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Graduate program

We offer a range of career entry programs to enable you to build on your tertiary education and gain real life experience in your chosen career.

Intake varies from year to year, depending on our needs, with current opportunities listed on the Graduate Portal. Opportunities are available at locations across Queensland.

We can also offer work experience in a variety of fields and office locations. If you are interested please email HR@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

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Policy Futures Graduate Program

The Policy Futures Program provides successful candidates with the opportunity to work across a range of diverse and complex policy environments over 2 years. It includes two 6-month rotations in government departments and one 12-month placement.

Greater Graduate Program

The Greater Graduate Program is a structured leadership development program that offers challenging and rewarding opportunities with real responsibility and accountability. Our learning and development program includes a mix of on-the-job experience and formal training workshops. The program has been developed to complement and expand on what you are learning in your daily work and assist you in your transition from study to full-time employment.

In addition to the formal learning and development, you will receive coaching and mentoring from a robust support network of leaders and graduate alumni from across the business.

We recruit graduates from a diverse range of disciplines, including:

  • law and justice
  • business and economics
  • public policy
  • environmental science, management and engineering
  • science or applied science (conservation, ecology, biology, chemical, forensic, physical, geological or hydrological)
  • urban and regional planning.

How to apply

Find out about current opportunities and apply online through the Graduate Portal.

Natural resources

Adam Hewson

Adam Hewson

Property Valuer, State Valuation Service
Bachelor of Property Economics and Development, University of the Sunshine Coast

Taking part in the program has exposed me to a broad range of areas within the department and allowed me to build relationships with other like-minded graduates from across the Queensland Government.

Lewis Elliott

Lewis Elliott

Assistant Property Valuer, State Valuation Service, North Coast Region
Bachelor of Property and Development, University of the Sunshine Coast

I’ve enjoyed learning from my co-workers who have many years of experience in the job, and are very knowledgeable about property in general. The chance to network has been extremely valuable and I’ve met people that I’m likely to know for a long time and keep in touch with throughout my career.

Samuel Gregory

Samuel Gregory

Project Officer, Water Services, South Region
Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in integrated resource management, University of Queensland

My role is very flexible and I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with different people throughout the department. I’ve really enjoyed the fieldwork, and have learned ways to approach and work with different types of colleagues.

Alexandra Veal

Alexandra Veal

Assistant Valuer, State Valuation Services
Bachelor of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology

The graduate program offers ongoing support and the opportunity to develop new skills and networks. I’ve gained a wide range of invaluable skills which I can apply in my role on a daily basis and developed friendships with other young professionals like myself.

Ben Woodward

Ben Woodward

Graduate Policy Officer, Operations Support, Water
Bachelor of Environmental Science majoring in sustainability, University of the Sunshine Coast

The training sessions on effective team skills, communication and leadership have really helped me be more confident in my current role. I’ve also been able to make connections with graduates in different roles and from other government departments. Being able to hear about their work has helped me build a good understanding of the whole of government.

Dean Allen

Dean Allen

Graduate Policy Officer
Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Global Law (Student), Griffith University

I’ve enjoyed being able to engage and work with colleagues on a number of diverse issues and apply my learning from university to my work. I’ve developed a range of transferable skills, including interpersonal and decision-making skills and I feel the training provided has prepared me for planning, management and project administration in a wide range of professional situations.

Jade Gould

Jade Gould

Graduate Scientist, Resource Assessment and Information, South Region
Bachelor of Science, James Cook University

The graduate program is a fantastic professional development opportunity as well as a chance to make some lifelong friends. The program has allowed me to tailor my position to my needs and interests, allowing me to explore different career pathways. I’ve really enjoyed the department’s diversity - I feel I could spend a decade here and still have new things to do and learn.

Georgia Power

Georgia Power

Graduate Project Support Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Services
Bachelor of Justice, Queensland University of Technology

I would definitely encourage all graduates to apply for the program. It offers the chance for graduates to learn new skills that can be transferred between any future roles in the public sector as well as network and share experiences with fellow colleagues.

Policy

Ayeesha Allen

Ayeesha Allen

Graduate Policy Officer, Land Policy
Bachelor of Arts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Japanese studies, University of Queensland

The graduate program has given me the opportunity to complete training blocks focused on professional and personal development, as well as daily exposure to policy work. During the program it is also a requirement to undertake a project, which has allowed me to refine my project management skills.

Minerals and energy resources

Lynda Maybanks

Lynda Maybanks

Graduate Policy Officer
Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations and Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance, University of Queensland

As a graduate, I’ve been able to take on a broad range of opportunities, ask for assistance, ask questions and learn. In the department people love graduates and are always keen to get to know you.

Corporate

Melinda Bell

Melinda Bell

Graduate HR Officer, Human Resources
Bachelor of Business majoring in human resources, Griffith University

The program is a great introduction into the public sector. It provides opportunities to network with graduates in a range of roles, including engineers, scientists, park rangers and land valuation graduates. The department is very supportive and ensures graduates have the opportunity to experience new areas of the department.

Samara Jennings

Samara Jennings

Graduate Project Support Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Futures
Bachelor of Accounting, Central Queensland University and Master of Business Administration (Sustainability)

I am constantly challenged and developing my skills and feel that I’m playing an important support role for my team and program. Being a part of the program enables networking with other graduates across various departments - it’s great to hear what other graduates are doing in their roles and creates a fun environment for our graduate block training.

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Last updated: 12 December 2017


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