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There are plenty of great careers in natural resources. Scientists, technicians, farmers, land managers, Landcare coordinators, forestry workers, planners, policy and project officers, communication officers and many others all find rewarding work in natural resources. They work in local and state governments, research organisations and in the private sector. Many jobs are located in Queensland’s regions. This section of the website provides information on the range of careers in NRM, careers in the Queensland Government, the skills needed in these jobs and training in NRM.
Careers in NRM
There are many different and exciting career opportunities in the area of natural resource management, all of which contribute to the state of Queensland’s natural resources and the health of its regions.
Occupations with natural resource management responsibilities exist in a wide range of organisations, including those in the private sector, local and state government, and non-government organisations such as Landcare.
Some occupations with natural resource management responsibilities include:
- weed control officer
- weed or pest animal control contractor
- parks ranger
- government advisor
- bush regenerator
- community group employees and volunteers (e.g. Landcare, Greening Australia, Greencorp and Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers).
NRMjobs is a weekly email bulletin that lists available jobs by state and Australia-wide. It provides details on tenders and consultancies currently on offer, and information on NRM-related scholarships and courses. To subscribe to or advertise in NRMjobs, visit the NRMjobs website.
Queensland Government careers in NRM
There are many natural resource management careers in government.
Many Queensland Government departments offer a wide range of employment schemes such as graduate programs, traineeships, work industry and placement programs, and migrant work experience programs.
More details on these programs are available on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry websites.
See the Queensland Government 'Smart jobs and careers' database for current vacancies.
Careers in the resources sector
Are you interested in a career in the mineral and resources sector? The Queensland Resources Council has launched a campaign promoting careers in engineering, science and trades in the resources sector. If you'd like more information, visit the Queensland Resources Council website.
The Rural Training Council of Australia has developed the Conservation and Land Management training package.
The standards are directly linked to national qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework and set out:
- what people need to do to be effective in the workplace
- how well they need to do it
- what skills and knowledge underpin the ability to do it.
The occupational streams represented in the training package are:
- weed management
- vertebrate pest management
- natural area restoration and management
- community coordination and facilitation
- conservation earthworks
- Indigenous land management
- general land management
- lands, parks and wildlife.
Further information about courses and qualifications in conservation and land management is available from the National Training Information Service website.
Last updated 31 July 2012