Meet our team ... with more members to come


Ethan Booth

Operator, Roast/Acid department

Ethan joined Nyrstar from high school and has been able to build on this background with courses and study. He has also joined our team of presenters and tour guides for school groups. Ethan has a very active lifestyle and a young family and also enjoys spending time at his local gym striving for his own personal goals and assisting others to achieve theirs.

“Growing up my parents ran a small pet food business; this gave me hands-on experience, a hard-working attitude and an insight into business. During summer school holidays I would pick cherries for pocket money and I also worked for a small building company for three months after finishing high school.

“I knew a few people who worked here and I had heard good things about the opportunities, and I knew the site was a big part of Hobart’s history.

“I was able to bring a fresh set of eyes to a completely different work environment and to question the way things were done so that improvements could be made.”

“A typical shift for me begins when I arrive to work at 5:30 whether it be PM or AM. In the roast/acid department the way our process is run we have to have a number of individuals in the control at one time to man and run the plant. We complete a shift handover individually with another operator on the associated piece of plant we will be running for the day, this takes around 30 minutes. At 7 o’clock on every shift we have a team pre-start meeting to discuss safety, key performance indicators and general tasks for the day. On any given day in our department we are monitoring fluid bed roasters, acid plants and environmental guidelines.

“The thing I enjoy the most about my job is the wide range of opportunity and avenues I can take. The people on site are great and I have built some great relationships within the business. The company gives me support and guidance and mentoring and I find this very rewarding – it’s allowed me to develop and understand myself out of sight!

“I’m striving to be a successful and suitable site- wide team leader, and eventually I’d like to become a production superintendent and later a production manager believe to be successful you have to aim high and strive for what you want, and this requires hard work in the world we live in today.

“If I can give one piece of advice that I believe applies to all walks of life is, ‘ENJOY WHAT YOU DO’! If you don’t, then don’t be scared to recognise that and seek change.

“Our careers take up a big chunk of our lives; it allows us to better ourselves and our family’s lives: if you enjoy what you do you will never work a day in your life. Make the most of every opportunity, give it your all, be passionate about what you do and I can guarantee that it will show and you will go a long way!”

Jane Bellis, Metallurgist

Jane’s technical leadership, openness to new ideas and her willingness to mentor others means she is highly regarded across our site. She was also recognised by the wider industry earlier this year when she received the award for the ‘Exceptional woman in manufacturing’ category of the Women in Resources Tasmania Awards.

“Twenty-nine years ago I joined what is now Nyrstar as a 17-year-old Industrial Chemist cadet. I combined on-the-job training with the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in industrial chemistry) with Honours six years later.

“Today I’m a production metallurgist in a team of eight, working four-and-a-half days a week. Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to work on major technical projects that benefit the company’s bottom line, the environment and the community.

“I believe I’ve broken new ground for other women – and men – in our company by demonstrating the importance of work-family-life balance.

“As the first metallurgist who has worked part-time, I’ve shown that it’s possible to maintain and develop a career while also raising a family. This delivers huge benefits for both the individual and their family, and the company in retaining committed and experienced employees.

“I enjoy bushwalking, summer camping trips with family and friends and body boarding/surfing with my kids and I feel fortunate that I can combine a full family life with a job that I love. When I heard myself referred to as “that smart lady” after I spoke at my son’s primary school careers afternoon about my job I felt quite a degree of satisfaction!

“My job is intense and rewarding and I consider myself lucky that I can combine a full family life with a job that I love. Metallurgy is an exciting and viable career option for anyone who enjoys maths and science subjects and I’d particularly encourage women to consider it.”

Emma Eaton, Laboratory Analyst

Joining us as a laboratory analyst in July 2019, Emma holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD in Medicine from the University of Tasmania.

“I received my Bachelor of Science from UTAS in 2006 with a chemistry/biochemistry double major. I received a scholarship to do honours in biochemistry, which I completed in 2007. Because I had concentrated on biochemistry during my honours year, I wanted more experience in the analytical chemistry aspect of my degree, so I came to work at Nyrstar as a summer vacation student intern for the 2007/2008 summer holidays. Since 2008, I have worked as a medical researcher in neuroscience at the University of Tasmania, completing my PhD in 2016. During my PhD, I looked at metal-binding proteins as potential therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and this work led to a licencing agreement between the University of Tasmania and biotechnology company, Alzhyme. Most recently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the area of stroke.

“Ever since I worked at Nyrstar as a student intern in 2008, the analytical labs here have held a very fond place in my heart. While I left to further my education, I have always felt that I wanted to return sometime. I felt my supervisors and colleagues genuinely cared about me and I was impressed by the safety culture and this was something I took with me to other positions when I left.

“I knew very little about the company or the site but I did know that Nyrstar was active in the community and I appreciated their support of science education. In 2001, I received the site-sponsored Scholarship for Science at the Claremont College awards night: I was really struggling financially and that scholarship helped me buy the text books I needed to go to university.

“Over a decade of experience in a medical research setting has given me strong laboratory skills as well as project management, method development and data presentation skills. I also like to think that as a new employee I can bring in a fresh perspective and new energy.
“My main role here is to analyse samples from across the plant. This helps monitor the efficiency of the zinc recovery process. I work with both liquid and solid samples so sample preparation is quite varied. I use an instrument called an Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES for short) to determine what is in my samples. I then analyse these results, check that they are within our specified limits and report them.

“I really enjoy being a part of this company and feeling like I’m contributing to a shared purpose. There is great satisfaction in being part of a team and knowing that I’ve been able to accurately measure how aspects of the plant are operating and communicate that to plant operators.

“I absolutely love science so I am happiest in the lab, surrounded by beakers and chemicals, but I do love a challenge so I would also be keen to tackle a leadership role if opportunities arise in the future.

“My advice to job seekers is to take any opportunity to gain new experience that you can, even if it’s not directly related to your career path! New and different experiences can often lead to new and different doors opening and at the very least you’ve gained a new skill. Not only do you improve yourself but you improve your CV.”