Reporting to the Director, Technical Services and based in the Vancouver Head Office, the Senior Resource Geologist is responsible for overseeing all aspects of geological modelling, mineral resource estimation, operational geological control, and reconciliation at Capstone’s assets within our mineral resource and reserve (R+R) governance framework.
Working collaboratively with other staff in Capstone’s Technical Services department, the Senior Resource Geologist provides technical insight and supporting information for mine planning/operation, project development and company growth opportunities in a team setting with key stakeholders in Exploration, Business Development, and site based Operations departments across the company. As a key technical resource, this position involves responsibility for the estimation of mineral resources and ongoing updates to resource/reconciliation models throughout the life of the company’s assets and development projects.
The Senior Resource Geologist combines strong leadership and technical abilities with the capacity to create and promote safe, efficient processes supporting excellence as established by Capstone Mining Corp.
Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
Collaborate with senior geology and engineering team members to ensure relevant geological information is included in the planning process for each of the company’s assets throughout their life. In particular, this is expected to involve coordination of mineral resource block models with developing and ongoing updates to the geologic interpretation, lithology and mineralogy. Further, through close interaction with associated engineering groups, guide and assist the development and improvement of mine/production plans and mineral reserves.
Coordinate and execute the updates of mineral resource and reserve models and life-of-mine plans in accordance with Capstone’s R+R Governance processes ahead of the company’s annual planning process for each its assets. This includes collaboration with mine technical department staff and senior mine management to ensure relevant information is collected in a timely manner and utilizes all available mineralogical, lithological, and geochemical, geotechnical, metallurgical, bulk density, and production and reconciliation data sets, either directly or through external service providers.
Validate and approve annual year-end R+R reporting at Capstone’s operations for use in Capstone’s Annual Information Form.
Oversight of technical documentation supporting Capstone’s mineral resource and reserve statements in all publicly disclosed information.
Oversight of production sampling, analysis, QAQC, data management, geological control, grade control, and reconciliation processes.
Assess operational month-end and quarterly reconciliation reports comparing actual and predicted results with respect to the long-term and short-term mineral resource models and share observations with Technical Services in the Vancouver Head Office and at each site. Interact directly with site geologists, engineers, and metallurgists to review observed trends and discuss potential weaknesses in the information or in the block model.
Improve predictive capabilities of the mineral resource models by incorporating feedback from reconciliation into the resource update cycle.
Facilitate synergy and information flow between exploration, geology, project development, mining and operational teams.
Mentor and develop R+R team members at site and the Vancouver Head Office through improved understanding of R+R Governance concepts, quality management, data verification, and peer review concepts.
The Ideal Candidate:
7+ years of experience in mineral exploration, geological modelling and mineral resource estimation, with some familiarity and experience in the areas of mine planning and mine production.
Bachelor or post-graduate degree in geology with some specialization in geostatistics.
Current Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) registration in British Columbia, or the ability to obtain it.
Demonstrated experience with:
Surface and underground exploration planning, drilling, sampling, sample chain of custody, QAQC, and database management, all following CIM Best Practice Guidelines;
Geological/geometallurgical modelling, geostatistical principals and analysis, mineral resource estimation, resource confidence classification, technical documentation following CIM Best Practice Guidelines;
NI 43-101 public reporting requirements, and NI 43-101 technical report preparation; and
Advanced knowledge of geological modelling packages, with Maptek Vulcan, and Leapfrog Geo preferred; scripting in Maptek Vulcan would be an asset.
Experience or familiarity with mineral reserve estimation, underground and open pit mine production, grade control, ground control, production/development planning, and reconciliation is desirable.
Key Competencies / Skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to:
offer technical expertise/guidance;
build rapport with R+R team members including geologists, mine site technical personnel and production staff;
effectively lead consultants, and
advise senior management.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to overcome challenging problems in a collaborative team environment that includes contributions/needs of geoscientists, field crews, engineers, and others.
Spanish language skills would be preferred but are not mandatory.
This position is based in the Vancouver head office but requires regular and frequent travel to domestic/international office and/or field locations.
This position involves periodic activity in operating, industrial open pit and underground mine environments, as well as mineral exploration and project development sites.
About Capstone Mining Corp.
Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate. Our three producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US, the Cozamin polymetallic mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico and the Minto copper mine in Yukon, Canada. In addition, Capstone has the large scale 70% owned copper-iron Santo Domingo development project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as exploration properties in Chile. Capstone's strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centred in the Americas. Our headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and we are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).