Field Operations Superintendent


Field Operations Superintendent Smithers, BC & Vancouver, BC Introduction The Field Operations Superintendent reports directly to the Mine Manager and holds the responsibility of providing on-site leadership and supervision for a substantial and intricate prefeasibility study program at our client’s project site. This entails prioritizing the allocation of on-site resources among a diverse team to meet corporate objectives effectively. Collaborating closely with multi-disciplinary supervisors, this role oversees the planning, execution, and reporting of field operations and site-sustaining activities, ensuring compliance with our client’s environmental and health and safety standards.

The field program for 2024 is expected to involve the operation of two remote camps and encompass various activities such as a 6,000 meter drill program, geotechnical test pitting, ground and airborne geophysics, road and bridge maintenance, mobile equipment upkeep, environmental baseline studies, and technical investigations supported by five helicopters. The full-time role will be primarily field-based, spanning from approximately June 1st to October 1st, with office-based duties during the winter months. The field rotation schedule is projected to follow a 17 days on / 11 days off schedule, inclusive of travel.

However, this schedule may be subject to adjustment based on evolving field planning schedules. Responsibilities Demonstrate courageous safety leadership, setting a strong example and cultivating a proactive safety and sustainability culture rooted in the shared values of health, safety, environment, and community upheld by the Partners. Take charge of overseeing and supervising all field operations throughout the project, encompassing diamond and sonic drilling, ground and airborne geophysics, environmental baseline surveys, site sustaining and construction activities, field mapping, geotechnical data collection, and earthworks.

Ensure that all tasks are carried out safely and efficiently. Serve as a key member of the site operations team, contributing leadership and on-site supervision to ensure the safe and efficient execution of complex, multi-faceted field programs. These programs are expected to involve managing two or more camps, air operations with multiple helicopters, and the operation of multiple helicopter-portable diamond drills.

Fulfil the role of Alternate Mine Manager for the Project, registered with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation (EMLI), responsible for overseeing the site in the absence of the Mine Manager. Ensure strict adherence to permit obligations, legal requirements, and company policies and procedures regarding health and safety, environmental protection, staffing, and labor during field operations. Collaborate closely with various Project Team members, including Technical Services, Engineering, and Social, Environmental, and Regulatory Affairs (SERA) groups, to advance project objectives.

Provide geoscience expertise to support project studies and design, including metallurgical, geotechnical, and environmental analyses. Offer professional leadership and supervision for the project site, overseeing drill contractors, aviation services, environmental baseline assessments, heavy equipment operations, camp services, mechanical support, and general site labor. Superise site operations related to feasibility studies, environmental assessments, and asset management and maintenance programs.

Contribute to the design, budgeting, planning, and contracting of field programs in collaboration with other Project Team members to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of required data. Champion the company’s commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, and health and safety, leading by example and fostering open communication and relationships both internally and externally. Assist in contract development and management while maintaining and enhancing project assets.

Drive improvements in site regulatory compliance and environmental performance through remediation efforts, system enhancements, and diligent tracking. Develop multi-year plans to sustain site assets and ensure supervisors and contractors adhere to company and regulatory standards, participating in audits as required. Mentor and provide strategic guidance to Field Program Supervisors and Leads to ensure the completion of high-quality technical work.

Manage site-based Field Operations contracts directly and ensure contractors receive appropriate supervision. Lead daily site operations meetings, prioritizing safety and efficiency in all Field Program activities and ensuring effective health and safety program implementation. Qualifications Possess a degree in engineering, geoscience, forestry, environmental sciences, or a related field from an accredited institution, with eligibility for professional registration in British Columbia.

Demonstrate 8-15 years of operational experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally within the mining and/or construction sectors. Experience in managing helicopter-supported drill programs and geophysical programs is highly valued. Possess strong leadership, project management, and team-building skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, and support employees while ensuring a safe, healthy, and inclusive workforce.

Excited about leading diverse multidisciplinary teams to achieve various project objectives in remote camp settings. Have experience in designing, sequencing, and executing exploration programs or similar field operations. Demonstrate a proven track record of successfully supervising operations within mining and/or construction permits and establishing robust relationships with regulatory agencies.

Familiarity with British Columbia’s permitting and mineral tenure systems is advantageous. Additional experience in permitting, assessment filings, and tenure management is beneficial. Exhibit a high degree of motivation, strategic planning, and self-initiative.

Show evidence of effectively prioritizing tasks, working under pressure with minimal guidance, and meeting tight deadlines. Have demonstrated the ability to thrive in complex and dynamic environments, both independently and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team. Display a proven ability to foster positive relationships with First Nations and Communities of Interest (COIs), enhancing community perceptions and support for projects, and adeptly managing social risks.

Exhibit a track record of building and enhancing relationships within teams and with Indigenous Peoples, regulators, service providers, and COIs. Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, including meeting facilitation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to present technical information clearly to various audiences and produce concise reports. Demonstrate strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs and, preferably, experience with Geographic Information Systems software.

Hold a valid Shiftboss Certificate for Open Pit Mines or Mine Supervisor Certificate. Hold a valid Class 5 driver’s license or equivalent. Be capable of working in remote terrains, uneven surfaces, and all-weather conditions.

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