Another gold miner, not related to Parker’s team, confirmed that his crew is likely paid by commission. “I got a percentage of gold produced. Concentrates haven’t been refined yet so I’m not sure how much there is in the end product but I have a basic idea,” the miner wrote.

And seeing as Parker has a lean team this season — crew member Brennan Ruautt and Bree Harrison are the only two miners working the Big Red plant — they will all get some nice bonuses, if the team hits Parker’s $7.2 million goal. 

“We’re pretty short-staffed at the moment,” Parker explained. “It’s a pretty big challenge, but we’ll just have to make it work.” 

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