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Specialist GIS


  • Posted on: November 22, 2022

Specialist GIS, Maintenance and Monitoring Data

  • Join our global leading business offering outstanding personal development & global career opportunities
  • Be a part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Access to industry-leading technical development programs
  • Permanent opportunity based in one of the Closure locations, Brisbane, Perth, Montreal, or Salt Lake City

About the role

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

We are looking for a Specialist GIS, Maintenance and Monitoring Data to implement, develop and maintain the global Closure technical and spatial databases, and provide GIS and other cartographic expertise to the Closure group. This role will also work with our Technical Services team to support monitoring and systems for the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) and our Geotechnical program of work.

This role is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic person. Based in one of the Closure locations, preferably Brisbane, Perth, Montreal, or Salt Lake City, and working and reporting to the Principal Advisor Knowledge & Information Management, you will be responsible for:

  • Demonstrate strong GIS technical capability
  • Design and implement an evolving GIS ecosystem, starting small, but scaling to encompass all Closure, with Information Technology support
  • Provide input and support to the Closure technical services team for the development of systems to capture, storage and use geotechnical data
  • Create, maintain, and enhance relationships with internal and external data creators and consumers, and stakeholders
  • Maintain standard monthly data sets such as tenements, environmental, heritage, archaeological, land management, rehabilitation, mine planning and development and site custodian data
  • Capture environmental, land management, rehabilitation, heritage, mine planning geophysical interpretations

About you

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in GIS or related field
  • Advanced knowledge of the Esri ArcGIS platforms and Apps
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Esri Web service creation and configuration experience
  • Imagery and LiDAR processing experience
  • Data management experience
  • Data Interoperability (FME) experience
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work without supervision
  • Understanding of life of asset processes
  • Dedication to data quality
  • A strong commitment to safety


  • Enterprise Geodatabase experience
  • Experience with Remote Monitoring systems
  • Python and model builder experience
  • Understanding of GISTM requirements
  • Understanding of K2Fly, Decipher or other geotechnical data systems

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, you’re 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
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical programs, pension and savings plans
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • Exclusive employee discounts
  • Domestic relocation assistance

About Rio Tinto

Understanding RT Closure, and the role of KIM within it

Rio Tinto endeavours to have a positive impact on local communities and the natural environment during an asset’s life. Given the finite nature of ore bodies, the permanent cessation of operations is part of every mining asset’s life cycle. Smelters and refineries may also have finite lives due to their viability being impacted by changing markets, regulations and supply costs. The legacy we leave post operations is a key measure of our contribution to sustainable development, and fundamental to maintaining Rio Tinto’s reputation and partnership to operate.

The aim of Rio Tinto’s closure work is to minimise the financial, social and environmental risks and liabilities associated with permanently ceasing operations. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach at all stages of the life of an asset. Rio Tinto Closure (RTC) is a dedicated business unit with a commercial, project and operational mind-set focussed on supporting the above work and providing central leadership in closure across Rio Tinto. Closed and Legacy assets may exist as liabilities for Rio Tinto well beyond the period of time during which an asset was operated. The retained documents and artefacts, whether physical, digital or otherwise, are the only sources available to understand the operations, agreements and liabilities.

In order to improve the Rio Tinto Group’s ability to retain and find documentation related to our future liabilities, The Closure Knowledge & Information Management team work to preserve and liberate existing data and knowledge and establish best practise principles to guide and influence the behaviour of our assets when capturing and storing knowledge and information.  Our aim is that everyone at Rio Tinto can access relevant knowledge in order to learn from our past, understands the impact of our activities and decisions, and meets our stakeholder commitments.

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