Career Programs

A career in the water industry will offer you a chance to make a positive contribution to your community, and the ability to get outdoors and keep fit. A traineeship or graduate program role is a great way to kick start your career in this innovative and fulfilling industry.

Westernport Water’s graduate programs provide various opportunities for developing recently graduated and summer students to become future water professionals.

Our traineeship programs in Water Operations, covers areas such as Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Field Maintenance and Geo-spatial Information Systems (GIS).

Our Traineeship and graduate programs will be advertised as they become available. Please check our vacancies page to see what career programs we have on offer.

School and university work experience placements will be considered on application. Please contact the People, Culture & Safety at to express your interest.

Harsha Puvvala – Project Engineer Infrastructure & Planning

Harsha started his journey at Westernport Water in the Graduate Program as a Graduate Engineer in Asset Strategy, Planning & Performance. Through the Graduate and Mentorship Programs he gained professional skills and industry knowledge by working under the guidance of the Senior Engineer, Asset Strategy Planning and Performance.

As part of the Graduate Program, Harsha had the opportunity to do rotations and work within the Engineering & Construction department as well as Asset Strategy, Planning & Performance. During this time Harsha worked with a number of experienced and passionate people at Westernport Water and had the opportunity to lead some key projects under their guidance.

At the end of the Graduate Program, Harsha was offered a full-time role as a Project Engineer where he has been managing complex projects. The Graduate Program has given him the opportunity to gain industry experience and put the skills and knowledge from his university degree into practice.

“Overall my experience at Westernport Water is and has been a great journey and I would recommend other young graduates to start their professional career at Westernport Water.” – Hasha Puvvala, Project Engineer.

Meg Humphrys – Climate Change and Environment Advisor

Meg Humphrys started working at Westernport Water 10 years ago. Meg began her career as an exploration geologist and worked for a rural water authority in Tatura – managing groundwater resources within the Murray-Darling Basin before joining Westernport Water.

Meg began in the role of Wastewater & Sustainability Officer at Westernport Water and was able to develop and learn a lot more about wastewater and environmental management on the job. This included training in environment and recycled water management, managing environmental and health requirements of Westernport Water’s recycled water scheme and onsite recycled water use at our wastewater treatment plants.

The Wastewater & Sustainability Officer role enabled Meg to enter a vast network of insightful and helpful experts within both the Victorian water sector and internationally – through peak bodies such as the Australian Water Association and Water Services Association of Australia. Meg has had opportunities to attend and present at water utility conferences, such as WIOA and OzWater, and more recently entered and won a state-wide competition for an innovative idea addressing key challenges facing the water sector in managing population growth and adapting and mitigating to the impacts from climate change.

Meg has been supported by Westernport Water in her pursual to attain a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Water Management with the International Water Centre in 2016, and more recently in 2022 for the Peter Cullen Trust – Science to Policy Leadership Development Program.

Meg has recently moved into a more senior role as Climate Change and Environment Advisor and looks forward to supporting Westernport Water along its net zero emission pathway.