Job Title
Senior Geologist
Employment Type
Full Time
5 to 8 years
Job Published
16 May 2022
Job Reference No.

Job Description

The Senior Geologists is the head of Geological Department and is responsible for ensuring that all personnel in his department possess the necessary knowledge and experience to carry out the work assigned in a safe, professional and prudent manner. In addition the Senior Geologist is responsible for co-ordinating environmental management requirements. The Geologist reports to the Offshore Manager.

During the mining phase one senior geologist will be required on each offshore crew. He or she will functioning as a Quality Control Officer and will work back-to-back, on 12-hour shifts, with the Junior Geologist. He or she will maintain close communication with all parties concerned, attend morning meetings and will monitor mining operations on day shift.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-planning, i.e. to firstly get familiarised with the interpreted geology and physical parameters of each mining block prior to occupation thereof
  • Brief and/or alert Metallurgy and Engineering on what to expect before the vessel moves onto each new mining block
  • During mining of any block, keep all parties concerned informed of actual seabed conditions and what is actually being mined
  • Monitor actual mining of each block closely with the emphasis on bedrock cleaning, tool performance and mining efficiency
  • Compare actual geology and bedrock conditions with interpreted data and adjust all deviations accordingly
  • Establish trends from block to block (or even within blocks) in order to predict conditions and grades in neighbouring blocks and areas
  • Make, or assist in decision making related to block completion, block abandonment for economic reasons, the need for ‘breakthrough’ attempts, etc.
  • Assist and/or monitor the efficiency of the mining method and make recommendations as to how it can be improved, if necessary
  • Monitor the positioning of the vessel and mining tool
  • The senior geologist will be responsible for feedback to Head office, and in the form of database friendly (spreadsheet format) Daily Progress Reports and Block Reports
  • Assistance to the Environmental Department such as the taking of water samples and the monitoring of suspension plumes
  • He or she will be required to perform duties related to both production and sampling, i.e. to also be familiar with all aspects of sampling operations
  • Other duties will include training of incoming personnel, regular database update, administration, research projects, and any form of general assistance to other departments when required
  • He or she will be responsible for the quality of work produced by the junior geologist

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Preferably an Honours Degree in Geology
  • 5 years experience in a middle management position in the diamond industry
  • Full conversant with Windows, MS Office, CAD / ArcView programs
  • Preferably offshore experience

Detailed and Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Copies of all relevant qualifications and certificates 
National Passport
Police Clearance Certificate
Willing to undergo Polygraph & Truth Verification Test