Jessica’s love for the outdoors, exploration and adventure led her into a career as a prospector. She has never looked back: “It’s too bad that people don’t know about prospecting. People have this image of an old guy in the Yukon panning for gold.” Rather than using pans, prospectors research promising grounds through computer databases and the Internet, and carry global positioning systems to pinpoint mineralization.
Braving the wilderness, hiking through the bush and flying over breathtaking landscapes can all be in a day’s work for a prospector. “You definitely have to have the personality to put up with harsh conditions and just keep it going. You can’t be a quitter.”
It also takes time and hard work to build a good reputation in this field. Jessica finds that networking is the best way to sell her services to prospective mining and exploration companies. Now that she is well known, the work is steady and the pay is good. Contract prospecting and claim staking jobs can range from a few days to two or three weeks.
When not working on contracts, Jessica stakes her own claims for exclusive mineral rights. She also hopes to launch an adventure tourism business. At 25, Jessica has carved an exciting career for herself that fits well with her strengths and interests.