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The Mineral Resources Division offers a wide range of career opportunities

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Career opportunities within the Mineral Resources Division include 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 may sometimes provide opportunities for university students to undertake employment during vacation time. 

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Careers in the geoscience 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, a leaflet produced by the Department of State Development. 

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

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Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) 

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 

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Job opportunities in the mining industry

The Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division 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 Mines and quarries and Developing projects pages on this website include links to some mining companies involved with mineral projects in South 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 Community education service 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 initiative and by industry sponsors.

Students with an interest in the Geosciences Summer School and who will be studying science and mathematics in year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to apply.

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Community Education Officer

John Mignone, DMITRE Mineral Resources Division Education Officer, receiving the ASEG Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award February 2012John Mignone, the Department of State Development's Mineral Resources Division Community Education Officer has been awarded the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists' prestigious and rarely presented Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award to recognise his promotion of geophysics to students and the wider community.

"John’s activity and influence has international reach. He has taught countless thousands of students. Many current geologists,geophysicists and environmentalists were inspired by him in their early lives and now work around the world,” Andrew said.

John’s work has involved visits to schools throughout South Australia to teach the fun of learning geology and geophysics, as  well as the interaction between resource activities, communities and the environment.

Of receiving the Lindsay Ingall Memorial award John said: “The International Society of Exploration Geophysicists has a membership of 32,000 worldwide, so to be presented with this award is a real honour -  especially because this is the first time the Society has presented an award to a non-member.”

The Award was presented at the Society’s 22nd International Geophysical Convention and Exhibition before 300 hundred geophysicists in February 2012. 

For his services to the community in resource education, John has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Education in 2001 and South Australia’s Science Communication Award in 1999. His creativity and insights in producing the educational package – Resources working for the Right Balance, was honoured with an Australian Gold Serif Award in 1997. 

The Lindsay Ingall Memorial Award honours the memory of Lindsay Ingall, acknowledged for his capacity to cross geoscience boundaries and for his enduring commitment to assist geoscientists across Australia.

For more information, contact:

John Mignone
Community education officer
Phone: 0401 122 059
John.Mignone@sa.gov.au