The Warakirri Agriculture Graduate Program provides graduates with a unique structured induction and development program in either broadacre cropping or dairy. Each year Warakirri offers up to four cropping graduate placements and two dairy graduate placements. These opportunities are open to students of agricultural sciences and related fields.

The Graduate Program runs for 24 months and includes two on-farm placements and one office-based placement. Graduates will work as part of the farm and administration teams on real projects, whilst receiving on the job coaching, training and mentorship.

Graduates will gain exposure to different production regions, farming systems and corporate administration. This exposure will provide graduates an understanding of how large scale national corporate agricultural businesses are structured and operate.

Graduates will be full time employees (on a fixed term contract) and paid a competitive salary. During and upon the completion of the graduate program, graduates will be eligible to apply for permanent roles within the business.

Why Warakirri Agricultural Graduate Program?

For many students, tertiary studies can be very theoretical with the gap between academic knowledge and practical application being quite significant. This program offers you practical mentorship, and the opportunity to entrench yourself in a real position, applying your academic knowledge to a practical role and taking responsibility for driving outcomes in designated areas of responsibility.

Following completion of university, the range of career options is often wide and varied. We understand this, and have designed the Warakirri Graduate Program to rotate across different production regions and corporate roles, allowing you to gain different perspectives and experiences, as well as to understand your interests, abilities and what it is like to work in Corporate Agriculture. You will not only be gaining relevant experience but will also be able to set clear career goals.

This program offers you competency and career development. Firstly, you will gain important industry experience working directly for one of Australia’s largest grain growers or dairy producers. Secondly, through forming close working relationships you will develop your professional working networks. Most importantly, given your experience gained in the graduate program, you will be well placed to move into a permanent position that are likely to arise in one of Australia’s largest and fast-growing Corporate Agriculture Businesses.

Benefits & Development

Warakirri’s graduate roles are paid positions. As you are treated as a full-time employee you will be paid a competitive salary. We provide accommodation, phone/internet and other necessary tools of the trade relevant to the placement when completing the varied farm placements. Graduates are responsible for their own accommodation during the office placement.

The Graduate program is focused on helping the next generation of agricultural professionals grow and develop. The program has been designed with three placements. Not only does it offer variety to your placement but also enables you to gain a better commercial understanding of Corporate Agriculture.

During the program, you will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will set, discuss and monitor Key Learning and Performance Areas. You will also be included in our annual performance review process and performance development plan, with a focus on professional development and goal setting. The assigned mentor will assist you in achieving the performance targets and professional development goals.

Career Opportunities

During and upon the completion of the graduate program you will be eligible to apply for permanent roles which may arise within Warakirri. Your mentor will review your performance on a regular basis and may make a recommendation to the HR department for you to be considered for suitable positions that may become available.

Student Profile

To qualify for Warakirri’s Graduate Program you must be in your final year of tertiary studies at the Bachelors or higher level with an accredited University. Although not limited to, we encourage students who are enrolled in the following qualifications to apply:

• Agricultural Science • Agronomy
• Farm Management • Vet Science
• Agribusiness • Commerce / Business with an interest in agriculture

You are to meet residency requirements by holding Australian/ New Zealand Citizenship or a valid Australian Permanent Resident Visa.

Graduate Program Timing and Process

Applications for the 2021 Graduate Program commence from 1 August 2020 and closes on 31 August 2020. Interviews and assessments will be completed during September, with offers expected to be made by early November 2020.

To apply, please send your expression of interest Cover Letter and CV to recruitment@warakirri.com.au with the subject of your email ‘Graduate Program 2021’.