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2023 Graduate Excellence Program - Graduate Surveyor

About the Role

Operating from within Surveying Services, you will be involved in maintaining the cadastral integrity of the State.

You will be involved in investigating, and providing advice on surveying matters, undertaking field surveys on behalf of the Department.

This work contributes to the States’ geodetic infrastructure, supporting the integration of spatial data in the Department of Resources environment.

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:

  • Knowledge in the field of surveying
  • Experience in identifying problems and possible solutions including research, comprehension and the critical evaluation of relevant technical information and data.

Key duties and accountabilities

  • Participate in multidisciplinary project teams across the State, including participation in cadastral surveys, geodetic and control surveys and in field campaigns such as surveying support to Indigenous Land Use Agreement implementation and the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution program.
  • Assist in the maintaining the cadastral integrity of Queensland through the survey plan examination function, including plan auditing, field inspections and provision of advice.
  • Process survey instrument calibrations, reduction of observations and the re-measurement of EDM bases for calibration purposes.
  • Maintain and update Departmental databases for survey and cadastral information.
  • Operate effectively within a team environment, assist in setting project goals and working with others to ensure targets are met.
  • Research and provide advice on current and future surveying technology, techniques & legislation.
  • Ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
  • You may be required to drive a motor vehicle.
  • 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 Surveying or Spatial Sciences
  • Registration as a Surveying Graduate with Surveyors Board of Queensland (or the ability to become registered in Queensland upon completion of the degree or via the Surveyors Board of Queensland mutual recognition framework) with the desire to become registered as a Cadastral Surveyor in the future.
  • Be able to work in remote locations (away from home) for short periods of time.
  • Drivers’ License (manual (class C) preferred)
  • 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 Surveyor, the following competencies from the Leadership competencies for Queensland are most relevant to this role:


  • Gains insight into issues by analysing the available information in a critical manner (Makes insightful decisions)
  • Challenges the status quo by asking questions to bridge information gaps and clearly define new opportunities (Stimulates ideas and innovation)


  • Actively participates in team development opportunities, such as lessons learned conversations (Develops and mobilises talent)
  • Supports others by providing timely information within own area of expertise in an articulate and non-technical manner (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:

    Construction, Planning and Surveying, Property, 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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