Advisor Ecohydrology

Rio Tinto

Perth WA, Australia 🇦🇺

  • Providing biological assessment services and advice focused on ecohydrology across the Iron Ore product groups projects and tenements
  • Work within the largest multi-disciplinary team of biological scientists in the mining industry
  • A dynamic and varied role allowing you to positively engage and partner across the business
  • Exciting career growth and development in environmental approvals
  • 2 year fixed term contract | Perth CBD

About the role

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

Applying an understanding of ecohydrology and its link to biodiversity is important for mining in a sustainable manner within arid ecosystems such as the Pilbara. This requires the application of ecohydrological knowledge to riparian systems and associated biodiversity assessments to inform the environmental approvals process.

Our Biological Assessments team based in Perth are looking for an Ecologist/Botanist with good understanding of hydrology, Eco-physiology and riparian ecosystems. The role will be based in Perth, with ad-hoc travel to the Pilbara and will be on a 24 month fixed term contract.

This role is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, safety conscious professional who will work within a multi-disciplined team; applying knowledge of relevant legislation and technical guides to Pilbara-focused environmental approvals. Reporting to the Senior Advisor Biological Assessments, you will:

  • Independently lead/undertake targeted biological surveys in remote Pilbara areas (predominantly Flora, Vegetation, Ecology and Hydrology investigations)
  • Undertake effective survey planning including logistics and health and safety
  • Prepare technical reports, data and provide technical advice to support government and environmental approval requirements
  • Contribute to the development, improvement and peer review of biological assessment methods, processes, and technologies, to ensure continuous improvement appropriate environmental approvals and sustainable mining
  • Build effective relationships with relevant internal/external stakeholders and external technical specialists
  • Contribute toward an inclusive culture through collaboration with peers across the broader Environmental Approvals team

What you’ll bring

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in ecology/ botany/ environmental science or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience with Pilbara flora/vegetation and associated survey practices
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills coupled with an ability to think on your feet and make quick rational decisions
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to quickly develop positive and robust relationships with stakeholders
  • The ability to pragmatically apply pure science and fundamental knowledge to real world approvals and operational settings in a robust and progressive manner
  • Experience with GIS software, preferably ArcGIS

To be successfully considered for this role, it will be highly advantageous if you have:

  • Experience with addressing the EPA’s “Flora and Vegetation” as well as “Inland Waters” Environmental factor via the WA EIA process
  • Good experience with riparian habitats and water dependent ecosystems, particularly GDE’s, wetlands and inflow dependent ecosystems
  • Good understanding of hydrology, hydrogeology, and ecohydrology; particularly with respect to hydraulic connectivity, soil physical properties and the ecophysiology of reliant biota
  • Good understanding of statistical analysis techniques and processes applied to biological sciences

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
  • Flexible working from home arrangements as per operational requirements
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • Exclusive employee discounts (banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more)
  • Relocation packages where suitable

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

Perth based but with a working focus on supporting operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets supported by functional teams in the Perth hub: a world-class, integrated network of 16 mines, four independent port terminals, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure – all designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand.

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 17 October 2021 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)