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Joining our innovative and dynamic team puts you alongside industry leaders who encourage your career progression and work life balance. An exciting future is just around the corner with major projects expanding production and extending mine life. Working at Northparkes offers unique opportunities to achieve more, live more and make your mark.
Professionally it couldn’t be better
Skilled up for a great career
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Our copper and gold deposits are rich and stable, the mine is growing well into the 2030s and with major capital works underway, we are looking for dynamic, talented and skilled people to join us for a great future together.
Working at Northparkes is enjoyable: inspirational leadership matters and diversity is celebrated.
Since 1993, Northparkes has been celebrated for our high-quality copper deposits and loyal, committed people. We are the world’s most automated underground mine and the first mine in Australia to achieve White Ribbon accreditation.
Please check this page regularly for positions available at Northparkes.
Great people, Great place, Great careers
It’s a great place to live a fantastic life
We are fully engaged with and supported by an awesome community where the culture is fun and friendly and housing is affordable. You’ll love the balance, the people and the opportunities at Parkes in NSW’s beautiful Central West.
Our entry-level programs are designed to nurture your career and personal development as a future leader.
Northparkes offers a range of apprenticeships, graduate programs and traineeships. By employing people in entry-level roles, everyone benefits. We gain a fresh perspective and unique contributions to our business – we also gain a diversity of ideas and experience.
Our program participants have the opportunity to learn in an industry setting, and benefit from tailored programs designed to enhance their technical and leadership skills.
Similarly, our scholarship programs provide financial and practical support to students who will go on to contribute to our local community, and perhaps one day join the mining industry.
Northparkes also partners with Universities to offer work placement opportunities onsite. Students return to university having completed their required workplace training, with a good understanding of the mining industry.
To help you understand our recruitment process and to ensure you know what to expect, here is an outline of the typical stages that a successful applicant will progress through.
Please send your cover letter and resume via email to us. If you are responding to a particular vacancy from any of our advertisements, please state clearly which position you are applying for and the date of your application.
Acknowledgement of application
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to acknowledge receipt of your application. This will confirm that your application has reached us.
Based on the information you have provided in your application you may be invited to attend an interview. The interview will typically comprise a panel of three, with representation from the department that the role is in and Human Resources. The interview model used at Northparkes is the behavioural technique in which questions are asked about specific work experiences.
It is a condition of employment with Northparkes that you complete and pass a security clearance. Completion of the security clearance consent form will typically happen at or following the interview stage.
For some specific roles, additional forms of assessment may be undertaken. Details of these will be explained to all applicants at the interview stage. These assessments provide us with additional information about your skills and abilities.
All applicants are asked to undertake a pre-employment medical as one of the last stages of our recruitment process.
Offer of a position with Northparkes Mines
If successful you will be offered the opportunity to join our team. This offer will be typically made by phone and confirmed in writing.
If you are not already a Parkes Shire resident, the relocation package relevant to your appointment will be explained to you when you are made an offer of employment with us.
Our program combines theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experience in the mining industry.
This is a four year program including on-the-job training, coaching from experienced trades people and a qualification through a Registered Training Organisation.
On top of that Northparkes apprentices will be provided will all of the tools needed to complete their trade, free accommodation while attending TAFE, and extra tutor support for TAFE courses if needed.
You will get exposure to all aspects of mining throughout your time onsite and have the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice in your fourth year.
To be eligible for a Northparkes apprenticeship:
- You must be at least 17 years of age
- Have a current Drivers Licence (manual preferred)
It is also highly desirable:
- Completion of Year 12 or equivalent (by the commencement of the Apprentice Program in January 2019)
- Evidence of genuine interest in a trade (shown through work experience)
Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships provide financial support and encouragement to students interested in a career in the mining industry, in addition to those who wish to pursue non-technical degrees in other fields.
Successful applicants receive between $5,000 (non technical) and $10,000 (technical) funding each year of their university studies.
Examples of non-technical careers
- Occupational Health/Safety/Science
- Environmental Science
- Human Resources/Training
- Social Work
Examples of technical careers
- Mining Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
In addition to financial support, recipients are also provided with a laptop to assist with their tertiary studies.
We provide constant support throughout your studies, and work placement opportunities during uni holidays. This ensures scholarship holders can attend, enjoy and eventually obtain employment in their chosen field.
Eight Indigenous tertiary students are currently supported by the program.
Applications for the 2020 Indigenous Scholarship Program are now open and will close Friday 31 January 2020.
SMMO sponsored scholarships
The SMMO sponsored scholarship program is designed to encourage local senior secondary students who are interested in the mining industry as a possible career.
SMMO is a joint venture partner of Northparkes. The scholarship is an investment above and beyond Northparkes’ existing programs.
In 2019 the structure of the program changed to support students entering or studying at university, which was identified from school visits and feedback from students. Each year scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to students from the Central West who have been accepted to study or are studying at university.
Students do not have to be studying a technical mining related degree to be eligible to apply, and there is now only a one-off payment of $3,000, Each year there will be three (3) scholarships offered at $3,000 each.
In addition to financial support provided by SMMO, Northparkes offers work experience and career mentoring to SMMO scholarship holders’ onsite.
Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Scholarship eligibility criteria:
- Reside within the Central West of New South Wales at the time of application
- Be accepted into university or studying at university
- Be under the age of 30 at the time of application.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a phone interview with our Northparkes HR team, with scholarships awarded in January 2021. Applications close Friday, 20 November 2020.
Northparkes’ Two Year Graduate Program of structured mentoring, development and support is designed to give you a solid foundation to kick start your mining career and fast track you into exciting positions where you will make your mark while also enjoying awesome lifestyle opportunities.
Northparkes is the most automated underground mine in the world and Australia’s fourth largest copper and gold producer located in the beautiful Parkes region of Central NSW.
In 2021 Northparkes will employ eight graduates across our operations with a diverse variety of disciplines within the roles of:
- Graduate Control Systems Engineer
- Graduate Electrical Engineer
- Graduate Geotechnical Engineer
- Graduate Human Resources
- Graduate Information Technology
- Graduate Legal
- Graduate Mine Geologist
- Graduate Mining Engineer
Each role offers the opportunity to work across a variety of complex project initiatives, contributing to the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects to the rest of the business.
The successful applicants will possess the following essential criteria;
- Bachelors or equivalent within any of the following or a related discipline: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geosciences, mine engineering, human resources and information technology
- Current NSW Drivers’ Licence (manual preferred)
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Strong communication and leadership skills
If you want to join the Northparkes team and make you mark – click the button below.
“I learnt so much during my program – I loved going out into the plant and gaining hands-on experience. Everyone across site was so welcoming and more than happy to take the time to show me the ropes and answer any questions I had,” Brad Rearden – Chemical Engineering Student from the University of Newcastle.
Northparkes’ eight week Vacation Work Program is designed to give you a solid foundation to kick start your mining career and fast track you into exciting positions where you will make your mark while also enjoying awesome lifestyle opportunities.
Our annual vacation work program runs for eight weeks over the summer university holidays. Work placement students spend time with the department most relevant to their studies. Project work to develop your skills is provided based on your technical background. You are also provided the opportunity to participate in a major community project. During your placement you will be paid, stay in company housing and be provided with all uniforms/ equipment needed to complete your role.
Flexible work arrangements
We recently reinforced our commitment to life balance by formalising flexible workplace arrangements. We have also provided opportunities for several employees to take career breaks pursuing various other activities and later returning to work.
Developing the skills of individuals
Northparkes invests significantly in the training and development of its employees. Staff are encouraged to gain a range of knowledge and experience during their employment with Northparkes and are provided with ongoing training opportunities to broaden their skills base.
Subsidised private health cover
Employees and their immediate families have access to generous subsidised private health care packages.
Employees who elect to transfer their Superannuation accounts to the company’s preferred Superannuation provider receive an additional superannuation contribution.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Northparkes has an employee assistance program available for employees requiring support or counselling. The EAP allows all employees to access qualified counselling through designated external and independent providers. Any service provided is entirely confidential.
Parkes – it all adds up
Northparkes offers a residential lifestyle, with most of our employees and their families living in the Parkes Shire.
Parkes has the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a country town, and an extensive range of services and facilities. The town boasts a strong community spirit with high participation in sporting, recreational and community activities.
Parkes is home to the national icon, ‘The Dish’ and has become more recently known as the ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’ with the Parkes Elvis Festival attracting around 20,000 visitors annually.
Parkes Shire 15,148
|Shire area:||5,919 sq km|
|Average Temperatures:||Winter 6–15ºC
|Average rainfall:||584 mm per year|