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What kinds of jobs are typically offered at the Diavik Diamond Mine?

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Jobs frequently offered at the Diavik Diamond Mine involve underground mining, heavy equipment operation and food and housekeeping services. Other jobs are in engineering, technical trades, finance, community relations and communications, as well as in administration, information systems technology, environmental compliance, security, and diamond sorting. Located in the tundra of Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories, Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is operated by U.K.-based mining giant Rio Tinto Group and produces about 7.5 million carats of diamonds annually.

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Underground diamond miners perform duties associated with developing and constructing the mine as well as production of diamond ore. Miners complete underground tasks according to schedule, follow safety procedures, identify hazards, operate underground mobile equipment and assist in drilling operations, as well as install and maintain ventilation, extend fill lines and perform blasting activities.

Heavy equipment operators operate and monitor mobile equipment such as haul trucks that support the mine's A21 crushing process safely, efficiently and in a way that ensures maximum production rates. Other duties are to observe safety rules according to company standards, such as JHA and Take 5, join daily safety meetings and complete daily administrative duties.

The mining complex provides in-house accommodations onsite to about 800 workers. The food services staff provides healthy meals and snacks, such as hot breakfast and dinners, sandwiches, baked goods, fruits, and vegetables. The housekeeping staff cleans and maintains all rooms, including facilities such as the gym, fitness center, squash court, reading room, and recreational lounges.

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