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Field Scientist Team Lead - Western Australia



Perth, WA, Australia
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

About us

At Arca, we pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it permanently as rock. To do this at scale, we partner with the minerals industry to implement our technology at mine sites, using their rock waste as our feedstock. These are the same mines that are producing the minerals necessary for the transition to a clean energy future. Arca’s founders are leaders in the field of carbon capture in mine tailings with more than 20 years of experience in innovation and research.

We believe that by working with nature, not against it, we can achieve carbon dioxide removal on the scale needed to secure thriving and abundant life on Earth for generations to come. If that resonates, we want to hear from you. We’re building a team of sharp, mission-driven, and collaborative individuals who take pride in using their skills to contribute to a sustainable future.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Arca is piloting new technology at mine sites in Western Australia and is now hiring locally. We are excited to welcome new members to our Australian team!

About the role

Our Field Scientist Team Lead will oversee our field team at the Mount Keith Nickel Mine in Western Australia. In this role, you will be working closely with our Australian management team, our Vancouver-based Deployments Director, and field team members to set up, test, run, and maintain field equipment and processes that accelerate carbon mineralization in mine tailings. Due to the remoteness of the mine, the Field Scientist Team Lead will work on a FIFO roster, generally one week on, one week off.

This role is critical to the successful deployment and operational excellence of our carbon dioxide removal technology in the field and will require flexibility in planning field work shifts and an affinity for the outdoors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the project team to plan, install, test, and deploy new technology in the field.
  • Lead a team of field technicians, ensuring effective implementation and operation of field activities.
  • Run daily stand-ups with the site team
  • Run end of day (EOD) debriefs with site team
  • Enhance team performance through training, mentoring, and development of standard operating procedures.
  • Utilize problem-solving skills and creative thinking to overcome problems in the field, ensuring compliance with safety protocols.
  • Manage logistics, inventory, equipment maintenance, and field data collection, ensuring high standards of accuracy and reliability.
  • Collaborate closely with project scientists, and other stakeholders to advance technology deployment and operational goals.
  • Report on team performance, field data, and project progress to senior management
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot field equipment
  • Adhere to safety regulations and protocols at all times
  • Carry out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification

Requirements of the role

  • Successful completion of Bachelor’s degree in geology/geochemistry/geotechnical engineering/chemistry/materials science or related field
  • Proven leadership experience in managing technical teams, preferably in field settings.
  • Ability to work flexibly, including adapting to changing schedules and working conditions in outdoor environments.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal
  • Affinity for teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Right to live and work in Australia without sponsorship


  • Previous work experience in the mining industry
  • Previous field experience (e.g., mineral exploration, environmental consulting, field research)

We’re looking for individuals who…

  • Are optimistic we can make an impact in the fight against climate change
  • Say yes before no when confronted with ideas and situations that challenge their ideas of what’s possible
  • Thrive in a collaborative and fast-paced working environment

What we offer at Arca Australia

  • A competitive salary
  • 4 weeks' vacation
  • A fun and diverse environment focused on making the biggest impact possible on climate change

At Arca, we believe that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but also essential for our success as a company. We welcome and encourage all qualified candidates to apply for our open positions, regardless of their background, race, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability.