Geotechnical Engineer

Gold Fields

Location: Kambalda East

Job Type: Full time


The mine is located on the Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone Belt, which forms part of the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia. It is a highly mineralised granite-greenstone terrain with world-class deposits of gold and nickel. St Ives has produced more than 10.5 million ounces of gold, with the first major gold mining expedition commencing in the mid-1980s.

St Ives Gold Mine operates mainly on a residential basis, with employees either living in Kambalda or Kalgoorlie as well as having a fly-in and fly-out option for those not living locally.

With a 10-year life of mine, stability is also on offer.

Role Details:

Reporting to the Superintendent: Geotechnical, you will be responsible for the provision of a qualified geotechnical support service within the mine that will assist in the achievement of budget development, production, meeting all quality standards including cost, safety, and environment. The primary responsibility of this role will be to provide operational support to both the Open Pit and Underground mines.

As an employee at Gold Fields, we expect all levels of employees to act in a manner that seeks to align and enhance the values, safety culture, and performance of Gold Fields with the purpose of creating enduring value beyond mining.

This role is offered on an 8 days on 6 days off roster and would require the incumbent to be residential in Kambalda or Kalgoorlie or fly in and fly out from Perth.

Benefits include:

  • 6% Site Allowance & Private Health Insurance Allowance
  • Quarterly Bonus Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Increased leave entitlements for annual leave, paid primary and secondary parental leave
  • Employee referral program - $10,000 per successful referral!
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long service leave pro rata after 5 years of continuous service
  • Educational assistance
  • Continual training and the ability to expand your career

About the role:

  • Provide a geotechnical service to the mine through understanding, complying, mentoring, and liaising with business partners to promote full statutory compliance both for the mining regulations and company safety objectives;
  • Daily production tasks relating to geotechnical engineering including review of development plans, blast plans, documentation of inspections and data collection, geotechnical monitoring, seismic monitoring, stability analysis, recommendations, and QAQC;
  • Collects and evaluates geotechnical parameters to ensure future mining recommendations are forthcoming when required;
  • Capable of running geotechnical aspects of a mine, including paste management with some input from other senior staff and undertaking work for medium-term projects;
  • Actively identify and manage geotechnical risks and the development of systems to monitor and manage these;
  • Collaborate with the team to collect and review geotechnical data including effective recognition, investigation, and analysis of rock fall events and ground control issues;
  • Ensure that the geotechnical life of mine contributions is of the highest quality by determining design parameters, modelling, and advising on the most appropriate mine design and sequence including future mine projects.

About you:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Geology with Post Graduate qualifications in Geomechanics preferable.
  • Extensive experience displayed in Geotechnical Engineering, preferably in both underground and open pit mining environments, or good experience in underground with a keen interest to learn about open pit geotechnical methods.
  • Good knowledge of relevant statutory obligations.
  • Sound experience using Deswik, Rocsience™ suite, and Numerical modelling packages

Applications can be submitted via:

We are committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce, and strongly encourage applications from female, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as candidates with culturally diverse backgrounds.

  • Stability - 10-year mine life
  • 6 % Site Allowance & Quarterly Bonus Scheme
  • Private Health Insurance Allowance
  • Salary continuance scheme and life insurance
  • Virgin Velocity reward points
  • Continual training and the ability to expand your career
  • Salary Sacrifice options
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