Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Delta Junction, Alaska, United States
Apr 30, 2022
May 30, 2022
Full Time
Northern Star Resources is the global gold growth company, with three large, high margin production centers exclusively in the tier one locations of Western Australia and Alaska, USA. Production guidance is 1.6 million ounces in the current financial year, before climbing to 2 million ounces by FY27.

Current Reserves of 19Moz underpin long mine lives across the portfolio, with further upside from an enviable track record in exploration and discovery. Responsible and progressive ESG practices are integral to the Northern Star business.

Northern Star (Pogo) LLC have a challenging and rewarding opportunity for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer at our world-class Pogo operation in Alaska on a rotational camp schedule.

What do we offer?

  • Vibrant hub of activity on site, with the ability to be part of successful and productive team
  • Permanent position and extended mine-life offering job security.
  • Excellent remuneration package with bonuses, insurances, 401k and paid leave.
  • Ongoing development opportunities and growth within a company that continuously invest in their people.

What's the role?

The Senior Geotechnical Engineer reports to the Mine Superintendent with a primary role of ensuring that all geotechnical related issues are managed effectively to safely achieve budgeted production targets. The role must ensure that quality standards are met including cost and safety and that geotechnical risks are controlled such that the mine planning and execution can be optimised.

Duties include:

  • Establish and maintain site systems and standards to effectively manage geotechnical risks including procedures, processes and databases.
  • Provide oversight to more junior geotechnical engineers involved in the review of development mining instructions and stope designs
  • Ensure compliance with relevant Company and Statutory requirements
  • Review and update Ground Control Management plan/s (GCMP) regularly
  • Carry out geotechnical evaluations, risk assessments and make geotechnical recommendations to ensure hazards are effectively managed
  • Collect and analyse geotechnical data associated with the identification of potential and actual rockfall events
  • Look for, assess and implement Business Improvement opportunities
  • Engage with site personnel on a regular basis to determine specialist geotechnical requirements
  • Provide support, guidance and professional development opportunities to Geotechnical Engineer/s
  • Support the technical and operations teams with short, medium and long term projects and ensure that all geotechnical risks are considered and managed
  • Build effective communication and networks with the Mining Department
  • Prepare month-end reports documenting key activities/issues occurring in the month and submit to relevant personnel

What are we looking for?

You'll be a highly driven individual who will display behaviour consistent to our Northern Star Values of Safety, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Results, looking to work with the business for the long term and be an integral part in its future growth and development.

The specifics:

  • Degree qualified in mining engineering or an equivalent field
  • Specialist qualifications in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in the mining industry and a minimum of 2 years at a senior level
  • Sound analytical skills and practical application of geotechnical database management
  • Working knowledge of various mining methods, both surface and underground (e.g. longhole open stoping, air leg stoping, jumbo stoping and underground backfill systems)
  • Exposure to mine auditing and assessment techniques
  • Computer literacy - Microsoft Office, Deswik Design Software, Vulcan, Map3D Numerical Modelling Software, Datamine, Rocscience Software Suite Phase 2 and 3, Dips & Unwedge)
  • Experience in operational projects including scoping, quality and cost management
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • STrong professional writing skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to improved procedures and practices.
  • Awareness of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Act & Regulations.
  • Be able to pass a background check and post offer physical.

The Details:

Working a 15 days on, 13 days off schedule, up to 12 hours a day or more at a remote campsite. Extreme conditions, including but not limited to extreme and changing weather conditions, dust, mud, varying levels of noise, varying degrees of light and dark, in and around artificial light and in a confined work area.

Employees are required to stay on site at the company provided camp during the work rotation. Camp facilities provide dining service, games room, exercise & weight room, sauna, and accommodation rooms. Dormitory rooms have a land line phone, great Wi-Fi & cable TV. Cell service is available through Wi-Fi. The Company provides a bus service to and from Fairbanks, Delta Junction and Tok, Alaska.

Why join us?

When you join our Company, you join the Northern Star Team. You will be engaged in a dynamic work environment where you will be valued as an integral part of the team, and where you can develop and grow with our business.

Northern Star actively supports and contributes to the local community in which we operate. We are a proud supporter of the Veterans' Employment Commitment and recognise the advantage of a diversified workplace including diversity of gender, thought, experience, and ethnicity. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and strive for workplace excellence.

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Shortlisting for this role will begin immediately.

Candidates living in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Delta and Tok regions will be given first consideration.

Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted.