Work Experience 2018

We offer high school science students the chance to gain first-hand experience about the Bureau of Meteorology.

Applications for 2018 are now open and successful participants will be notified by the end of February 2018.

We offer a limited number of work experience placements for secondary school students interested in exploring the Bureau of Meteorology.

As Australia's national weather, climate, ocean and water agency, we offer students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in our core weather and science services.

Our work experience program aims to give opportunities to:

  • Gain insight and experience into Bureau's everyday work, providing reliable and responsive weather, climate and ocean services for Australia
  • Enquire about the type of work being undertaken at Bureau of Meteorology
  • Demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within the Bureau of Meteorology; especially STEM disciplines
  • Gain essential work experience and/or skills
  • Explore your interests
  • Align school studies with career aspirations

General information for students:

  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Lunch: One-hour lunch break daily; refrigerator available for storing a packed lunch or several options on-campus for purchasing lunch
  • Attire: Business casual clothing with closed shoes recommended
  • Induction: All students will participate in a safety and site induction session upon arrival on their first day.
  • Location
    • 700 Collins Street Docklands Melbourne Victoria (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)
    • o Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (Wednesday)
      1-41 Glenlitta Ave, Broadmeadows

How to apply

Application Process

To apply for work experience please click on the link Work Experience Application and complete the work experience application form.

Please note that places are strictly limited and with a growing demand for places in previous years, students are encouraged to submit an application form as early as possible. Placement opportunities are for Melbourne Head Office only.

Conditions of participation

You have to be a student in Years 10, 11 or 12, at least 15 years of age and enrolled in an Australian secondary school.

Work experience requires you to attend for 'work' at specific times and comply with instructions from your 'supervisor' host. You will be required to follow our Code of Conduct, Values and Occupational Health Safety and Environment policies. Travel to and from the worksite is your responsibility.

Placements can be ended by Bureau of Meteorology at any time because of: misbehaviour, poor attendance, not following instructions, risk to staff or if resources to manage the placement become unavailable.

Please contact for more information.

Frequently asked questions

When can I apply for a work experience placement?

Official applications for 2018 are now open. Placement opportunities are for Melbourne Head Office only.

I applied for 2018 work experience, when will I hear back?

We are advising successful applicants in February 2018. If you have not heard from us by mid-March we encourage you to investigate other options.

How can I check the status of my application?

There is no option to check the status of an application. If your school requires you to advise them of your placement location before the start of June we encourage you to investigate other options.

Will I have to compete for a place?

In some circumstances, yes. We receive many more applications each year than the number of opportunities available.

I'm not in Year 10, 11 or 12 can I still apply?

Our work experience program is only open to students who are at least 15 years of age and are currently enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 and completing studies at an Australian high school

How long are placements?

Placements usually last for five days, between Monday to Friday, hours 10:00am - 4:00pm

When do placements occur?

Placements will usually occur during March through to November, excluding your state's school holidays.

What paperwork do I need to provide?

If your application is successful we will then require you to submit a work experience agreement form which your school will provide you with.

This form needs to be signed by yourself, your school, your parent/guardian and our Bureau of Meteorology Work Experience Manager.

Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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Ph: (03) 9669 4401

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