Senior Mine Geologist



- Be a leader in safety & health, environmental, and community relations

- Ensure safety and health of all employees and contractors of the mine geology team

- Ensure compliance with all environmental and regulatory laws

- Ensure timely release of ore and waste polygons to direct mining

- Maintain mine geologist schedule to ensure daily ore control coverage

- Coach and mentor 4 geologists and 8 technicians

- Ensure timely delivery of blast hole samples to assay lab, with prioritization as needed

- Conduct and oversee QAQC of blast hole samples with insertion of controls

- Evaluate assay QAQC data; explain and communicate precision and/or contamination issues

- Maximize ore recovery and minimize dilution with stockpiling and ore blending using analytical and geological constraints

- Monitor and understand blast heave, with recommendations

- Reconcile modelled vs grade control vs mined ore and waste; explain variances

- Develop and track KPIs for ore tons, grade and ounce delivery, and PAG vs oxide waste

- Achieve monthly, quarterly and annual cost and ore production targets

- Conduct and supervise logging of blast hole and reverse circulation drill cuttings

- Monitor blast hole and RC grade control sampling and costs/productivity

- Pursue opportunities for hard vs soft ore blending and forecasting

- Conduct and supervise geological pit mapping

- Compile and interpret pit mapping with quarterly model updates

- Construct 3D geologic models for integration with Exploration team

- Become an expert on Haile geology and mineralization controls

- Provide input into modelling, LOM planning, near-mine drilling and feasibility studies

- Be qualified or able to qualify as a Competent Person based on NI 43-101 guidelines



- Strong interpersonal, coaching and team-building skills

- Strong organizational and time management skills

- Self-motivated and acts with a sense of urgency

- Work closely with mining & process teams to optimize ore/waste mining and ROM pad delivery

- Conduct monthly block out and reconciliation reviews

- Write weekly & monthly progress reports

- Maintain professional work environment and encourage technical excellence from colleagues

- Ensure accountability of mine geology team and monitor KPIs

- Ensure consistency with Company values, strategy & adherence to best practices




- Bachelor of Science in Geology or closely related field

- Advanced degree preferred in Economic Geology or closely related field

- 7+ years of metalliferous open pit geology production experience

- 3+ years in lead role; underground experience advantageous

- Competent in MS Office, ArcGIS, acQuire and Vulcan  

- Competent in resource estimation, reconciliation, sampling and QAQC

- Strong mapping and structural geology skills

- Advanced understanding of mineralisation models and geological processes

- Understanding of economic parameters of mining operations

- Legally able work in the USA

- Possess a valid USA drivers’ license

- Fluent in English with exemplary verbal and written communication skills

- Be in good physical health




  • Work is in and adjacent to an operating gold mine


  • Field work may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles


  • Employee is required to stand, sit, lift, carry, possess manual dexterity, talk, hear and see


  • Be able to walk over uneven ground and rugged terrain up to 1 mile per day in hot, humid weather and cold weather with occasional snow


  • Occasionally may be required to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)


  • Perform work shifts of 8-10 hours, and occasionally up to 12 hours in length


  • Safely operate 4WD light vehicles on highways and off-road


  • Wear personal protective equipment including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and ear plugs


OceanaGold promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing

21 Feb 2018

Work Type:
United States
Haile Operations
Date expires:
31 Mar 2018