Graduate - Environment

Job Description

Your new career opportunity: Graduate – Environment 


  • Inclusive work environment where people are valued and respected
  • Residential role in the Central Queensland town of Gladstone surrounded by iconic natural attractions
  • Get ahead financially with company benefits including fully funded domestic relocation and subsidised private health insurance
  • Permanent, full-time role with structured two-year Graduate Development Program
  • 9-day fortnight roster


About your role                                                                                                      

The QAL Graduate Development Program (GDP) is a two-year program, that is designed to expose graduates to a variety of professional experiences to ensure that by the end of the two years you have developed the skills necessary to become a key member of the QAL team, actively contributing to and improving the business’s performance.

This role allows you to apply your degree in Environmental Science, Engineering or similar to broaden skills, apply knowledge and gain practical experience in a diverse industrial environment through exposure to the broad range of functions across site. This is achieved by having a personalised development plan, and a coaching and mentoring support network of subject-matter experts.

There will be a wide range of learning opportunities and you will learn on the job skills while working on site in a fast paced and supportive environment.

Reporting to the Superintendent – Environment in the Tailings & Environment Department, key role responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring all work is performed in accordance with site health, environmental and community policies, systems and procedures
  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of the QAL plant process, operations and procedures 
  • Working in a safe environmentally responsible manner with specialised consultants, contractors and research organisations 
  • Completing in-field sampling, preparing reports and contributing to improving QAL’s operational environmental performance
  • Supporting the enhancement of environmental management systems to continue QAL’s move to a position of environmental stewardship  
  • Assisting internal and external stakeholders to achieve on the ground improvements as well as representing QAL at relevant environmental forums

What you will bring

To be successfully considered for this role, you should have: 

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science (or an equivalent discipline) within the last twelve months or with an anticipated completion date before January 2024
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills with a strong academic record
  • Familiarity with the Bayer Process, mining or heavy industry (advantageous) 
  • Initiative and desire to continuously improve with a willingness to face and find creative ways to overcome new challenges
  • Ability to consistently meet established deadlines

What’s on offer

We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer a wide range of benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include:       

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • Competitive salary package with annual performance bonus
  • Domestic relocation assistance 
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family 
  • Accelerated career development with learning and development opportunities to support your desired technical or leadership career path
  • Yaralla lifestyle membership which provides for free use of multiple gyms, the town pool, the cinemas and golf courses                                    
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters

Where you will be working

Gladstone is a coastal town in central Queensland with the region home to a population of approximately 64,000. The Gladstone region enjoys well-established education services, entertainment, shopping and medical facilities and is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. If you are thinking of making a seaside change, check out what our region has to offer:

About QAL

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) is one of the world’s largest alumina refineries, enjoying a global reputation as a leader in the minerals processing industry. QAL is focused on employee engagement, best practice technology, innovative capital solutions, benchmark maintenance and project execution whilst maintaining world class safety, quality and environmental performance.

Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce 

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

At QAL, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds. 

You may not meet all the selection criteria we are looking for, but that doesn’t mean you are not the right fit for QAL. You might have experience outside of these requirements that will make you a great candidate with strengths in areas that we can build on. 

If you are looking for a new venture and the chance to work for a company that cares about being Safe, Stable and Sustainable, apply today.