Blast Crew Operator (Shot Firer)

  1. Full-time
  2. Macraes

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Company Description

OceanaGold is a growing intermediate gold and copper producer committed to safely and responsibly maximizing the generation of Free Cash Flow from our operations and delivering strong returns for our shareholders.

We have a portfolio of four operating mines: the Haile Gold Mine in the United States of America; Didipio Mine in the Philippines; and the Macraes and Waihi operations in New Zealand. Our operations are supported by a global workforce with significant exploration, development and operating experience.

Our Purpose is mining gold for a better future. The gold, copper, and silver we produce are essential to the renewable energy and transport sectors, life-saving medical devices and technology which connects communities around the world. Our activities also contribute to economic growth and improved health and education outcomes in the regions where we operate. We provide direct employment for over 3,700 people and indirect employment for many more.

Our Vision is to be a company people trust, want to work and partner with, supply and invest in, to create value. This Vision is brought to life by our Values – Care, Respect, Integrity, Performance and Teamwork – which put our people, host communities, the environment and our stakeholders at the forefront of our decision-making.

Check us out - www.oceanagold.com

Job Description

Ensure all Open Pit Drill and Blast activities are compliant with production targets and are completed in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Evaluate the compliance of drill activities to design parameters. 
  • Ensure the security of the blast area prior to and during blasting.
  • Report and rectify any breaches of safety or hazards in consultation with the Drill and Blast Supervisor or their representative.
  • Ensure the work quality of the blast crew and equipment is maintained.
  • Safety/explosives rules and regulations, including site rules or schedules, legislation and site specification instructions are observed.
  • Ensure each blast area is correctly prepared and controlled during all loading and blasting activities, in accordance to all legislative requirements and site procedures.


  • Full and Current Driver Licence, ability to drive manual vehicles is preferred.
  • Approved Handlers Certificate
  • Controlled Substances License
  • Minimum 3 years’ open pit mining or quarry experience with emphasis on drill and blast operations

Additional Information

  • Lifestyle Day Shift Roster (7 days on & 7 days off.
  • Great Benefits package including Southern Cross Healthcare and Free Staff buses from Dunedin & Oamaru
  • Based in Macraes, New Zealand's largest gold mining operation


OceanaGold is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.

If you share the same values and have what we are looking for, please apply online now via our careers website:


**Applications close 6 December 2023. Shortlisting will commence immediately. Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand.


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