Evolution Mining Graduate Programs & Internships

Evolution Mining is a leading, globally relevant gold miner. Evolution operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Mungari in Western Australia, Mt Rawdon and Ernest Henry in Queensland, and Red Lake in Ontario, Canada. The focus of Evolution Mining is on operating its projects safely and efficiently and developing them to their full potential.

Our 2-year multiple award-winning Graduate Program has been running since 2013, and is designed to develop you by build…

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Application Process

  1. Decide What Role(s) to Apply For and When
    • Your interests, skills and career goals should align with the requirements of your chosen role.
    • If you are in your penultimate year of study, you are best suited to our Summer Vacation Program. If you are in your final year of study, you will be eligible for our Graduate Program.
    • Make sure that you are eligible to work in your chosen role’s location (we will require evidence of your working rights).
  2. Online Application

    Now that you’ve determined which role(s) to apply for, it’s time to submit your application! Click through to the position’s online application form. You will need to complete some questions and attach a number of documents, including: 

    • Your CV –showcase your previous work experience, extra-curricular activities, academic history, volunteer experience and any other qualifications –w…
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About Us

Evolution Mining

Evolution Mining is a leading, globally relevant gold miner. Evolution operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Mungari in Western Australia, Mt Rawdon and Ernest Henry in Queensland, and Red Lake in Ontario, Canada. The focus of Evolution Mining is on operating its projects safely and efficiently and developing them to their full potential.

Our 2-year multiple award-winning Graduate Program has been running since 2013, and is designed to develop you by building your knowledge base and skills with real and practical work experience, and set you up for success in your career. There is currently representation in the business from all cohorts.

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Our Vision

Inspired people creating a premier global gold company – a sustainable business that prospers through the cycle. We have grown into a globally relevant gold producer since inception in November 2011.

We have a clear and consistent strategy:

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Our Values and Culture

Given our aspirations to have a high performing culture we want to ensure our ​people are clear about the types of behaviours that we want to see and hear at Evolution. Our values guide behaviours and decisions we make in the workplace every day. Through having clear and consistent values and associated behaviours it helps us to create a working environment in which we achieve great results and enjoy how we go about it.

When we live the values, they become part of the DNA of Evolution and in turn the Evolution Way.

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Our Awards

  • Evolution has been announced as winner of the 2019 Miner of the Year Award awarded by Australian Gold Mining Journal (February 2020)
  • In the top 75 Graduate Employers in Australia (AAGE), 2019
  • NSW Mining Safety Excellence Award
  • Coming runner up in the Community Excellence Award (August 2017)
  • NSW Mining operation of the year awarded by NSW Minerals Councils (April 2017)
  • Craig Oliver Award presented at RIU Explorers Conference (February 2017)
  • 2016 Miner of the year awarded by Australian Gold Mining Journal (February 2017)
  • 2016 Dealer Award at Diggers and Dealers (August 2016)
  • Best Asia-Pacific Mining Deal at Mines and Money Hong Kong (April 2016)
  • Winner of 8th Annual international M&W awards (April 2016)
  • Mines and Money 2012 Deal of the Year – Creation of Evolution Mining.

In 2019, Evolution Mining was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Australia (joining only one other gold company recognised in this category). In 2021, Evolution Mining received an improved rating of AA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.

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Why Join Us?

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At Evolution, we want working here to be the highlight of people’s careers! Whether you are with us for 3, 5 or 10 years. We want this to be the company you highlight as the best to work for.

Here’s what our employees say about us (per our engagement survey):

  • 83% of our employees said they would recommend Evolution as a great place to work.
  • 98% said they were willing to put in the extra effort to get the job done.
  • Our culture is formed on team spirit and comradery. We always make the extra effort to achieve our goals but have not lost our ability to have fun along the way.
  • Employees comment on the importance we place on safety, the supportive and friendly feel and the positive environment that is created.
  • Our leadership style is described by our employees as accessible, down to earth, highly capable with a focus on what matters.
  • We often get the comment that at Evolution all roles are valued, you are not just a number, and the leadership really listens.

At Evolution you can expect a dynamic environment, passionate high-quality people, and an environment that encourages people to think and strive for improvement.

Our Safety Principles

We want our people to go home safely to their family and friends. We foster a safety culture where people do the right thing for themselves and those around them because they believe in it, rather than because there is a rule in place.

  • All injuries and incidents are preventable
  • No task is so important that it can’t be done safely
  • Working safely is a condition of employment
  • Management takes accountability for safety performance
  • Everyone is accountable for their own safety and for those around them
  • Everyone is empowered to stop at risk behaviour and control unsafe conditions

Think before we act, every job, every day

Why Join as a Graduate?

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Application Process

  1. Decide What Role(s) to Apply For and When
    • Your interests, skills and career goals should align with the requirements of your chosen role.
    • If you are in your penultimate year of study, you are best suited to our Summer Vacation Program. If you are in your final year of study, you will be eligible for our Graduate Program.
    • Make sure that you are eligible to work in your chosen role’s location (we will require evidence of your working rights).
  2. Online Application

    Now that you’ve determined which role(s) to apply for, it’s time to submit your application! Click through to the position’s online application form. You will need to complete some questions and attach a number of documents, including: 

    • Your CV –showcase your previous work experience, extra-curricular activities, academic history, volunteer experience and any other qualifications –we’re looking for future leaders, so anything that demonstrates your motivation, proactivity and interest in your chosen discipline will go a long way!
    • A cover letter –tell us about yourself, which specific discipline you are passionate about and where you see your career developing. Remember to proofread for typos!
    • Your Academic Record.
    • Evidence of your working rights –attach a scan / copy of your birth certificate, passport or Visa (VEVO check if applicable).
  3. Screening Call
    • Should your application progress to the next stage, you will receive a phone call from one of our talent acquisition representatives to discuss your experience and interest in our Graduate Program in more detail. 
    • Please be prepared to discuss why you are interested specifically in Evolution Mining.
  4.  Psychometric Assessment

    Candidates who progress to this stage will be asked to complete a Saville Wave psychometric assessment. Be prepared to dedicate 60 - 90 minutes to complete aptitude and behavioural testing. ,

  5. Assessment Centre

    You will be asked to attend a virtual or face to face assessment centre to complete group activities and be observed by leaders in the business. 

  6. Face to Face Interview

    If all goes well, you will be invited in for a face to face interview with one or more members of the team that you have applied to. Come prepared to answer a variety of questions, and don’t be afraid to ask us some too! 

  7. Conditional Offer

    Once interviews for the role have been completed, someone will be in touch via a phone call with the outcome of your application. If you are successful, we will provide a conditional offer pending police and medical checks.

  8. Pre-employment Checks

    You will be asked to complete a medical assessment and National Police Check.

  9. Formal Offer

    If all goes well, someone from our team will reach out to provide you with a formal verbal and written offer letter of employment.

Graduate Program

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The graduate program is a key part of our strategy in ensuring we have the right people in the right roles with the right mix of skills and experience to achieve our goals within the organisation. Supported by a Stream Leader, a Senior Mentor and the dedicated Graduate Program Team, your structured individual development plan includes real work and projects, a corporate orientation, and regular face-to-face workshops.

Through on-the-job learning, feedback from the people you work with as well as four formal development workshops over the two years, you will develop the skills you need to be successful. Graduates are given exposure to a variety of mine sites and the corporate office to provide them with a whole of business perspective.

What does the program look like?

The program runs over two years, with a range of rotations which provides broad exposure across many aspects of our business, with the purpose of developing personal, technical and commercial skills. Following the successful completion of the role, graduates are guaranteed a permanent position at one of our Evolution sites.

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What are the benefits of the program?

  • Ownership of real work and projects
  • On the job learning for specific practical experience through an individual development plan
  • Operational and personal development training in safety, business skills, personal effectiveness and communication skills
  • Regular face-to-face development workshops
  • Exposure to and support by the Leadership Team
  • Rotation through and exposure to different sites and corporate office
  • Key initiative to pipelining up and coming talent into the business and developing future leaders at Evolution.

Past graduates have gone on to see success in various roles across Evolution, including Operations Business Analyst (reporting directly to the COO), Project Manager, IT Business Analyst and a range of key advisory positions.

Support Network for Graduates

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Graduate Program Streams

  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geology
  • Environmental (sustainability, health & safety)
  • People & Culture
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Business Development

Graduate Competencies – Professional/Business Management Skills

Your program is designed to develop you in the following professional competencies.  There will be some things that come naturally to you and some that will be a stretch.  The two-year program is designed to support you in building your skills and knowledge in each of these competencies and setting you up for success.


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Evolution’s Vacation Program

Evolution's Vacation Program is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the realities, challenges and opportunities of working on a mine site. It develops student's knowledge base, skills and experience in a real and practical way and sets them up for future success, by providing the opportunity to take ownership of real work and projects. The program is a good way for us to identify and retain up and coming talent as previous students have been directly appointed to our graduate program.

In 2019 we had a 25% conversion from Vacation students to the Graduate Program. 

In 2020 there is a 28% conversion from Vacation students onto the Graduate Program, based on a proposed intake of 14 roles.

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What are the benefits of the program for students?

  • Opportunity to learn on the job with an individual development plan
  • Potential enrolment into our 2-year Graduate Program
  • Onsite orientation and connections with other vacation students
  • An experienced manager to supervise day-to-day and provide one-one feedback and coaching
  • A technical leader, to oversee student development and to provide discipline specific guidance
  • Operational and personal development training especially in safety and business skills

Other Opportunities

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Evolution’s Vacation Program

  • Designed to introduce undergraduate students to the realities, challenges, & opportunities of working on a mine site
  • Develops student’s knowledge base, skills and experience in a real & practical way, & sets them up for future success by providing the opportunity to take ownership of real work & projects

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  • An opportunity to undertake training (both practical & theoretical) leading to trade qualifications
  • EVN currently has apprentices across all operating sites, across areas including Commercial & Finance, Maintenance, Mining (Underground) & Processing

Life & Culture

Evolution has always focused on creating a positive and agile culture where our values underpin everything we do.

Life and Culture



Think before we act, every job, every day.


We take pride in our work, deliver our best, and always strive to improve.


If its my responsibility, I own it - good or bad.


We trust each other, act honestly and consider each other's opinion.

Perks & Benefits

Salary Packaging and Novated Leasing

Car & salary packaging could offer you significant tax savings. Allowing you the flexibility to deduct major expenses like vehicle lease payments and running costs from your pre-tax income.

Superannuation, Life Insurance & Income Protection


Evolution contributes 10.5% of your ordinary time earnings towards your nominated superannuation fund. Evolution has established a competitive superannuation corporate plan with Australian Retirement Trust. For any employee who elects to take up the Australian Retirement Trust, Evolution will cover the cost of all administration fees.

Life Insurance and Income Protection

Evolution will cover the cost of any standard death, total and permanent disablement and income protection via the Evolution Mining Superannuation Plan. Membership of the Australian Retirement Trust is not required to receive this benefit, although you will be allocated a  Australian Retirement Trust membership number for the purpose of the insurance benefit. Evolution Mining will cover the premiums of standard cover.

Income Protection:75% of Salary for up to 2 years, after a 90 day waiting period.

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  • Banking Benefits such as Insurance, Lending & Finance, Investments & Planning and every day banking advice.
  • Lifestyle benefits such as access to discounts on travel, sports & entertainment and retail.
  • Financial Wellbeing education sessions such as financial health checks, financial planning, loan health checks.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Our 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance Program allows our employees to feel comfortable knowing that they or their immediate family members can confidentially discuss any work or personal issues that are an inevitable part of their life.

Employee Referral Program

The purpose of the referral program is to reward employees for referring talented people into the company. 

Discounted Private Medical Insurance

As part of our ongoing commitment to our employees' health and wellbeing, we have partnered with Medibank to offer: access to corporate health cover that makes it simpler than ever to use extras to stay healthy, a combined limit that can be used on included extras, plus a separate limit for optical, and an ongoing 6% discount.

Health Hub

Offering research, videos and up to date health advice.

Graduate Return Flights

Domestic return flights for all graduates to promote health, wellbeing and fatigue management.

Graduate Housing

Subsidised housing for Graduates in local towns

70:20:10 Learning Model

A two year structured development program aligned to the 70:20:10 learning model, to set you up for success at Evolution Mining, incorporating:

  • 70% of learning is on-the-job exposure to new and challenging experiences
  • 20% of learning is through a support network and learning from peers, coaches and mentors
  • 10% of learning is through workshops and webinars

Structured Professional Development

Professional and personal development in alignment with our graduate competencies through a dynamic orientation experience, face-to-face workshops and webinars across the two years.

Strong Support Network

An extensive support network who are ready to guide you through all stages of your development in the form of a rotation manager, a stream leader, senior mentor, and graduate program team.

Employee Profiles

Meet Our Graduates

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Social Responsibility

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We understand that we have an obligation to create shared value for all our stakeholders.

Robust relationships built on a foundation of trust are critical throughout the entire mining cycle, from exploration and development through to operations and closure. We view them as an essential part of securing and maintaining our social license to operate.

Evolution has a Community Relations Policy and Community Principles that guide our behaviour when interacting with the community. We welcome feedback at any time about how we are performing against these standards and value any suggestions about how we can improve.

Each of our projects is set amongst vibrant rural communities with their own special qualities and character. Our partnering opportunities and community investments are therefore unique and tailored to the needs of the local community.

Evolution contributes to communities in several ways: local sponsorships, donations and partnerships; training, apprenticeship and scholarship programs; local employment and local procurement; emergency services where we are often first respondents to a local accident or incident; and royalties.

Our Performance – Direct Community Investment

Total direct community investment expenditures across our operations and Group office in FY21 were approximately A$3.30 million, and supported the following impact areas:

Community Investment Breakdown FY21(%)

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Local Employment

Drawing our workforce from local communities where possible is a priority to ensure that the economic benefit of employment remains in our local communities. Benefits of local employment include skills development, increased income levels and economic diversification.

This strategy helps build strong working relationships with local communities. Hiring and training local employees may also result in operating efficiencies and lower long-term costs by having an educated and experienced workforce near our sites. This practice positively impacts local and national economies by providing well-paying jobs and generating government revenues that can be directed towards health care, education, and infrastructure.

Environmental Management

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In accordance with our Sustainability and Strategic Planning policies, we incorporate environmental management into all areas of operations to manage the risks and potential impacts through all cycles of the business. We operate beyond legal compliance to deliver against our social licence obligations and strive for leading practice to meet community expectations.

Our Sustainability Performance Standards contain eight key business risk areas related to environment: air quality, biodiversity, rehabilitation and mine closure, resource efficiency and emissions, tailings storage facilities, waste, waste rock and ore, and water. All our sites and workplaces are required to meet the Standards which are audited on a regular basis.


Stephanie Penales

Position: ESG and Social Responsibility Advisor 
Degree: Masters of Environmental Management and Development

Steph joined our Evolution Mining family as a Graduate in he Sustainability function in February 2021.

After completing her Master's of Environmental Management & Development, Evolution stood out during the application process as a company with a strong sustainability and environmental focus in the mining industry.

Steph's highlights of her time so far include a 6-month rotation at Mungari, working and partnering with our commun…

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Beau Garland

Beau Garland

Position: Geophysicist 
Degree: Bachelor of Science, BSc, Geophysics and Mathematics

Beau began his journey with Evolution in November 2020 as Graduate Geophysicist in our Discovery function. With multiple opportunities available to him at the time, Evolution Mining stood out as the ‘right fit’ for Beau due to such an accommodating and friendly interview process, a warm and welcoming work environment, and a culture that encourages social and professional connections.

In his first year of the graduate program, Beau has worked on a number of projects to support his ongoing learn…

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Rachel Mepham

Rachel Mepham

Position: IT Service and Projects Lead 
Degree: Bachelor of Information Technology, Enterprise Information Technology

Evolution Mining was a company Rachel was eager to learn more about! She knew mining would be an area difficult for herto grasp, given she had no prior industry experience. She felt the need to apply for a graduate role within a middle-sized company, so she could contribute to the “bigger picture” of the company’s goals and future. Highlights from her Graduate Program include allowing her to understand the processes, values and people of Evolution. It has also given her the…

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James Weise

James Weise

Position: Commercial Superintendent (Mine Controller)
Degree: Bachelor of Business, Accounting

James joined Evolution as part of the 2016 Graduate cohort as the Finance and Commercial Graduate. What drew James to Evolution was the fact that he had gained an interest in mining from working as a summer/vacation student for Evolution (Pajingo operation) in 2012 & 2013 and liked what EVN was about and trying to build.

Some of James' program highlights include being involved in a wide range of tasks and roles of the broader Commercial department (financial accounting, tr…

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Perks & Benefits

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We reward our people holistically through a combination of remuneration, recognition and benefits.

Evolution's rewards and benefits are structured to recognise and reward our people for their individual and collective contribution to our successes, for living our values in their actions and decisions, and for creating and enhancing value for our shareholders.

They are designed to support, motivate, and inspire our people whilst aiming to drive a high achievement culture.

On offer are a range of financial, employee development and healthy & wellbeing benefits and rewards. Including:

  • Salary packaging and novated leasing
  • Superannuation, life insurance and income
  • Banking benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Discounted private medical insurance
  • Healthy business program
  • Microsoft office packaging
  • Flexible working

In addition, further financial support and benefits available to you as a Graduate at Evolution include the following:

  • Relocation assistance (air transport, vehicle transportation, shipment of personal effects)
  • Incidental allowance
  • X2 return flights per year for health and wellbeing focus
  • Quarterly development sessions with your graduate cohort
  • Annual graduate conference (Sydney)
  • Assistance with housing arrangements (support available will differ between sites)

Diversity & Inclusion

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We recognise the benefits of having an inclusive and diverse workforce, where people’s diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are valued and utilised. We aim to have everyone at Evolution feel respected, comfortable and confident to bring their best work-self to work every day and to grow both professionally and personally.

Our people are the most significant enabler as they drive business performance and success. It is our role to ensure that the workforce feels equipped, engaged and motivated to succeed. We do this by providing a safe workplace (physically and psychologically), a supportive team, strong leadership, meaningful work and career and development pathways for those who have the appetite and ambition.

Our refreshed Inclusion and Diversity Policy outlines our commitments and applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, training and development, remuneration and performance management.

We believe in equal pay for work of equal value and continue to identify and address any gender pay gap issues. In the FY22 Remuneration review we analysed the remuneration of employees specifically addressing gender-based pay parity and alignment with market conditions. We report annually to Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and use the report and industry comparisons to look for improvements in policies and practices to address any gender pay disparities within Australia.

In FY22, our leave procedure was updated to close the superannuation gap for people on parental leave. This will see primary carers superannuation topped up on their return to Evolution following their primary parental leave for the period of up to 12 months. In addition, to support the important issue of domestic violence, employees are able to access an additional 5 days of paid domestic violence leave in addition to those entitlements already provided for under the Fair Work Act.


Gender Equality

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Female representation in the workforce decreased from 20% in FY21 to 19% in FY22 due to acquisitions and divestments with female representation at Ernest Henry lower than that at Mt Carlton. Whilst the overall representation of female representation decreased, the number of females in management positions increased to 20.1% in FY22 from 17% in FY21. Approximately 30% of the Graduate Development Program hires were females. 

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FY21 Case Study: Rainbow Crosswalk Sign of acceptance for LGBTQ2S+ community at Red Lake


Respect is a key value at Evolution. The Red Lake Operation demonstrated this value by showing support and celebrating their diverse and inclusive LGBTQ2S+ community during Pride Month in June 2021.


Red Lake employees painted a rainbow crosswalk with permission of the Municipality of Red Lake, adding not just a pop of colour, but also a dash of hope and acceptance into the community. This community encompasses straight and cisgender allies supporting and advocating for LGBTQ2S+ community members, as well as those within the LGBTQ2S+ community who support each other.

Mayor Fred Mota commends Evolution, “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Evolution on this project. Red Lake is a community that is supportive of inclusion and diversity. This rainbow crosswalk will serve as a visual reminder of this sentiment for years to come.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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We are committed to respecting and enhancing the rights, interests, concerns, traditional land uses and cultural activities of the First Nation  Partners and Indigenous Peoples within the communities in which we operate. For operations whose activities can directly or indirectly affect Indigenous Peoples, the Social Responsibility Performance Standards require the establishment of formal procedures and processes related to Indigenous Community engagement, economic inclusion and Cultural Heritage conservation, while meeting applicable legislative requirements.

The focus remains on growing a pipeline of Indigenous candidates, and proactively identifying experienced external talent with the skillsets needed by the organisation. Indigenous makes up 6% of the Evolution workforce.

The Community Relations teams at Group and sites work with the First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples, contractors and educational institutions to provide and support training and employment opportunities to Indigenous Peoples. The General Manager of the site is responsible for First Nation engagement at a local level. We aim to develop strong relationships that incorporate a comprehensive approach to supporting self-determination and with the aim of building appropriate skills, capabilities and resources that ensure long-term success and positive outcomes for their communities.

In FY22, there were no disputes relating to land use, customary rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples, or incidents of violations involving rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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