Working for Us

Working with IGO means a career within a proud Australian resources Company that is small enough to offer close knit teams but large enough to provide employees with the opportunities that they need to build a successful career or the tools to start out on that journey.

IGO is a Company with a proud and successful history of business development and exploration. Our New Business team continues to be active in many areas of Western Australia, Australia and overseas and although they spend some time in Perth are firmly focussed on the variety of locations and opportunities that are open to us outside of Perth.

Our operations offer a range of fly in/fly out, drive in/drive out and residential opportunities. Our Jaguar Operation is a fly in/fly out site and provides all of the comforts of home including excellent food, gymnasium, pool and your own comfortable accommodation (including in most cases an en suite). Employees at our Long Operation are primarily residential and have been an integral part of the communities of Kambalda and Kalgoorlie for over ten years.

Internally our flat corporate structure provides employees with the opportunity to gain experience in many areas and project opportunities that large companies frequently can not offer. The flat structure provides everyone in the organisation, from entry level Graduates, those new to the mining industry and experienced Mining professionals alike, with the opportunity to work with some of our industries best people, know senior Managers by name and work with the up and coming leaders of the future.

Apprenticeships

IGO proudly supports the development of apprentices at both our Long and Jaguar Operations. Our apprenticeships are all about practical, hands on training programs where employees are paid while they learn a trade and provide a great start to a trade based career.

We offer apprenticeships to individuals in the areas of the Electrical, Mechanical and Boilermaking and provide a range of opportunities to gain experience with work in our surface and underground workshops.

IGO’s team of skilled and experienced tradespeople work together with Apprenticentre W.A. to guide apprentices through every stage of their training – both practical and theoretical – and support them to become quality trades people who have the capacity to work in the Mining or many other industries.

For apprentice vacancies please see our Vacancy page


Apprentices at Long

Graduates

The IGO Graduate Program offers university graduates a two year program commencing in January/February each year with the aim of supporting graduates in their transition from study to career. Our programme has been designed to educate, challenge and reward graduates in a work environment that will foster and develop them into future leaders and technical experts.

IGO provides each graduate with the backing of a highly skilled and professional team, with the mentoring and support needed to carve their future in the resources sector. Our Graduate Program features rotational job experiences, professional networking, career management and various training and development activities to provide graduates with a well-rounded and all-encompassing perspective of the mining industry.

Graduates assume roles with real on-the-job responsibilities and work to investigate and solve real business issues.
From the moment a graduate commences with IGO, we are committed to playing a part in the development of their career.

If you see yourself as a hard working individual with the desire and ability to become a future industry leader we encourage you to apply to our Graduate Programme. Applications should be forwarded by April 30 each year to igofurther@igo.com.au with a covering letter stating your area of study or interest in the subject line of your email.

What our Graduates say...

Graduate David

David –Mining Engineer Graduate

“I have found my future mining career so clear since IGO provided me an excellent Graduate Mining Engineer Program. At Jaguar, people look after each other very well and all team members move forward together. I am enjoying my time with IGO, not just because the company creates a good working environment for me to improve my abilities, but also because they have provided me with an excellent opportunity to create a successful career in the future.”

Graduate Callum

Callum –Geology Graduate

“I didn’t really know what to expect when I started at Jaguar and it was a bit daunting at first. But I found it to be very personal up here with anyone you ask happy to point you in the right direction. The crew in the geology department are pretty sound and really helped me get settled. I’ve been here over a year now and learnt loads, having had courses in Perth as well as onsite training. I’ve also been given a lot of responsibility, being relied upon to make important decisions on a daily basis. I feel that this mix has helped me develop very rapidly from a nervous graduate into a confident mine geologist.”

Graduate Matt

Matt –Metallurgy Graduate

“I would recommend IGO for any graduate looking to enter the mineral processing industry. They have delivered a fulfilling learning experience with plenty of valuable hands on involvement which will provide the grounding to a successful career in the minerals processing industry.”

Vacation Students

The IGO Vacation Program offers both undergraduate and post graduate students the opportunity to participate in a twelve (12) week program run over the Australian summer break commencing in November each year and concluding in February the following year. Our program is specifically designed to optimise student’s exposure and practical experience in their chosen discipline.

We place great importance in our Vacation Program as we recognise the future of our success depends upon supporting today’s students. That’s why our paid Vacation Program introduces students to a range of work functions to ensure critical industry experience is gained by them to broaden the student’s future employment opportunities.

Our Program has been created to give the student the opportunity to work alongside a mentor and ensure that they are exposed to and given practical experience in their chosen discipline. Along with the practical application of skills learnt in the tertiary setting, students are also required to complete a research project while on site to present to the team they are working with. After completion of our Vacation Program, students will have gathered personal and professional experiences along with the satisfaction of completing real on- the- job projects that will provide them with a ‘kick-start’ in their chosen profession.

If you see yourself as a hard working individual with the desire and ability to become a future industry leader we encourage you to apply to our Vacation Programme. Applications should be forwarded by April 30 each year to igofurther@igo.com.au with a covering letter stating your area of study or interest in the subject line of your email.

What our 2013 Vacation Students say...

Vacation Student Rachel

Rachel –Chemical Engineer Student

“Being a Vacation Student at IGO’s Jaguar Operation has been an amazing and challenging learning experience as I’ve learnt problem solving skills that can’t be learnt from any text book, learnt to be very hands on with everything I do at the mill and I’ve enjoyed being in a very friendly and helpful working environment.”

Vacation Student Sam

Sam –Geology Student

“The opportunity to work for IGO has allowed for me gain a practical and positive learning experience within the mining industry .Invaluable knowledge not just about geology but also the community atmosphere established by living on the mine site with colleagues from different professions.”

Vacation Student Tom

Tom –Geology Student

“Summer vacation work at IGO has been an invaluable experience as part of my progression into a professional career as an earth scientist. Vacation experience is now generally regarded as a prerequisite to graduate employment, and the opportunity has allowed me to network with industry professionals and build a solid understanding of what it is like to work within the resources industry. I hope that my experience from working at Jaguar operations as a geology vacation student will act as a springboard to future employment.”

Vacation Student Jonathan

Jonathan –Mining Engineer Student

“Re-locating from QLD to WA as a vacation student at Kambalda’s Long operation was a unique and enjoyable experience from start to finish. I had the opportunity to participate in all day-to-day activities and engage with all facets of their underground operations including loading and haulage, drill and blast, mine services and design and planning. The Long Operation provides a supportive culture and offered me challenging and exciting tasks every day, contributing practical knowledge towards my studies and a head start for my career.”

Vacation Student Shane

Shane –Geology Student

“Prior to applying for summer vacation work, I was encouraged to attend an AUSIMM meet the industry dinner at UTAS. It was here that a number of mining and exploration companies delivered presentations with the aim to attract students for their upcoming vacation and graduate programs. After all of the presentations were completed only one company stood out to me… IGO. What drew me to IGO over all of the other mining companies was their small to medium size, commitment to employee personal development, and innovative use of technologies. All of the other companies that presented at this dinner discussed how large they were, how many staff they had and how much their annual turnover was. No mention of the employee! This raised a very important question for me - if I was to join one of these companies, would I just become another one of these numbers? With this in mind I decided to only apply to the one company. As a first year geology student I wasn’t filled with much confidence in securing a position as there are so many applicants for so few positions. But as it turns out I was successful!

Over the past 2 years I have been fortunate enough to gain summer vacation work with IGO at the Long operation and mid semester work at the Stockman project. My first placement during the 2012/13 summer had me with the exploration department at Long where I was exposed to a variety surface and underground duties including core processing, face and backs mapping, geophysical surveys and drill rig programs. The staff here were extremely supportive and provided me with exceptional, well-structured training to assist me with the exciting but challenging roles that I encountered.

During my 2013 mid semester break IGO sent me to the Stockman project, which is situated in the picturesque highlands of Victoria (only a 40 minute drive from Mt Hotham ski fields)! Stockman is a near mine / regional exploration venture where a vast majority of the work was undertaken in the field. I was involved in soil and stream sediment sampling programs, geophysical surveys and short wave infra-red scanning of drill core. The relaxed outdoor country lifestyle coupled with the professionalism of the Stockman team made this short work experience one to remember.

This year during my 2013/14 summer, I have been assigned to the production geology department back at the Long operation. This appointment has given me invaluable insights and experiences in the day to day operations of an underground mine and how geology forms an integral part of any successful mining operation. The range of tasks and responsibilities increased considerably from my previous stint here but it was a challenge that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I would encourage any geology student who is looking to engage in summer vacation work to seriously consider IGO as their first choice as a prospective employer.”

Vacation Student Glenn

Glenn –Geology Student

“Progression to the top is so main stream. I chose the alternative fun slide over that corporate ladder.

I’ve moved from a full time position in underground mining to a full time student, working during my vacation periods – and loving it!

I began work at the Jaguar mine site with the exploration team as a field technician, processing the Bentley discovery exploration drill core. I’ve been part of the process that saw the exploration develop into a working underground decline. That then allowed me to stand at a face of the same ore I orientated in the exploration drill core. As so many exploration ventures do not become working mines, this progression has been an invaluable opportunity that has inspired me to further my studies of mining and exploration as a geo scientist. Thanks to IGO for supporting my development the whole way.”

Vacation Student Sarah

Sarah –Geology Student

“IGO’s Long operation has one of the most rewarding summer vacation programs available to students, and I feel so fortunate to have been given the chance to work with the geology and geophysics team there. I was able to experience everything from underground mapping to sampling the drill holes, to acquiring data with the geophysics probe. Every day I felt like I was contributing to the team in a meaningful way, which is what made working there such a fantastic experience. Vacation work teaches you things that cannot be reproduced in the classroom, the only way to discover what it means to be a FIFO geologist is to do it! I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and I can’t thank the geology team enough for sharing their time and experiences with me over the summer to accelerate my path to become a geologist and industry professional.”

Vacation Student Justin

Justin –Survey Student

“My time at IGO’s Long/Victor operations have provided me with invaluable experiences. The vacation program has allowed a taste of the industry whilst gaining on the job practical experience, not just in my field of surveying, but in other aspects of daily operations including; service crew, geology and trucking. It has been a great opportunity to network with people who have been in mining for years, and other vac students not just from Western Australia but the Eastern States too. Being an underground operation, provides a unique and different experience to the everyday tasks carried out, however all the staff have been supportive and willing to help where needed. Overall my time at Long has been the perfect stepping stone into the industry and has provided me with extended knowledge and practical skills needed for after I complete university.”

FAQs

How do I apply for work at IGO?
You can apply for any advertised role at IGO through the Job Board on the Vacancies page of our website: http://www.igo.com.au/irm/content/vacancies1.aspx?RID=507

What is the recruitment process?

  1. Online application
    Applications to advertised roles are received through our online Job Board. All applications will receive a "Receipt of Application" email.
  2. Short listing of applicants
    Short listing of applicants begins at the close of the application period. Depending on how many applications are received this may take some time.
  3. First round interview
    You will be notified (by phone or email) if you have been successful to interview stage. If you do not receive notification of an interview your application will be held on file for consideration for future vacancies.
  4. Second round interview with the area/site based manager
    Many of our advertised roles will require a second round interview to be completed with the area or site based manager. You will be advised of your success to a second round interview by our Human Resources department.
  5. Site visit – where applicable
    Some roles and sites may require a site visit by the applicant or a site based interview. You will be notified at the first round interview if this is the case and your availability to do a site visit established.
  6. Pre-employment checks
    All roles, at all levels of the organisation, will require applicants to provide the following pre-employment checks:
    • Reference Checks – a list of recent and relevant referees will be requested at interview;
    • Police Clearance – provision of a recent and clear police check;
    • Medical (including pre-employment medical, hearing, spirometry and drug and alcohol test); and
    • Provision of Qualifications – all relevant qualifications to be provided.

How long does the selection process take?
Most job vacancies will be open for application for two weeks. At the close of that period the Human Resources team begin the shortlisting process. The shortlisting process will normally be completed within one week of the close of applications, however from time to time we receive a large number of applicants and this may slow the shortlisting process.

What information do I need to bring with me to an interview?
It is advisable to bring a pen and paper with you to record any details that are important to you. You should also bring with you any paperwork or copies of qualifications that you have been requested to provide to the interview, as well as a list of questions you would like to ask us about working at IGO.

Will I get a chance to meet the people that I will be working with?
In most cases, yes. This will occur either in person or by phone. It may be necessary to have a second round of interviews or a site visit, in which case you would meet your potential work colleagues in person.

Can I apply directly to the site I am interested in working at?
No. To enable us to ensure that we process your application as promptly as possible it is essential that you apply directly to the recruitment team via the IGO Job Board on the Vacancies page of our website: http://www.igo.com.au/irm/content/vacancies1.aspx?RID=507

Can I ask a recruitment agency to act on my behalf?
No. IGO has a dedicated recruitment team that recruits applicants directly. Our preference is to begin to form our relationship with you directly and this starts in the recruitment process. We do not accepted unsolicited applications made by recruitment companies.

What do I require to work on a minesite?
Before you begin work at one of our minesites, IGO, as part of our commitment to safety, ensures each employee has a current Senior First Aid certificate. Other certificates such as Working at Heights and Confined Space are job specific requirements and are only essential if the job that you have applied for requires them. This kind of training, along with the requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and work clothes, will be provided to you once you arrive on site.