Coal seam gas

Employment Opportunities


The coal seam gas (CSG) industry is significant. There are several large-scale projects being planned across Queensland to produce CSG for domestic use and convert it to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export. Exploration and pilot testing is underway in New South Wales.

Modelling commissioned by the Queensland Government shows that there will be considerable economic benefits from the emerging CSG-to-LNG exporting industry in Queensland.

Much of this benefit would flow to regional Queensland, where the CSG industry is already reinvigorating towns and communities.

The modelling shows that a 28 million tonne per annum LNG industry based on CSG would generate 14,100 jobs in the Central West, Fitzroy, and Mackay regions, equating to 8.3% growth in employment.

In the South West and Darling Downs, we could expect to see 4,300 extra jobs.

Training and apprenticeships


Santos is running a range of training programs relating to its CSG fields in Queensland, working with local schools to incorporate industry-specific subjects into curriculums, running apprentice programs and getting involved in school-based traineeships.

Two Roma schools are already participating in the schools-based trainee program. Santos is also actively encouraging women to participate in the industry, particularly by encouraging young women in grade 10 to consider a career in the CSG sector.

In a bid to continue to build and develop local capability and create job opportunities, Santos has launched its second intake of apprentices in the Maranoa region. Six apprentices joined the company last year and plans are in place to take on more in 2010.

Santos is in the final stages of employing 10 indigenous trainees, to start work in late in 2010. These trainees will be predominantly working towards their horticulture certificate over 12 months, with most working at the Chinchilla White Gum plantation.

In New South Wales, the CSG industry is at a much earlier phase of exploration which is less labour-intensive than development and production. Should commercial quantities of CSG be discovered, further training and employment opportunities can expect to be available.

Coal seam gas employment opportunities at Santos


Santos is an employer of choice offering unparalleled opportunities to work on transformational projects.

The GLNG project, created by Santos and in which we are a major partner, is expected to generate up to 5,000 jobs during the construction phase of the project and an ongoing workforce of around 1,000 people across a variety of disciplines for the CSG fields, gas pipeline and LNG facility at Gladstone.

Up to 1,100 construction jobs will be created over the coming years to develop the CSG fields in the Surat/Bowen Basins. Once operational in 2014, Santos will require a peak CSG workforce of approximately 1,000 workers based on two fly-in/fly-out rosters of 14 days on, 14 days off.

More than 650 people are already working on the GLNG project.

Santos is committed to having the right people in the right job at the right time to achieve a safe and successful project. 

To do this, Santos will:

  • implement a $50 million plan to generate new apprenticeships and trainee positions
  • work with industry peers and the Queensland Government on high school-based projects that develop pathways into the industry for trades, para-professionals and professionals
  • build the capabilities of selected training providers through partnerships
  • enhance indigenous work-ready programs.

How to register your interest

If you are interested in CSG opportunities at Santos, visit our main careers website, or for specific information on the GLNG project visit

After reviewing the vacancies on the website you may decide to apply for a current vacancy by following the relevant link, or alternatively you can lodge your resume through an expression of interest opportunity (listed as an Expression of Interest) in the same careers section.