Science and Planning Graduate Program

The Science and Planning Graduate Program has been highly successful for over 20 years.

This is a two-year learning and development opportunity for recent science, planning and related graduates to launch their career.

Graduates strengthen a range of skills in opportunities across the department - including in metropolitan and regional Victoria. The program aims to provide and develop broad exposure to policy, research and engagement skills.

It will also enable graduates to gain specialist skills and experience that will support a sustainable career with the department.

Applications for the 2022 Science Graduate program are now closed. Please see information on the application process and frequently asked questions to assist with the next steps.

Read the video transcript

"We have recruited an amazing science graduate to our branch and launched a bright public service career. The calibre of candidates offered through the program was extremely high. The program provides excellent recruitment and on-boarding support. Our science graduate has contributed enormously to our team in a short time and although we will miss her when she progresses onto her next rotation, we know she will be a valued asset to her next team. I would highly recommend recruiting a science graduate via this program." - Supervisor

"I am thoroughly enjoying my time as a graduate in the Science and Planning Graduate Program. In just four months I have already had many wonderful opportunities, including attending conferences, working with stakeholders and taking the lead on my own projects. The work is diverse and exciting, and I am truly supported by my team to develop new skills and knowledge. I would highly recommend this program to any science graduate!" - Graduate

Program benefits include:

  • access to a dedicated budget for training and development
  • taking on 'a hands on' role on projects alongside experienced staff
  • extensive learning & development across Victoria and opportunities to network with fellow graduate program members
  • a team of managers and graduate program staff who provide support throughout the duration of the program.

Positions available at DJPR

Position 11 – Environmental Scientist - Graduate (Rural and Regional Victoria - Resources)
Location – CBD / CBD / Regional (TBC)

Position 12 – Policy and Planning Officer – Forestry and Climate Change
Location: CBD all rotations

See the current positions and role summariesScience and Planning Graduate roles 2022 intake.docx (DOCX 3078.14 KB)DOCX icon for the 2022 graduate intake.

Previous graduates have worked in a range of areas. Check out a day in the life of our graduates on the GradAustralia website.

The department is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the community we serve and strongly encourages Aboriginal candidates and candidates with disability to apply.

The program is run in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).


To be eligible for the 2022 Science and Planning graduate program, you must:

  • have completed your undergraduate degree between January 2017 and January 2022
  • be an Australian/ New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  • not have taken voluntary redundancy from the Victorian public sector in the 3 years up to the program start date of January 2022.

Further information

For further information about the program please email

Page last updated: 4 October 2021