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Civil Engineer (Quarries)

Apr 05 2024 - 11:45am
  • Job reference: REQ0766

  • Location: Flexible - South Region – Ae, Dalbeattie, Newton Stewart or Straiton (nr. Maybole)

  • Salary: £34,028 - £36,302 (plus 27% pension contribution and benefits)

  • Contractual hours: 37

  • Basis: Full time

Job description

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is seeking a Civil Engineer (Quarries) for our South Region, to manage our quarries and stone production programme.

We build and maintain roads and bridges, access routes and recreation infrastructure; locate and manage quarries; and adapt our infrastructure to meet the challenges of a changing climate, including reducing land slip hazards and managing increased water runoff.

If you are practical, a problem solver, are knowledgeable about quarries and have experience of managing quarry operations including blasting; enjoy working with others; are enthusiastic about sustainable management of land; and are interested in a job that gets you out and about …then this may be the job for you!

What you will do

The Civil Engineer (Quarries) will be responsible for all aspects of managing, designing and developing the quarries in South Region, with the objective of producing the roadstone required to deliver the annual programme of road construction and maintenance works.

The requirement for road stone in South Region is approximately 300 000 tonnes per year, (approximately 20 blasts per year).

The post holder will be responsible for managing the in-house drilling programme, utilising the Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) drill rig, and for designing, organising and supervising quarry and roadline blasts. The drilling programme will be developed in consultation with the other Civil Engineers in the region. The post holder will line manage the drill rig operator and will also line manage a Works Supervisor (Quarries), who will assist in many aspects of the role as directed by the post holder.

There are currently 238 quarries recorded in the region, of these approximately 90 are used as required.

Many of these sites need to be remediated and closed, to remove existing hazards, liabilities and management costs. The post holder will develop a programme of remediation for these quarries and this will be actioned as available budget allows.

Main Duties

  • To act as the Deputy Quarry Manager in South Region and use your expertise to ensure that the quarries are managed, developed and operated in accordance with the Quarries Regs 1999 Approved Code of Practice and FLS Extractives Health & Safety Document.

  • Consult with stakeholders to agree priorities for development of extractive sites e.g., Planning team, Civil Engineering team, SEPA, Local Authorities.

  • The post holder will be responsible for quarry development plans and ensuring quarry inspections are undertaken.

  • Ensure quarry stripping works are identified in good time and are undertaken safely and timeously in advance of planned blasting works.

  • Plan, design and carry out quarry blasts and, where required, roadline blasts taking on the roles of Explosives Supervisor and Shotfirer for all in-house blasting. This will include face profiling, production of blast specification, procurement of explosives, shotfiring and blast day organisation, supervision and management.

  • The post holder will have some delegated budget responsibility for quarry development, stone production and purchasing explosives on behalf of the Area Civil Engineer.

  • Post holder will be required to provide site supervision within the quarry environment for contract stone crushing (including pre commencement meetings, risk assessments, qualification checks, site diaries, toolbox talks etc.) and take responsibility for ensuring the crushed product meets FLS requirements.

  • The post holder will be required to maintain professional skills and qualifications as required with regards to quarrying operations, explosives and Quarries Regs 1999 compliance.

Closing date: 21 April 2024.

If you are interested, please apply here.