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Geology Sampler Coordinator I

Date:  May 10, 2022

Sipaliwini, SIP, SR (Suriname)

Newmont Suriname was established in 2004 as an entity of Newmont Mining Corporation and is headquartered in Paramaribo, Suriname. Located in South America, Suriname was originally settled as a Dutch colony, is very culturally diverse and enjoys a tropical climate. The Merian Project is located approximately 60 km south of Moengo in a largely undeveloped part of the country with the nearest permanent settlement, Langa Tabiki, approximately 17 km east from the Project site. Strong support from host communities and the government of Suriname strengthen Merian's ability to deliver safe, profitable production with significant upside potential and opportunity for employees, host communities and shareholders.



The Geology Sample Coordinator’s principal responsibility is to ensure the provision of high quality assay data to the Mining Geology team aligned to production, mining plans and mining inventory requirements.  This data is used to generate the Ore Control model and forms the foundation of all short-term production plans and activities.
The Geology Sample Coordinator I is required to maintain a strong working relationship with Mine Geology and Laboratory functions. The Geology Sample Coordinator I divides their time between the field and the office to carry out daily QAQC tasks.  This position works closely with the sampling team to ensure the collection of representative samples used in Ore Control, Nearmine and inpit drilling and other sampling regimes.  The Geology Sample Coordinator I ensures the operation of robust QAQC protocol for field and check sampling, supporting the understanding and improvement of Site Reconciliation trends (F1/F2).

Essential Duties

  • Report safety incidents and support investigations
  • Complete safety training and certification as required by site and departmental procedure
  • Actively participate in daily prestart meetings 
  • Actively participate in back-to-work and toolbox meetings
  • Complete daily assessments and report any deficiencies
  • Perform Job Hazard Analyses.
  • Demonstrate proactive communication with Engineering, Operations, Laboratory and Mine Geology personnel.
  • Assist in preparation of technical reports such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, project completion, and environmental regulatory reports.  .
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of local and regional geology, including the identification of structure lithology’s, alterations and mineralogy. 
  • Demonstrate full competence in the use/operation of varied instruments, machines or equipment to complete field services activities including but not limited to light vehicles, mapping and field analytical equipment
  • Substitute for Sampler Supervisors as required
  • Support daily QAQC data evaluation and interpretation of blasthole assay data for polygon releases, identifying and resolving issues under supervision.
  • Supports effective production sample turnaround times, for external and internal laboratories. Ensure all potential risks to business delivery are identified and issues escalated to supervision as required.
  • Support daily blasthole mapping.
  • Support blast movement monitoring in the field.
  • Familiarity with various drilling methods and impact to representative sample collection.  
  • Demonstrate good understanding of fundamental QAQC concepts including but not limited to: collection of representative samples, check sampling, Precision, Bias, representative sampling principles and chain of custody practices. 
  • Demonstrate competence in sampling for specialist requirements according to QAQC requirements, included but not limited to density, metallurgy, geotechnical and environmental.
  • Source and manage of all QAQC check samples including but not limited to: blanks, purchased and matrix-matched CRMs
  • Promote the development of QAQC knowledge and competency in the Mining Geology Sampling team, through regular training, mentoring and feedback.  Identify training and development opportunities aligned to business needs. 
  • Implement systematic auditing and review of sampling and QAQC processes for all sampling methods.  Reviews sampling performance KPI’s
  • Supports audits of internal and external laboratories according to Newmont standards, under supervision 
  • Support site-based interdisciplinary QAQC discussions and project

Training & Experience

  • Formal Qualification Stream
  • a)    Preferably Bachelor of Science degree in Geology or related field with knowledge of basic geological principles
  • Experience Stream
  • a)    Tertiary online study (accredited) mining-related course - 2 years fulltime-equivalent 
  • b)    Natin (Mining Stream) 
  • c)    VWO (Physical Sciences Stream) 
  • d)    Secondary school diploma
  • Current and valid Surinamese Car drivers license
  • Light vehicle driver (site certified Pit drivers permit)
  • Defensive driving certification
  • Competent in basic geologic equipment; compass, mapping and drafting tools, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Reconciliation Standard. 
  • Detailed knowledge of Sampling Standard
  • 0-2 year’s relevant experience in production, mining or exploration geology. Previous experience in mining or exploration QAQC preferred. 
  • 2+ years relevant experience in production, open pit mining or exploration geology with increasing technical responsibilities, including 1+ years practical QAQC experience
  • Professionally bi-lingual, with demonstrated ability to read, write and converse in both Dutch and English at a very high standard. Sranan Tongo language skills are desirable.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with employees at various levels in the organization.   
  • Strong computer skills including but not limited to MS Office suite
  • Ability to operate standard business software and application specialized software with a moderate level of skill and accuracy (ArcCollector, ArcView). 
  • Strong scheduling and prioritization skillset

Working Conditions

  • The position is located on the Merian mine site in Suriname, working in the open pit mine production environment.
  • Merian is a remote site located in a warm, humid tropical rainforest environment;
  • Accommodation is in a man camp/village environment near the workplace;
  • Position may require traveling to and/or assisting of other domestic and international sites.  

Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

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