DEPI Science Graduate Program
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) offers a career development program to recent graduates in science, natural resource management, ecology, conservation and related fields.
About our program
The Graduate Program is a two-year training and development program open to recent graduates of science, natural resource management and related professions. During the program you'll undertake specific training and development activities alongside your normal project work. You will have the opportunity to work at two or more locations around Victoria.
BackgroundThe Graduate Program is now in its 17th year. More than 169 graduates have participated in the program and the variety of projects they've worked on has significantly contributed to sustainable development within Victoria. Graduate positions change each year depending on organisational needs. Read some profiles of past graduates to find out more.
In the past, program participants have worked on a variety of projects, including:
Equally diverse are the specific roles our graduates have held over recent years. Examples of these are:
- Native Vegetation Management Officer
- Natural and Built Resources Officer
- Fire Management Project Officer
- Water Policy Officer
- Sustainable Landscapes Project Officer
- Natural Resource Management Research and Development Project Officer
- Public Land Officer
- a personal training and development budget
- a mix of field and research work
- dedicated supervisors and ongoing career support
- positions change each year based on departmental strategic needs
- an ongoing position within us at the conclusion of the program.
Starting your graduate programStarting out
In February of each year a new intake of graduates embark on their two-year programs. As a new graduate you’ll attend a formal induction two to four weeks after you join the department. The induction is a chance for you to get to know your fellow graduates and to start working with your supervisor to plan the outcomes of your program.
You will have a coordinating supervisor and a location supervisor, both of whom will oversee your development in the program. The graduate program management team will also be on hand to guide you along.
As a graduate you may have a number of moves to different departmental locations throughout the state over your two year program. These locations usually include two regional and one metropolitan office, although this depends on your position. Obviously 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.
You will report directly to your location supervisor and work with the other members of your team on day to day matters. The coordinating supervisor will generally support your progress for the duration of the program. Both supervisors will work with you to develop detailed work plans that include opportunities for learning and development.
Learning and development
Through your individual learning and development program you will be encouraged to take courses in public speaking, policy development, project evaluation, group leadership and facilitation, and community engagement. You and your supervisors identify relevant training which is built into your work plan and you will be able to apply your learning to projects you're currently working on.
You will be provided with an individual budget to manage and report on. This budget is provided to support relevant training and development opportunities.
Your buddy is usually a graduate in the second year of their program working in a similar field to you. Buddies have the experience and knowledge to help you move through the program with ease, such as the established networks to facilitate communication and links throughout the department.
For further information about our graduate program please call (03) 9637 8216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.