Energy sector workers needed.
20 December, 2023 · 3 MIN READ

A bright future in the energy sector.  

From engineers to contract administrators to land liaison officers, we'll need a broad range of talent to bring our Borumba Project to life.

The proposed Borumba Pumped Hydro Project, west of the Sunshine Coast, is set to deliver large-scale renewable energy storage and generation capacity into the Queensland electricity grid.

If the Borumba Project proceeds, it will be a game-changer for the region. Early approximates suggest there will be over 2,000 workers required during peak construction, with an additional 50 ongoing roles required to operate and maintain the facility.

It’s an exciting time for Queensland’s engineering, construction and renewable energy sectors and we’ll need some great talent to help us deliver it.

What's in store for the Borumba Project?

As a core component of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, the Borumba Project is critical in ensuring the Queensland Government achieves its target of 70% renewables by 2032.

Once complete, the Borumba Project will be capable of delivering 2,000 MW of energy for up to 24 hours.

To do this, the mega-project will deliver an extensive amount of surface works comprising:

  • a lower reservoir (at the existing Lake Borumba) and associated dam
  • an upper reservoir and associated dams
  • connection to a new switchyard
  • plus a host of supporting infrastructure upgrades including roads and bridges. 

The underground component of the project will connect both reservoirs via a network of shafts and tunnels and will include the excavation of large caverns where an underground power station will be constructed, delivering both energy generation and pumping capabilities. 

What roles and skills will be required?

The Borumba Project will require a workforce with a diverse range of skills, expertise, equipment and talent.

We want as many workers as possible to come from Queensland, and from within the energy sector. For those looking to get into the energy sector, we want to be able to support that with the right opportunities for skills and training.

From reservoir and underground-specific project engineering and manager roles to mechanical and electrical engineers, hydrology experts and land liaisons advisors, there's a wealth of career opportunities coming down the line. Some of the specific roles and job titles might include:

  • Project Engineers
  • Senior Project Engineers
  • Project Manager, Underground
  • Project Managment Office opportunities
  • Planners and Schedulers
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Land Liaison Advisors
  • Stakeholder and Engagement Advisors
  • Contracts Administrators
  • Contracts Managers
  • Lead Digital Engineering
  • Project Assurance Advisors
  • Engineering Designers
  • Mining Engineers
  • Field Services

Some of these roles will be on site, and others may be based at our support offices at the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. This may be direct employment with Queensland Hydro or through our supply chain.

When it comes to background, the more diverse the better. As a groundbreaking project, many of our current team have come from a range of industries and bring unique skills to the table. If you’ve worked in the mining, energy, construction, professional services, utilities, agriculture, transport and logistic sectors, or have experience working on major infrastructure projects, the future is looking bright with Queensland Hydro.

Looking to power up?

If you’re looking to take your next step in the renewable energy sector, we’d love to hear from you.

All of our advertised roles can be found via the Careers page on the Queensland Hydro website, but we encourage you to sign up to our Talent Community so you’ll be the first to know when new roles are released that match your profile.

First published 20 December 2023.