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    (CANADA) and Kamloops
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  • Functional Area/Experience
    Engineering / 2 Years

Job Description & Qualifications

Make an impact at Canada’s premier mining company.

When you advance your career at New Gold, you are joining a Canadian-focused intermediate gold mining company engaged in the operation, development, and exploration of mineral properties. Our mission is to be a leading intermediate gold producer, driving responsible and profitable mining in a way that creates sustainable value for our employee, shareholders, the communities in which we live and work and our environment.  To learn more about New Gold, visit our website at To learn more about our culture and people practices, visit the Career page.

New Gold attracts and hires highly skilled individuals. By joining our team, you can look forward to:

  • A stimulating values-based work
  • A culture of collaboration and inclusion
  • Inspiring colleagues and approachable leaders
  • Career development opportunities
  • A deeply rooted commitment to responsible mining, health and safety and community engagement
  • A competitive total compensation program
  • A comprehensive benefits package including a retirement savings plan.

New Afton Mine

Situated 10 kilometers west of picturesque Kamloops, British Columbia, the New Afton Mine is an underground gold and copper producing site.

Kamloops is a city of 90,000 people, located 350 kilometers east of Vancouver. The area provides the opportunity to live and work in a vibrant community with its own university and within easy reach of world class ski resorts, championship golf courses, mountain biking trails, popular recreational lakes, and award-winning vineyards.

About the Role

Schedule: Shift 5/2, Monday - Friday

Position Reports To: Senior Mine Geologist

Position Overview: As an integral part of New Afton’s technical services team, the Geotechnical Instrumentation Technician is responsible for installing, maintaining, and assisting with the designs for all the underground instrumentation systems. The automated instrumentation systems involve Strain Extensometers (MPBX), Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR and Optical TDR), Seismic System, Elexon Smart Markers (Geo4Sight) and Elexon Detectors and Beacons.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain the instrumentation network health for the current levels.
  • Compiling the data for the engineering working groups.
  • Maintaining instrumentation databases.
  • Working with wireless and automated instrumentation systems. Reducing the manual reading requirements.
  • Hands on installation of the underground block cave monitoring instrumentation programs for upcoming levels.
  • Connections to instrumentation, electrical experience.
  • Planning diamond drill programs with the mine operations team, IT department and Electrical.
  • Following budget plans for new instrumentation projects.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Engineering Degree, Engineering Technologist or Technician Diploma;
  • 2 Years of experience with geotechnical or relevant instrumentation systems;

Other Requirements

  • Candidates will be required to participate in a comprehensive qualification process, including:
  • Successful completion of pre-placement functional screen
  • Provide proof of a valid Class 5 driver’s license
  • Demonstrate eligibility to work in Canada
  • Provide confirmation of valid educational requirements


A competitive salary, performance bonus plan and benefits will be provided. This is not a camp operation and therefore the successful candidate will be required to relocate to the Kamloops area or travel and accommodation will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. 

Inclusion, Equal Opportunity, Accessibility

New Gold is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans’ status, Indigenous status, or any other legally protected factors. Disability-related accommodations during the recruitment process are available upon request.

Job Skills/Competencies Required

  • Experience with instrumentation readings, troubleshooting and QA/QC;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills in working with multiple departments, contractors/consultants.

Preference will be given to those candidates who possess:

  • Mining or tunneling experience.
  • Experience with 3D mining software eg. Vulcan, MineSight, or Deswik;
  • Experience planning drill programs & managing drilling contractors.

Applicants can submit their resume and cover letter until 11:59pm on December 2, 2021

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