HELP WANTED: Mineral Specimen Miner (Will Train)

Write By: tmmadmin Published In: Mineral Collecting Stories Created Date: 2017-04-19 Hits: 957 Comment: 0

  • Are you a passionate field collector?
  • Have you always wanted to become a professional specimen miner?
  • Would you like the opportunity to dig at world-class mineral localities?
  • Would you enjoy learning how to drill and blast?
  • Would you like to be paid to clean out pockets full of beautiful crystals?


In September, 2014 I helped a guy who is a passionate field collector find a job working for my friend Bob Jackson. Bob is one of the few specimen miners in the world who successfully operates mineral localities that produce world class specimens that can sell for big bucks. Bob hired Dave and trained him to collect with him at such renowned localities as the Spruce Claim in Washington, La Fluorita Dulcita Claim in Arizona, the Little Gem Mine in Montana, and more. After three years of living his dream, Dave has decided to retire from digging. So, if you are available, there is a job opening!



Posted April, 2017

Full time seasonal: July thru September to start; can become May thru November once experienced.

Pay: Commensurate with experience. $120/day while in training, increasing to $200/day once you have a blasting license and are able to work without supervision.

Benefits: Room & board on site in a lovely waterfall-view cabin in the Cascade Mountains, with satellite wi-fi and hot shower.

Job duties: Collecting, drilling, blasting.

Training:  All training provided, including training in mountain climbing techniques.

Other requirements:

  • Driver's license
  • Must be bondable (will need to pass an FBI background check for explosives license)
  • Minimum age 21
  • Not afraid of heights
  • Able to follow directions
  • Plays well with others.

All tools & equipment provided. Site access requires logging road-capable vehicle, 4WD not necessary.  Equal opportunity employer.  Person will be paid as a contractor.

Bonus for other skills: experience operating tracked equipment (excavator).

To apply: Please send brief resume and cover letter to Bob Jackson:

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