Senior Geoscientist – NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Classification: Senior Geoscientist
Employment Status: Ongoing, Full-Time

You will be a geoscience professional with broad experience in building 3D geological models, expertise in modelling software packages, and proficiency in compiling data and maintaining databases. You will have comprehensive geological knowledge as well as being process-oriented with the ability to design and document modelling workflows.

This role works within the 3D team creating regional-scale models which provide a framework for more detailed interpretation projects. The role requires an ability to work collaboratively and communicate your results both within the team and to other stakeholders. Your demonstrated capability to solve complex problems under pressure and strong project management skills will be essential for building models in a production environment. Experience creating regional scale interpretations and knowledge of hard-rock geology will be highly regarded.

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role and are interested in creating a more prosperous NSW we would love to hear from you!

The Department of Planning and Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW.

The Department’s vision – Planning for a growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.

Primary purpose of the role:  The Senior Geoscientist – 3D Modelling is a member of a small team undertaking 3D geological modelling projects across the state. This position provides expert knowledge on 3D geology, modelling methodologies and processes, and a focus on data compilation and model documentation.

You must read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Role description
Application Guide
Applying for a role in the NSW public Sector

Job Notes: A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12 month period.

Essential requirements:

  • Degree in geology or equivalent with honours and/or post graduate qualifications
  • Advanced computer skills, including interrogating data, database management, and building 3D models.
  • Strong documentation skills and written and oral communication

To Apply:

  • Provide your personal information as prompted;
  • Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages);
  • Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).
  • Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000 character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.

Q1. Describe a large and complex 3D geological model you have built. What was your role in the project? What were the major challenges you faced? Describe the process you used to collate and verify data and how the data were stored and archived.

Q2. Describe a complex problem you had to solve when integrating diverse datatypes to create a 3D model.

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

DPE is committed to providing a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace. We are also committed to offering flexible work arrangements where possible. Candidates should discuss options available for this role with the hiring manager.

AIG Mentoring Program – 2017 calling for participants across the nation

AIG Mentoring Program

An initiative of the National Graduate Group for BSc/MSc/PhD students and Early career geoscientists (<5 years experience)

AIG Mentoring Program

Our program connects undergraduate students, honours, MSc and PhD candidates, and early career geoscientists (0-5yrs) with experienced industry professionals. The aim is to build our community by providing emerging geoscientists with connections, knowledge and experiences from knowledgeable professionals who are looking to give back. Our professionals provide practical advice and guidance on a number of areas of interest in regards to beginning and maintaining a healthy career within geoscience.

Program details

  • The program is free for both mentees and mentors!
  • During the program mentees and mentors meet regularly to discuss and work on their mentoring program objectives.
  • In addition to mentor-mentee meetings, the program includes three formal events:
  • Kick-Off Event – May/June
  • Mid-term Social Event
  • Final Event/Program finish – Oct
  • Programs are currently running in WA, VIC and QLD urban centres.
  • New in 2017! For people located outside urban areas or in a state without an active program, the Distance Program is for you. This program uses online technology to facilitate mentoring, regardless of location.

Join us!

Fill out and submit an expression of interest form for the program you’d like to join via Note the deadline for submissions is 15 April 2017.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in May 2017.

AIG membership is a prerequisite to participate in the mentoring program as a mentor or as a mentee. If you are not already an AIG member then this is a great reason to join up – sign up for membership online at

AIG membership for students is free!

Call for state champions

If you are passionate about giving back and want to make an impact in your community, we are seeking mentoring program state champions who have >15-20 yr practical industry experience to lead dynamic mentoring committees in NSW/ACT, SA/NT and TAS. You will help connect our program across the nation by joining our network of established programs in WA, VIC and QLD.

Any questions? For more details about the AIG Mentoring Program please contact us at

Click here to download the EOI flyer.

Whether you are a mentee or mentor – Sign up now!

Drilling for Geology II, Brisbane 26-28 July 2017


The AIG is pleased to host the second instalment of its very successful Drilling for Geology conference, first held in 2008. Organisation of the conference is proceeding smoothly and at the present time we have locked in:

  • Over 25 technical presentations on day 1 and day 2, in conjunction with a trade exhibition
  • Eight workshops on day 3
  • Nine commercial sponsors and three industry supporters
  • Eleven exhibitors
  • Additional sponsorship, exhibitor and workshop opportunities are available – we also have a few talk slots remaining for technical presentations.

Online registration is open.  Visit the conference web site for more details and review the technical program

Tenth International Mining Geology Conference 2017: Setting new standards

This conference is the premier Australian mining geology forum and has developed strong international support since the first event in 1990.  Interested in attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at the Conference? Visit

The Tenth International Mining Geology Conference 2017 will feature a 3 day technical program of peer reviewed papers presented in multiple formats such as standard conference presentations, snap shot presentations and poster presentations. The program will include Q&A sessions plus an extensive program of networking events to continue the exchange of technical knowledge.

Setting new standards

  • mining geology practice – drilling, sampling, grade modelling and control, and mine/mill production support; innovation and application of industry best practice, and internal and external standards
  • efficiently linking exploration and mining geology – fundamentals for better projects
  • beyond the assay – building holistic rock property models for mining and geometallurgy
  • demonstrating value through best practice reconciliation
  • mining geology and the future – technology, automation, applied research, and innovation
  • education, interface and knowledge management – gaining skills and communicating opportunity.

The conference will host an extensive tour and workshop program to maximise learning opportunities for delegates.

For more information contact:

Suzie Chan
Senior Coordinator, Events
Phone: +61 3 9658 6126

March Quarter 2017 Geoscientist Employment Survey Open!

This latest instalment in AIG’s Australian Geoscientist Employment survey series will provide data on trends in geoscientist employment in Australia during the first quarter of 2017.

The improvement in employment prospects for Australia’s geoscientists evident during 2016 came to an end in the final quarter of the year.

At 31st December 2016, the unemployment rate amongst Australian geoscientists was 14.4% and the under-employment rate was 19.5%, up slightly from 13.9% and 18.8% respectively at the end of September 2016. The unemployment and underemployment rates at the end of 2016 were, however, lower than those recorded earlier in the year.

There have been signs of improvement in the employment situation and state of the resource exploration sector in Australia. Consultants are reporting increased workloads but exploration expenditure in Australia remains flat. The land areas held under exploration licence in Australia also continue to decline.

This survey is opening only a relatively short time after the December quarter 2016 survey – this survey opens a month later than usual due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Thanks to your support, this survey series is becoming increasingly recognised as an important indicator of not only geoscientist employment but the general health of the exploration and mining sectors in Australia. The survey results are reported widely and used to promote and inform others of the health of an industry which is vital to Australia’s economy. Importantly, the data supports advocacy by AIG on the need to improve access to land for responsible, well executed resource exploration throughout Australia. Please support this ongoing initiative by taking a few minutes to complete this latest instalment in the survey series and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do so.

You do not need to be an AIG member to participate.  Please note that no data that could personally identify respondents is collected by this survey.

The few minutes of your time spent completing the survey really helps to make a difference to the standing and knowledge of our profession.

Complete the survey now by following this link.  The survey will be open until Friday 28th April.