Senior Advisor – Cultural Heritage - Exploration

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Location:Perth
Job Type:Full Time

Senior Advisor – Cultural Heritage - Exploration

  • Unique opportunity to join an innovative Exploration 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
  • Permanent Perth based opportunity with regular travel

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 a Senior 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 including the Winu project.

This role is a great opportunity for a cultural heritage and communities professional to work within a small team ensuring project and community objectives are met, resolving associated issues and making critical decisions in line with Rio Tinto Policy, procedures and legal requirements, inclusive of project management and logistics components, in a socially responsible manner.

  • Plan and schedule relevant technical and logistical inputs to implement the RTX Paterson Regional and Winu heritage survey schedules and work programmes, including coordination of all components and personnel involved in surveys
  • Work on RTX and Joint Venture tenure ensuring compliance with multiple Land Access agreements and commercially sensitive JV arrangements
  • Maintaining Cultural heritage management systems, compliance, permitting and approvals processes, survey GIS and report databases
  • Apply professional knowledge and expertise advising on and contributing to the resolution of different heritage and land access situations and challenges
  • Overseeing heritage surveys in the field to support land access approvals and providing leadership and assurance in HSE by anticipating current and future risks and managing these
  • Engage and influence employee and contractor teams working on site in relation to cultural heritage values, risks and controls
  • Deliver information on cultural heritage to Rio Tinto Exploration, Projects and Studies teams and the wider community as required
  • Engage and collaborate with Aboriginal Corporations and their heritage service providers; consulting and contracting partners; multiple teams and other relevant personnel throughout the Rio Tinto organisation to enable effective delivery of the access work

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Experience in scheduling demanding remote field work programs for teams with multiple risk exposure categories and moving parts
  • Experience in and a culturally sensitive approach to working with Indigenous communities
  • Relevant qualifications in Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Science, Community Relations or equivalent industry experience
  • Previous experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and ability to work collaboratively across a geographically dispersed team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – ability to build networks with a wide range of people, ability to positively influence and build consensus
  • Previous experience in mining or related industry along with demonstrated involvement in cultural heritage work in Western Australia
  • Exceptional organisation, logistical coordination and problem-solving capabilities
  • Knowledge of cultural heritage management practices as well as State and Federal heritage legislation requirements

What we offer

  • Discounted Health cover scheme (Medibank) for employees and their immediate family
  • Salary sacrifice & packaging options – rental, mortgage, super, vehicle
  • Paid parental leave up to 9 months
  • Employee discounts – banking, accommodation, motoring, retail and more
  • Eligible for the Rio Tinto employee share programme
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • Learning and development opportunities to support your desired technical or leadership career path
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters

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.

Applications close on the 13th of May 2021 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)