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2023 Graduate Excellence Program - Graduate Geologist

About the Role

Operating from within Mineral and Coal Operations, based at Brisbane and regional centres, you will be involved in the facilitation of sustainable exploration and mining related development in the State

You will be assisting the technical assessment team in undertaking technical assessment of mining tenure, the provision of advice on exploration and mining developments, liaison with clients and stakeholders in government and the community and liaison with regional exploration and mining industry operators to support the Mineral Assessment Hub.

About the Department of Resources

As a trusted resources agency, we have an important role in creating economic opportunities for Queensland.

We do this by helping the community and the government make the best use of our renewable and non-renewable land, mineral and energy resources.

Our vision is to be an influential economic department that advocates for the public interest.

As a department, we face new demands, new opportunities, and rapid change, including changes in climate, markets, and technology, as well as shifts in community knowledge and expectations.

We are committed to developing and building a courageous culture, where all employees are inspired, innovated, and supported.

As part of the department’s strategic plan, our guiding principles (underpinned by the Queensland public service values) guide how we will conduct our day-to-day business and set cultural expectations for the department.

Department of Resources

Your knowledge, skills and attributes

We’ll assess your merit for this role by looking at what you’ve done previously – the knowledge, skills and attributes you can bring to the role, plus your potential for development, and your personal qualities. This position requires:

  • A sound understanding of geology and mineral resources.
  • A sound understanding of exploration and mining processes and activities.
  • Experience in achieving quality outcomes by demonstrating communication and analytical skills.

Key duties and accountabilities

  • Provide support for the technical assessment team to deliver assessments on mining, exploration and development tenures within agreed timeframes and in accordance with legislation, policy and Departmental work procedures for the commodity hubs.
  • Facilitate the timely progression of mining, exploration and development tenures by liaison with tenure holders, industry and Government agencies where required.
  • Assist where required with high quality advice, briefings, correspondence, reports and submissions concerning technical and operational matters relating to the mining, exploration and development of Queensland’s mineral and coal resources for a range of clients including the Minister and Executive Management.
  • Assist with the development, coordination, implementation, monitoring and review of departmental and government policies and processes
  • Assist in the preparation of advice for protection of significant mineral or coal resources to facilitate the implementation of protection by State agencies and local government as required.
  • Undertake research and identification of regionally significant mineral or coal resources throughout the State, assess the need for their protection, and assess the implications for ongoing access to such resources resulting from decisions by Federal, State or local government agencies as required.
  • Work effectively in a team environment, collaborating with colleagues to achieve high quality outcomes.
  • Other duties as directed and required.

Specific role requirements

Mandatory requirements:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the last two years in the field of Geology
  • Be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident and have permission, under Commonwealth law, to work in Australia.
  • Criminal history and employment check may be completed as part of the recruitment process.  
  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated. You are considered to be fully vaccinated if you have had the required two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. It does not include a booster­­­. Acceptable evidence of vaccination must be provided. If you have a recognised medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, please speak with the panel chair to discuss your circumstances and available options.

Key competency requirements

As an individual contributor in the role of Graduate Geologist, the following competencies from the Leadership competencies for Queensland are most relevant to this role: 


  • Prioritises projects and tasks efficiently, in line with team commitments (Leads strategically)
  • Actively participates in the design of new solutions and new ways of working (Stimulates ideas and innovation)


  • Contributes to the development of team objectives and recognises own role in achieving results (Drives accountability and outcomes)
  • Listens attentively and proactively seeks to understand others’ needs by asking questions and clarifying (Builds enduring relationships)


  • Demonstrates respect and appreciation for legislation and policy frameworks by consistently operating to key standards (Demonstrates sound governance)
  • Actively seeks feedback and modifies approach to enhance own effectiveness (Pursues continuous growth)

How to apply

To apply for this role, you will need to submit the following document/s. For more detailed information, please see the Working at Resources document.

  • Your current resume detailing your knowledge, skills and attributes experience, including the contact details for two referees who have personally observed you displaying the competencies required for this role
  • A brief cover letter (1-2 pages) telling us why you are interested in this opportunity and how your knowledge, skills and attributes complements the key competencies and, duties and accountabilities of the role. This should not be a restatement of your resume. It is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, how you meet the required competencies, key duties and responsibilities, and any specific role requirements including what skills you’ll bring to the role.

Send your application via www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au

Additional Information

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity.

Health and safety We aim to maintain a safe, healthy and secure work environment for all employees, clients, visitors and contractors. Achieving this aim is the responsibility of all.

Reasonable Adjustment: All applicants are encouraged to advise the panel of any additional support or reasonable adjustments (i.e. building access, wheelchair access, interpreting services etc.) required during the recruitment process in order to ensure they can demonstrate their ability to meet the inherent requirements of the role.

Pre-employment checks will occur prior to any offer of employment being made. Checks may include:

  • Referees
  • Proof of eligibility for appointment (i.e. residency/citizenship status)
  • Criminal history
  • Qualifications – the panel will need to sight your qualifications (mandatory requirements only).

To learn about how we support and encourage applications from diversity groups and for information on the benefits and conditions of working for Resources please refer to the Resources’ Applicant Information Package – Working at Resources document attached with this Smart Jobs item.

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Environment, Government, Science

  • Work rights:

    Australian Working Visa, Australian Permanent

  • Work from home:

    Hybrid remote

    Hybrid remote

    Employees are allowed to work remotely some of the time but most of the work is done at the company’s physical office. Remote work is considered a perk or a privilege. For example, an employee may work from home for 1-2 days per week.

  • Locations:

    Regional Queensland


    Feb 2023 (approx)



  • Program Duration

    1 Year

  • Closing Date:15th Aug 2022, 1:59 pm


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