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Vacation employment
Careers in the geosciences
Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA)
Job opportunities in the mining industry
Work experience
Information for schools
Geosciences summer school

Special 'Pop-up' event on The University of Adelaide campus:
4 August 2014
Your future and the resources industry

The Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division offers a wide range of career opportunities including careers in administration and management, and positions for executive officers, geologists and engineers.

Roles within the group may include the following:

  • Strategic policy and support - facilitating the development of various mining projects; providing advice and statistics to the government and the community; advising on legislative frameworks
  • Mining regulation and rehabilitation - regulating exploration and mining industries; determining and collecting statutory royalties
  • Geoscientific information management - defining mineral resources and their potential; generating and managing geoscientific information; providing geoscientific advice and data to industry, government and the community


Vacation employment

The Resources and Energy Group can provide opportunities for university students to undertake employment during vacation time.

More about the vacation program

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Careers in the geosciences and mining industry

Information for students about courses of study and employment opportunities for careers in the geosciences is available in Consider a career in the geosciences (.pdf 1.7Mb), a leaflet produced by the Department of State Development (formerly a part of DMITRE).

The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) produces Hot Rubble (external site), a one-stop website to provide information about a career in the minerals, oil or gas sectors in South Australia.

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Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA)

South Australia Resources Workforce Scoping Report 2013-2020
A workforce analysis of the current and future requirements within the South Australian resources sector.
More about the report

RESA works with resource companies and education and training providers to address anticipated skills shortages in the resources sector.

Program targets include:

  • management, professional staff and graduates
  • para professionals, technicians/ trades and apprentices
  • plant and equipment operators
  • site administration and support personnel
  • indigenous, rural and regional groups
    More about RESA and latest projects (external site)

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Job opportunities in the mining industry

The Resources and Energy Group does not hold information about particular job opportunities within the mining industry. If you are interested in working within the mining industry you could contact individual mining companies. The Developing Projects and Approved Mines pages on this website include links to some mining companies involved with mineral projects in South Australia.

www.miningcareers.com (external site) gives information on careers and career pathways in the mining industry and includes information on job vacancies throughout Australia.

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Work experience

The Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division considers applications from secondary school students wanting to undertake work experience in the geosciences. Successful applicants are provided with a variety of hands-on experiences including field, laboratory and office components of geoscientific work.

Applicants should contact the Mineral Resources Division Community Education Officer in writing at least one term before the expected school release time, stating reasons why they have chosen this vocational area. Include all contact details.

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Information for schools

Hands-on workshops for students and professional development presentations to staff are available. See the Education section of the website or contact the Mineral Resources Division Community Education Officer for more information.

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Geosciences Summer School

The Geosciences Summer School provides lectures, practicals and fieldwork covering topics such as geology, mapping rock formations, minerals and energy resources exploration methods and mining engineering.

The school is funded by the Department of State Development's Resources and Energy Group under the South Australian Government's PACE 2020 initiative and by industry sponsors.

Students with an interest in geosciences and who will be studying science and mathematics in year 10, 11 or 12 in 2013 are invited to apply.

More about the Geosciences Summer School and application form

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