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Waterways, Land and Conservation Traineeship – Aboriginal Identified (Full Time)

About the Role

These traineeships offer a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management), and provide you with quality training, mentoring, industry leading skills and safety practices, and the opportunity for variety and exposure to many different aspects of the job.

These traineeships are suited to candidates who enjoy hands-on, outdoor working environments. In addition, employment opportunities with Melbourne Water are available upon successful completion of your traineeship.

The trainee crew members will gain experience and contribute to Melbourne Water projects within various water supply catchment areas. Roles are available in Melbourne’s west, north-eastern or south-eastern suburbs.

The trainee crew members will gain experience and contribute to Melbourne Water projects within various waterways and drainage systems. Roles are available in Melbourne’s West, or South-Eastern suburbs. Working on local waterways, creeks and wetlands you will be involved in delivering a range of activities including weed management, plant identification, revegetation, brush cutting, debris removal and general maintenance.


  • Working with supportive supervision, contribute to the delivery of maintenance and project outcomes
  • Through training and supervision, operate a range of hand and power tools
  • Take care of own and colleagues health and safety at all times
  • Maintenance of personal and company protective equipment and clothing
  • Compliance with Melbourne Water policies and procedures, including Safety and Environmental management
  • Successful completion of Certificate 3 in Conservation and Land Management


Benefits and Additional Information

While you are based at Melbourne Water worksites, WPC Group will provide you with a dedicated mentor (Field Officer) to help support and guide you throughout your traineeship. Regular visits in the workplace and at TAFE will take place to ensure you are developing the skills and knowledge you need and ensure have someone available when you have questions, challenges or just need to talk to someone.

We will also work with Melbourne Water to coordinate the TAFE (study) component of your traineeship. In addition, you will receive initial and ongoing internal training to ensure that your skills and knowledge are in line with Melbourne Water’s, and industry standards and requirements.

You will earn an award wage as you complete your traineeship and become qualified. All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is supplied by Melbourne Water throughout your traineeship.
As part of the recruitment process, short-listed candidates will be required to undertake several processes, and an offer of employment is subject to the satisfactory completion of:

  • National Security Clearance
  • Reference Checks (combination of professional and educational references will be accepted)
  • Medical and Fitness Check clearance (physical – to meet the inherit requirements of the role)


About you

  • Genuine interest in working outdoors and as part of a team
  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Interest in sustainable work practices
  • Hands-on approach to work
  • Focused on building a long-term career in waterways and land management
  • Punctual, efficient, honest and reliable
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to work in a safe manner
  • Work, volunteer or study experience of a practical nature is beneficial (but not essential). This can include successful completion of VCAL, VET or a pre-apprenticeship
  • A current driver’s licence (or being close to obtaining one) is ideal, however not essential, in order to get to the various worksites
  • A current driver’s licence (or being close to obtaining one) is essential


About WPC Group – Your Legal Employer

WPC Group employs over 660 apprentices and trainees in Australia. 11,000 individuals have graduated through our employment programs and created long-term careers for themselves.
We assist apprentices and trainees by:

  • Providing job preparedness programs, grants and scholarship opportunities
  • Enrolling you in training and providing support to help you finish your TAFE course;
  • Paying you while you work and learn
  • Providing you with ongoing support and a dedicated mentor


About Melbourne Water – Where You will be Based

Melbourne Water makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s lifestyle through supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride they share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live and work.

As a trainee employed by WPC Group and based at Melbourne Water worksites, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to their work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your full potential through:

  • Inclusive and supportive team environments
  • Fully provided Melbourne Water PPE
  • On-site guidance and supervision
  • Opportunities for employment upon successful completion of traineeship.


How to apply

WPC Group values and recognises diversity in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively support applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We offer safe and inclusive working environments where you can learn, grow and achieve your career objectives.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply, please quote “application via WanPlace” and send a copy of your resume and a covering letter to [email protected]

If you would like further information, please contact Louise Bastow on 03 9321 0843

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Job Details

  • Role Category Traineeships
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Location Melbourne
  • Job Posted 29/10/2019
  • Application Close
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