Vacation jobs with GHD

GHD are advertising for vacation jobs for “undergraduate students at the end of their third year” in the coming summer. I’d imagine that these positions would also be suitable for honours and Masters students who are interested in working in environmental consulting. Several students in the University of Melbourne’s masters programs have been offered vacation employment with GHD in previous years, and they have often then joined GHD via their graduate recruitment program. I understand that applications close on 31 August. For information from GHD, see here:


Science Graduate Program – DEPI

A quick post – The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries is accepting applications for its Science Graduate Program for 2015. Applications close 11 August, so getting cracking if you are interested in an environmental career with the Victorian government.



The diversity of science careers

Many different scientific career opportunities exist. Sometimes a “traditional” science career is portrayed as students travelling from undergrad, to postgrad, a post-doc research position or two, and then an academic position at a university.


First-person science career stories

Of course, such a career trajectory is atypical. Most scientists end up in other professions, branching out at various points from this academic path, and sometimes even veering back onto it. The variety of paths is almost as great as the variety of people on them.

It is not always easy to see examples of this diversity of career paths. That makes the website MySciCareer all the more useful. There you can read first-hand accounts of people who have followed various career paths in science.

So, if you are wondering about the options available in science, hop on over to MySciCareer, and browse around. You could even consider contributing a story.

DEPI Graduate Program

The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries is recruiting for its 2014 Science Graduate Program. Details are available on its website:



Research Assistant job at Monash University

Applications for a research assistant position (full-time for 12 months) close tomorrow evening (27 March). Associate Professor Melodie McGeoch, who is highly recommended by Carly Cook of my lab group, is seeking an RA with skills in GIS and plant identification. More information here.

Sydney Water Graduate Program

Sydney Water have advertised that its graduate program is accepting applications, including positions for environmental scientists. More information is available on their website. The list of attributes they are looking for are worth considering for other jobs. Here is a quote from their website (I corrected one spelling error – I couldn’t help myself):

“We are looking for graduates who are innovative, creative, ambitious and open to new experiences. You will work in new places, with different people, and on a diverse range of projects.

You will need to display the Sydney Water key behaviours of:

Honesty – we display high levels of professional standards and integrity

Teamwork – we work cooperatively with each other to achieve the best outcomes

Achievement Driven – we reach our goals that matter and overcome barriers to success

Personal Responsibility – we are reliable and deliver what we say we will.

You must:

have a solid academic transcript

be a team player

have excellent verbal and written communication skills

be flexible and open to change

participate in extra curricular activities including sports, clubs, and societies.”

Graduate Careers Fair, 6 March 2013

The graduate careers fair is on tomorrow at the Royal Exhibition Building (noon – 4 p.m.). Various employers will be there, with at least one of the booths staffed by a previous graduate of the masters program at The University of Melbourne (GHD booth).

More information: