Senior Geologist

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety

Location: East Perth

Job Type: Full time


Our Team is expanding and needs more skilled geologists!

Are you passionate about the resource sector, looking for the next step in your career or wanting to do something different? Do you have a desire to be involved in State wide resource assessments and prospectivity analysis in an evolving and fast paced landscape? If so read on!

Two permanent full time opportunities are currently available for immediate appointment.

In addition, suitable candidates will remain in a pool for permanent, fixed term, full time and part time vacancies at Specified Calling Level 3 as they arise over a twelve (12) month period.

About us

The Department supports a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry, energy and resources sector. We lead with integrity, deliver on commitments, strive for excellence, and look for better ways of doing things.

Within the Resource and Environmental Regulation Group the Geological Survey and Resource Strategy Division (GSRSD) is responsible for the facilitation of investment through the provision of geoscience data and products and for setting strategic resource policy. The division manages the Abandoned Mines Team and the Exploration Incentive Scheme including the co-funded drilling program. The division also provides information and products to support the approval of mining tenements and petroleum titles and other related legislative compliance processes.

The Land Use Planning Branch helps to shape and inform land use planning policy and outcomes. It aims to maintain access for exploration and development of the State’s mineral, basic raw material, petroleum and geothermal energy resources while assisting with the delivery of State land use objectives. This involves industry consultation, multi-commodity geological assessments and regional prospectivity analysis.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website, and to keep up to date on activities, you can follow us on LinkedIn. To find out more about the Land Use Planning Branch, please visit our website.

About the role

As a Senior Geologist in our expanded Land Use Geoscience team, you will utilise your technical and industry knowledge/experience in conjunction with good judgement, research and analytical skills, to undertake geological assessments and prospectivity analysis to inform land tenure decisions and mitigate land use conflict across the State. Additionally, you will provide geoscientific advice on resources and significant mineralisation for mining lease applications, and mining compliance matters relating to mineral resources, mineral prospectivity and reported mineral exploration activities.

Your success in this role will be underpinned by your ability to provide professional geoscientific advice on mineral, petroleum and geothermal energy exploration and development to ensure continuity of community benefits from Western Australia's geological endowment.

Your in-depth knowledge and experience in multi-commodity mineral exploration and prospectivity analysis, will see you excel in this position. Your ability to work collaboratively and positively interact with a range of stakeholders, problem solve and navigate complex land use and planning matters related to land and resource access will also be essential for this role.

We offer comprehensive training, complemented by the support of an experienced team of geologists and a highly committed leadership group focused on driving positive change and lasting benefits for the State. Additionally, we are dedicated to fostering your professional growth, which includes provisions for attending conferences and workshops to further enhance your expertise.

Where will you work?

This position is located in East Perth, accessible by public transport and reasonably priced City of Perth parking options nearby. Whether it’s enjoying the tranquil Queens Gardens or the riverside foreshore, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will also enjoy onsite lifestyle facilities, including bike lockers, fully equipped change rooms and personal lockers. The Department gym is conveniently located across the road at 1 Adelaide Terrace. We offer an affordable gym membership, providing you with an opportunity to prioritise your health and well-being.

Need further information?

To learn more about the role, please refer to the Job Description Form (JDF) attached. If you have any questions about the role itself to help tailor your application, please contact Jordana Gardiner-Haukohl, Principal Geologist - Land Use Geoscience on (08) 9222 3858.

How to apply

To apply for this position, click ‘Apply for Job’ at the bottom of this page to and complete the online application form. In your application, please attach a detailed resume and covering letter of no more than two (2) pages, addressing the following points:

  • Substantial experience in geoscience studies related to the mineral resource industry particularly in mineral exploration and/or mineralisation studies, including experience working with geoscience databases and GIS software and demonstrated record of producing high-standard reports and maps.
  • Experience in dealing with land-use planning issues associated with land and resources access.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex issues and resolve problems.

Please note a Bachelor of Science (Geoscience) or an approved equivalent degree is also required for this role.

We encourage you to carefully consider these points and tailor your covering letter to address them effectively. This will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your qualifications, skills, and suitability for the position.

Need some help with how to apply?

If you need assistance with the application process, please refer to the below videos covering various aspects, including public sector recruitment, resume writing, cover letters, and polishing your application.

We have also attached an Applicant Information Pack for your reference. If you have any questions about employment conditions or the application process, please contact Jacqueline Gao, Human Resource Officer on (08) 9222 3632 or email

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Other benefits

We offer a range of benefits to our employees, creating a supportive, diverse, and innovative work environment, including:

  • Great work/life balance with 37.5 hour working week as a standard and flexible working hours for most roles.
  • Leave options including purchase leave, deferred leave and long service leave after 7 years.
  • Flexibility to work at home, in the field and in the office for most roles.
  • Stable work, job security, fair remuneration, 11% superannuation contributions to a provider of your choice and salary packaging options.
  • The ability to give back to your community and make a difference.
  • A collaborative environment with the ability to gain insight from subject matter experts in your field.
  • Opportunities for professional development, acting, shadowing and mentoring.
  • Support to grow your skills with a wide range of formal training options.
  • Build a healthy lifestyle with our award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Supportive work environment including an Employee Assistance Program to assist you deal with life’s challenges.

Supporting a diverse workforce

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community. Learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion Awards, celebrating individuals and teams who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. Reasonable adjustments will be provided to candidates with disabilities during our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

While this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies (permanent, fixed-term, full-time or part-time) within the department for the next twelve (12) months.

CLOSING DATE: 4.00 pm on Monday, 2 October 2023 (WST)

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time; applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

We look forward to receiving your application and considering you for this exciting opportunity to join our team.

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