Lucky Friday

Assay Lab Technician


About the Position

The Assay Lab Technician tests ores and minerals and analyzes results to determine value and properties of components.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Tests ore and minerals and analyzes results to determine value and properties of components, using spectrographic analysis, chemical solutions, and chemical or laboratory equipment, such as furnaces, beakers, graduates, pipettes, and crucibles.
  • Separates metals or other components from dross materials by solution, flotation, or other liquid processes, or by dry methods, such as application of heat to form slags of lead, borax, and other impurities.
  • Weighs residues on balance scale to determine proportion of pure silver, lead, zinc, or other metals or components.
  • Prepares ore samples, process samples, and exploration samples.
  • Performs fire assay and wet laboratory testing.
  • Operates analytical instrumentation.
  • Performs wet analyses.
  • Operates instrumentation including atomic absorption instrumentation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Graduate or equivalent GED required.
  • Prior experience in a mining or commercial lab preferred.
  • Knowledge of sample preparation and fire assay procedures preferred.
  • Must be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

About Us

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is the largest silver producer in the United States. In addition to operating mines in Alaska (Greens Creek), Idaho (Lucky Friday), and Quebec, Canada (Casa Berardi) the Company owns a number of exploration properties and pre-development projects in world-class silver and gold mining districts throughout North America. Established in 1891, Hecla is headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has a sister office in Vancouver, B.C. The Company’s common stock has been traded on the New York Stock Exchange for over 50 years. Lucky Friday is a deep underground silver, lead, and zinc mine located in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District in northern Idaho. The mine began operating in 1942 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017. Thanks to the #4 Shaft project which is now complete and operational, the mine is expected to have another 20-30 years of mine life. Lucky Friday is located one mile east of Mullan, Idaho, and is adjacent to U.S. Interstate 90.

Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine is pleased to offer competitive compensation commensurate with education and experience, and a comprehensive benefits program.

Interested candidates must possess or be able to obtain authorization to work in the United States. Applications and/or resumes may be sent via e-mail to, faxed to 208.545.3327, or mailed to:

Human Resources
Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine
P.O. Box 31
Mullan, ID 83846

Hecla Limited, Lucky Friday Mine is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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