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Office Assistant – Summer Student

Rio Tinto
April 27, 2021
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Office Assistant – Summer Student

  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Join a leading global company
  • 4-Month Summer Term
  • Role based in the Yellowknife Corporate Office

About the role

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

We are looking for an Office Assistant to gain valuable office skills while providing administrative support to several departments at Diavik’s corporate office this summer.

This is a great opportunity for an organized individual looking to gain valuable experience at Diavik Diamond Mine Corporate Office in Yellowknife during the summer break.

In addition to paying competitively, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family. And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible. Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

Reporting to the Senior Community Advisor, you will be working Monday to Friday at the Yellowknife Corporate office from May 17 – August 13 (actual dates can vary), you will support multiple departments throughout your term by providing administrative and logistical support, which may include:

  • Coordinating and supporting planned activities for community engagement;
  • Maintaining the electronic filing systems for the Human Resources team;
  • Supporting the Finance and Business Support groups by providing general administration support; and
  • Other projects throughout the summer that may arise.

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team;
  • A high school diploma;
  • Some experience in coordinating programs or events;
  • Ability to be flexible and take on a variety of administrative activities;
  • Working knowledge or and experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook);
  • Basic organizational, time management and prioritisation skills;
  • A basic understanding of the geography of northern Canada and Indigenous culture; and
  • Readiness for occasional travel to remote communities and work outside of regular hours from time to time.

Additional considerations:

  • Students registered in post-secondary schooling will be prioritized; and
  • A class 5 driver’s license would be an asset.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your 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 to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • A competitive compensation

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you’ll be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.


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