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Freeport-McMoRan Geoscientist I in Safford, Arizona

Geoscientist I

Requisition ID: 130584


Safford, AZ, US, 85548

Category: Operations

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Why You Should Apply For This Job:

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


Under close supervision, provide technical support related to design, construction, and operation of tailings impoundments, crushed leach pads, water dams, and related facilities and serve as resource for technical information and analysis.

  • Support instrument monitoring and data collection, information gathering and interpretation, reconciliation, sensitivity assessments, and data management

  • Support regular inspections of active and inactive structures

  • Support construction quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) activities for construction of tailings embankments, ore leach stockpiles, and/or Engineer-of-Record (EOR)’s QA activities as appropriate

  • Support or supervise drilling and geotechnical instrumentation installation by contractors and EOR

  • Communicate and document accurate, timely and relevant technical data and information as needed to corporate and operational management team and staff

  • Support the development, maintenance and implementation of plans to enhance tailings, crushed leach and/or water dam management programs.

  • Support development of scopes of work, as required. Understand impact versus benefit

  • Collaborate with Site TCLW Engineers, Operations and Maintenance departments to troubleshoot, resolve and report on operational issues

  • Support engineering and project management efforts on small projects or portions of larger projects

  • As requested, provide input for the preparation of annual sustaining capital, operational budget and capital funding

  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant Scientific Discipline.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to a diversely educated audience

  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others and skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, or a related field of science or engineering

  • Knowledge of appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD)

  • Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant Scientific discipline

  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility (dam), water dams and/or crushed leach stockpile design and operations

  • Comfortable working with people / good interpersonal relationships skills

  • Excellent reporting, planning and teamwork skills

  • Experience in soil laboratory testing (e.g. gradation, compaction) and geotechnical instrumentation (piezometers)

  • Field experience in geotechnical/hydrogeological investigations

  • Familiarity with GIS, InSAR and other geospatial tools

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and Civil 3D

  • Knowledge of MS tools, Power BI and database management

  • Certification of Geoscientist or Engineer in Training and/or equivalent relevant certification or licensure


  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.

  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as allowed by applicable state laws

At Freeport, we are committed to providing an employment package that recognizes excellence, rewards value and impact, and encourages safe production. Benefits and compensation are foundational elements of this package, along with career development opportunities, job progression and a culture supported by our core values, among others. Learn more at:FCX Jobs - Working Here (


We provide an industry-leading benefits package with some of the lowest cost to employees – offering health, wellness, life insurance, paid time off, retirement savings and more. These benefits are available to you and your dependents starting day one. Our comprehensive benefits program is important to how we support the health and wellness of employees and their families. For further benefits information please click here:Benefits Details (


The estimated annual pay range for this role is currently $73,000-$100,000. This range reflects base salary only and does not include bonus payments, benefits or retirement contributions. Actual base pay is determined by experience, qualifications, skills and other job-related factors. This role is eligible for additional discretionary and incentive payment considerations based on company and individual performance. More details will be shared during the hiring process.

Safety / Work Conditions:

Candidates will be required to participate in a post-offer, pre-employment medical examination for the following positions which may have essential job duties that can impact both their own safety and the safety of others:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or

  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel).

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