SENIOR FIELD TECHNICIAN Job at Rio Tinto Zambia


Rio Tinto is a global mining and metals group, dedicated to the smartest discovery, extraction and processing of the earth’s natural resources.
Exploration and discovery have been the driving force behind our business for nearly 150 years. Exploration Africa-Europe is building a strong technical team in Zambia to undertake the safe prospecting and technical evaluation of potential copper developments within the region. Initial prospecting activities will include geological mapping, drilling and resource modelling; complemented with community and environmental characterisation work.
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
In complementing this team, exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Field Technician to coordinate and deliver field logistics and operational support activities to enable the field component of exploration programmes.  It is essential that you are based in Zambia and 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 4 week on: 2 week off rotation in the field.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES (among others)
Reporting to the Geoscientist, responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate camp establishment and maintenance to meet RTX standards and project requirements:
  • Camp set-up to standard
  • Deployment of resources
  • Camp operation: provision of water; power; food and equipment and maintenance activities
  • Health & safety standards
  • Tagging compliance.
  • Coordinate sample collection and dispatch under the direction of the geoscientist:
  • Collect soil/stream sediment (location, manner, material to standard)
  • Mark up drill core, cutting, photography, geotechnical measurements, sub sampling
  • Ensure accurate records of samples, appropriate packaging with necessary instructions for analytical laboratories
  • Deliver samples to standard.
  • Coordinate the work of contractors in the field under direction from geoscientists, ensuring compliance, HSEC and project requirements are met at all times.
  • Ensure equipment is maintained in good working condition, ready for use, serviced and operational.
  • Tagging of equipment in compliance with Rio Tinto safety systems.
  • Assist geoscientists with geological surveying, mapping, access/heritage flagging.
  • Establish and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for field activities:
  • Identify needs
  • Identify best practices
  • Document procedures
  • Gain approval
  • Coordinate implementation of approved procedures
  • Provide training, coaching and guidance to less experienced field staff on procedures and standards to ensure compliance.
  • Implement and monitor compliance with HSEC related standards; contribute to a safe and healthy workplace by identifying hazards, mitigating risks, ensuring adherence to established controls and reporting any breaches/non-compliance.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • Experience working in isolated and/or remote, field based environments
  • Grade 12
  • Tertiary qualification in geology or related field will be an added advantage
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written)
  • Computer literate on MS Word & Excel – basic and experience in GIS Software will be an added advantage
  • Must have valid driving license and 4 x 4 wheel drive will be an added advantage
  • Commitment to safe work practices
If you are an experienced camp manager and have the skills, energy, passion and commitment to help us take our vision forward, we want to hear from you.
To apply for this job please visit the following URL: https://riotinto.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=6572 →
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