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Senior Exploration Geologist - Generative

Date: Oct 21, 2021

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V7Y 1C7

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.


At South32, Corporate Development is accountable for developing and implementing portfolio strategy. Our Vancouver office supports South32’s corporate development activity in the Americas.



The Role

The role is responsible for generative geoscience exploration activities, including the generation and selection of greenfield discovery and acquisition opportunities globally as required, with a focus on North America.

The role supports and works closely with country / discipline leads and managers to deliver safe and effective field operations by ensuring activities are appropriately planned, scheduled, budgeted and executed to secure, build and maintain a portfolio of internal and externally generated opportunities.



  • Delivers consultant level project generation and evaluation services to the broader Greenfields team to capture high quality resource opportunities that support South32’s growth strategy, with a focus on base metals in North America or other commodity exposures where value is ascertained.
  • Contributes to the implementation and continuous improvement of Risk and HSEC Management Systems for Greenfields Operations, in compliance with all South32 policies and standards.


  • Drives technical geoscience excellence and provides specialist commodity input and advice on the identification and evaluation of greenfield discovery opportunities (internal / external). This includes.
  • Terrane ranking, prospectivity mapping, and opportunity identification.
  • Conducting target generation exercises and builds and maintains foundation geoscience datasets including the use of GIS for spatial analyses and 3D geological modelling.
  • Advise and demonstrate the technical merits of the opportunity, including surrounding mineral endowment and residual prospectivity.
  • Executing safe, effective, and timely field-based verification of opportunities, including travel to third party operated project locations.
  • Works closely with Lead Greenfields Exploration Geologist to set generative geoscience technical standards and to provide assurance to the Manager Greenfields Exploration, North America that generative geoscience activities are high quality and are conducted to standard.
  • Collaboratively with the Corporate Development Centre (and third parties), design technical work programs to ensure exploration objectives are safely and effectively achieved. This includes, managing and integrating contributions from expert external contractors and consultants.
  • Maintains current knowledge on third party exploration results, regional exploration activity and trends. Pro-actively provides feedback on regional 3rd party intelligence to the ‘Centre’.

Key shared responsibilities:

  • Informs and works collaboratively with South32 Functions to ensure project scope, planning and field activities have appropriate capacity and capability to effectively manage and safely execute work programs.
  • Collaborates with South32 Functions to build resilient relationships with our business partners, communities and government to ensure South32 has a social and legal license to operate in the district.
  • Works, in collaboration with Supply, Community and Legal Functions, to develop and maintain relationships with contractors and suppliers and ensures alignment of the contractual obligations, terms and scope.
  • Works, in collaboration with Geoscience and Health, Safety, Environment and Security, to execute and manage field programs.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in relevant geoscience discipline with postgraduate qualification in geology or related theme, with preference for MSc or PhD level.
  • Strong multi-commodity geoscience evaluation and targeting background, developed from substantive early to advanced stage exploration and development experience across diverse deposit styles and geographies. A strong background in structural geology and base metals is required, particularly porphyry / skarn, carbonate replacement, SEDEX and VMS systems.
  • Strong understanding of the geological processes driving mineralised systems and the formation of mineral deposits, discovery exploration value drivers and strategies across a range of commodities.
  • Generative exploration and reconnaissance skills required, and the ability to balance technical, operational and risk elements based on incomplete and / or ambiguous information.
  • Specialized skills in core logging and mapping, and the interpretation and integration of complex and often fragmented datasets including lithological, alteration, mineralogy, structural, geochemical, geophysical, remote sensing and geochronological data.
  • Relevant experience with geological data in 2D and 3D using GIS and modelling software e.g. Leapfrog.
  • 7+ years’ experience in mining / exploration or consulting.
  • Planning and execution of exploration work programs, including visible safety leadership and sound risk assessment and management.



Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.


We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.


South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.