During the two-year program you’ll get:
Graduate roles are available all over Victoria. When applying for the program, you can tell us your role preference.
We’re less interested in your university grades and more in your identity. We look for candidates who are motivated to work in our Departments. We look for strengths in:
Join the ranks of more than 280 program participants who have participated in a variety of roles, industries and projects across Victoria over the last 25+ years.
The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) brings together Victoria's climate change, energy, environment, water, forests, agriculture, resources and emergency management functions into a single department to maximise connections between the environment, community, industry and economy. We recognise the link between the built and natural environment in the quality of our lives and work to accommodate population growth while maintaining world-class liveability and protecting our heritage for future generations.
Our challenge is to improve Victoria's liveability with a population that is expected to almost double by 2050, while responsibly tackling climate change and protecting our natural environment, infrastructure and heritage for future generations.
We offer training and development opportunities for recent graduates of science, natural resource management, agriculture, ecology, conservation or related fields.
Your experiences will vary depending on where you've posted and what role you're undertaking but you'll enjoy the satisfaction that comes from playing an important role in making Victoria a pleasant and prosperous place to live. DEECA is a great place to start your career if you value work-life balance and inclusivity. It is great to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about shaping Victoria.
At this stage, you will be asked to complete an online application form. You will also need to upload your resume. You do not need to upload a cover letter.
During the video interviews you’ll be asked to tell us about yourself and respond to motivational and behavioural based questions.
If you are successful in progressing to this stage of the process, you will be asked to complete an online verbal numeric and abstract reasoning test (these tests are often called psychometric tests). It is a 20-minute timed assessment.
You'll need stable internet access.
If you would like some help with preparation for online testing, we recommend asking your university career advisors who will be able to provide assistance.
If you get a satisfactory result in the online tests, you will be invited to the assessment centre. The assessment centre will include:
We make the environment as comfortable as possible so you can adequately demonstrate your skills.
The final part of the selection process is the interview. By this stage, there are usually 2 to 3 candidates for each graduate role.
At the interview, you'll be able to elaborate on your skills, experience and achievements.
You will be interviewed by people from the Department. We recommend taking the opportunity to find out who is on the interview panel and what their roles are in the organisation.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the role and Department, so come prepared with questions.
We'll let you know if you're successful and you'll receive a formal offer to join the program.
The program is designed to help you launch your career. As a graduate, you’ll work in varied roles. You’ll get to learn from mentors, connect with peer networks and complete training aligned to your career goals.
You will also be guaranteed a job at the end of the program
You’ll also have access to future career opportunities, only available to people who work in the Victorian Public Service.
As a graduate, you’ll be joining the ranks of more than 280 program participants who have participated in a variety of roles, industries and projects across Victoria over the last 25+ years.
The DEECA Science Graduate program offers a competitive salary with a starting salary of more than $62,000, which increases to $73,000 at the program's end as you progress into your permanent position.
Keep in mind working in the public sector will allow you to use your pre-tax income to top up your super, pay a novated lease or take out discounted private health insurance. The Victorian public service also offers generous leave provisions with access to long service leave, paid parental leave and special leave.