Your Evolution

Evolution Mining is a leading, growth focused Australian gold miner.

At Evolution our best discoveries are found everyday through the innovation displayed by our fantastic people. In return, our corporate focus is 100% on safety and getting our employees home safely. We are continuously committed to building an exceptional company that provides a workplace environment that is challenging, rewarding and fun for all of our employees. We want our people to share our vision and values and be part of our continued growth. We offer exceptional career opportunities across our diverse range of sites and group offices. And we want you to help us discover more!

Our Evolution

Evolution in a snapshot!

  • An ASX 100 listed company with a market capitalisation of ~A$4.8 billion (as at March 2018)
  • Global leader in low cost production and largest gold producer in Queensland
  • Group production in FY17 from 6 operating assets totalled 844,124 gold ounces at All-In sustaining cost (AISC) of A$907 per ounce
  • Group production for FY18 is expected to be 820,000-880,000 ounces at AISC of A$850-900/oz
  • ~1,350 employees across Australia
  • Evolution remains committed to investing A$20 – A$30 million on discovery in FY18
  • Evolution have produced over 3.5 million ounces of gold since Evolution’s creation in November 2011
  • Winner of the NSW Mining Safety Excellence Award and runner up in the Community Excellence Award (August 2017)
  • NSW Mining operation of the year awarded by NSW Minerals Council (April 2017)
  • Winner of the NSW Mining operation of the year awarded by NSW Minerals Council (April 2017)
  • Winner of Craig Oliver Award, RIU Explorers Conference (February 2017)
  • Winner of 2016 Miner of the Year, Australian Gold Mining Journal (February 2017)
  • Winner of 2016 Dealer Award at Diggers and Dealers (August 2016)
  • Winner of Best Asia-Pacific Mining Deal at Mines and Money Hong Kong (April 2016)
  • Winner of 8th Annual International M&A awards (April 2016)

See our Mt Rawdon operation

Graduate Program

Our two-year structured Graduate program is designed to develop you by building your knowledge base, skills and experience across the Evolution business, and placing you into a meaningful role at the end of the program, with a desire to see you as future leaders of the business!

If you want to be part of an organisation that takes people seriously, is small enough that everyone knows who you are but big enough to have the opportunities for you to grow and develop, then Evolution is the place for you!

The Graduate Program for 2019 is now closed.

Your Evolution: Why the Evolution Mining Graduate Program?

As an Evolution Mining Graduate, you can look forward to some great rewards and benefits. Your positive attitude and commitment to our business will be recognised with:

  • A two year structured development program
  • You will take ownership of real work and projects and make a difference
  • The opportunity to learn on the job with an individual development plan
  • A corporate orientation designed to set you up for success with regular face-to-face workshops
  • Leadership Team exposure and support
  • Exposure to a variety of mine sites and corporate offices
  • A rotation manager to supervise you day-to-day and to provide one-one feedback and coaching
  • A stream leader per discipline, to oversee your development and to provide discipline-specific technical guidance
  • A senior mentor to provide career development guidance and a buddy to help you settle in to each site
  • Specific practical experience that will enable you to meet the criteria for recognised statutory qualifications and enable success in operational positions
  • Operational and personal development training in safety, business skills, personal effectiveness and communication skills
  • The opportunity to have fun and make lifelong friends
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

In addition, the Evolution team will work with you during the last 6 months of your program to help you find a permanent role aligned to your skills, interests and the business needs.

Our Graduates

Don’t take our word for it, hear what some of our current graduates have to say about their graduate journey at Evolution:

Ryan Landers – Mining Engineering Graduate, Cracow

I began my time with Evolution in the Finance team in the Sydney Group office, however was fortunate enough to land a position on the Graduate Program at Cracow as a Mining Engineer. It has so far proved to be a challenging experience, shifting to FIFO (fly in fly out) and rotating day/night shift, however all of the personnel at Cracow have made every effort to help me with this transition. It is clear that both my shift boss and rotational manager are eager to rotate me through as many roles as possible over the next twelve months to make the most of my time at site and to give me an opportunity to find my niche which I am really grateful for. Evolution is a company that continually seeks to develop those that are proactive with their own development and I would highly recommend applying for the next Graduate intake.

Addy Ingham – Health & Safety Graduate, Mt Rawdon

My first six months with Evolution Mining and the team at Cowal, NSW, has been a wonderful combination of experiences and learnings that have complimented my university degree and set me up for a long-term career in WHS & Emergency Management. Having the opportunity to work with an expert Safety & Emergency Response team exposed me to world class knowledge and first hand experiences which advanced me as a professional and as a person. The Graduate Program promotes development and skills enhancement – you are not a by-stander, you are part of a team, and that team makes a significant contribution to Evolution as a company.

To hear from Addy click here.

Chris Webb – Metallurgy Graduate, Cowal

Starting with my first rotation at Mungari, the Evolution Graduate Program has taken my skills to another level. Every day I am faced with different challenges to overcome and new opportunities to learn. It has been a well-rounded program so far, allowing me to gain a mix of operational experience on the processing plant, lab work and metallurgical data analysis. I have met some great mentors and have been made to feel a valued part of the team.

To read Chris’s LinkedIn article, please click here.

Tarron Doyle – Environmental Graduate, Mt Carlton

I began my career as a Graduate Environmental Advisor with Evolution six months ago. In that time I have had the opportunity to get involved in countless projects and have been encouraged to take advantage of any opportunity that has arisen to develop my technical skills. During this rotation I’ve been exposed to all the different facets of an Environmental Advisor role with strong support from my team and superiors. Some of the highlights so far have been joining the Emergency Response Team, attending a networking road trip through the Central West visiting other mine sites, completing my Wildlife Rescue course, spending six weeks working in the processing plant and overseeing various environmental specialist surveys. This graduate program has developed both my technical and professional skills in a fun and supportive environment. I can’t wait to see what the remainder of my program holds.

To hear from Tarron, click here

Declan Radford – Exploration Geology Graduate, Cowal

I have had a wonderful time since beginning with Evolution six months ago when I moved to Kalgoorlie to work at their Mungari operations. Working at Mungari as a geologist has been ideal with both underground and open cut operations as well as over 800 km2 of exploration and resource definition tenements. There have been many opportunities to learn as I am always supported and encouraged through this early stage in my career. Every day brings a new task, whether it be working on an RC rig, logging diamond core or preparing for drilling campaigns. The fast paced nature is exciting with many opportunities to develop both my personal and technical skills, whilst most importantly having fun!

Fraser Perry – Mining Engineering Graduate, Mt Rawdon

During my first six months with Evolution Mining, I have gained practical experience in the underground development process, through my role as a nipper and truck driver. I had the opportunity to visit another site at Lake Cowal, as well as learn professional skills through one of the numerous graduate workshops.

Lauren Cope – People & Culture Graduate, Mt Rawdon

I’m now six months into the Graduate Program and have had the opportunity to spend time and gain invaluable experience in a number of different People & Culture Functions including Recruitment, Employee and Industrial Relations and Remuneration and Benefits. From day one I’ve been given the opportunity to contribute and gain hands on experience. For example, I’ve just come back from a large recruitment project at Cowal where I was directly involved in the interviewing and recruitment process for 86 new employees. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to spend a good amount of time in each P&C function, working on meaningful and relevant work whilst learning from some very experienced professionals.

To hear from Lauren click here.

Isaac Button – Geotechnical Engineering Graduate, Mungari

From Day 1, I was learning about the geology, completing geotechnical inspections, and compiling data, and of an evening I was playing sport with other graduates and vacation students. The relevant work, dynamic theoretical and hands on experiences, opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge, and great people really stand out. You can take charge of and lead a project before you know it, and seek advice from experienced personnel. The work I’ve undertaken has been specific to what I’ve studied and allowed me to expand my knowledge and further develop my skills. I’ve had the opportunity to work with great people, and my performance and opinions have been valued especially when it comes to safety. There are also fantastic activities outside of work that I’ve been involved in such as soccer and other sports. You might be thinking, “Will I work with great people who are as caring and motivated as I am?” My answer to that is YES, people are the core of our success.

To read Isaac’s article on LinkedIn please click here.

Rachel Mepham – IT Graduate, Sydney

Moving to Sydney and beginning my career with Evolution has been a very exciting transition. My first six months involved practical and technical experience with opportunities I could only hope to receive! Travelling to four out of the six sites has given me the exposure to develop my connections and understanding of the values of an Evolution Employee. It has also allowed me to understand the underlying infrastructure and how IT can be utilised within the mining industry. I have continually been offered support from colleagues during my time at Evolution and every day I feel that joining Evolution was a great career move.


To read Rachel’s LinkedIn article, please click here.

Krishna Jegamohan – Finance Graduate, Cracow

I have been at Evolution for a year now at the time of writing this post. In that time, I have been able to work in multiple departments of the Sydney Head Office through which I have gained a better understanding of the business. The areas that I have worked in to date include Financial Accounting, Taxation, Invoicing and Accounts Payable, Procurement and Treasury. It has been a thrill to be working in the Head Office where everyone has been friendly and helpful. I look forward to my site rotations coming up where my scope of work will be more frontline which will build upon the high-level outlook that I have been exposed to in Head Office.

To see the LinkedIn article on Krishna click here.

Vacation Program

Applications for our 2018/2019 Summer Vacation Program have now closed.

This program offers students in their 2nd, 3rd and penultimate years of their UNDERGRADUATE degree the opportunity to learn about the running of a mine site and contribute to our operations.

This year, we have opportunities in the following disciplines – Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Finance/Commercial, Geology, Metallurgy and OH&S.

Click Here to find out more about the program and positions available.

Please note that opportunities will be available at 4 of our sites across Queensland and NSW, as well as our Group office in Sydney. We strongly recommend that you apply for a site that is local to you because any required travel or relocation will be at your own cost.

All site based programs for 2018/19 will commence in November/December 2018 and will last for 12 weeks.

Stream Information


Locations available: Group Office – Sydney, Cowal – NSW 

Degree Requirement 

  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Studies  

 Mining Engineering 

Locations available: Mt Rawdon – QLD, Cracow – QLD, Mt Carlton – QLD 

Degree Requirement 

  • Mining Engineering
  • Engineering (Mining)
  • Science (Mining) 


Locations available: Cowal – NSW, Mt Carlton – QLD 

Degree Requirement 

  • Metallurgy
  • Engineering (Physical Metallurgy)
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Engineering (Process Metallurgy)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mineral processing
  • Chemistry 

 Mechanical Engineering  

Locations available:  Mt Rawdon – QLD 

Degree Requirement 

  • Mechanical Engineering  

 Geotechnical Engineering 

Locations available:  Mt Rawdon – QLD 

Degree Requirement 

  • Geotechnical Engineering  


Locations available: Mt Rawdon – QLD, Cowal – NSW, Group Office – Sydney 

Degree Requirement 

  • Geology
  • Science (Geology)
  • Applied Science (Geology)  


Locations available:  Cracow – QLD 

Degree Requirement 

  • OH&S
  • Health & Hygiene 


Click Here to Apply 

Our Vacation Students

Don’t take our word for it, hear what some of our previous vacation students have to say about the vacation program at Evolution:

2017/2018 Vacation Students

Charlese Conolly – Metallurgy, Cracow (QLD)

Before starting with the Evolution vacation program, I was wondering whether working on-site was where I wanted my career to lead. My time at Cracow proved it definitely was. The six swings I spent on-site was a perfect pathway into understanding the scale of mineral processing and practically applying knowledge gained at university. During my time I learnt and improved on various skills in laboratory work, operations, surveying, Excel, work management, and practical safety procedures. Most importantly, I improved my communication and social skills by networking with and becoming part of the Cracow community. What’s more, I got to experience the fly in-fly out lifestyle and living in a camp. It was great fun hanging out with the crews each night at dinner and going on little road-trips to nearby towns. Cracow and its nearby regions are a truly beautiful part of the country. I am very keen to get back on-site as soon as possible and highly recommend the Evolution Vacation Program as a passage into the industry..

Gregg Jankelow – Commercial, Sydney

Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work as a Vacation Student in the Head Office Group Supply team. My role primarily was to help draft and review supplier contracts for any and all products and services that were being utilized across the five mine sites. Working in a close knit team who were more than happy to share their knowledge with me and answer any questions that I may have had, I immediately gained an insight into the inner workings of the supply team and how they manage the procurement process from the tender all the way up to the contract drafting and implementation. From day one, I was given large amounts of responsibility to complete the contracts which meant that I needed to obtain large amounts of information from various stakeholders throughout the business. This enabled me to develop my communication skills as I needed to be in contact with key suppliers, commercial managers at mine sites and internal teams at head office on a daily basis. Being able to put my theoretical knowledge I had learned from university into practice was a great sense of achievement as I knew the contracts I was drafting were going to lead to meaningful progress for the business. My time at Evolution Mining was highly rewarding and I look forward to applying to the 2019 Graduate Program.

Lindsey Killer – Metallurgy, Mt Rawdon (QLD)

My vacation placement at Mt Rawdon as a Metallurgy student was an invaluable learning experience that allowed me to pursue my professional career. I participated in a 6 week operational roster to fully scope the mill and processing of gold. The remaining 4 weeks I underwent individual projects that included taking surveys, performing analysis in the laboratory and then presenting my findings to the mill managers. I thoroughly enjoyed and value the friendships I developed throughout Mt Rawdon and this support network assisted me in my placement progression. Evolution Mining have a great culture which values safety, excellence and integrity and I will be applying to their graduate program because of this. On return to university, I am more confident in my practical and technical skills because of the great program that Evolution Mining offers for vacation students. I encourage students in any year of study to apply to Evolution Mining Vacation Placement in 2018.

Milann Henderson – Metallurgy, Cowal (NSW)

The three months that I spent at Evolution’s Cowal Operation absolutely flew by. As it was my first experience with mining, the learning opportunities were abundant from day one. I was able to conduct laboratory test work, assist with operating of the plant, and spent some time on a mill cyclone optimisation project. During the program I was also able to take part in an educational course in gold processing. The knowledge that I gained is invaluable, and I only wish that I had been able to obtain this insight into the industry earlier in my degree.

In addition to the great technical experience that I received, the program was enriched by the people I worked with at Cowal every day. I met a strong community of people from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, all of whom were happy to share their own knowledge. It was encouraging to be involved with a company with such a strong commitment to their community, employee health and safety and environmental responsibility. I would recommend Evolution’s Vacation Program to students who are looking to complement their degree with a fulfilling work experience opportunity.

Jason Dargue – Finance, Sydney

I joined the Evolution Mining vacation program at Corporate office following an enriching experience at Evolution’s Cracow Gold Mine. Following my time as an engineering student, I aimed to gain a further understanding of how the industry works as a whole; and that is exactly what this experience has provided me. Being a part of the finance team, I gained significant depth and understanding towards the importance of this role within the mining industry. As was the case at Cracow, I was challenged from day one and given my own roles and responsibilities. It was incredibly fulfilling to notice the value similarities between site and the corporate office. I have come to notice that Evolution stands by their values. For me, it has been very rewarding being a part of a company where the same principles and standards employed on site are being displayed off site. Over both of my vacation experiences with Evolution Mining, my expectations have been greatly surpassed. Combining both of these experiences, I have gained so much valuable experience and knowledge into the mining industry. I have no doubt that my experience with engineering and finance within Evolution Mining has given me the greatest possible start to my career in this exciting industry.

Nathan Curry – Mechanical Engineering, Cowal (NSW)

Having never really seen the mining industry as a potential career possibility, I was hesitant to apply and even more so to move to West Wyalong to work as a mechanical engineering vacation student at the Lake Cowal site. After completing the program, I am extremely happy I ventured outside of my comfort zone and gave the mining industry a chance. I spent my 3 months at Cowal working on a number of important tasks that had actual application and relevance and even designed a major project that is to be put into place in the coming months. Working at Evolution Mining was the best experience I have had in my professional working life and has completely changed the way I view the mining industry. Everything from the way the vacation program was organised, to the people that work at Cowal  are of the highest quality and I highly recommend the vacation program to anyone, whether you are considering the mining industry or not.

2016/2017 Vacation Students

Joel Barton – Commercial, Cowal

My three months at Evolution flew by quicker than I could have imagined!
The best part about this experience was that I was able to gain both technical knowledge relating to my field as well as life lessons that I learnt from those that I worked with. I particularly enjoyed the freedom that this program allowed me, I was able to work in multiple departments and interact with many people from diverse backgrounds. Highlights of the program for me included seeing a gold pour, working within the Supply team, and riding alongside and talking with some of the truck drivers.
My time was made more enjoyable by the welcoming and hospitable people both at work and within the local community of West Wyalong. I enjoyed getting involved with the local sporting clubs and would recommend these to any future vacationers that have the opportunity to work at the Cowal Site.
To anyone reading this and considering applying to Evolution’s vacation program I highly recommend this program, this is a rare opportunity that you would be mad to pass up!

Tarun Addepalli – Metallurgy, Cracow 

I had a great time working at Evolution Mining. I chose this placement to get practical experience for my Chemical Engineering degree. Being my first mine site, it took a little while to get used to everything. Once I did, I enjoyed everything from the 8-6 roster and fly-in fly-out to the camp and working hours. It was good to work with everyone on my shift as they helped from day 1. The atmosphere is wonderful and the people are fantastic to work with.
While working there I got to understand the processes happening at the mill. I saw the scale of the plant and the projects they take on. I was involved in a new project to install a new mill to the plant. I got to experience everything from installation to commissioning and troubleshooting the new mill. I took samples to test the performance of the new mill and the rest of the plant. It was a great experience for me because I saw what I might be doing as an engineer in the future. I believe that the skills I gained from working in Evolution Mining will help me in my final year of study.

Josip Knezevic – Metallurgy, Mt Rawdon

In my time as a Metallurgy Vacation Student at Mt. Rawdon, I had the very fortunate experience of working on all stages of the processing life cycle. This allowed me the chance to gain knowledge at the start of the milling plant, down to the laboratory testing and finalization procedures. As such, I gained incredible experience of what it is to not only work at each different stage but to understand and improve my skills on an operational and analytical level.
You come into an environment that boasts so many varying individuals from different departments other than yours and it’s amazing to see how they all interact and work together towards a common goal. Everyone on site was more than friendly, especially my supervisors who guide you and support you whenever you need it. You come away from the experience with a wealth of knowledge of the industry but also with many fond memories and relationships with those you worked alongside with. An amazing opportunity.

Samantha Ross – Geology, Cowal

The time I spent as a vacation student at Evolution’s Cowal Gold Mine in NSW was one of the greatest learning experiences related to my geology degree that I’ve ever had. I had the opportunity to gain insight into the many and varied tasks required to be undertaken by a geologist in the day to day operations of an open cut gold mine. This allowed me to develop many skills that just cannot be gained at university, particularly with the exposure to extensive core logging and the opportunity to observe large scale structures in the pit.
The opportunities I had whilst on site were made more enjoyable by the support of the people around me who truly embodied the Evolution values. The role enabled me to gain first hand experience of living and working in regional Australia. Interacting with and becoming a part of the local community was definitely a highlight of the program. I highly recommend all undergraduate students in mining related disciplines apply for Evolution’s Vacation Program in 2017-18 for an invaluable holistic learning experience!

Jason Dargue – Mining Engineer, Mt Rawdon

I have always had a significant interest in underground hard rock mining and in the summer of 2016 I was offered the opportunity to work in this area. Working at the Cracow Underground Gold Mine, I was able to gain experience both as an operator and as an engineer. It was incredibly fulfilling and rewarding to see these designs put into motion underground. The time I spent on crew is something I will always look back on fondly. Not only did this operational experience greatly influence my current understanding of underground mining, but allowed me insight into its culture. The comradery of the crew was astounding and gave me great pride to be a part of.
Spending time with the technical services staff was both challenging and rewarding. From day one I was a member of the engineering team and was involved in a variety of the design processes. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and their presence of advanced knowledge only further accommodated my learning process. A highlight of this experience was managing my own research project. The project itself was of great interest and importance with a lot of responsibility being placed on me to deliver a quality outcome. I revelled in this challenge and opportunity to better myself. The outcomes of this project added value to the Cracow site which has given me great sense of fulfilment.
The Evolution vacation program provided through the Cracow Gold Mine has completely surpassed all my expectations. I am personally driven by self development and believe that the experiences I received working at the Cracow Gold Mine has given me the greatest possible start to my career as a mining engineer.

Jack Duncan – Mining Engineer, Mt Rawdon

I started vacation work with Evolution Mining at Mt Rawdon in 2016. My time at Mt Rawdon gave me experience with not only the design side of mining but also the field work that is involved for a mine to function. I was given the opportunity to send time with and learn from every department in Technical Services Department. Everyone at Mt Rawdon were very eager to assist me when I had questions or needed help with a project.
The experiences I gain while at Mt Rawdon were very valuable and have only increased my passion for the mining. I can’t recommend vacation work with Evolution Mining enough and I look forward to applying for the 2019 Graduation Program.