students-rural-skillsThere is a steady and strong demand for graduates in agribusiness, agricultural science and food science.  Since 2008 to the present, figures released by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture reveal a widening gap between demand and supply of good quality graduates.  Job advertisements for graduates in agriculture number between 4000 and 4500, while graduate completions are around 800 nation wide. 

This means graduates from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences are in demand.

Many industries advertise graduate programs. If you will soon graduate look at sites such as Career Harvest or Graduate Recruits to find employment opportunities.

CareerHub News

CareerHub is a web-based administration system that provides an electronic communication hub between students, employers and the Careers & Employment Service staff.

To use the system you must first be registered. If you are an employer and not currently registered you can submit your application now by clicking on the register button. If you are already registered or have been provided with a username/password combination by the Careers & Employment Service then you will have to login to access all the features. 

What Services are available?

The University of Queensland’s FREE online employment service, UQ CareerHub, is one of the most effective and easiest ways to advertise your employment opportunities to UQ students and graduates. In addition, we can provide advice and assistance with your recruitment of local and international students/graduates from UQ through the following services:

  • List all of your employment, scholarship, volunteer and award opportunities
  • UQ Careers Fair
  • Volunteer Expo
  • On-Campus Employer Presentations
  • Guest News Articles

Please discuss your individual recruitment needs with the Careers & Graduate Employment unit. Staff members who can be contacted.

Further study

Consider a career as a meteorologist. You are able to do a graduate diploma provided you have a background in mathematics: applied mathematices to at least second year. Statistics is also becoming important. You should have an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary education institution, with a major in aphysical science or mathematics. Mathematics and physical science study, at least to second-year university level, is required. This could be an exciting career development for you. Read these flyers for more inormation:


QFF Graduate Positions

The Queensland Government is funding up to six graduate positions through QFF for recent Agriculture or NRM graduates to be located in the six reef catchments (ideally). More information about the positions is available on the website.

East Bali Cashews

East Bali Cashews have available a food technology internship. Ideal candidates will be in their final year of classes (i.e. coming to us after graduation), or already have some experience in food technology/ food science and be eager to work abroad for a semester. Attached is a job posting, a company information pamphlet, and a product information pamphlet highlighting the products and the company. For more information contact Corey Imparato.

Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS)  An agronomist position is available | job description

For further information or to apply, contact Julie Sutherland, Agronomy Manager, or phone 07 5472 9900

Nkonzo Bush Academy's Wildlife Conservation Program

An internship opportunity exists for undergraduates and masters students based in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Daily duties include working on a free roaming wildlife reserve assisting in conservation initiatives such as; wildlife monitoring, elephant carrying capacity, rhino gestation behaviour, animal releases and darts, and other necessary wildlife management work. Interns have the opportunity to not only gain field experience working with wildlife research and conservation initiatives but to assist in ongoing work that strives to a better future for African wildlife and ecosystems. We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic individuals who can add value to the work currently being undertaken. The program's full details can be found under the Wildlife Conservation Program.

Or contact Mandi Hall, Operations Manager,



trainee agronomist

Black Earth Agronomists

A full-time position is available to the suitable applicant to assist us with performing agronomy services in the Darling Downs region (Brookstead, Cecil Plains) over the coming summer period (November 2016 – March 2017) and then in the Burdekin and Bowen regions from March 2017 onwards.

For further information regarding this position,  contact Graham Boulton on 0429 063907 or via the email address


Ingham’s are looking for 10 graduates for their new Graduate program Candidates must be a resident or have permanent residency, and must be willing to relocate and be flexible to take advantage of their career developments (it’s a 2-year program with 6 month rotations for 2017). Applications need to be made now. Enquiries can be emailed to:

Bayer Sales Specialist Watermelon and Melon

Location: QLD/NSW/VIC – Non Office Based Role

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care and agriculture. Bayer uniquely combines expertise in human, animal and plant health within a single organisation. Through its innovation and research-intensive focus, Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.

The Sales Specialist is the initial and ongoing sales contact with Bayer Vegetable Seed customers and the company. The main objective of this position is to achieve the annually agreed sales budget for their designated crop.

Details about the job | Apply

Graduate position available at Lockyer Farms

We are looking for a positive, energetic person to join the team with us here in the Lockyer Valley.  The applicant must be passionate about farming and livestock and have good work ethic.  They need to be keen to take on responsibility, work well as a team or individually and be good at communicating with others. 

Stock work will be one of the main roles undertaken by the successful candidate.  Processing, weighing and sorting cattle will be a big part of the role therefore cattle experience is essential.

Other duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Horse work if experienced,
  • Tractor work including working ground, planting, slashing etc.
  • Making hay, storing hay, loading trucks.
  • Irrigation work.
  • Machinery maintenance.
  • Truck, forklift license and chainsaw experience is desirable but not essential.

For those interested please email Paula on or call 0417725538 and we can discuss the role and the incentives we offer further.


E. E. Muir & Sons

casual job available with E E Muir and Sons

Rugby Farm Pty Ltd

Rugby Farm have positions for two graduates at the end of the year (2016) from Agribusiness or Agricultural Science - horticulture.

You will be provided with a sound rotation program through the various areas of the business including the Agronomy team, Marketing team, Harvest Management and Pack Shed Management. The company needs young people in all these areas to potentially become leaders in the business.

Contact Matt Hood, Director, Rugby Farm Pty Ltd

Phone: 54663200 | Email:

Withcott Seedlings

Full time position of assistant grower available.

Contact Mike Hindle; more details are available on their website.​ The position closes on the 23rd of September 2016.

E.E. Muir & Sons

Trainee Agronomist Required

Please direct all enquiries to Troy Muller on

Kalfresh Pty Ltd

6206 Cunningham Hwy, Kalbar QLD 4310

Kalfresh are introducing a graduate program in 2017 and would like to recruit two graduates. Flyer

For more information contact:

David Krause

Chief Financial Officer | Kalfresh Pty Ltd

07 5463 7290 |

One Harvest Group of Companies

One Harvest have advertised a graduate position:

For more details you can contact:

Elle Creasey
Phone: 08 9418 9617
Mobile: 0498 008 652
Fax: 07 3879 3255

Tully Cane Productivity Services Ltd

Position title: Extension Officer (posted 11/8/2016)

Location: Tully, North Queensland

Details: Position Description

Apply to: The Secretary, TCPSL, PO Box 514 Tully 4854 or email to: or

Xpo Brands

Brand Ambassadors/ Promotional Staff

$26-$35 an hour - Casual

Job Type: Casual | Job Locations: Brisbane, Western Suburbs, Toowoomba.

Job: Brand Ambassadors - Sampling and Events

(Posted 6/7/16) XPO Brands are on the hunt for passionate Brand Ambassadors all across Brisbane! This is your opportunity to join an exciting and dynamic team, working with some of Australia's leading brands!

XPO are specifically recruiting for a team of ambassadors to work across an in-store grocery campaigns. You must be available to work each week from Wednesday through to Sunday, with sessions being either morning or afternoon timings, 4 hours per session.

What We Look For

  • A confident, outgoing and friendly personality, we're bringing events and promotions to life!
  • Sales experience is highly favourable – KPI’s for sales and sampling targets
  • Outstanding presentation – You take pride in your appearance and look polished at all times
  • Excellent communication and the ability to engage with consumers
  • A positive, can do attitude, nothing is too hard!
  • Prior experience in retail, sales or customer service is ideal but not mandatory

What We Offer

  • Opportunity to represent well-known brands and products
  • Flexible days/hours/locations – make it work around you!
  • Great support and training, we'll train you up on every brand/product you work on
  • Great hourly rates at $26hr - $35 per hr, depending on the role 

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been looking for please send your CV and 3 photos to

Or call Marisse on 0439 273 030

Noralla Stud

(Posted 6/6/16) Located between Allora and Warwick, this mixed farming operation is looking for an all-rounder who has some experience with handling thoroughbred horses ─ no actual riding but handling foals, halter breaking and handling weanlings and preparing yearlings for major sales. Another skill that would be an advantage is the ability and experience to drive large modern tractors and machinery plant involved in paddock cultivation as grain and hay are also major parts of our business.

Basic skills in these key areas and a willingness to learn are required. We have a comfortable house on farm available that can be used as accommodation. References would be required and award wages paid with further training provided in all fields if the applicant is keen.

We are a family farm and are all pretty hands-on so also appreciate someone who can get along with people easily and work in a small team.

To make an application or for further information please contact Mary Nolan ─

Lachlan Produce

(Posted 9.5.16) Lachlan Produce (Phone: 02 6967 4152) is a large scale irrigation farming enterprise located in central NSW Australia. Potatoes are the major crop with wheat, canola and safflower also being grown. 

Our company is regarded as one of the leading farming operations in the region and make use of new technology and agronomic practices. 

We require staff with experience in operating tractors and machinery and who have an understanding of cropping operations, with a knowledge of potatoes being an advantage but not necessary. We can offer both short and long term employment. 

Short term employment: Minimum of three to four months from mid November to the end of February or from June to September. During these periods employees will be involved in harvesting of the winter or summer potato crop, ground prep, planting potato crops and wheat harvest.

Our machinery and equipment fleet consists of John Deere 7000 and 8000 series tractors, Flexicoil air seeders, rotary hoes, tilco bed formers, Grimme potato planters, Grimme harvesters and windrowers, damadykers and tilco rippers.

We have a cabin park on farm which offers basic accommodation with shared kitchen and washing facilities. Bedding and cooking utensils aren't supplied. We also prefer if employees find their own form of transport before starting with us. 

Please contact myself by email if you may be interested in a position with our company.

Megan Potter | |

MSF Sugar

(Posted 14.3.16) Agronomy positions available

There is an opportunity for two Graduate Agronomists for permanent employment in the sugar industry in Queensland, located in South Johnstone and Maryborough. We are Australia’s largest sugarcane farmer and third largest miller, operating four sugar mills. The two Graduate Agronomist opportunities are with our company farming operations. We have approximately 10,000ha of company grown sugar cane. These would be normal agronomy positions involving:

  • Crop monitoring,
  • Soil and tissue testing and nutrient management planning,
  • Pest and weed monitoring and recommendations for control,
  • Harvest planning.

We have an Agronomy team that these two positions would be part of and we have the capacity to provide a unique graduate development program for the right people.

Perhaps even with international project experience in SE Asia.

We will consider graduates who have completed their degree or in their final year. 

Further information about the company can be found on our website:

Contact Group Agronomist (Andrew Dougall at or 0408 740891)

If prospective candidates notify us soon we may be able to hold the process or accept late applications.

Allianz Australia

Alliance Australia is looking for an Agricultural Science/Agribusiness student to join their 2017 Graduate Program. Ideally you will complete your studies at the end of 2016 but if you completed earleir you are still eligible to apply. Applications close 30 March 2017. They offer a two year program, which is designed to provide broad experience in Agricultural Insurance across the full insurance life cycle. You can find more details on their website: or download the brochure.


PATH4 FOOD is working with a number of Australian innovative and growing food manufacturers and as a result we are looking for a number of graduates to join these progressive companies. As a graduate, you will lean all aspect of the business from Sales and Marketing, to Production Management and Product Design. As a successful applicant, you will be mentored by the company’s executive team with strong succession opportunities. Who Can Apply?

PATH4 FOOD welcomes any fully graduated individuals or under-graduates in their last semester in the following disciplines:

  • Food Technology and Food Science
  • Business
  • Management
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Management

To apply, simply follow the prompts from the website and attach your resume:

Other job vacancies

Current job vacancy (as at 21 July 2015 - no closing date. Suitable for graduates) AgCAP - King Island - Job Advertisement

Current job vacancy (as at 3 June 2015 - no closing date. Suitable for graduates): Bundaberg Sugar

Premier Fruits Group - Ruza Maros - 

The Coles Graduate Program - applications open March 2017.

Useful websites

Career Harvest careers website - an Initiative of Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture
The one-stop shop for careers in cropping, livestock production, fisheries, forestry, horticulture and viticulture that feed the world and manage the environment.

Recruitment and job placement agencies specialising in agricultural and related industries.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Graduate Jobs in Science

Find graduate jobs and internships in Australia

Graduate Careers
Advice including information on industry, outlook, employment opportunities and salaries

The Job Guide
An Australian Government website that provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities

myfuture - Agriculture

The World Bank - youthink!

ABC - Rural

Zavora Marine Lab Internship

AgDraft - Connecting reliable workers to the best farming operators

Industry associations and societies


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