ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY CAREERS

LEVEL 1Usually requires the completion of Year 10 schooling, the secondary certificate. Certificate I or Certificate II qualification. New Apprenticeships may be offered in this level.

LEVEL 2 Usually has a skill level equal to a Certificate III or IV or at least 3 years relevant experience. Australian Apprenticeships may be offered in this level.
 

LEVEL 3 Usually requires a level of skill equal to a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Study is often undertaken through TAFES or Registered Training Organisations.
 

LEVEL 4 Usually requires completion of a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Study is often undertaken at university.
 

Environmental Sustainability Careers

Level 1

Animal Attendant

Assist in administration and pet care at a kennel, cattery or veterinary clinic.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies

Aquaculture Farmer / Technician

Specialise in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. Additional duties could include equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Traineeship in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Fishing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Aquaculture
  • Diploma of Aquaculture

Arborist

Manage, maintain and care for trees. They identify particular types of trees, inspect them and prune or plant them according to the tree's condition, and the area in which it is situated

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • A traineeship in Arboriculture

Bush Regenerator

Carry out environmental weeding and bushland regeneration activities including planting and seed collecting

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Conservation Officer

Promote and enforce natural resource and environmental protection through public education, public involvement, and awareness

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma in Conservation and Land Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Conservation and Land Management

Environmental Photographer

Capture photographs of different types of nature scenes including scenery and animals

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in photography

Farm Hand

Farm hands assist farmers and graziers with growing crops and feeding and raising livestock.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate I in Rural Operations
  • Certificate II in Agriculture

Farmer/Farm Manager

Farmers and farm managers undertake farming operations to raise livestock and cultivate crops, fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products. A farmer is a self-employed person who farms their own land or a leasehold property rented from a landowner. A farm manager is an employee who is paid a salary to manage a farm or group of farms.

You can work as a farmer or farm manager without formal qualifications, although skills in farm management, crop management and/or animal husbandry are considered essential. You may learn these skills from an experienced farmer or farm manager on a working farm or formally at an educational institution such as a TAFE, university or an agricultural college. Courses may focus on specific areas of agriculture or all aspects of farm management.

Fisheries Officer

Responsible for the management, conservation and preservation of state and territory fishery resources. Their role is to ensure these resources are not endangered or over-exploited.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Usually, no specific qualifications required although a Certificate level course in Natural Resource Management is well regarded.

Forest Worker

Assist with growing, maintaining and harvesting timber plantations.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Apply Tree Jacking Techniques (FPI Unit)
  • Certificate I in Forest and Forest Products
  • Certificate II in Forest Growing and Management
  • Certificate II in Harvesting and Haulage

Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory workers assist scientists, engineers, technical officers and other laboratory staff by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, making measurements with scientific equipment, recording results and presenting results for critical analysis. Positions are often used as entry level positions while studying formal qualifications

  • Associate Degree of Science
  • Diploma of Science
  • Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations,
  • Advanced Diploma of The Sciences

Landcare Worker

Landcare workers perform a range of tasks to maintain and restore native bushland and farmland.

  • Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • A short course such as Operate and Maintain Chainsaws (AHC Unit)

Mine Surveyor

A mine surveyor is a professional engineer and architect who manages a range of aspects of a mining project including the design and future plans for a mining site.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree that may include mathematics, engineering, or architecture. In addition to formal education, many surveyors receive extensive vocational and on-the-job training in their field.

Nursery Worker

Assists in propagating, cultivating and harvesting plants in a horticultural nursery. Position can be used as a way of building knowledge perhaps while studying formal horticultural qualifications

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • None required but Certificate II and III in Horticulture recommended to increase employment chances

Pest and Weed controller

Pest and weed controllers kill or control plants, animals and insects that are identified as noxious, troublesome or harmful to agricultural, industrial or domestic activities.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • To become a qualified pest or weed controller you usually need to complete a traineeship in Asset Maintenance (Pest Management - Technical).

Remediation Assistant

Assists in aspects of remediation work and site investigation work such as carrying out sampling and collating results

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • No specific qualifications required.  Potential entry-level position while studying for more senior roles.

Level 2

Agricultural Technical Officer

Responsible for complex technical support and provide advice on aspects of agriculture such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Associate Degree,
  • Advanced Diploma or
  • Diploma in areas such as land management and agriculture

Animal Control Officer

Often employed by local government councils to enforce council laws and regulations regarding animal control. Their duties could include collecting stray animals, managing the pound and issuing warnings or fines for mistreatment of animals.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation

Aquaculture Farmer / Technician

Specialise in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. Additional duties could include equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Traineeship in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Fishing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Aquaculture
  • Diploma of Aquaculture

Arborist

Manage, maintain and care for trees. They identify particular types of trees, inspect them and prune or plant them according to the tree's condition, and the area in which it is situated

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • A traineeship in Arboriculture

Conservation Officer

Promote and enforce natural resource and environmental protection through public education, public involvement, and awareness

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma in Conservation and Land Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Conservation and Land Management

Eco-Tour Guide

Focuses on experiences in natural areas, leading to environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Eco-Tour Guides conduct tours and provide information about the ecology of certain areas, and how to minimise impacts on them

  • Cert III in Tourism plus a short course in Eco-Tourism
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

Energy Auditor

Inspect, measure and verify energy consumption in residential, commercial or industrial settings. They can suggest effective measures to reduce energy consumption.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Cert IV in Business Sustainability Assessment,
  • Cert IV in Energy Efficiency and Assessment,
  • Advanced Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering

Environmental Photographer

Capture photographs of different types of nature scenes including scenery and animals

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in photography

Farm Hand

Farm hands assist farmers and graziers with growing crops and feeding and raising livestock.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate I in Rural Operations
  • Certificate II in Agriculture

Fisher

Control fishing operations to catch and preserve fish, crustaceans and molluscs in ocean, coastal and inland waters.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate III in Fishing Operations
  • Certificate III in Transport and Distribution - Maritime Operations

Green Plumber

Formally qualified plumber with specialist knowledge and skills which enable them to provide advice on energy efficiency and water conservation.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Once qualified as a plumber an appropriate short course - Green Plumbers Environmental Solutions (NRT) is required.

Horticultural Tradesperson/Gardener

Horticultural tradespersons maintain plants and planted areas, construct horticultural features and apply treatments to enhance plant growth and control pests. Gardening is about working with the environment to facilitate plant growth and to create a pleasing space

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture

Irrigation Officer/ Manager

Involved in the assessment and management of irrigating land areas including farms, parklands, parks etc. Irrigation managers may be involved in the design and recommendation of required irrigation systems.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Short courses involved in the design and construction of irrigation/ reticulation systems.

Natural Resource Officer

Environmental and natural resources officers focus on implementing management strategies involved in pollution and degradation of the environment and their impact on biodiversity and stability

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Cert II in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration

Outdoor Recreation Officer

Recreation officers organise sporting and recreational events. They also develop and/or administer recreation policy.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation,
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Recycled Waste Officer

Responsible for advising, developing and implementing waste recycling policies and procedures within an organisation.

Recycling Coordinator

Responsible for devising the most effective and efficient way of delivering recycling materials to recycling plants on behalf of their organization or institution.

Remediation Officer

Under the direction of a remediation manager, a remediation officer supports the development and implementation of remediation strategy, policies and procedure.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma or Degree in Environmental Management/Science/related area
  • Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology

Vegetation Management Officer

Facilitates the effective management and maintenance of vegetation in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner

  • Certificate III in Horticulture/Arboriculture
  • Certificate III Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma of Science

Volunteer Coordinator

Organises and drives volunteer management programs and provides ongoing support to volunteers.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Often desired are Qualifications/and or experience in community development, social work or another relevant discipline. Proven experience in the management of a voluntary workforce

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Involved in the daily operation, monitoring and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities

  • Certificate III in Water Operations

Level 3

Agricultural Technical Officer

Responsible for complex technical support and provide advice on aspects of agriculture such as research, production, servicing and marketing.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Associate Degree,
  • Advanced Diploma or
  • Diploma in areas such as land management and agriculture

Aquaculture Farmer / Technician

Specialise in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. Additional duties could include equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Traineeship in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Fishing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Aquaculture
  • Diploma of Aquaculture

Biodiversity Officer

Specialise in protecting, managing and enhancing the environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma,
  • Advanced Diploma or
  • A degree which is relevant to a biological discipline with respect to any of the following fields: Ecology, Environmental science, Hydrology, Natural resource management or Environmental science.

Biomedical Engineer

Apply engineering and scientific methods to find solutions to problems in medicine and the life sciences. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly emerging discipline designed to improve human health through interdisciplinary activities that integrate engineering with biomedical science and clinical practice.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering

Climate Change Adaptation Officer

Develops and implements natural hazard (coastal erosion and flooding) risk reduction and climate change adaptation programs.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management or similar together with climate change industry experience or
  • A specialist qualification such as a Graduate Certificate of Climate Change Adaptation

Conservation Officer

Promote and enforce natural resource and environmental protection through public education, public involvement, and awareness

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma in Conservation and Land Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Conservation and Land Management

Eco-Tour Guide

Focuses on experiences in natural areas, leading to environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Eco-Tour Guides conduct tours and provide information about the ecology of certain areas, and how to minimise impacts on them

  • Cert III in Tourism plus a short course in Eco-Tourism
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

Energy Auditor

Inspect, measure and verify energy consumption in residential, commercial or industrial settings. They can suggest effective measures to reduce energy consumption.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Cert IV in Business Sustainability Assessment,
  • Cert IV in Energy Efficiency and Assessment,
  • Advanced Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering

Environment Officer

Applies scientific knowledge, procedures and practice to support planning and strategy in regards to environmental issues.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in a related discipline e.g. Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Degree in a related discipline e.g. Environmental Management or Environmental Science

Environment Protection Officer

Manage and regulate policies and legislation in order to protect and enhance the environment and the health of its community. Also, have the function of upholding environmental protection legislation

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
  • Certificate in Natural Resource Management
  • Diploma in Environmental Science
  • The Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours)

Environmental Education Officer

Responsible for promoting environmental conservation and sustainable development via a variety of methods such as education, marketing and publicity.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in a Biological or Environmental Science discipline

Environmental Health Officer

Assess risk and develop, regulate, enforce and monitor laws and regulations governing public health and the natural and built environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Science or Applied Science majoring in Environmental Health

Environmental Manager

Responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. They also develop, implement and monitor environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Degree in Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Master of International Urban and Environmental Management

 

Environmental Photographer

Capture photographs of different types of nature scenes including scenery and animals

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in photography

Environmental Policy Officer

Develops and analyses environmental policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs. Assist with the development and implementation of legislation, policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to the environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Economics or similar with a major in Environmental Economics or
  •  Degree in Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics or similar.

Environmental Economist

Specialize in a branch of economics that incorporates environmental implications into economic analysis. They study the environmental impacts, both positive and negative, of projects and policies from an economic perspective and in turn advise industry and government on the environmental impacts of decisions.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree Environmental Policy and Management
  • Degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Management or related area
  • Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Urban Planning and Environment

 

Environmental Risk Analyst

This position looks to identify the environmental risks faced by an institution or business unit, understand how and when they arise, and estimate the environmental impact of adverse outcomes.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate or Diploma level courses focusing on risk analysis

Forestry Technician

Responsible for data collection used in the management of forest resources. Their duties include activities related to forest protection, management, harvesting and conservation. Often working under the supervision of forest managers.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in Forestry or Natural Resource Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Forestry or Natural Resource Management

Fresh Water Technician

Maintains the quality of water accessed by the public through monitoring it at a water treatment plant.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in Science or Freshwater Biology

GIS Officer

The cartographic and analytical output produced by geographic information systems officers is used to aid in the efficient management and use of land assets within Australia.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Spatial Information Services

GIS Technician

A GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technician works with maps and geographic data. He has the job of researching, gathering, analyzing, and adjusting geographic data and using it to create new maps, graphs, charts, and databases.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • VET courses such as a Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services

Horticulturalist

A horticulturist is a scientist who specializes in plant cultivation and propagation. They might conduct research to learn more about the genetics and properties of plants or apply growing ideas to produce higher crop yields.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate III in Horticulture

Hydrographer

Hydrographers are responsible for surveying and charting coastal and inland waters. They monitor, measure, analyze and describe aspects of the water cycle, the ocean floor, currents, tide measurements and wave information.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma of water Operations (hydrography)

Land Technician

Land survey technicians assist surveyors with a variety of tasks involved in the completion and production of land surveys. Technicians may be responsible for such tasks as entering data, taking notes and operating topographic equipment. This position may be used as an entry-level position to gain experience before completing qualifications to become a surveyor.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Surveying
  • Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services through to the
  • Advanced Diploma of Surveying and Spatial Information Services.

Landcare Officer

Landcare Officers are generally employed by local government or land conservation organisations to promote community awareness of environmental issues. They might highlight problems affecting the local environment, implement strategies to address them and engage the community to help overcome them, such as planting trees or running local bush walks.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • Dual Certificate II Program in Conservation, Land Management and Horticulture.

Landfill Manager

Landfill Managers oversee the development and operation of landfill facilities to ensure that sustainability policies and regulations are adhered to. They may develop waste management and site safety plans; liaise with clients, suppliers, contractors and regulators; and prepare budgets.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma in waste management

Natural Resource Manager

Natural resource managers develop conservation plans for nature reserves, land and other natural resources. These plans are used to implement strategies which effectively manage natural resources in an ecologically sustainable way.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in land management or a related area
  • Diploma of Environmental Science (Management)

Organic Farmer/Farm Manager

Organic farmers use a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. Organic Framers do not employ methods involving synthetic petrochemical fertilisers and pesticides

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • You can work as an organic farmer or farm manager without formal qualifications, although skills in farm management, crop management and/or animal husbandry are considered essential. You may learn these skills from an experienced farmer or farm manager on a working farm or formally at an educational institution such as a TAFE, university or an agricultural college by studying courses specialising in organic farming.

Park Ranger

Park rangers control, supervise and manage national parks, scenic areas, historic sites, nature reserves and other recreational areas. these positions can also be undertaken on a voluntary v=basis

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • You can work as a park ranger without formal qualifications, but entry may be improved with a certificate, diploma or degree in a conservation-related area e.g. The Certificate II and Certificate III or Diploma in Conservation and Land Management

Survey Technician

A survey technician is responsible for determining the accurate size, position and layout of a plot of land through various methods of measurement.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
  • Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
  • Certificate IV in Surveying
  • Diploma of Spatial Information Services
  • Diploma of Surveying

Sustainability Reporting Officer

Sustainability Reporting Officers measure, evaluate and report on a range of environmental indicators in order to assess the social and environmental performance of an organisation.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma of Sustainable Operations
  • Diploma of Carbon Management

Water Policy Officer

Involved in the developing water management policies, stakeholder consultation, providing commentary on other state and commonwealth policies and the implementation of policies.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor or Diploma of the Environment, science or civil engineering

Water Quality Officer

Will provide advice and assistance for the operation of the water supply network in order to help provide safe water

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree or diploma in Science, Engineering or related field.

Level 4

Agricultural Engineer

Research and develop engineering technologies and techniques used in agricultural production and in the management of natural resources.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering majoring in agricultural engineering

Agricultural Scientist

Specialise in the study of commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to improve the productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • A degree in agricultural science
  • A science degree at a university with a major in agricultural-related studies

Agronomist

Specialise in the area of in agricultural practices, with the aim to increase crop yield and farming profits. This may involve specialist positions in research, extension and advice, sales, crop nutrition, soils or farming sustainability.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture

Air Quality Engineer

Air quality engineers work to ensure the highest-quality air is maintained and accessible to people in all environments. Often, air quality engineers specialize in either indoor or outdoor air quality and work on issues such as emission control, contaminant removal, and workplace ventilation. Air quality engineers can also review environmental assessments for proposed construction projects and make recommendations for air quality and pollution control equipment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in engineering
  • A Bachelor's degree in chemical, mechanical, or environmental engineering

Aquaculture Farmer / Technician

Specialise in freshwater and marine farming, hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. Additional duties could include equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Traineeship in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Aquaculture
  • Certificate III in Fishing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Aquaculture
  • Diploma of Aquaculture

Aquatic Scientist

Specialise in basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions. In both inland and marine waterways.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in aquatic ecology or
  • Bachelors degree in environmental science/engineering or fisheries or related science

Atmospheric Chemist

Study atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose roles require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in atmospheric science
  • Bachelors degree in chemistry

Biological Scientist

Specialise in the study of living organisms. They may specialise in animals and their research can lead to improvements in the environment

  • Bachelor degree in biological science

Biomedical Engineer

Apply engineering and scientific methods to find solutions to problems in medicine and the life sciences. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly emerging discipline designed to improve human health through interdisciplinary activities that integrate engineering with biomedical science and clinical practice.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering

Botanist

Specialise in the biology of all types of plants to increase scientific knowledge and apply this knowledge in areas such as conservation and management of natural resources, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, medicine and biotechnology

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in science majoring in botany or biology, plant science or a closely related field
  • Degree in applied science majoring in botany or biology, plant science or a closely related field

Chemist

Study the physical and chemical properties of materials to determine their composition. They can use this knowledge to develop new materials and products, to devise more efficient processes for making materials and to increase scientific knowledge.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of science or applied science with a major in chemistry
  • Bachelor of applied science with a major in chemistry

Civil Engineer

Plan, design, construct, operate and maintain in some or all of the following areas: roads, bridges, dams, water supply schemes, sewerage systems, transportation systems, harbours, canals, dockyards, airports, railways, factories and large buildings

  • Degree in engineering majoring in civil engineering

Climate Change Adaptation Officer

Develops and implements natural hazard (coastal erosion and flooding) risk reduction and climate change adaptation programs.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management or similar together with climate change industry experience or
  • A specialist qualification such as a Graduate Certificate of Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Scientist

Research and present data on the science behind climate change. Climate change is a change in global climate patterns apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards, attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor degree in Environmental Management, or similar together with climate change industry experience
  •  Bachelor degree in Natural Resource Management or similar together with climate change industry experience

Climatologist

Specialise in the study weather patterns and the processes that cause them

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Science with a major in climate change or Ocean and Climate Sciences or similar.

Coastal Engineer

Study coastal and river systems, and are involved in protection and erosion work. They design coastal structures such as beaches, seawalls, marinas and ports, and assess the environmental impact these types of developments may have.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in engineering with a major in ocean science engineering
  • Degree in engineering with a major in environmental engineering
  • Degree in engineering with a major in marine biology

Communications/Public Relations Officer

Plan, develop, put into place and evaluate information and communication strategies that present an organisation to the public, clients and other stakeholders. They can also help to promote good information flow within their organisation.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Public Relations)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) with a major in Public Relations

Community Engagement Officer

Support and promote inclusive planning on various community-related projects, through consultation with communities.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in social sciences majoring in communication
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)

Conservation Manager

The role can involve a number of different areas. They can manage the use and development of forests, and other natural resources. Or they can help to protect fragile ecosystems, including protecting native plants and animal species.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Natural Resource Management,
  • Degree in Environmental Science,
  • Degree in Park Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Parks, Recreation and Heritage

Cultural Heritage Officer

Focus on the identification, assessment, conservation and interpretation of places and objects that have cultural heritage value. Cultural Heritage Officers must also develop and regularly update their knowledge in areas such as Australian history, Indigenous history and culture and urban/environmental design.

Suggested courses to investigate:

Arts or science degree with a major in one of these suggested areas:

  • Cultural Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

Demographer

A demographer is a social scientist who studies the causes and effects of population changes

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in demography,
  • Degree in economics,
  • Degree in social science

Eco-Tour Guide

Focuses on experiences in natural areas, leading to environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Eco-Tour Guides conduct tours and provide information about the ecology of certain areas, and how to minimise impacts on them

  • Cert III in Tourism plus a short course in Eco-Tourism
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science

Ecologist

Specialise in ecosystems as a whole and the relationships between organisms and their environment. Ecologists usually choose a specialist area e.g. freshwater, marine, terrestrial, fauna, flora to work in.

  • Bachelor of Science with a major in zoology or a related field such as conservation biology
  • Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Endangered Species Biologist

Works with government agencies, and industry groups to ensure that their actions do not harm endangered species. They also work with researchers to try and understand what types of studies they could be doing to help endangered species recover

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Conservation Biology

Energy Efficiency Engineer

Energy engineers are focused on finding efficient, clean and innovative ways to supply energy. They work in a variety of roles including designing and testing machinery, developing ways of improving existing processes, and converting, transmitting and supplying useful energy to meet our needs for electricity.

  • Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering with specialisations in the energy area
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Sustainable Energy Management

Environment Officer

Applies scientific knowledge, procedures and practice to support planning and strategy in regards to environmental issues.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in a related discipline e.g. Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Degree in a related discipline e.g. Environmental Management or Environmental Science

Environmental Approvals Compliance Consultant/ Officer

This position obtains and administers environmental permits; ensures environmental regulatory compliance for federal, state and local requirements; tracks environmental laws and acts as the RTD contact for all regulatory agencies.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor in Science with an emphasis in environmental or hazardous material management

Environmental Auditor

Assess the management of operations in all types of businesses to ensure corporate and government standards of environmental control are being met.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in environmental science, environmental management or related discipline. Plus further accredited environmental auditing training.

Environmental Consultant

Carry out work on commercial or government contracts to address a variety of environmental issues for their clients. Their work can cover a wide range of disciplines such as assessment of air, land and water contamination, environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, waste management and the development of environmental management systems.

  • Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management or a related discipline such as Natural Resource Management

Environmental Coordinator

This position coordinates the various environmental activities of an organisation including adherence to environmental policies and standards as well as internal and external programmes aimed at improving environmental sustainability credentials.  They are often mid-level management positions with specialist staff reporting in to the position.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor in Environmental Science

Environmental Economist

Specialize in a branch of economics that incorporates environmental implications into economic analysis. They study the environmental impacts, both positive and negative, of projects and policies from an economic perspective and in turn advise industry and government on the environmental impacts of decisions.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Economics or similar with a major in Environmental Economics or
  • Degree in Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics or similar.

Environmental Engineer

Assess and manage the effects of human and other activity on the natural and built environment. They apply their engineering knowledge and skills to such things as environmental impact assessment, natural resources management and pollution control.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Engineering degree, with a major in Environmental Engineering.

Environmental Health Officer

Assess risk and develop, regulate, enforce and monitor laws and regulations governing public health and the natural and built environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Science or Applied Science majoring in Environmental Health

Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant

Assess the environmental impacts of planned and proposed projects

  • Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management or related discipline

Environmental Journalist

Environmental reporters are journalists who specialize in gathering and presenting newsworthy environmental information.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Double degree in Journalism and an environmentally related degree such as Environmental Science

Environmental Lawyer

Act as both advisors and legal advocates in the protection of the environment and natural resources

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Environment with the degree of Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelors Degree followed by a Masters of Environmental Science and Law

Environmental Management Consultant

Environmental managers are responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of organisations in either the private or public sector. They are also responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring environmental strategies that promote sustainable development.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor in engineering or science with a focus on environmental sustainability.

As a management position, organisations will often seek pre-existing work experience in a related field

Environmental Manager

Responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. They also develop, implement and monitor environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Diploma in Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Degree in Environmental Management or Environmental Science
  • Master of International Urban and Environmental Management

 

Environmental Photographer

Capture photographs of different types of nature scenes including scenery and animals

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelors degree in photography

Environmental Planner

Often involved in preparing environmental impact statements, and other environmental initiatives for organisations undertaking major structural projects such as the construction of highways, roads, estates, mines, water and power projects.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Planning,
  • Degree in Environmental Planning
  • Degree in Urban and Regional Planning

 

Environmental Policy Officer

Develops and analyses environmental policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs. Assist with the development and implementation of legislation, policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to the environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Economics or similar with a major in Environmental Economics or
  •  Degree in Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics or similar.

Environmental Economist

Specialize in a branch of economics that incorporates environmental implications into economic analysis. They study the environmental impacts, both positive and negative, of projects and policies from an economic perspective and in turn advise industry and government on the environmental impacts of decisions.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree Environmental Policy and Management
  • Degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Management or related area
  • Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Urban Planning and Environment

 

Environmental Scientist

Measure and record features of the environment and study, assess and develop methods of controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Environmental Science or Science or Applied Science with a major in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Geography, Marine Science or a related field.

Fisheries Manager

Supervise and coordinate activities of fisheries officers

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Forester/Forest Manager

Study, establish, manage and harvest forests to ensure there is a continuing supply of timber and associated forest products. They may also maintain forests to ensure community recreational needs are met.

  • Bachelor of Forest Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Forestry

Fresh Water Scientist

Specialise in principles of plant and animal life in freshwater ecosystems. Develop plans and strategies to facilitate the ongoing health of aquatic ecosystems

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Science with a major in freshwater biology or a major in marine and freshwater biology

Geological Engineer

Identify and solve problems involving soil, rock and groundwater, and design structures in and below the ground, using the principles of earth science.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Engineering with a major in Geoscience, Geology, Geoengineering or Geotechnical Engineering.

Geologist

Specialise in the nature, composition and structure of the earth to increase knowledge and locate materials and minerals. They can advise on the extraction of minerals, as well as environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in Science or Applied Science, majoring in Geology or a related science.

Geotechnical Engineer

Study and advise on the most effective way to guard and maintain physical structures, for example, soil and rock formations and groundwater deposits, whilst planning construction projects.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Engineering, with a major in Geoscience, Geology, Geological Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering.

GIS Manager

Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of teams of information technology experts that produce geographical data

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems

Hydrogeologist

A hydrogeologist is a person who studies the ways that groundwater moves through rock and soil. They often involved in testing and monitoring groundwater and underground water systems to ensure they maintained in a sustainable way and not negatively impacted by various activities such as mining, farming manufacturing etc.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Science specialising in hydrogeology

Hydrologist

Hydrologists measure, analyse and maintain the quantity and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage. This information is used to plan and develop strategies for water conservation and the improvement of water quality.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Relevant science or engineering degree e.g civil engineering or physical science majoring in chemistry, physics, water quality, hydrology, mathematics or meteorology.

Landscape Architect

Landscape architects plan and design the effective and sustainable use of land areas for projects. These include areas such as parks, schools, hospitals, roads, malls, plazas, sports complexes, holiday resorts, hotel complexes, shopping centres, airports, housing subdivisions, national parks, playgrounds and commercial, industrial and residential sites

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Landscape architecture degree at a university accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
  • Alternatively, you can study a related field, such as design, followed by a postgraduate qualification in landscape architecture.

Marine Scientist

Marine scientist (also known as Marine Biologist) study the anatomy, physiology, functions, characteristics, behaviour and environments of all forms of life living in the sea and connected water bodies.

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology

Microbiologist

Involved in the study microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi to increase scientific knowledge and help identify and control disease organisms.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in science majoring in microbiology.
  • A degree in agriculture is also relevant.

Mining Engineer

Mining engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of extracting mineral resources from the earth. These positions are increasingly involved in ensuring environmentally sustainable practices are employed in the process of extracting resources.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mining Engineering

Sociologist

Sociologists study the development, structure, social patterns and interrelationships of social groups and human societies.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of arts degree majoring in sociology
  • Bachelor of social sciences

Soil Scientist

A soil scientist gathers, interprets and evaluates information about the chemistry, biology and physics of soils. This will assist to inform and influence issues as diverse as agricultural production, environmental quality, human health, climate change, land remediation and biodiversity.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in science or applied science majoring in soil science, or a degree in agricultural science

Sustainability Consultant

A sustainability consultant works to help organisations optimise the way in which they operate so that they will be better-positioned work in an environment of decreasing negative impact on the natural environment. They can assist with the implementation of sustainability initiatives, as well as lead, develop, establish and maintain an environmental management system for organisations

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Sustainability,
  • Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning or related Bachelors degree with specialisations in sustainability
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)

Sustainability Design Consultant/Sustainable Product Designer

Sustainable Designers are involved in the design of buildings and products to reduce their impact on the environment through life-cycle assessment, energy efficient design and integration of low-emissions technologies.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Master of Design Science (Sustainable Design)
  • Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building

 

Sustainability Manager

Provide the lead role in the creation and implementation of economically viable sustainability strategies, designs and solutions for organisations and/or regions

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning or related
  • Bachelors degree with specialisations in sustainability
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Environment)

Toxicologist

Involved in the study the harmful effects of chemical, physical and biological agents on living organisms by detecting and examining the symptoms, mechanisms and treatments of poisoning (especially the poisoning of people). They also determine safe or acceptable levels of exposure to particular agents.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Degree in an appropriate scientific subject (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, life or medical or physical sciences) is necessary.

University Lecturer

University lecturers provide specialised education to undergraduate and postgraduate students in one or more subject areas and assist in conduct research projects. In this contact, the education content relates specifically to topics involved in sustainability and the environment.

A wide variety of qualifications may apply. Generally, you will need to be studying towards, or have completed a Master's degree, or have a Doctorate in the area you want to teach. You also need to have experience in research and teaching. Having published some research is also an advantage.

Urban Designer

Urban Designers create the physical setting for life in cities, towns and villages. Their role is to assist in the creation of aesthetically pleasing, functional spaces which are both environmentally and economically sustainable

  • Degree in a built environment field eg urban & regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture or bachelor of design majoring in landscape architecture 

Urban Planner

Develops and implements plans and policies for the controlled use of urban and rural land. Advises on economic, environmental and social factors affecting land use.

  • Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Bachelor of Science (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Bachelor of Planning
  • Master of Urban Planning

Waste Manager

Formulates strategy and manages the organisation, collection and disposal of waste from households and businesses

Suggested courses to investigate:

  •  Degree in Environmental Science, Engineering or civil engineering with specialisations in Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering

Wastewater Engineer

Wastewater engineers are responsible for planning, design and implementation of structures and facilities involved in the treatment, distribution, and collection of wastewater

  • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with specialisations in areas such as water treatment quality

Wind Engineer

A Wind Engineer is involved in the design, planning and management of the installation of wind energy conversions systems.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Master of Engineering/Engineering Science (Renewable Energy Electrical Power Systems)

Zoologist

Examine the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals.

Suggested courses to investigate:

  • Bachelor of Science degree majoring in zoology, ecology, microbiology, biotechnology or molecular biology