The island of Ireland has an abundant mining sector, with active mines of gold, base metals, gypsum and salt. Mining and exploration is carried out by the private sector. Mine geologists study the relationship between geology and ore formation and locate new mineral resources. They are mainly responsible for assessing and analysing geological data in order to advise on short-term and long-term mine production plans. There are opportunities to work for private sector organsations. Highly qualified and experienced mine geologists may set up an independent consultancy service.
- Conducting surveys and interpreting geological data in order to inform drilling and production procedures.
- Ensuring all procedures adhere to health and safety regulations and pit mapping.
- Liaising with a range of experts including other geologists, engineers, metallurgy experts and mine workers.
- Keeping up to date with current geological research.
- Producing written reports.
Travel: work based on site usually requires travel.
Working hours: Schedules in the mining industry vary; hours can be very long and usually operate on a shift basis.
Location: opportunities generally exist where mineral deposits are located such as Co Kilkenny, Co Tipperary and Co Monaghan. Salt is produced at Kilroot, Co Antrim.
A degree in geology, geoscience or a related subject is required. Gaining relevant experience in the field is beneficial and is compulsory for more senior positions.