Exploration Geologist

  1. Full-time
  2. Waihi

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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.

Job Description

As the Exploration Geologist you will be responsible for supporting the geological functions related to advancing the company’s exploration projects within the Waihi District generative pipeline. The role primarily involves core logging and other work to support diamond drilling planning and management functions. Additionally, the role involves assisting with geological field work including geological mapping and reconnaissance, geochemical sampling and geophysical survey work.

Core Logging

  • Analysis and reporting of assay quality control data and sample turnaround time
  • Provide accurate and complete geological data including sampling, assay, logging, and orientation information, required to enable generation of geological models, presentations and reports
  • Data entry of geological data including dispatch logs, geological logs, drilling data and assay results including validation of QA/QC data
  • Terraspec use and data collection from drill core samples.


  • Undertake diamond drill hole design and issue diamond drill design sheets.
  • Manage active drill holes to ensure they are tracking as per design
  • Participation in Waihi District generative greenfield exploration projects, including drill rig supervision
  • Compilation of exploration data sets and relevant QA/QC information
  • Compilation of internal and external reports as required
  • Assist with geological projects by being involved with geological mapping geochemical sample collection and geophysical programmes as directed by the Senior Exploration Geologist
  • Participation in helicopter supported and ground-based field programmes in a wide variety of settings including remote bush work.


  • Tertiary Qualification – Minimum BSc. Geology
  • 3-5 years Post-Graduate experience preferred
  • Previous field experience looked on favourably, including in a Brownfield setting
  • Previous experience managing drill rigs and logging drill core looked on favourably
  • Sound technical skills in geology
  • Mapping and Interpretation skills
  • Sound PC skills and computer literacy 

Additional Information

  • Live and work in Waihi NZ, the gateway to the stunning Coromandel region
  • Full time permanent postioin 
  • Southern Cross Healthcare and Gym Membership benefits



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 17 April 2024. Shortlisting will commence immediately. Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand.


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