Geologist Manager

The Geologist Manager would be in charge of a range of projects in mining whilst focusing on conservation and the environment.

Typical Duties

  • Managing the day to day operations of the geologists and geology departments
  • Providing leadership and direction to the geology teams
  • Formulating the policies and procedures for the geologist department
  • Managing the mapping drill cores and rock cuttings, and investigating the results
  • Overseeing and managing the Geologists to ensure that minerals are extracted from mines, pits and quarries in such a way that maximum profit is obtained with as little damage to the environment as possible
  • Ensure all team members are fully trained and implement training and development if and when needed
  • To work closely with the drill and blast engineers to determine the best way to blast all of the rock out of the pit floor
  • Ensure compliance with environmental policies and company policies and procedures

Working Conditions

  • Geologist Managers in mining will spend time working in an office environment but must be prepared to travel to remote locations and may spend some time in the open above ground, or underground where it can be cramped and hot. Production sites are often remotely located, and Geologists including Geologist Managers need to enjoy being in the outdoors
  • Geologist Managers may be required to spend extended time away from home whilst on site. They may be required to live on site away from home, or to work on a fly in fly out basis. FIFO commonly involves flying in for a certain period of time whilst the Geologist Manager would be required to be on site, and then flying home for periods when they are off work
  • Geologist Managers may get to see the world as if working for large international companies, their job will often involve international travel

Educational Requirements

  • Whilst many schools do not offer dedicated geology courses, subjects such as Earth Science or Environmental Science are offered and would be good choices for those interested in a career in Geology
  • Additional subjects such as biology, chemistry, computers and physics would be advantageous
  • A degree in Geology is the minimum requirement for entry, although many regions and employers will expect a relevant post graduate qualification such as a masters or doctoral degree in Geology particularly for those in management roles
  • Should you be interested in a Research or Academic position, it will require a doctorate or master’s degree
  • Many of the more senior positions also require an advanced degree in Geology
  • Training or related courses in management and management related experience may be a prerequisite

Personal Attributes

  • Have good management and leadership skills
  • Have an interest in chemistry, maths and physics
  • Have an interest in the environment and earth sciences
  • Need to be familiar with data, mapping and modelling software, GIS remote sensing equipment etc.
  • Be able to analyse numerical and graphical data
  • Identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Be able to embrace new techniques and technologies, and be interested in keeping up to date on industry requirements and advancements
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented
  • Have an ability to work with and oversee multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists
  • Must be interested in working in remote locations and on mites sites
  • Need to be physically fit


  • Geologist Managers command very good salaries
  • Geologists s across the board in mining earn high salaries. Geologist Managers typically earning the most given their seniority and expertise
  • Geologists spend many years studying, work hard and often have to make sacrifices in terms of time spent away from their families, and for this reason it’s important that they are adequately compensated


  • Find out more about salaries here.

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