Introduction to the Role of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Length: 
5 Weeks

Program Description

In this module students will address a variety of topics related to the role and responsibilities of a Geoscience Field Assistant and the working conditions associated with this position. These topics include the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of Geoscience Field Assistants; the roles and responsibilities of employers, Project Managers and Geoscience Field Assistants; places and types of work; and common expectations and challenges.  The course will also provide information about the working conditions of Geoscience Field Assistants, which can include long periods of time in isolated and remote camps.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this module, Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Geoscience Field Assistant.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of an employer of a Geoscience Field Assistant.
  3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Project Manager of a team that includes a Geoscience Field Assistant.
  4. Explain the knowledge and skills required by a Geoscience Field Assistant.
  5. Explain the attitudes and attributes required by a Geoscience Field Assistant.
  6. Explain the working conditions associated with the position including conditions associated with living and working in an isolated and remote camp for extended periods of time.
  7. Describe the safety considerations associated with the position of Geoscience Field Assistant.

Course/Program Outline

Unit 1: A Day in the Life of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Learning Outcome

Students will learn about the kinds of duties and responsibilities associated with the position of Geoscience Field Assistant, based on a sample Job Description.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose, scope, responsibilities and working conditions of a Geoscience Field Assistant

 

Unit 2: Knowledge and Skills of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Learning Outcome

Students will learn the knowledge and skills required of a Geoscience Field Assistant and determine how to complete the requirements.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the core topic areas for which basic knowledge and skills are required of Geoscience Field Assistants including:
    1. Introduction to the Role of the Geoscience Field Assistant
    2. Introduction to Mineral Exploration
    3. Basic Geology
    4. Claimstaking and Mineral Tenure
    5. Prospecting
    6. Sampling
    7. Geophysical Surveys and Grids
    8. Introduction to Orienteering
    9. Orientation to Small Engine Repair
    10. Applied Computer and Technology Skills
    11. Document Use and Data Entry
    12. Wilderness First Aid
    13. Helicopter and Fixed Wing Aircraft Safety
    14. Field Camp Safety
    15. Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
    16. Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
    17. Firearms Safety
    18. All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
    19. Spill Response
    20. Communication Skills and Team Work
    21. Problem Solving and Decision Making

 

Unit 3: Attitudes and Attributes of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Learning Outcome

Students will learn about the attitudes and attributes expected of a Geoscience Field Assistant.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1.  Identify the attitudes and attributes required of Geoscience Field Assistants including:
    1. Responsibility
    2. Integrity
    3. Accountability
    4. Positive Attitude
    5. Adaptability
    6. Professionalism

 

Unit 4: Roles and Responsibilities of Employers and Project Managers

Learning Outcome

Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of the employer, the Project Manager and the Geoscience Field Assistant and the importance of these positions to the working conditions associated with field work.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Geoscience Team including:
    1. Roles and responsibilities of a Geoscience Field Assistant
    2. Roles and responsibilities of a Geologist and/or other Project Managers

 

Unit 5: Lifestyle of a Geoscience Field Assistant

Learning Outcome

Students will learn the working conditions associated with a Geoscience Field Assistant with a focus on working in isolated and remote camps.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the conditions of employment associated with a Geoscience Field Assistant including:
    1. Criminal records
    2. Alcohol and drug awareness
    3. Importance of policies, procedures and practices
    4. Consequences of not using policies and procedures

 

  1. Identify the conditions for employees associated with a Geoscience Field Assistant including:
    1. Rotations and hours of work
    2. Living in a field camp
    3. Maintaining a field camp – chores and responsibilities
    4. Mobility and seasonal employment
    5. Maintaining health and wellness

 

  1. Identify the conditions for families that include a Geoscience Field Assistant including:
    1. Single-parenting
    2. Entering and leaving the family
    3. Sharing responsibilities
    4. Money management
    5. Hobbies and leisure time

 

Unit 6: A Culture of Health and Safety

Learning Outcome

Students will learn the roles, responsibilities and importance of safety at work.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of a culture of health and safety to Geoscience Field Assistants including:
    1. Safety consciousness
    2. Roles and responsibilities of the employer
    3. Roles and responsibilities of the Geoscience Field Assistant
    4. Incident/accident response and reporting including near miss reporting
    5. Emergency response planning, awareness and implementation
    6. Consequences of not following safety practices

 

Required Student Resources (including textbooks and workbooks)

  • Student Handbook

 

Method(s) of Instruction

A variety of techniques will be used including:

  • mini-lectures with PowerPoint presentations
  • class discussions, and guest lectures.

 

Method(s) of Evaluation

Participation/Submission of Work (70%)

  • Participation in discussion – 40%
  • Participation/Submission of Hazard Assessment Form (Activity 6.2b) – 10%
  • Participation/Submission of Safety Consciousness Form (Activity 6.2b) – 10%
  • Participation/Submission of Incident Report Form (Activity 6.3c) – 10%

Module Exam (30%)

 

Note:

Instructors shall submit a syllabus to the program manager for approval prior to course delivery.

All components of this course must be completed.