Vale launches campaign to recruit female Processing Plant Technicians at Long Harbour site

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Vale launches campaign to recruit female Processing Plant Technicians at Long Harbour site

August 22, 2022

Vale’s Long Harbour Operations is launching a new awareness and recruitment campaign to attract more women to work in the mining industry.

While Vale is committed to improving the gender gap and increasing diversity across our operations, this campaign is specifically focused on hiring female processing plant technicians (PPTs) at our state-of-the-art hydrometallurgical nickel processing plant in Long Harbour.  This includes anyone who identifies as a woman or anyone who identifies as non-binary, nonconforming and/or gender fluid.

“As a leader in the mining sector, we understand our responsibility to set strategic priorities and to hire intentionally,” said Roberto Damasceno, Head of Newfoundland and Labrador Operations.  “Building a culture that promotes diversity of thought, challenges the status quo and embraces innovation and creative thinking is key to our ongoing success at Long Harbour and at Vale.”

As part of our Diversity and Inclusion plan, Vale’s goal is to double female representation in the workforce by 2026.  In partnership with the Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) and the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA), Vale will be hosting a series of information sessions about the positions.

“As an organization focused on creating gender balance in natural resource industries for 25 years, WRDC is very happy to support Vale in the implementation of gender equity initiatives as part of their Diversity and Inclusion plan,” said Cheri Butt, Chief Executive Officer, Women in Resource Development Corporation. “We applaud Vale’s goal to double the number of women in their workforce by 2026 and will support their efforts by creating connections to qualified women and assisting in the creation of a safe and inclusive work environment.”

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is also pleased to be partnering with Vale on the new campaign and encourages women to attend the information sessions.

“There are many talented women with backgrounds in the skill sector and we want to assit you in reaching your full potential in a rewarding career,” added Karen Walsh, Executive Director, Office to Advance Women Apprentices. “Attend the information session and see where this can take you.  As always, our office is here to guide and support you if you choose to explore this opportunity.”

PPTs are part of a high-performing team who operate, maintain, and improve the nickel processing plant.  Many PPTs have progressed to more senior positions within the company since operations began in 2014.

In addition to an excellent career opportunity, Vale’s Long Harbour Operations offer many benefits, including a competitive salary, a flexible schedule (12-hour rotating shift), and a daily bus service departing from the St. John’s, Conception Bay South and Conception Bay North areas.

The campaign, which has been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission, includes a social media and digital component featuring female technicians who currently work at the Long Harbour site. 

If you are interested in learning more, please register for an upcoming information session at

Career postings with Vale can be found at

Susanne Hiller
Vale Newfoundland and Labrador
Corporate Affairs



Vale launches campaign to recruit female Processing Plant Technicians at Long Harbour site