Graduate Program 2022/23 - "Grow Your Future With Us"


Forestry Corporation of NSW


Bombala, Tumut, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour or Wauchope, NSW

Salary etc:

$68,978 p.a. Permanent.

Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial plantation and native forests in NSW. Across two million hectares of forests we grow renewable timber resources, care for the biodiverse forests of the future and provide world-class tourism destinations.

Forestry Corporation is looking for graduates in disciplines including forestry, agriculture, environmental science and natural resources who have completed an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Program in the last 18 months or who will be completing their studies this year.

During the two-year program graduates will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist with planning the future of some of our 2 million hectares of native and plantation forests.
  • Obtain nationally accredited qualifications in firefighting and protect our forest and regional communities from bushfires.
  • Contribute to tomorrow's homes and the nation's infrastructure through sustainable harvesting of renewable timber resources and gain an understanding of business management and financial reporting.
  • Understand the land management facets that underpin our forest management like pest and weed control, Aboriginal partnerships and tourism and show you care for our forests and their future.

What we can offer

  • Permanent role - starting with a two-year Graduate Program - with several structured rotations within either our softwoods plantation or native forest divisions.
  • Opportunity to immerse yourself in a challenging and stimulating work environment.
  • Competitive remuneration (starting at $68,978 base salary) and great conditions of employment including flexible work, discounted gym memberships and the opportunity for intra-state travel.
  • Building blocks to develop a long-term career in forestry.
  • Work in diverse teams that champion inclusion and foster a culture of giving back.

What we are looking for

  • A passion and strong interest in the natural environment and / or primary production.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, as well as working independently when required.
  • Enjoy challenges, has problem solving skills and an innovative mindset.
  • Great communication and people skills to build collaborative and long-term relationships with stakeholders.
  • A willingness to 'roll up your sleeves' and get involved and enjoy seeing the outcomes of effort.
  • Strong skills in time management and the ability to prioritise multiple tasks.
  • A growth mindset and commitment to continuous learning and personal development.
  • Commitment to our company values of wellbeing, respect, integrity, and innovation.
  • People who enjoy living in regional NSW communities and plan to make them your home long- term.

About the program

Our two-year Graduate Program will consist of on-the-job learning, mentoring, exposure to senior leaders and an active support network which will accelerate your career towards becoming one of our next operational leaders.

The rotations will provide exposure to a range of roles within either our Softwood Plantation Division or Hardwood Forest Division (native forest) to build your knowledge and give you a deep understanding of the technical aspects of forestry roles. Each graduate will experience diverse work programs and workplaces, supported throughout by a dedicated learning and development pathway.

Ideally, you will start as part of our seasonal firefighting crew from late November 2022 with nationally accredited training provided.

Graduate roles could be based at Bombala, Tumut, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour or Wauchope with opportunities also to travel to other locations on short-term assignments.

During our two-year Graduate Program, we will work with you to enhance your professional development and consider your future career opportunities. After the program, we will work proactively with you to identify suitable positions within the Forestry Corporation.

The fine print

During the selection process you will be required to participate in a range of assessment activities to help us evaluate your suitability for our Graduate Program.

At Forestry Corporation, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, our contractors and our communities is the highest priority, which is why successful candidates will also be required to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status or medical exemption and satisfactorily complete a Drug and Alcohol screening, Medical Assessment, and fitness assessment for firefighting.

To be eligible for employment you must be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, a New Zealand citizen with a current NZ Passport, or a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia. If you currently hold a temporary visa that allows you to live and work in Australia, you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.

At Forestry Corporation, we strive to always lead with our values and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We offer a variety of Flexible Working arrangements enabling our employees to develop their potential and bring their authentic self to work.


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