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Mine Geologist

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Our Soda Springs, Idaho plant, a leading producer of elemental phosphorus, is seeking a qualified Mine Geologist. This position is responsible for the development of accurate and detailed geologic interpretations and models of Monsanto’s mineral properties. The Mine Geologist is responsible for justification, budgeting and all related aspects of exploration plan development and execution. The Mine Geologist will select, direct, review, and approve the work of outside contractors and consultants, to assist with the exploratory and geologic work they conduct. The Mine Geologist will prepare detailed maps, cross sections, and other drawings along with reserve and quality estimates from exploration and/or other data. The Mine Geologist works closely with other Department members to conduct environmentally responsible activities as well as monitor, interpret, and electronically depict and represent geologic structures. The Mine Geologist is also responsible for facilitating periodic agency inspections of the exploration work and outside lease areas as well as developing various reports compliant with applicable governmental rules and permits Monsanto provides employees with competitive wages and a complete package of benefits including: a 401(k) plan, medical and life insurance, dental and vision insurance, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, adoption assistance, parental leave, and other work/life resources. This role works closely with other mine department personnel along with outside consultants and contractors. This position reports functionally to the Mine Development Manager. Scope / Specific Responsibilities of the Position:
  • Develop, monitor, and update exploration maps and plans depicting accurate computerized geologic representations and interpretations of various mining properties
  • Conducts drilling and mapping programs to gather structural and ore chemistry information for reserve estimate and mine planning efforts
  • Ensure that geologic data is compiled and input properly to the appropriate computerized databases
  • Maintain ownership of geological databases such that data integrity and documentation of additions and alterations are tracked and documented
  • Selects exploration contractors with input of other team members and stakeholders
  • Oversees work of exploration contractors including their safety and environmental compliance with applicable rules
  • Work closely with engineering staff members to insure understanding and use of correct geological models in development of safe and efficient pit designs
  • Responsible to formulate exploration plans and budgets for exploration work and to complete such work within budgetary limits
  • Responsible for development of applicable Environmental Assessment documents, utilizing in house and contract resources to obtain necessary permits and approvals
  • Implement all necessary environmental protection steps prior to initiation of exploratory work and to insure completion of necessary reclamation
  • Secure and maintain a positive working relationship with neighbors and landowners to understand and meet their needs while achieving corporate business needs
  • Work with department personnel to conduct appropriate geologic data collection efforts including, trenching, mapping, soil sampling and analysis work, and such for the proper design and placement of mined pits, surface structures such as overburden piles, delineation of wet lands, siting of ancillary facilities, etc
  • Assist others to develop, publish, monitor and if appropriate reforecast annual ore chemistry and tonnage estimates
  • Provide technical guidance and coaching in the development of other department staff
  • Organize and conduct the logging and interpretation of trenches, exploratory cuttings, core, and other logging tools on active properties as needed

Required Skills/Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, Geological Engineering or similar discipline
  • Five years of mining/geology related experience, or equivalent
  • Experience with various geologic mapping and sampling techniques and procedures
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with computer based geologic logging, modeling, and mine design programs
  • Knowledge of phosphate sedimentary geology
Desired Skills/Experience
  • Experience working at a mine, quarry, and/or exploration site
  • Proficient computer skills, especially in the use of Gems, ArcGIS or related mining/geological modeling software as well as effective mastery of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software programs
  • Effective organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team based environment
  • Effective technical report generation and writing skills
Monsanto is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse combination of ideas, perspectives and cultures. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Advertisement