Advisor Cultural Heritage - Exploration

Rio Tinto
Perth, WA, AU
May 04, 2021
Jun 03, 2021
Full Time
Advisor Cultural Heritage - Exploration
  • Unique opportunity to join an innovative team unlocking new opportunities in Western Australia
  • Work in an energised and dynamic environment, building relationships and working closely with colleagues from multi-disciplinary teams and multiple Product Groups supporting exploration and studies
  • Share the privilege of working closely with the Nyangumarta and Martu Traditional Owners on their Exclusive Native Title lands in the beautiful and remote Great Sandy Desert
  • Perth based opportunity involving regular planned and ad hoc field-time as required throughout the year

Our approach to Communities and Social Performance (CSP) is to build strong partnerships based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect. This includes the way we engage with communities and the steps we take to identify and manage social, economic, environmental, cultural, and human rights impacts throughout the life cycle of our projects, from exploration, to project development, to operation and closure.

About the role

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

At Rio Tinto Exploration (RTX), we are charged with ensuring successful entry for Rio Tinto into new areas, being the first in our business to engage with our community stakeholders, consulting in good faith and building enduring, positive relationships based on mutual benefit and trust. Right now, we're expanding our CSP team to support the ramp up of exploration and studies activity in the Paterson Region, the home of our exciting copper-gold discovery project 'Winu'.

We are looking for an Advisor, Cultural Heritage to join the Communities and Social Performance team facilitating cultural heritage and land access requirements at Rio Tinto Exploration's Paterson Regional project and the Winu project.

This role is a great opportunity to work with key stakeholders (especially Traditional Owners, land councils and consultants) to co-ordinate and conduct cultural heritage surveys and related community engagement activities. You will be:
  • Engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal Corporations and their heritage service providers; consulting and contracting partners; multiple teams and other relevant personnel throughout Rio Tinto to enable effective delivery of the access work
  • Working on RTX and Joint Venture tenure ensuring compliance with multiple Land Access Agreements and commercially sensitive JV arrangements and other statutory, legal and contractual obligations
  • Supporting planning and scheduling of the relevant technical and logistical inputs to implement the RTX Paterson Regional and Winu Cultural heritage survey schedules and work programmes
  • Acting as a company representative on cultural heritage surveys in the field to support land access approvals
  • Preparing cultural heritage survey scopes and spatial data, review post survey results and contribute to the approvals
  • Providing leadership and assurance in HSE by anticipating current and future risks and managing these
  • Maintaining databases with respect to GIS and land and mineral rights obligations and compliance

What you'll bring
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and others, creating and maintaining a safe workplace
  • Experience in and a culturally sensitive approach to, working with Indigenous communities
  • Graduate qualifications in a related field such as Archaeology, Environmental Science, Community Relations or equivalent industry experience
  • Functional understanding of GIS software including ArcGIS, related field applications and devices, experience in community engagement plans and cultural heritage management systems and processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills ability to build networks with a wide range of people and to positively influence and build consensus
  • Previous experience in mining or related industry coordinating and supervising cultural heritage field surveys
  • Ability to multi-task and deliver work on schedule whilst balancing multiple external factors influencing plans
  • Knowledge of Native Title Agreements, State and Federal heritage legislation requirements and related industry codes of conduct

What we offer

Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matter
  • Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

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 aluminium 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

This role will be based in Western Australia at Rio Tinto's Exploration office located in Belmont.

We expect regular travel to Winu and the Paterson region, accessed by flying to Port Hedland or Broome, followed by a 7+ hour drive to site. When on site you will stay in remote exploration camps of varying sizes.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

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

This role is for applicants residing in Western Australia.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.