The Science and Planning Graduate program is a joint initiative of DELWP and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

Applications for the 2021 intake are now closed and applications for the 2022 intake will open July 2021.

Roles that were available for the 2021 intake

2021 Science and Planning Graduate position profiles (DOCX, 1.8 MB)

Our 2-year training and development program provides graduates with:

  • a mix of field and policy work
  • exposure to research
  • 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.

We recognise the significant responsibility the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has as a land and natural resource manager to support self-determination and create opportunities for Traditional Owners to care for Country and provide opportunities to Enhance First Peoples’ connection to Country. DELWP is committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued and able to enable their culture, spiritual and belief systems.

In response to our ongoing commitments and employment strategies, DELWP highly recommend that Aboriginal graduates apply. For general information about Aboriginal Employment at DELWP please contact the Aboriginal Employment and Cultural Strategy Unit

Graduate stories

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 and Planning 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


  • 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 place.

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.


  • 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

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?

No, 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 completed your undergraduate degree prior to the commencement date of the Graduate Program.

Do I need an Australian qualification?

No. If your degree is from an international university, it should be certified to meet the Australian equivalent prior to submitting your application.

Overseas qualifications from countries other than Australia or New Zealand need to be assessed for equivalence by DET (Australian Government's Department of Education and Training). The certificate of equivalence (or evidence of undertaking the process) must be provided with your application. For more information visit  International Education - Qualifications Recognition.

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?

Applications will be considered provided you have a completed undergraduate degree within the last 5 years, and your Tertiary qualification (Degree or Masters) must be related to a Science or Planning field.

What happens after the two years?

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

Graduates are highly sought for their skills, networks and ability to meet challenges. Toward the end of your two year 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.

What happens to information in my application?

The department affirms that the collection and handling of applications and personal information will be consistent with the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

More information

For further information, call 03 8377 4629 or email

Victorian Government graduate program

DELWP also recruit graduates through the Victorian Public Service graduate program

Page last updated: 21/06/21