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2023 Graduate Excellence Program - Graduate Technical Officer

About the Role

Operating from within the Georesources division, you will be responsible for assisting with the technical assessment of petroleum, geothermal, and greenhouse gas applications to the Department of Resources.

In the role of Graduate Technical Officer, you will be part of a confidential and dedicated team that is responsible for the alignment of applications to various relevant Government of Queensland policies and industry standards, such as the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Petroleum Resource Management System (SPEPRMS).

This role provides opportunities for technical engineering assessments, policy development, public service awareness, and contributes to understanding relevant standards, guidelines and communications.

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:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply scientific investigation methodologies in research, analysis and problem solving
  • Ability to communicate technical data to a multi-discipline audience both written and verball
  • An interest in the rapidly evolving petroleum, geothermal and greenhouse gas injection industries
  • A growth mindset to allow you to learn at a fast pace, acquiring a variety of technical, policy and project delivery skills and experience 

Key duties and accountabilities

  • Assist in technical assessments associated with the applications for activities in the petroleum, geothermal and greenhouse gas industry.
  • Contribute to technical reports, and if applicable, provide recommendations relating to technical data received.
  • Assist in evaluation techniques used to determine accuracy and uncertainties related to application submissions
  • Assist in identifying problems and possible solutions pertaining to relevant technical information, in collaboration with other teams within the Queensland Government
  • Work effectively in a team environment, collaborating with colleagues to achieve high quality outcomes
  • Contribute as both a team member and independently as required to ensure projects are achieved in timely and efficient manner
  • Other duties as directed and required.

Specific role requirements

Mandatory requirements:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution in the last two years in the field of Petroleum Engineering, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Geology, or a relevant 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 Technical Officer, 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)
  • Shares and seeks creative ideas, suggestions and data to inform the delivery of services (Stimulates ideas and innovation)


  • Builds rapport and establishes strong and mutually beneficial connections (Builds enduring relationships)
  • Contributes to the development of team objectives and recognises own role in achieving result (Drives accountability and outcomes)
  • Promotes the team’s work through clear and compelling communication (Inspires others)


  • Upholds integrity through responsible management and use of processes and resources (Demonstrates sound governance)
  • Takes personal accountability for learning, and eagerly pursues new knowledge and experiences (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:

    Engineering, Engineering Chemical Processing, Engineering Environmental,

  • 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:



    Feb 2023 (approx)



  • Program Duration

    1 Year

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


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