Our two-year training and development program provides graduates with a mix of field and policy work, exposure to research and, where appropriate, community engagement activities.

Every year, we recruit graduates in different areas depending on the department’s organisational needs and current government policy.

Join the ranks of more than 250 program participants who have participated in a variety of roles, industries and projects across Victoria over the last 20 years.  

Graduate profiles

Past positions available within the Science Graduate Program [MS Word, 43.5 KB]

Applications for 2017 are now closed

Science Graduate roles will be available for viewing Mid June 2018 so watch this space. Applications will open 7 July 2017.

The Science Graduate program is a joint initiative of DELWP and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR).

For further information, call 03 8377 4629 or email graduate.programs@delwp.vic.gov.au

Recruitment process

At application stage candidates are required to provide on their personal information and respond to a Questionnaire. The questionnaire includes a motivational question, a qualification and skills question and a behavioural question. 

Candidates need to attach an up to date resume, there is no requirement to include a cover letter.

Capabilities Assessed at Application Stage: Motivation to work in the Science Graduate Program, Adaptability and Written Communication.

  • If you are shortlisted you will proceed to Stage 2, where you'll be asked to completed an online verbal numeric and abstract reasoning test (these tests are often called 'psychometric tests'). Candidates who complete these tests competitively will be invited to attend an assessment centre. It is a 20 minute timed assessment.
  • Capabilities Assessed at the Application Stage: Problem Solving

If you would like some help with preparation for psychometric testing, ask your university careers staff who will be able to provide you with plenty of assistance.

If you get a satisfactory result in the psychometric tests, you will be eligible to attend the assessment centre, which is held over half a day at our office in Melbourne. You will work in groups to solve specific scenarios, completing a written report and doing an individual presentation.

We make the environment as comfortable as possible so you can adequately demonstrate your skills.

  • Capabilities Assessed at Interview: :  Motivation to work in the Science Graduate Program, Interpersonal skills and teamwork, Adaptability, Verbal Communication
  • Capabilities Assessed at Group Activity: Problem Solving, Initiative, Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • Capabilities Assessed at Written Activity: Problem Solving, Initiative, Written Communication

Tips:

  • Be yourself – we're looking for a range of different skills to fit into our teams. There is no single 'ideal' type!
  • Be honest

The final part of the selection process is the interview. By this stage there are usually three to four candidates for each graduate position. Naturally, the candidate who is considered the best fit for each position will be offered a plac

At the interview you'll be able to elaborate on your skills and achievements, and tell us about any challenges you've faced and problems you've solved.

Tips:

  • Take the opportunity to find out who is on the interview panel and what their roles are in the organisation

Think about questions you want to ask about the job - and ask them!

Frequently asked questions

What types of roles do you offer graduates?

We recruit in different areas each year depending on the organisational need of the department and government policy at that time. Past graduates have held the following roles:

  • Fire Management Project Officer
  • Native Vegetation Management Officer
  • Natural and Built Resources Officer
  • Natural Resource Management Research and Development Project Officer
  • Public Land Officer
  • Sustainable Landscapes Project Officer
  • Water Policy Officer
  • Research scientist
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Molecular biologist
  • Dairy extension coordinator

What types of projects do graduates work on?

Past graduates have worked the following projects:

  • community capacity building
  • salinity, biodiversity and land use planning
  • business, innovations and communications
  • fire management
  • landcare and community engagement
  • pest plants and animals policy
  • regional compliance work.
  • pest management and research
  • natural resource planning
  • native vegetation

How am I supported during the program?

At your formal induction in February, you will meet and get to know other graduates and to start working with supervisors to plan your individual work plan and program outcomes.

Each graduate has a coordinating supervisor and a location supervisor, who support and oversee your ongoing development throughout the program. Graduates also receive a 'Buddy' to help them – usually a second year graduate who is working in a similar field.

What types of training are available?

In addition to project and field work, graduates are encouraged to take courses in public speaking, policy development, project evaluation, group leadership and facilitation, and community engagement.

Science Graduates also receive a substantial learning and development budget for their use.

Where are graduates based during the program?

As a graduate you may have a number of moves to different departmental locations over your two year program. These locations will generally be regionally based within Victoria and may include one metropolitan role, although this depends on your position.

We choose locations that will provide the best opportunities for you to learn, but wherever you go you'll be learning from experts in your field.

Are TAFE certificates acceptable?

Positions offered by the Graduate Program require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the field specified in the position description.

Can I complete my degree and work for the Graduate Program?

You must have a conferred undergraduate degree or be close to completing an undergraduate degree prior to being considered for a full time position.

Do I need an Australian qualification?

No, but you should be eligible to legally work in Australia. If your degree is from an international university, it should be certified to meet the Australian equivalent prior to submitting your application.

Australian Education International through the Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) can help assess your qualifications and may charge a fee for these services. The certificate of equivalence must be provided with your application. To contact AEI-NOOSR call 1300 615 262 (if calling from within Australia) or +61 354 545 245 (if calling from outside Australia).

Overseas qualifications are assessed by DET (Department of Education and Training).

Do I need to be an Australian citizen?

You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a citizen of New Zealand. The graduate program will not sponsor applicants for immigration to Australia.

I'm a mature age uni graduate, what are the prerequisites of applying?

Yes, your application will be treated in the same way. Applications will be considered so long as you have a completed undergraduate degree in Science or planning within the last 5 years.

What happens after the two years?

Graduates are highly sought for their skills, networks and ability to meet challenges. Toward the end of your program your coordinator and the graduate program management team will meet with you to discuss opportunities after the program.

You are encouraged to apply for advertised positions with us and may be eligible for positions of greater responsibility and challenge.

Science Graduates will have an ongoing role with the department upon signing their letter of offer.

What happens to information in my application?

Respecting the integrity of your application is very important .

If you have any queries, contact our Privacy Manager on 03 9637 8571.