Geoscientist

Geoscientist

  • Join our dynamic team and lead exciting explorations projects
  • Well-resourced exploration group with proven track record of discovery
  • Role based in Lusaka, Zambia with regular field rotation (3 weeks in, 1week off). Local contract. 

About the role

The Geoscientist role is an entry-level professional position, part of a multi-disciplinary field based team responsible for the efficient and safe execution of exploration projects undertaking a range of standard technical and operational project tasks.

The Geoscientist works under close direction within the team environment, and as experience increases, it assumes first line supervisory responsibilities for non-professional field staff (e.g. geological technicians and local contractors). Geoscientists at this level undertake development to acquire and apply generalist exploration competencies (e.g. commodities, disciplines, geographic area), and an understanding of the work environment and systems.

The primary role of the geoscientist it to apply technical knowledge and skills to projects undertaking a range of standard technical and project tasks while developing generalist exploration competencies. The geoscientist spends considerable time in the field and may work with or without direct supervision but always under close direction. Operational and technical problems will frequently arise and will need to be addressed with guidance or assistance from more experienced staff where required

The role is based in Zambia and hence you must have rights to work locally as the role will be FIFO (fly in, fly out) out of Lusaka or DIDO (drive in, drive out) to camp on a 3 week in the field: 1 week off rotation.

Reporting to the Senior Project Geoscientist, you will:

  • Assist in all aspects of exploration programs through:
    • Collecting and preparing technical data including samples, geological maps, drill samples, geological logs of drill core, drill core property tests and geophysical
    • Preparing and submitting maps, records of exploration targets and reports on exploration
    • Assisting in planning and conducting reconnaissance trips, exploration programs and mineral deposit evaluation; and
    • Contributing to geological presentations on potential
  • Assist the project manager with contractor management through the supervision of drill and geophysical crews using standard work practices.
  • Plan and conduct work in accordance with all HSEC and compliance policies by setting and monitoring objectives to ensure standards are met and anticipating and managing
  • Manage exploration data and documents throughout the discovery pipeline and store the most updated and complete version using accessible and secure databases and information systems.
  • Collaborate with team and peers to share information and promote use of best practice across
  • Participate in network of other graduates and work with other key stakeholders within RTX and RT in the region to share knowledge and improve competence within the
  • Provide first line supervision for nominated field staff such as geotechnical officers, field support staff and contractors. Take responsibility for own and nominated staff performance in line with RT principles of Collaboration and Living the
  • Contribute to technical and support related improvements for the project by understanding the project complexities and suggesting and implementing improved ways of delivering quality
  • Preparing and submitting maps, records of exploration targets, presentations and reports on exploration activity
  • Assisting in planning and conducting reconnaissance trips, exploration programmes and mineral deposit evaluation
  • Supervision of local field teams

About you

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Tertiary degree in geology or related field (with honours)
  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience or graduate
  • Demonstrated interest in working within a field based resources exploration environment and preferably with a track record within exploration
  • Experience working in central Africa, especially DRC and Zambia, will be a significant advantage
  • Proficient in English with excellent written, visual and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of and commitment to health, safety and environmental sustainability practices within the workplace
  • Interpersonal skills to work productively within a team based environment and communicate effectively within a cross cultural environment
  • Able to manage highly confidential and commercially sensitive information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and good knowledge of GIS
  • Driver’s licence (not mandatory but an added advantage).

What we offer

Here is just a glimpse of our industry leading rewards package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Quarterly incentive program
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Exclusive employee discounts
  • Leave for all moments that matter in life

About us

Rio Tinto’s Exploration group seeks to create value for the business by discovering or acquiring new mineral resources. Organized into four regional teams (Americas, Australasia, Africa-Europe and Eurasia), the Exploration group provides both a global reach and a local presence across a range of commodities including bauxite, copper, iron ore, nickel and uranium.

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.

Every Voice Matters

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

All progress begins with pioneers – at Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

This role is subject to occupational health and safety assessment as part of the Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration procedure.

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To apply for this job please visit jobs.riotinto.com .

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