Always an avid rock collector, Jacinta was ecstatic to discover there was a profession available to pursue her fascination with the earth and its minerals. Growing up in Albany, she also enjoyed the outdoors and had little desire for traditional career paths. She felt right at home with her choice in geology, and ultimately the resources industry.
Moving to Perth then Kalgoorlie to finish her studies at the Western Australian School of Mines was a solid introduction to mining and exploration life and provided the opportunity to work in open pit gold, underground nickle and lithium and enabled her to graduate with a year’s worth of work experience, cementing her commitment to a career in geology.
After graduation in 2013, Jacinta went on to complete the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Graduate program and after four-and-a-half years in brownfields exploration and mining geology focusing on both Brockman and Marra Mamba, she transitioned over to BHP to focus on channel iron deposits and leadership opportunities.
A big highlight of her time post-graduation has been with the AusIMM, helping to regenerate a committee for graduates and new professionals within the first six years of their career. The AusIMM New Professionals Network (NPN) focuses on soft skills and professional development through collaborating with AusIMM committees and societies along with other industry connections to run events across Australia and New Zealand, including the informal Barefoot Bowls mentoring, annual national flagship event and many online webinars. After five years on the NPN Jacinta looks forward to its continued growth and success.