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First Quantum Minerals

South Africa

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Mine Geologist


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Job Description:

Purpose of the role:
To manage the daily geological core operational functions of the mine geology department.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree plus Honours in geology, mining geology or a closely related field
  • Clean valid driver’s license (essential)

Core Specific Responsibilities:

  • Ore delineation and control - including efforts to minimize dilution, ore loss, misclassification
  • All RC grade control planning, execution, supervision, and sampling
  • In-pit mapping and 3D interpretation
  • Integration and interpretation of all geological and sampling datasets to create 3D geological, structural, geochemical, and geo-metallurgical models
  • Best practice material reconciliation and tracking
  • Continuous liaison with key stakeholders, including mining operations, process, geotechnical and hydro-geological teams
  • To effectively supervise other sampling and geological staff and ensure that they perform their duties safely and according to high standards
  • Perform other project work and any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Expected Deliverables from this job:

  • Ensure safe and effective running of the daily core geological operational functions – including effective leadership, communication, and reporting
  • To pro-actively identify opportunities to add value
  • Mentorship and training of other team members

Behavioural Traits:

  • Must have a thorough methodical approach to routine tasks and problem solving
  • Must be willing to work with and assimilate experience from colleagues from a variety of skills and national backgrounds
  • Must have strong team ethic and communication abilities
  • Must be willing to do shift work
  • Ability to encourage / recognise team performance
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to supervise a medium sized team
  • Must have a clean criminal record (essential for expatriates)

Operational Requirements:

  • Competency in all geological and supervisory aspects to ensure all work is done safely, accurately, and to high standards
  • Can facilitate positive communication with all stakeholders to ensure value added continuously to the business

Knowledge and Experience required to perform in this job:

The Mine Geologist will require knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

  • 3-5 years’ relevant experience in production geology (preferably in an open pit mine)
  • Strong IT skills; familiarity with Datamine highly advantageous. Familiarity with other 3D modelling software and/or CAE OreController advantageous.
  • Demonstrable strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Understanding of good Health and Safety practices