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 2020 Science Graduate program are open from the 5 July 2019. Please see information on the application process and frequently asked questions to assist with next steps.

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"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' roles on projects alongside experienced staff
  • extensive L&D 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.

See the current positions and role summaries 2020 Science and Planning Graduate Program Roles and Summary (DOCX 4906.95 KB)DOCX icon for the 2020 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.

Science: Telecommunications infrastructure, animal health, digital and bioeconomy, emergency management, agronomy and dairy.
Planning: Land information and spacial services, land management policy, and operational planning.

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). Visit the DELWP website for further information.

Further information

For further information about the program please call 9208 3034 or

Page last updated: 5 July 2019