Career Opportunities

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Scholarship Opportunities

AISRF Postgraduate Scholarship
Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in Plate Tectonics/Geodynamics working with Professor Dietmar Müller’s EarthByte Group at the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, for the project “Towards a unified East Gondwanaland reconstruction and its implications for Himalayan Orogeny”.
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Australia China Council Scholarship

The Australia China Council and the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce have created 15 opportunities for Australian students to work and learn Mandarin in China. The goal of the program is to foster a generation of young Australian leaders who are fluent in the language, culture and economy of China. These leaders will form the backbone of an emerging Australia-China relationship that in turn will strengthen the two countries bilateral links over a range of industries and disciplines.


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Postgraduate Research

Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) on Drought, Climate Change and Rural Adjustment: Tracking the Destinations of Exiting Farmers
This scholarship is funded by an ARC Linkage-Projects grant and will provide support for 3 years on a full-time basis for a research project leading to a PhD. The objective of the research project is to explore the ways farm businesses are responding to changing climatic conditions and new water allocation regimes. This might include inter alia, changes in crops, changes in farming practices, changes in inputs and technologies, new market or new forms of engagement with market supply chains.
Closing date for applications was 31st May 2010

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Graduate Programs

2010 Chevron Fellowship

The Association is pleased to announce a Chevron Fellowship for up to US$25,000 a year. The Chevron Fellowship supports Australian researchers conducting leading research in geosciences at a top US educational or research institution.

The Chevron Fellowship is open for post graduate or post doctoral research in the area of Geosciences, including geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering.

Applications for the Chevron Fellowship close on May 31st 2010. Guidelines and application form are available here.

For questions regarding your application and for submission, please contact Diane Sinclair at +1 212 338 6860 ext. 217 or

ANSTO Graduate Development Program

ANSTO is currently seeking high quality graduates in Engineering, Science and Computing Science who are interested in a diverse and challenging career in the fast growing sector of nuclear science and technology for their 2011 Graduate Development Program.
Closes April 26 2010
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Chevron Graduate Program

Chevron's Graduate Program draws graduates from many fields, including the geosciences.
Closes 28 March 2010
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Santos Graduate Recruitment

Santos is currently recruiting for their 2011 Graduate program which commences in Feb 2011. Graduates with backgrounds in the geosciences are encouraged to apply.
Closes 7 April 2010
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ExxonMobil Graduate Recruitment

ExxonMobil is currently recruiting for their 2011 Graduate Program. Graduates with backgrounds in the geosciences are encouraged to apply.
Closes March 28 2010
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University Resources

Visit the Careers Centre for job ads, resume help, employer events and lots more. You can also sign up to JobAlert to receive emails about jobs that are relevant to you.

Visit Sydney Talent to register your CV and get connected with employers. Sydney Talent offers a program that allows you to gain paid experience in your chosen field while studying.

Industry Career Opportunities

Coffey Geosciences is a leading specialist engineering consultancy providing services in Geotechnical Engineering, Contaminated Land and Hydrological and Groundwater studies. Coffey Geosciences employs over 500 staff in more than 20 offices located throghout Australia and South-East Asia.

Santos is building a global energy business through its exploration, development and production activities in every major Australian petroleum province and in the United States, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and Egypt. Santos provide attractive remuneration and relocation benefits.

The Office of Environment and Heritage has career and job information online which will be useful to anyone interested in a career with the Department and its subsidiaries such as the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.

All NSW Government positions are advertised on the jobs.nsw website. You can search and apply for job vacancies across all State Government agencies through the site.

Anyone interested in career opportunities at the Federal Government level can review the listing of currently available Federal Government positions on the Australian Government website.

The CSIRO's Careers page is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in pursuing a career with the country's premiere scientific agency. Their site contains information about position vacancies, awards and fellowships, work experience opportunities and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Wild Mob

Wild Mob is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation providing hands-on environmental projects in remote and iconic Australian locations. We are dedicated to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity through practical conservation and rehabilitation programs. Volunteers can expect a balanced mix of environmental work, biodiversity education and plenty of time to enjoy the natural surroundings by hiking, snorkelling or simply relaxing. Each project offers its own experience, from a secluded island in the Whitsundays to rugged coastline in Tasmania to views of Australia’s highest mountain peaks.



Global Vision International is seeking expedition members to participate in scuba diving surveys and marine conservation projects in Mexico.

Expedition members are needed for periods of 5, 10 and 15 weeks to join the GVI marine research teams. Dive training is available if required, up to PADI Divemaster. Activities include coral reef and fish monitoring surveys, turtle research, and environmental education and awareness programs. There is a free careers abroad field work placement and job vacancy service for former expedition members.

The expedition training programme provides the skills necessary for research diving and marine survey work in order to accurately collect data and identify fish and coral. PADI Coral Reef Researcher Speciality is also available as part of this programme.

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development volunteer program is one part of AusAID's aid program. With three intakes per year, the program places 400 young Australians on short-term assignments (3 - 12 months) in developing countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Australian Volunteers International is another volunteer program sponsored by AusAID. AVI assignments are typically longer than AYAD assignments and are not necessarily confined to countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Earthwatch is an international environmental not-for-profit organisation which is committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on earth to meet the needs of current and future generations. Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch works with a wide range of partners, from individuals who work as conservation volunteers on research teams through to corporate partners, governments and institutions. Earthwatch has a global reach, with offices in Melbourne (Australia), Oxford (UK), Boston (USA), and Tokyo (Japan).

Conservation Volunteers offers a number of different volunteer opportunities from one day local environmental projects through to two week expeditions to remote outback locations that provide an amazing working holiday experience. The program focuses on environmental projects in Australia and New Zealand.