Graduate Officers

Level 3, $72,896 - $78,717 OR SCL 1, $70,165 - $94,345
Position No:
Pool Ref 1121F
Work Type:
Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
Closing Date:
2021-12-12 4:00 PM

2022 Graduate Program


If you believe the environmental challenges, we face today in a rapidly changing world require ideas and solutions developed by skilled scientists and innovators then have a look at the opportunity we have for you.

What we are looking for in a Graduate

We are interested in hearing from if you have recently, or within the last two years, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.  Graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, however the following disciplines and areas of study have been identified as desirable.

  • Environmental Science and engineering with a focus on climate change, water resource management, sustainability and/or natural resource management
  • Applied Sciences in Chemistry and Botany
  • Science communication
  • Project management
  • Commerce, Environmental Law and/or Natural Resource Economics
  • Urban planning, Agriculture science
  • Landscape architecture and urban design
  • Intelligence analyst and data science
  • Social sciences, climate change and/or public policy
  • Computer Science or Information Technology with a focus on cyber security, artificial intelligence, data analytics and modelling and/or application development

Sorts of roles on offer include:

  • Graduate Natural Resource Management Officer – one of which will be based in either Albany, Bunbury or Geraldton regional office
  • Graduate Environmental Officer
  • Graduate Scientific Officer (Botanist)
  • Graduate Water Planning Officer
  • Graduate Science Communications Officer
  • Graduate Policy Officer
  • Graduate Data Analyst
  • Graduate IT Officer
  • Graduate Compliance Officer (Waste Operations)
  • Graduate Compliance Officer (Environmental Compliance)
  • Graduate Pollution Response Officer

Along with your degree, as part of your study program you would have developed and grown your verbal and written communication skills; enabling you to identify and effectively interact and communicate with your audience. 

Your ability to work as part of a team and adapt quickly to change compliments your effective time management skills.  Your proven ability to research, interpret and report on data allows you to be results focused, and identify and deliver on your goals. 

Most importantly, you are committed to lifelong learning, developing your expertise and networks, and a growth-oriented mindset.

Our department is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve, and an inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected, and connected. The diversity of our workforce is our strength, it enhances our ability to be forward thinking.

Our graduate program is an equity, diversity and youth initiative and we are particularly interested to hear from recent university graduates from any or a combination of the following diversity groups:

  • People 24 years and under
  • People with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths disciplines).

Why us?

Environmental sustainability is one of the fastest growing sectors within the world employment market, and vital for just about every field of work.  Our department is on the forefront of environmental legislation, sustainability and developing responses to climate change. 

We work closely with leaders in the mining, engineering, transport, resource, urban and regional planning and development, tourism, construction, and agricultural sectors.  We partner with local and state industry and educational institutions and have a global presence in our programs and projects. 

Our 12-month program aims to build the skills, experience and networks required for a successful career in the Western Australian public sector and our customised rotation plan, designed around our needs and your interests, provides you with opportunities to experience and work on state-wide projects and initiatives.

You will also be joining an organisation that leans into its values-based culture which reflects who we are and how we go about business.

We care | We build trust | Better together | Open minds | We serve to make a difference

Initial employment is on a fixed term basis, commencing in February 2022, with transition to permanent employment following performance evaluation and successful completion of the 12-month program.

All suitable applicants will be placed in a recruitment pool. This pool will be valid for 6 months and may be used to fill similar fixed term or permanent opportunities in a variety of locations.

Salary and classification will depend on your qualification and placement.

Level 3, $72,896 - $78,717 pa OR Specified Calling Level 1, $70,165 - $94,345 pa.

What can we offer you?

  • Permanent appointment on successful completion of the program pending performance review
  • Customised rotational opportunities to build your skills and expertise
  • An extensive graduate learning and development program
  • Participation in our pilot Carbon literacy program as part of a partnership with ECU’s School of Business and Law
  • Exposure to a variety of high-profile State Government projects
  • A comprehensive mentoring and support network with skilled and diverse professionals
  • Attractive salary, flexible working hours and metropolitan location
  • We also have an active social club, wellness program and choir

What do you need to bring?

Along with your interest in our work, and alignment to our departmental values, you’ll also need to:

  • Attend the Public Sector Young Professionals’ Conference on 11 February 2022.
  • Complete of the Department’s induction program and suite of mandatory training within the first month of commencement.
  • Successfully complete any required job specific training.
  • Participate in the Public Sector Commission Graduate Launch Program.

Ready to choose your environment – Here’s how to apply

Just three easy steps:

  1. Get your CV up to date, and make sure there are two names of people who can comment on your skills and abilities. This may be a current or previous work supervisor, or an academic supervisor such as a lecturer or tutor.
  2. Have an electronic copy of your academic transcript and evidence you have completed a relevant undergraduate qualification in the last two years.
  3. Write a cover letter of no more than two pages which speaks to us about your interests in our work and this program and how it aligns to your studies, your values and career goals.

Once you have those three items covered click the Apply for Job button and lodge your application. As the selection process progresses, you’ll be informed of any additional information or interviews if required.

There is a deadline. You application must be submitted online no later than 4.00 pm on Sunday,
12 December 2021.

If your application is in progress or submitted after this time it will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

Please note: You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time you lodge your application. Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA.  This will be introduced in a phased approach and more information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces (

Want to know more?

Then reach out to us.  You can find more information about the Graduate Program and the application process by visiting our graduate page, reading through the attached application information pack or contacting the Graduate Program Coordinator on (08) 6364 7047 or

Access Needs

If you have any access needs that may require adjustment to allow you to fully participate in the recruitment process, including alternate methods of communication, or accessing documents in an alternative format please contact

We use the National Relay Service (NRS) to ensure we are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. NRS can help you connect with us on:

  • TTY/voice calls – 133 677
  • Speak & Listen – 1300 555 727
  • SMS relay – 0423 677 767