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Be a Graduate at Waste Management NZ

Application dates for our 2020 Graduate Programme will be announced shortly..


Our Graduate Programme

We’re looking for graduates who truly want to make the world a better place and believe they have what it takes to do this. 

Our established Graduate Programme  is supported by a comprehensive professional and personal development plan including leadership training, mentoring and special projects. As a Waste Management Graduate, you’ll be a permanent employee on an accelerated career path.

We have two Graduate streams, Generalist Leadership and Specialist Leadership. 

The Generalist Leadership stream includes work placements and is designed to give you a good understanding of the industry, allowing you to move into operational people leadership roles.

The Specialist Leadership stream will provide you an opportunity to gain a wealth of experience over a two-year period within a specialised function, allowing you to move into specialised leadership roles.

Our 2017/2018 Graduates

Our 2017 Graduates / Testimonials

Rachel Rountree


A day in the life of your role:

No day is ever the same. I work with various project teams, visit sites, meet with many people, work on business models,
reports and gather data.

What do you enjoy most about Waste Management’s graduate programme?

The exposure we get throughout the business – there are many opportunities to get involved in different business areas.
Everyone is supportive so it’s a great environment to develop both business and personal skills.

Key features of the graduate programme: 

  • Variety of work
  • Travel – I have travelled to a number of regions within the Lower North Island.
  • Training and development – we directly work with highly skilled staff and managers so we are always learning from the best.
    Staff provide on site training and we have been exposed to courses to expand our knowledge e.g. a landfill operations course.

Three words to describe the graduate programme to date:

Extraordinary, inspiring and exciting.

Three words to describe the culture at Waste Management?

Positive, supportive and dedicated.


James Buck


A day in the life of your role:

Most days are different. Some days I test and learn about trucks, other days I write up standard operating procedures.

What do you enjoy most about Waste Management’s graduate programme?

Being involved in learning about the whole business and not just one department.

Key features of the graduate programme:

  • Travel – Visited the Netherlands and China to look at electric and refuse trucks.
  • Training and development – Receive mentoring from a senior staff member and have been exposed to a landfill operations course.
    The company is highly vertically integrated so there are many systems you get to learn and see.
  • Hands on approach – Frequently meet up with executive members of the company and have a mentor and buddy throughout the programme. 

Three words to describe the graduate programme to date:

Involved, adventure and innovation.

Three words to describe the culture at Waste Management?

Professional, dynamic and relaxed (as in stress-free not lazy).

Who We Are

Waste Management is New Zealand's leading resource recovery, recycling and waste management provider, driven by our focus on safety, sustainability and service and underpinned by innovation.

We are turning waste back into valuable resources through advanced recovery, recycling and reuse at the same time as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. We provide recycling and resource recovery services, solid waste management, liquid and hazardous waste collection, treatment and disposal. We design and operate state-of-the-art waste management and recycling facilities nationwide, including leading edge sustainable, modern landfill and energy parks, material recovery facilities, transfer stations and liquid, hazardous and medical waste processing facilities.

We will continue to set the bar high with environmentally sustainable technology, showcasing modern sustainable waste management best practice and developing methods to promote more recycling.

We understand that our biggest asset is our people and we’re committed to their safety and wellbeing.  We’re a company where every day our people get to make a difference – whether this be through exploring recycling opportunities, looking at new ways to create energy from waste, or delivering a great customer service to building facilities that will last a lifetime. 

We work with a diverse range of customers, from residential homes and small businesses, through to large multinational commercial and industrial clients that span almost every industry in New Zealand. We’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of services that can be tailored to meet the needs of our customers.

Our focus is on the future, the possibilities it holds, and ultimately the protection of it.

Our Values

Our people are resourceful and pragmatic, and take personal responsibility for the excellent service we deliver to our customers.  As a team, we’re committed to getting it right the first time and we provide the tools to help our people do just that. 

The way we operate is a source of pride and passion for our people, and that attitude helps us meet the challenge of managing New Zealand’s waste every day.

Our values aren’t just high-brow statements on a wall.  They guide how we behave as individuals on a day-to-day basis.  They’re the sum of our shared experiences and ambition as a company, and we live by them. After all, it’s the shared vision of the entire Waste Management team that defines the company.

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