at Rio Tinto Group
Location Salt Lake City
Date Posted January 5, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Not Specified



  • Join a leading global company
  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Access to industry-leading technical development programmes
  • Role-based in Salt Lake City, UT

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

About the role:

We are looking for an Environmental Geochemist to provide expert geochemistry and reactive mineral waste management guidance and direction to our Copper mining operations and business leadership. The role exists within the Copper Technical group, which provides centralized technical services across our portfolio of businesses. Our aim is to foster and promote an organizational culture that respects the environment and leverages innovation to continuously improve environmental and sustainability performance.

This North American-based role is a great opportunity for an energetic, experienced, values-driven leader with knowledge and experience in geochemistry and mineral waste management. Reporting to the Principal Environmental Geochemist in Copper - Surface Mining. You will work closely with environmental managers, and other technical disciplines across the Copper surface mining operations and projects, as well as:

  • Undertake water chemistry assessments and predictive modeling
  • Coordinate geochemical characterization studies on mine waste
  • Work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams, providing technical geochemistry input on mine management and closure related issues
  • Develop mineral waste management strategies for growth studies, operation, and for closure
  • Develop and implement tools/processes to solve problems, inform decisions, and improve efficiency
  • Develop geochemical reports and management guidance to support environmental management/approvals
  • Undertake research and development activities to improve waste and water management
  • Technically mentor, train and develop our on-site teams

About you

To succeed in this role, you:

  • Have a tertiary qualification in geochemistry, engineering, geology, or other relevant fields
  • Proven expertise in mineral waste management and waste rock characterization, with at least 5 years of experience in management thereof
  • Have strong engagement skills and be able to build, maintain and leverage relationships across the Copper Group, and work with inter-disciplinary teams, as well as external stakeholders
  • Have experience in site investigations, monitoring, geochemical characterization of reactive wastes, and interpretation of large datasets
  • Have applied quantitative skills, preferably including numerical modeling using programs such as PHREEQC and Geochemist's Workbench
  • Are an innovative thinker with a track record of delivery/implementation
  • Have demonstrated experience in project management and mine site health and safety
  • Are self-initiating, highly motivated, with a strong work ethic and a passion for excellence
  • Have strong communication skills and a willingness to spend moderate durations of time on-site and in the field

What we offer

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A safety-focused and inclusive working environment
  • Career development to further your ambitions
  • Competitive salary package
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support
  • Exciting multicultural working environment

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers - generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress. Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminum - the world's first to be certified "responsible" - helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you'll be working

Our Kennecott mine is a world-class, fully integrated copper mining operation, including a concentrator, smelter, and refinery, located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. We produce copper, precious metals including gold and silver, molybdenum, and sulfuric acid. Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903 and is one of the tops producing mines in the world, comprising approximately 11 percent of U.S. annual copper production.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being 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.

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