with P.C. utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.

  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.

  • Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational, and technical writing skills.

  • Must be 18 years old and presently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

  • Requires valid driver’s license.

Health, Safety, and Environmental

  • Adheres to all safety and environmental considerations.

  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.

  • Wears Personal Protective Equipment at all times while in the production environment.

  • Is alert and observes, corrects, and reports unsafe conditions.

  • Follows operating procedures and complies with all regulatory requirements.