Mine Services Assistant

Date:  May 24, 2023

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.



Mine Services Assistant is primarily responsible for the safe and efficient operation of mine pumps and pumping systems.  Mine Services Assistant will be responsible for the execution of dewatering plans set by Mine Engineering and executed by Mine Services.
All work must be completed in a safe and efficient manner while continuously aligning daily mine services functions to reflect Newmont values. Operate in a safe and efficient manner, causing the least wear and/or damage to the pumping equipment and mine property; maintaining the highest level of productivity, when executing mine services tasks and projects. Which may include, dewatering tasks and other various mine projects work.

Essential Duties

Health & Safety

  • Report to work physically fit.
  • Speak up and report to supervision when health and safety hazards and risks are found, identify report and address risks.
  • Participate in daily in pre-start meetings.
  • Apply all standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and standard task procedures (STP’s), if not sure / trained / authorized he/she stops and discuss with supervisor.
  • Work with supervisor and team to complete a JHA for tasks that are not SOP’s or STP’s if unsure stop the task.
  • Perform daily workplace pre-operational inspections to identify hazards, ensuring that you report unsafe situations immediately to your supervisor. 
  • Work according to the Merian Safety standards in and around sumps, pumps and discharge lines especially when working around highwalls and areas with identified hazards
  • Demonstrate ability to safely work in close proximity to structures, equipment and people.
  • Use radio communication in compliance with Merian Mine policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Report safety incidents and support investigations
  • Complete safety training and certification as required by site and departmental procedure.

Mine Services Work Execution

  • Execute the dewatering plans given by mine engineering and mine operations
  • Perform and support the execution of all mine services works with other Newmont employees and business partners, interfacing with other departments ensuring timely execution of the tasks you have been allocated
  • Start and end timely
  • Work without risk or harm to self and others.
  • Practice quality works under direction, ask questions when an instruction is not clear.
  • Communicate and provide work status handovers to incoming Equipment Operators and other Mine Services Assistants.
  • Communicate with the Dispatcher regarding hazards encountered to provide sufficient information to the incoming Operators and other Mine Services Helpers for the smooth running of Operations.
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgement in job performance.

Pump Relocations /Pump Installations / Road Construction/Maintenance 

  • Organize and set up or assist in the setup of pit dewatering systems.
  • Monitor and ensure Pumps are working as effectively and efficiently as possible with through monitoring of suction and discharge lines and flow meters 
  • Report any equipment malfunctions or service requirements to the Supervisor at before, during or after the shift.
  • Duties include but not limited to, basic maintenance of the pumps, lubricating machinery, ensuring pump supply/discharge hose are intact and functioning properly, by visually inspecting the set up and discharge of pumping systems.
  • Operate dewatering pumps, fusing machines and hand tools, fuse HDPE Pipes
  • Inspect visually and listen to machinery and equipment to diagnose the cause of malfunctions.
  • Ensure day to day tasks and instructions in operating equipment and maintenance are completed.
  • Meet and established performance expectations set by management.

Capability Development

  • Demonstrate willingness to learn to use/operate varied instruments, machines or equipment to complete increase efficiency and personal growth potential.
  • Perform other related functions as assigned by supervisor.

Training & Experience


  • Secondary School / Technical Diploma/Trades Degree/ Technical Training Certificate
  • Have basic knowledge of mechanical system and demonstrated ability to perform and document a thorough pre-operational inspection to evaluate mechanical condition of pumps and other mobile equipment.
  • Pumps, Pumping system, Road Construction, Road Maintenance, Mobile Crusher, Project execution knowledge and expertise (desirable)
  • Knowledge of mine services works, techniques and equipment.
  • Understanding of open pit mining operations.
  • Knowledge in mid-to-heavy equipment operation.

Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrate good work ethic.
  • Commitment to personal safety. 
  • Clear understanding of connection with personal work assignment and accomplishment of group goals.  
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and see work through completion.  
  • Ability to learn and comprehend new concepts and new work processes. 
  • Basic Computer skills and knowledge of equipment required to complete work. 
  • Solid level communication skills ability to read write and complete forms for as required for job.
  • Sranang Tongo, Dutch and/or English language skills are required. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license appropriate to the requirements of the vehicle being driven.

Working Conditions

  • The position is located on the Merian mine site in Suriname, working in the open mine maintenance workshop and performing maintenance in the mine operations area outdoors in all types of weather including high ambient heat and tropical rainfall.
  • The equipment operator mine services must wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, steel toe shoes, safety glasses, respirators, earplugs, long sleeved shirts, gloves, or any other equipment to perform duties safely.
  • The Mine Services Assistant may occasionally be asked to work outside a normal work schedule.
  • The Mine Services Assistant may be required to operate a light vehicle which includes a pre-operational inspection. Walk on rough, uneven, inclined, wet terrain, and climb stairs and ladders and has exposure to noise, dust and silica.
  • 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.  


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