DWER Graduate Program

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) 2022 Graduate Program
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Build your skills.
Build your career.
Shape Western Australia’s future.

Be part of building solutions to climate change and sustainability and the digital transformation of our business.

Calling all graduates, particularly those who consider themselves digitally savvy and passionate about our environment. You’ll be joining an organisation that celebrates diversity, will grow your carbon literacy, recognises the practice of intergenerational care for Country by traditional custodians, and provides genuine opportunities for Aboriginal people within our workforce and through our business. 

Our role is to ensure the state’s water resources and environment are healthy and able to support a strong economy and thriving communities, now and in the future. 

Graduate testimonials

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Hannah Mondy

Hannah joined the department in 2021 on a four-month rotation through the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation graduate program having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations in 2019. She is working as a Graduate Officer in our Climate Change Policy branch located in our head office, Prime House.


Holly Carse

Graduate Holly Carse

Holly joined the Department in 2020 having graduated with a Bachelor of Science, in Environmental Biology in 2018. She is working as a Natural Resource Management Officer in the Mid-West Gascoyne region out of our Carnarvon office. 

“As a new Graduate working in regional Western Australia it has been great to participate in the Graduate launch program run by the Public Sector Commission. The program has helped me to network with other graduates across the sector and helped me to learn more about how I fit into the workplace and develop skills I didn’t know I needed.

“If I could offer any advice to other graduates, it would be … don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and take a step into the unknown, you might surprise yourself.

“What I have discovered since joining the department is how important it is to be part of a supportive team. My team has been very supportive in helping me to develop my skills and progress my career, and encouraging me to become the best person I can be.”

About our Graduate Program

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Our 12-month graduate 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 statewide 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. 

Applications open Friday 19 November 2021 and close 4.00 pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.

The Program will commence in February 2022.

What’s on offer

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Benefits of working at DWER


The starting salary for this program will depend on your qualification and placement. 
PSCSAA Level 3, $72,896 - $78,717 pa or PSCSAA, Specified Calling Level 1, $70,165 - $94,345 pa.

In addition you will receive 10% superannuation.  


Subject to successful completion of this program you will transition into permanent employment in one of our eight Directorates

  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Corporate Services
  • Environmental Protection Authority Services
  • Regional Delivery
  • Regulatory Services
  • Science and Planning
  • Strategic Policy
  • Strategy and Engagement

Flexible working conditions

The department supports flexible working arrangements for all staff, helping employees achieve a better work-life balance, and boosting employee well-being and job satisfaction. Benefits of flexible working conditions at the department include: 

  • flexible start and finish times
  • access to time in lieu.

Attractive leave entitlements

All staff including graduates are entitled to a suite of leave arrangements including: 

  • 4 weeks annual leave per year
  • 12 days personal leave (for you or to care for your sick family member) per year
  • ability to purchase additional leave 
  • Cultural/Ceremonial Leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 
  • 10 days public holidays per annum per year
  • 3 days public service holidays per year
  • Christmas – New Year close down
  • 13 weeks LSL after 7 years continuous service

Access to Mentoring and Support

All graduates will be supported by a comprehensive support network with skilled and diverse professionals including:

  • a dedicated Graduate Coordinator, Julie Bowra
  • access to the program’s Executive Champion, Nygarie Goyal
  • a Directorate Sponsor
  • line manager and workplace buddy for each rotation
  • your graduate peers (both in our department and from across the sector) 

Graduate development and networking program

Our department supports a mindset of curiosity and continuous learning that aligns to the 70 20 10 principles. Graduate development is important to us to ensure our future leaders have the skills they need for today and into the future as our purpose and business evolves, and to assist them along their career journey. 

Our graduate program offers an exciting, purpose-built learning program consisting of:

  • a comprehensive induction program including a suite of online mandatory modules. 
  • paid membership to the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Young Professionals and attend the annual IPPA Public Sector Young Professional Conference in Perth on the 11 February 2022. 
  • completion of the Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Launch Program
  • participation in the department’s formal Mentoring Program
  • networking events with graduates at other agencies.

We’ll grow your carbon literacy

Graduates will participate in our pilot Carbon literacy program as part of a partnership with ECU’s School of Business and Law. You will become Carbon Literate and possess the knowledge and capacity required to create a positive shift in how we live, work and behave in response to climate change.

Rotational program

To build your experience and networks across our department, graduates will have the opportunity to rotate through 2-3 placements across our eight Directorates according to our business needs and your interests.

Contemporary modern office and end of trip facilities

You’ll be primarily located on our head office. Located in the City of Joondalup close to the train station and the Joondalup shopping precinct and eateries, Prime House is a new purpose-built office opened in 2019 with a 5.5 (out of 6) star NABERS Energy rating.

With ergonomic sit-stand desks for everyone and plenty of breakout spaces, the workplace is designed with collaboration in mind and is an enjoyable space to be creative.

We also have great end-of-trip facilities for those wishing to ride to work or take advantage of sport and leisure facilities in the area.

Inside Prime House 1
Collaborative space and well-being room


Inside Prime House 2
End-of-trip facilities and meeting rooms with contemporary AV technology


Social and wellness activities

Our department recognises the importance of looking after the “whole” person. To support this, we have an 

  • active social club who organises sundowners, functions, discounted tickets to local events and much more. Membership is open to anyone working in the department. 
  • a wellness program that includes: 
    • Flu vaccination program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Peer support program
    • Safe spaces program
    • Lunch & Learn program  
    • Volunteering program.
  • a departmental choir that gets together twice a week at lunch to sing for fun as well as in support of internal corporate events.

What we are looking for in a diverse, graduate pool

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Our department values the strengths a diverse workforce brings to solving the challenges of climate change and creating a sustainable environment for Western Australians.

Every day we support and inspire each other to be our whole selves and best selves to thrive and reach our full potential. We celebrate, acknowledge, respect and embrace differences; because we know when people from different backgrounds and with different points of view work together, we create the most value and reflect the community we serve.

Our graduate program is an equity, diversity and youth initiative. As a measure to achieve equality, sections 31, 51, 66R and 66ZP of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984  apply to this program. So 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 Math's disciplines). 

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 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

We want you to be able to share and apply your university learnings and help us seek out long-term solutions to support our government commitments to water resources, climate change, biodiversity, sustainability, technology, cybersecurity, waste management and pollution.

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 responding to the gift of feedback.

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

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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 or postgraduate qualification in the past 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 Now button and lodge your application. 

As the selection process progresses, you’ll be informed of any additional information or interviews if required. 

Your application must be submitted online by the CLOSING DATE: 4.00pm on Sunday, 12 December 2021. 

Want to know more?

Then reach out to us. You can find more information about eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply here and by reading the application information pack. For further information about the application process or to seek any of these documents in an alternative format, contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Julie Bowra on (08) 6364 7047 or graduates@dwer.wa.gov.au.

To find out more about working in our department visit our Careers and employment opportunities page.

We can’t wait to hear from you

You’ll be part of a team making a difference

Page reviewed 23 November 2021