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2023 Graduate Excellence Program - Graduate Geoscientist

About the Role

The role of Graduate Geoscientist is within the Minerals Geoscience group of the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ). 

The role involves working as part of a multi-disciplinary professional team to develop better understanding of Queensland’s geology and mineral resources. This work occurs through both office-based research and field-based activities. 

A particular focus of this position will be on the effective promotion of new economy mineral prospectivity of Queensland through development and maintenance of systematic information and 3D data packages for key mineral deposits in Queensland.

This work also feeds into development of a geoscience 3D digital twin under development by GSQ.

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:

  • Experience in identifying problems and possible solutions including research, comprehension and critical evaluation of relevant technical information and data.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team
  • Ability to follow and maintain effective data management procedures
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills

Key duties and accountabilities

  • Collect, collate and interpret geoscientific and mineral resource data, through literature review and applied research.
  • Assist with or perform analyses on geological samples/specimens as part of a larger project.
  • Maintain geoscientific and mineral resource information systems and data management practices.
  • Provide support for work programs which form part of a project, including remote field work.
  • Prepare written reports and/or technical products in a timely and proactive manner.
  • Communicate with GSQ stakeholders, including members of the public and industry.
  • Maintain an awareness of current geoscientific developments and strategies by participation in appropriate forums and events.
  • Work effectively in a team environment, collaborating with colleagues at the project, Group and GSQ-level to achieve high quality outcomes.
  • Support the delivery of key projects and initiatives ensuring goals, objectives and milestones are met and are in accordance with departmental project management requirements.
  • Other duties as directed and required.

Specific role requirements

Mandatory requirements:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in the last two years in the field of Geoscience, Geology, Earth Science or in a related discipline.
  • 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 Geoscientist, the following competencies from the Leadership competencies for Queensland are most relevant to this role:


  • Demonstrates flexibility to changing expectations by proactively adapting own approach to reflect new requirements (Leads change in complex environments)
  • Challenges the status quo by asking questions to bridge information gaps and clearly define new opportunities (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, Science

  • Work rights:

    Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Working

  • 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:



    Feb 2023 (approx)



  • Program Duration

    1 Year

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


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