Environmental Officer job vacancy at Thungela Resources

Thungela Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Officer

Closing date: 11 July 2024

Location: eMalahleni, South Africa

Are you ready to support the process of ensuring that environmental management processes and systems are effective within operations and that all legal requirements and retaining ISO14001 certification are achieved.

Careers at Thungela Resources

Thungela Resources [Thungela means “to ignite” in isiZulu] is a leading South African thermal coal business, focused exclusively on thermal coal production. 

It is one of the largest pure-play producers and exporters of thermal coal in South Africa based on aggregate coal reserves and marketable coal production. Thungela exports to the Indian, Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle East and North African markets.

A career at Thungela means joining a company that promotes an environment that inspires innovation and where people have a shared sense of purpose.

This means building a diverse team of high-performing individuals who operate our sites safely, effectively and cost efficiently. Our people focus is centred on acquiring, developing, and retaining the talent we need to take our business forward, safely and sustainably.

When you join Thungela, you can expect to enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package. But people want more out of their jobs than financial benefit alone.

Being able to work with thought leaders, opportunities for development, strong values and a sound organisational culture all contribute significantly to a compelling employee value proposition.

Job Purpose

The Environmental Officer is responsible for monitoring and reporting environmental activities and environmental performance on site to the Environmental Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

More of your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in retaining ISO 14001 certification and minimize operational impacts on the environment
  • Assisting with internal and external environmental audits so that Operations are legally compliant changes to new laws are implemented as well as implementation of standards and the Environmental policy
  • Capturing and analysing collected accurate environmental data on time reporting on the operation

  • Conducting environmental inspections on site to identify environmental impacts such as Air Quality; Water Management; Waste Management; Land and Biodiversity management and ensure that action plans to address the gaps or findings are addressed by different stakeholders
  • Compiling mine specific environmental reports from internal inspections and audits
  • Proactively identifying and advising the Environmental Coordinator on environmental challenges identified during internal inspections and audits

  • Capturing environmental incidents identified in the Mine environmental incident reporting system
  • Conducting internal site inspections/audits to identify deviations from the mine approved Environmental Management Programme Report legal requirement
  • Providing support to the Environmental Coordinator/Superintendent on operational compliance with relevant environmental legal requirements and other SHE legal requirements

  • Submitting various environmental reports in accordance with Mines’ Environmental Management System (EMS) to the Environmental coordinator on the specified timeframes
  • Assisting the Environmental Coordinator in the implementation of a systematic process to track environmental legal compliance on all conditions and commitments from EMPRs; EAs and IWULs
  • Ensuring that all environmental issues are identified and managed the internal mine environmental management system

  • Assisting the operation in obtaining environmental permits/licenses on time to allow project implementation within project timelines
  • Managing relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, understand and deliver on their departmental needs, and identify and resolve issues timeously


  • Advanced Diploma / Degree in Environmental Management or a related field (NQF 7)

Experience & Knowledge

  • Minimum of 2 years’ operational experience in managing environmental issues preferably within a mining environment
  • Minimum of 2 years of Environ Professional in Training/ Environmental Trainee experience in the related discipline
  • Experience in Water, Land, Air, Waste, Biodiversity, Environmental Management systems and Stakeholder management in the Mining industry
  • Experience in the use of Enablon and or Isometrix environmental management system

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge of the relevant South African environmental legislation including the Mine Health and safety Act
  • Sound Knowledge of subscribed Environmental Management standards and ISI 14001
  • An in-depth knowledge of subscribed Environmental Management standards and ISO 14001
  • Good knowledge of Safety and sustainable development policies, procedures
  • Sound knowledge of the mining industry
  • Understanding of latest trends and practices within the environmental industry
  • Understanding of Water Management Practices

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please complete an online application form. You will have the opportunity to upload your CV and other relevant documentation as part of this process.


Closing Date: 11 July 2024

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