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Trapper_Tom
15:54:54 Sat
Jan 25 2014

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Any one looking for help this season?

The crew I worked with last season is likely not going back to mine this summer. I'm looking for someplace to go to work, if anyone out there will be looking for a hand or knows of anyone that is. The more remote the better.
I've got almost 20yrs experience as a commercial diver and can proficiently operate most machinery as well as maintain it. All sorts of paperwork available. MSHA, Dive certs, CPR, references, etc

  
peluk
23:26:27 Sat
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Go to Nome.Right now,the winter dredging season is on hold until firm, stable ice forms.There's ice out there now but wind last week took out the ice, further off shore.We've had a very mild winter so far but that should turn around in February...maybe late February through March.That's just a guess.If you were to come up and ask around,you might get on a crew even as a topside man and get to observe the operation.It could put you in line for Summer diving.
Iditarod(3/10-3/14 roughly) would be a good time to meet people.Much business is conducted in the bars.

If you came up in the Summer,dredge crews are always rotating.Bad weather, when a dredge can't get on the water, can wipe out funds and some guys have to give up.
Having experience with earth moving equipment is an ace in the hole.It can land you work inland mining.General familiarity with machinery might be able to line up a job on one of the bigger jackup barges or excavator barges.

Here's a point of general interest I've run into twice in conversations here.The recreational dredging areas have been well picked over and these new dredgers that come up don't have any manners.They will mine right in your area while you are there mining.The comment from a dredger yesterday was 'you've got to have a lease' now.
















  
peluk
03:06:01 Sun
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Let me clarify my last post...'you've got to have a lease now' means,you've got to sublease from a leaseholder.The dredgecop will be around to see that you are not jumping a claim and that you have the notarized agreement in place and on file at the Anchorage office.It's not a bad deal really.I can't remember what the percentage is but you can live with it.

  
Trapper_Tom
17:01:11 Sun
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Thanks for the advice. Not to offend anyone that holds Nome near and dear to their heart but I'm looking for mountains and bushy.
I've owned and worked on enough tugs and barges for my life. Sometimes feel nostalgic about it but that passes when the winds blow and storms come. It's much easier to hunker down in camp than chew rolaids and make repeated trips to the water to check on your gear.

  
Rod_Seiad
17:54:48 Sun
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Say Tom,

You made no mention of what last years work was. Was it in the water, or surface mining for gold?

You'll find work either way, if you can afford to travel and roam the goldfields.

Your youth and talent are in high demand. Lots of wealthy gold seekers are understaffed and unable to acquire competent help.

If you could refine your search terminology........

  
Trapper_Tom
18:48:58 Sun
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Hi Rod,
I was in the Brooks Range. We had a good size dredge in there. I'm not trying to be secretive but it's not my place to talk about someone else's operation.

As far as my qualifications I would gladly divulge all if someone were looking for a hand.

  
Rod_Seiad
16:19:17 Mon
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Great attitude Tom,

Why not make a 5 minute utoob whereby you divulge your resume. Let people watch you sell yourself.

Seriously, you have what somebody is looking for, you need to connect. Post your utoob link on every gold prospecting forum possible. Try not to feel weird from the idea, it's totally professional and a benefit to all.

  
pascalfortier
22:21:21 Wed
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http://alaskaminers.org/
http://kpma.ca/ (Klondike Placer Miners association, Yukon)

I work in Dawson city. Work starts in April (prep work and cat work) general mining is about may 1st to october 1st or november for stripping.

No dredging in the yukon, good cat operator are sought after (D10, D11). My camp is 29days on 1 day off, lodging and food included. Some people will pay cash-gold, making a name for yourself take a while and you have to be able to talk to others in the bars to let yourself know. Chicken is one hour away.

  
pascalfortier
22:45:59 Wed
Jan 29 2014

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The office with a 120 YPD Shaker Washplant


  
azkid
00:05:58 Fri
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its not hard to be a good cat operator or even a good excavator operator.... ya truck drivers are a dime a dozen but working a cat isn't that hard.

  
pascalfortier
01:38:20 Fri
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Lol, everybody can run one, but do you want to put a lousy operator on a D11 that cost 1 250 000$ and drink 300 gallons of fuel a day.

  
Trapper_Tom
11:46:00 Fri
Jan 31 2014

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Ya can teach a monkey to run a piece of machinery, but good operators are not easy to come by. I can run a crane but my operator could put the hook in the sling eyes as I was picking them up off of the deck.

  

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