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In Western Australia, the Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO) is located about 150km from the regional centre of Esperance, on the doorstep of world-heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park.

Employees at RNO have the option of living locally in picturesque Hopetoun, or in the regional centres of Esperance and Albany.

If you’d like to know what it is like to work at RNO, the opportunities you can find there, and the experience of staying on-site or living in the local community, then click into the sections below to watch any of our videos.

Australia Careers

Working With Us

We recruit from both the mining industry and other sectors to secure the right people for our team.

For RNO experience is good, but attitude is better - our goal is to find the people with a ‘make it happen’ approach, driven by the belief that they can do a better job tomorrow than they did today.

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Professional Development

Our people are the driving force behind our success, and we love to see their careers thrive at RNO. We invest significant amounts of time and money to provide professional development opportunities through a range of comprehensive training and leadership programs.

Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting your journey, we offer training programs, mentorships, and a supportive work environment to accelerate your career.

As First Quantum Minerals’ flagship nickel operation, opportunities for our people are not limited to RNO.  We offer global opportunities for our employees to advance their careers with international experience.

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Graduates And Apprenticeships

We believe in supporting the next generation of graduates and apprentices with on-site vacation work and apprenticeships so that they are ready to enter the workforce with hands-on experience.

Proactive and committed people are always welcome to join our team no matter what stage of their career.

If you’re interested in a graduate position or apprenticeship with us, we encourage you to find out more and apply here: ravensthorpejobs@fqml.com

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Australia FIFO & DIDO Lifestyle

Life On-Site

Whether you decide to take our drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) or fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) employment option, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: live at home during your shift break and stay in our on-site accommodation whilst you work.

Our RNO village is nestled within the peaceful bushland of Ravensthorpe, filled with diverse flora and fauna unique to the region.  Accommodation is comfortable, with individual air-conditioning and ensuite facilities in each room.

To ensure health and wellness is prioritised on-site there are two gyms – one for cardio and one dedicated to weight training – plus shared entertainment areas including outdoor BBQ facilities, indoor pool and ping-pong tables, tennis and basketball courts, a cricket pitch and a running circuit. If you are unsure of what to do at our RNO Village, you can always contact our on-site wellness coordinator who can share our weekly exercise class schedule and the many wellness activities offered at the Village.

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We understand that it’s just as important to prioritise your family life as well as your career which is why we are focused on being as family-friendly as possible. The majority of our FIFO and DIDO rosters are 8:6, with others being 5:2 depending on the role.

We’re always happy to discuss rosters with potential employees.

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Getting Here

By Road
RNO is approximately a 30-minute drive from Hopetoun. Buses run daily in the morning and afternoon between Hopetoun and RNO, or alternatively, you can drive to site.

By Air
RNO runs flights on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (flight time is one hour). from Perth Airport to Ravensthorpe Airport.
Rex (Regional Express) operates daily flights between Perth and Esperance (flight time 1 hour 40 minutes) and between Perth and Albany (flight time 1 hour 10 minutes).  For more information see the Rex website.

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Australia Residential Living

Living Locally

Living in Hopetoun provides employees with a unique opportunity to work in the mining industry and still enjoy being at home every night in a beautiful coastal community.

Hopetoun sits on the doorstep of the world-heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park. By choosing to reside in Hopetoun, employees can embrace a fulfilling career in a community nestled between the coastline and national park.

We offer modern, centrally located company houses and townhouses, with many overlooking the coast or bushland.  

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Work and Weekends

We understand that it’s just as important to prioritise your family life as well as your career. The majority of our residential roles have a 5:2/4:3 roster enabling you to be home on the weekends to enjoy time with friends and family. However, some residential employees also remain on an 8:6 roster depending on their role within our operation.

We’re always happy to discuss rosters with potential employees.

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Local Education

The local region provides Hopetoun residents with several options for their children’s education. Whether you’re a young family or have teenagers embarking on their high school journey, the local and boarding school offerings below are available in the region:

Child Care Centres

Kindergarten & Primary School (Kindergarten to Year 6)

High School (years 7 – 10)

Boarding School Offerings



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Living in Hopetoun provides the best of both worlds: living on WA’s beautiful south coast while remaining conveniently connected by frequent, discounted regional chartered flights to Perth.

In collaboration with Allkem Mt Cattlin and MACA, flights have been consolidated between Ravensthorpe and Perth, with larger jet aircraft introduced to accommodate the number of passengers. Where capacity allows, seats are made available via expression of interest to the local community at the discounted rates below.

One way cost



Children 6+


Children 0-5


To find out more about booking a community seat, visit: https://www.ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au/play/getting-in-around/airport.aspx

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Local Amenities

Hopetoun and neighbouring Ravensthorpe offer a range of services and amenities, ensuring that everything needed for a comfortable life is within reach.

Hopetoun is supported by busy regional centres, Albany and Esperance that provide access to a wider range of amenities including hospitals and medical specialists, public and private schools, and airports.

Local Shopping and amenities
Hopetoun is supported with local shopping outlets and amenities to create a thriving regional community.

Hopetoun is home to locally owned and operated restaurants and cafés, including:

  • Mount Barren Café
  • Simon’s Market Cafè
  • Shipwrecked Bakery
  • Salty Sips
  • Wavecrest Bar and Bistro
  • The Port Hotel


  • Hopetoun & Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centres
  • IGA
  • Local post office
  • Hopetoun General Store
  • Hairdressers
  • Mechanics
  • Gym
  • Sports grounds


  • Hopetoun Medical Centres
  • Ravensthorpe Medical Centre
  • Ravensthorpe Hospital
  • Pharmacies

Sporting and Community groups
There are a range of local sporting and community groups that provide activities and opportunities to get involved in local life in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. From art groups and playgroups to fitness, golf, football, netball, tennis, basketball and equestrian clubs, there are many different ways to get involved with the local community.

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Local Lifestyle

Western Australia’s southern coastline is blessed with a temperate climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. With the region reaching average summer temperatures in the mid-20 degrees and short spells of hotter temperatures in Hopetoun.

The rugged coastline boasts countless remote beaches that sit on the doorstep of the world-heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park. With over 2,500 varieties of wildflower species, ancient mountain ranges, rocky hills, rugged river valleys, estuaries and inlets the area provides a wealth of natural beauty to be explored.

Employees and their families who live in the small community enjoy a range of outdoor activities with access to hiking, fishing, boating, surfing and camping. The town hosts plenty of social activities from beach volleyball to family events such as the annual fishing competition in Hopetoun.

Living locally provides employees with a unique opportunity to work in the mining industry and still be able to enjoy the comforts of their own home each evening. Employees can prioritise both their careers and family time by enjoying a residential lifestyle in a charming, coastal community without the need to work away from home.

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Australia Community Support

Local Commitment

RNO is heavily involved with the local community and we’re always looking to provide social, employment and economic opportunities.

We work closely with local organisations, such as the Hopetoun Community Resource Centre, to support community initiatives.

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Community Grants Program

RNO has developed a Community Grants Program with the aim of providing support toward education, healthcare, community spirit and local business development for our local community groups. If you have a project for which you seek funding from RNO, please click HERE for our online Application Form.

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Get Involved

We encourage all our employees and their families to get involved with, and be connected to, their local community. You’ll meet plenty of colleagues on site who can tell you what sporting teams to join, things to do, and there is always a calendar of events online at the Hopetoun Community Resource Centre (CRC).

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