Senior Geologist - Olive Downs Complex

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Permanent Full Time
Australia - Moranbah, QLD
Mining Operations
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About the role

We are seeking an experienced Senior Geologist to join the Thiess Technical team at Pembroke Resource’s Olive Downs Complex.

Pembroke Resource’s Olive Downs Complex is a greenfield project located 40 kilometres south-east of Moranbah which commenced mining operations in mid-2023. Thiess has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver full service mining operations, including mine planning overburden removal, drill and blast, load and haul (autonomous), water management and rehabilitation as well as construction of the mine infrastructure.

Working a 5/2/4/3 roster and reporting to the Technical Services Manager, you will be required to:

  • Update and maintain the structural and Run-Of-Mine models
  • Perform block-by-block and periodic coal recovery and dilution reconciliations.
  • Update and maintain the project Coal Quality Management Plan (CQMP)
  • Promote and monitor compliance with the CQMP and communicate compliance to project leadership as required
  • Monitor planned vs actual CHPP feed quality
  • Oversee the management of Run-Of-Mine and in-pit coal stockpiles
  • Update and maintain the project Geotechnical Principal Hazard Management Plan (GPHMP).
  • Monitor compliance with the GPHMP and Geotechnical Design Guidelines and communicate with project leadership as required
  • Update and maintain the site geotechnical database and model
  • Oversee the management of geotechnical hazards on site
  • Direct report of 2x Mine Geologists, working an 8:6 roster, managing coal quality and geotechnical hazards on a day-to-day basis

About You

You are a high-achieving and focused Senior Geologist with extensive experience in a similar role. You are committed to driving a high-performing and inclusive team.

  • A tertiary qualification in Geology
  • Significant experience in the coal industry preferred, but not essential
  • Expertise in using Geological block modelling software (Vulcan)
  • In-depth knowledge of Geological practices in the coal mining industry
  • An understanding of mining loss and dilution parameters, coal recovery, and reconciliation
  • An understanding of open-cut mining methodology
  • Geotechnical experience considered beneficial
  • Strong planning and problem-solving skills
  • A high level of strategic thinking
  • Self-driven individual with strong leadership and talent development skills


  • Permanent full-time positions 
  • Thiess’ commitment to ongoing training & development as part of delivering a modern autonomous mine
  • Full camp accommodation and meals provided
  • Genuine Choice Rosters - (Live Local, DIDO & FIFO)
  • Health & well-being rewards program through AIA Vitality 
  • Salary sacrifice options – flights and novated leasing   
  • Range of corporate discounts including health insurance (Medibank), travel & retail products

About us

Thiess works with clients in Australia, Asia, and the Americas in the dynamic field of open-cut and underground mining.

The pioneering spirit of our founders – the legendary Thiess brothers – is our legacy and inspires our vision to harness the power of people and technology to drive sustainable change.

At Thiess, you will have the opportunity to play a part in the global energy transition. We are growing our commodities portfolio to include metals and minerals critical to the energy transition and developing services to enable sustainable mining.

We’re creating a culture of curiosity, knowledge-sharing, and continuous learning – supporting our people to contribute to Thiess’ success and continued growth in sustainable mining.

We’ll support you to hone your skills and develop new ones, take on challenges and grow, through mentorship, collaboration and empowerment. We offer our people ongoing technical training and development opportunities so they can reach their full potential. We also invest in the workforce of the future, with a range of programs for people starting their careers.

We recognise the value of an inclusive and diverse workplace through our vision of everyone matters always. We’re focused on creating an inclusive environment to enable our people to bring their best self to work because they feel safe, included and empowered.

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How to apply

This role is an opportunity to take the next step in your career. With our culture of recognition, development, and a stimulating and satisfying work environment, there is no better time to join Thiess.

Thiess follows a Pre-Employment Process for all successful applicants, which includes two employment references, a National Police Check and a medical assessment. These checks are essential to your application, and your recruiter will support you through the process.

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