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United States. Red Dog Operations.

Red Dog Operations – Fly in, fly out; Experience the untamed beauty of Alaska.

One of the largest zinc deposits in the world—Red Dog Mine—is located 170 kilometres north of the Article Circle in northwest Alaska. Discovered by a Local Bush pilot and prospector Bob Baker, he named Red Dog Creek in the mid-1950s after his faithful companion, a red-coloured Irish terrier, O’Malley. Bob and O’Malley were on one of their many exploration flights when Bob noticed the area’s red-stained creeks as they explored from above.  

Red Dog is located on land owned by NANA Regional Corporation (NANA), one of the 12 original for-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed by Congress in 1971. NANA is owned by the more than 14,500 Iñupiat shareholders, or descendants, who live in or have roots in northwest Alaska.  

The NANA region encompasses about 61,200-square kilometres (38,000-square miles) and has 11 regional Iñupiat communities. No roads connect the communities, so barges and flights deliver goods. Travel between communities happens via boat, plane and snowmobile. The communities of Kivalina and Noatak are the nearest communities to the mine.

Teck employees who work at our Red Dog operation work rotational shifts and can live anywhere in the world. The shifts are two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off, providing an excellent work-life balance. On-site living accommodations have many amenities to make life at the mine very comfortable. These include a gymnasium, indoor track, weightlifting rooms, a library/media room, craft and music rooms, and a cafeteria where you are served three home-cooked meals a day.

In the Area

Cities and Recreation

The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage, is located within Denaʼina Ełnena, on the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan people, and the Native Village of Eklutna, is where most Red Dog employees live and commute from via a 90-minute plane ride from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Others commute from the surrounding 11 communities located within the NANA region.  

Anchorage is Alaska’s most populous city. About 300,000 people enjoy the great outdoors and life’s necessities and luxuries. Art galleries, music, breweries and fine dining are juxtaposed with some of the world’s most stunning frontiers.  Anchorage is home to 223 municipal parks and 400 kilometers (250 miles) of trails that are sure to keep anyone busy all year round.  Hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hockey, skiing and golfing are just some of the many off-work pursuits available to you. 


There are many medical options to choose from, including the award-winning Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), which provides a full range of medical specialties, primary care services and laboratories.  


There are many private and public elementary and high-school choices for families with children of all ages, some being the most diverse in the country. Anchorage is home to two major universities, Alaska Pacific University, and the University of Alaska System, which comprises three universities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau on 19 campuses. Additionally, Anchorage hosts several charter colleges and trade school systems.

Airports and City Centres

As the primary hub of southcentral Alaska, Anchorage is strategically located just 9.5 hours from 90% of the industrialized world. Just a quick flight to Seattle provides easy access to anywhere you need to go. 

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As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, zinc, and steelmaking coal, as well as investments in energy assets.