Production Driller

  1. Full-time
  2. Waihi

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Job description

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

Principal Position Objective of this role, is to safely operate drill rigs for the purpose of drilling blast holes for stope production and for miscellaneous drilling. Provide support to the services section as and when required.

  • Perform risk assessments during course of duties.
  • Perform pre-start and shut-down checks on all equipment, ground conditions, consumables, survey and drill plans.
  • Use Top Hammer and ITHH drill rigs to drill holes to pattern as per drill plans (make minor alterations as necessary).
  • Perform site prep, pack-up and clean-ups on start-up and completion of jobs, sign off as required.
  • Participate in shift changeover and pass on relevant information, fill out drilling report sheets accurately (including problems encountered, job condition).
  • Mentor style approach for team work. Lead by example and fulfil all job roles trained and competent in.


  • Trained and assessed as competent in the operation of production drills used on site
  •  First Aid Certificate
  •  Current full driver licence (ability to operate manual vehicles preferred)
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in underground mining

Additional Information

  • Work at New Zealand's largest Gold Mine
  • Base salary from NZ$135,000.00 – NZ$152,000.00 depending on experience
  • Structured Career path + Southern Cross Health Insurance + Gym Membership




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 4 July 2024. Shortlisting will commence immediately. Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand.


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