Costa Group Graduate Program

We believe in investing in people within our regional communities who have an interest in the future of the agricultural industry. We have close relationships with a number of universities across Australia and offer a Graduate Program, designed to provide broad exposure and understanding across our business.

Costa also supports a number of university scholarships at the University of Queensland, University of Tasmania, University of New England, Central Queensland University and Charles Sturt University. Find out more.

Graduate Program Overview

The Graduate Program aims to develop leaders of the future by providing an intensive hands-on and educational experience across a multitude of key departments within the Costa Group over an 18-month period. 

Successful applicants will participate in two rotations through our different regions and business categories which may include time in our nurseries,  glasshouses, packing sheds, farms and agronomy teams. Graduates also gain an insight into what happens after our product leaves the farm through exposure to the sales and marketing functions based in our Melbourne head office. Hands-on training on our farms coupled with leadership and development training make this an opportunity not to be missed. Our fast paced program will accelerate your career giving you exposure to opportunities across different categories and regions with unprecedented access to senior leaders to mentor and guide your course work.  

Benefits

Benefits of the Costa Graduate Program diagram
  • Successful applicants will receive a fixed term 18-month contract with competitive salary
  • Work phone, laptop and uniform will be supplied
  • Subsidised self-contained accommodation will be arranged prior to commencement
  • Professional development workshops facilitated by RedSky consulting   
  • Orientation meetings and business updates from senior management and the Board in Melbourne 
  • Opportunity to complete courses and gain relevant accreditation e.g. ChemCert   
  • If needed to relocate, suitable financial help will be available. 

What we are looking for

We are looking for graduates who demonstrate Costa’s core values of determination, accountability, passion, respect and sincerity. We are also looking for the future leaders of Costa.

To qualify you must be in your final year or recently finished a Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture 
  • Business, with an interest in agriculture Horticulture 
  • Science, with an interest in agriculture 

How to apply

Applications for the 2022 Graduate Program open on 1 August 2021 and close 17 September 2021. Interviews and assessments will begin after the closing date. You must be ready, willing and available to commence the Graduate Program early February 2022.

Meet our 2020-21 Graduate Program participants

I have wanted to be a grower since childhood and have always enjoyed understanding how seeds become fruit. This program has been a great opportunity for me to walk through the operational production chain of three crops. I loved every minute and have worked with great people, who are passionate for improving the horticultural industry.

Gaby Wen
Trainee Grower – Mushrooms

The opportunity to take my knowledge of on-site operations and agronomic expertise along with my economic background to a new role in Melbourne is something that I’m extremely excited about.
I am very fortunate to have been a part of Costa’s Graduate Program and am excited to continue to see how Costa’s growth will shape Australia’s agriculture for the future.

Liam Maiden
Business Analyst

I’m thrilled to be continuing in a field which uses everything from my food science and agribusiness studies. The connections and experiences I have made from this program are once-in-a-lifetime and I can’t wait to continue growing with the business.

Elicia Lim
Quality Coordinator – Berries

The program has been a great experience and I have enjoyed developing my skills and building connections withing the company. The importance of high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables will only increase with more challenges to come, and I look forward to adding value into the industry.

Lauren Innes
Trainee Grower – Mushrooms