The job of a mining geologist varies, depending on the assignment.
Jobs in large, open-pit mines usually ask for geological information that helps with the production of minerals through the life of the mine. Providing assistance on environmental issues that may effect the mine is important also. Mining geologists gather and interpret a lot of geologic data by mapping and drilling and then applying the information towards a model of the mining area.
Other projects that mining geologists are involved in include creation of geologic block models, long-range planning, viewing cuttings from boreholes, mine reclamation projects, and research.