Apply now Requisition Number: 508336
Contract Type: On-going
Country: Panama
Location: Donoso
Site: Cobre Panama - Mine Site
Categories: Mining

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.

In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.

With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.

Essential Functions

  • Reporting to Mine Technical Services a team-based organization,
  • Contribute to strategic plans for further development of mine operations and associated resource management.
  • Interpret maps, geographical data, historical records and models to develop an understanding of surface and groundwater.
  • Undertake field work and site visits for investigative, monitoring and site support purposes.
  • Oversee and/or assist with design and installation of surface water and ground water monitoring systems, as well as review and interpretation of monitoring data.
  • Oversee and/or assist with design and installation of storm water management controls, including assessment of performance and recommendations for improvement.
  • Review and/or analyze data to develop climatic design criteria for the site(s).
  • Participate in development of water balance models for site facilities.
  • Review impact assessments for mine dewatering, discharge and downstream water management activities.
  • Assist with managing geospatial data related to monitoring instrumentation. 
  • Participate in the development of annual budgets.
  • Direct and support contractors and/or consultants.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Geological Engineering, Hydrogeology or closely related discipline.
  • Five to (7) years of experience ideally in a consulting or mining environment.
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of civil, geologic or hydrologic engineering or a related field of science or engineering.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to a diversely-educated audience.
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety for yourself and others.
  • Knowledge of drilling and water-well/piezometer construction techniques.
  • Familiarity with surface and groundwater modeling and monitoring. 
  • Knowledge of common techniques for interpretation of surface and groundwater data, familiarity with geochemistry or chemistry a plus.
  • Preferred proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Basic understanding of common modeling software such as HEC-RAS/HMS, Goldsim, Modflow, CAD is a plus.
  • Experience with use of field equipment and field sampling techniques.


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