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Pit Shifter

Position Profile


Job Title: Pit Shifter

Location: Willow Creek Mine, Chetwynd, BC

Language of Work: English

Start Date: When filled

Schedule / Terms of Employment: 12-hour shifts, (7 days on / 7 days off) 2x 30-minute breaks per shift

Primary Purpose

The Pit Shifter’s primary purpose is to supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of all mine operations personnel to optimize utilization of resources and achieve overall mine operations production objectives.

Company Information

Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry.  In 2016, Conuma acquired Walter Energy’s Canadian assets, which consisted of three metallurgical coal mines in northeast British Columbia. These mines now make up the company’s Canadian operations. The company is well-positioned to meet the world’s growing demand for metallurgical coal products. With ready access to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Conuma is able to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Health and Safety

  • Ensure adherence to Conuma Coal’s workplace policies and standard work procedures for risk identification, risk assessment and risk control;
  • Maintain a high level of Health and Safety performance through effective communication, monitoring and revision of standard work procedures.
  • Identification and reporting of health and safety risks, accidents, incidents, injuries and property damage at the workplace; and
  • Attend and participate in all scheduled health and safety meetings and training.


  • Ensure adherence to Conuma Coal’s environmental policy, work standards, management plans and regulatory obligations and requirements;
  • Integrate environmental policies, programs, and practices into all activities of the organization;


  • Provide leadership to all load and haul activities, ensuring work is being completed in a safe, efficient and timely manner.
  • Control all allocated labour to ensure maximum availability of human resources by maintaining leave register, managing absenteeism and taking corrective action where applicable.
  • Coordinate resources to maintain and enhance critical equipment performance and availability through best business practices.
  • Coordinate the allocation of machinery to ensure efficient and effective achievement of set pit operation services and production objectives.
  • Supervise, train, and develop load and haul crew members as required.
  • Establish good working relationships with other departments.
  • Ensure that all records on machine utilization (i.e. hours, pre-start checklists and utilized hours, are recorded on a daily basis.)
  • Analyze machine dig rates and make changes to daily operational plans as necessary.
  • Ensure achievement of production targets by maintaining operational standards in loading, hauling and dumping zones.
  • Report performance breakdowns, equipment damage, safety near misses, incidents and accidents according to established procedures.
  • Assesses performance against objectives on a regular basis as per Conuma Coal policy and take corrective action where required.
  • Implement daily, weekly and monthly operational plans and objectives, in accordance with production plan requirements.
  • Implement and follow up on operating procedures to ensure the safe and effective operation of the section.
  • Implement actions to optimize mining process performance and attain efficiency targets in the areas of: labour productivity, equipment availability and utilization, and material consumption.
  • Participate actively with the technical services group to support the development of optimum mining short term plans.
  • Develop and implement area work ownership with resources to maintain appropriate balance of workload with priority to equipment availability.
  • Investigate accidents and near misses with a view toward positive action, through training, equipment set-up or equipment repair and report on findings and conclusions.
  • Maintain environmental awareness amongst workforce by holding meetings and involving the environmental department in related subjects.
  • Improve on safety standards by holding safety meetings, conducting safety interactions and taking corrective action where required.
  • Identify haul roads and dumpsites that need repair and ensure deviations are rectified.
  • Investigate accidents and near misses with a view toward positive action, through training, equipment set-up or equipment repair and report on findings and conclusions.
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications and Experience

  • Valid BC Shift Boss Certificate.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience in an open pit mining environment.

Skills and Abilities

  • Technical competency in mine operations standards, policies, procedures and processes.
  • Ability to take full responsibility with minimum supervision for safety, production and quality of mine operations.
  • Ability to interpret drill plans and effectively communicate to drill and blast work group.
  • Detailed knowledge of mine equipment safety standards.
  • Understanding of short and long-term planning objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills including ability to effectively communicate and interact with all individuals with integrity, empathy and sincerity.
  • Possess strong problem-solving ability.
  • Complete work in a timely manner with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a calm focus during hectic periods.
  • A positive attitude and customer focused approach.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Be an excellent team player with ability to act with good judgment, diplomacy, tact, and discretion.
  • Mediation/dispute resolution skills are an asset.
  • Proven ability to build and sustain strong working relationships, internally and externally.
  • Be an excellent ambassador for the company and set a great example for other employees.

Work Location / Travel

Conuma’s properties are located in Northeast BC, amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings, First Nations Bands and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock climbing opportunities. Local amenities include medical centres, retail and grocery stores, bars and restaurants with events held through the year. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with vastly reduced costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.

  • Employee bus transport is available from Chetwynd / Mackenzie
  • Please be aware no camp facilities are available

Wage and Benefits

Conuma Coal provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume to, mentioning the job title you are applying for in the subject line, and indicating your authorization to work in Canada (work permit, permanent resident or Canadian).

Conuma Coal Resources is an equal opportunity employer


Application Process

To apply to this position please send your cover letter and resume to:

February 12, 2019

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