Relevant majors:  Biodiversity, Geography, Geoscience

The major employers of conservation professionals come from the public sector - the Federal Department of the Environment is one of the largest employers with each state or territory having their own environment department such as the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and as well as an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

After the public sector, the next biggest employers are the not-for-profit organisations such as Bush Heritage Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Birds Australia and Australian Wildlife conservancy.

Environmental officers and professionals are employed to:

  • manage and develop habitats,
  • manage the coastline,
  • conduct fieldwork to assess habitat quality
  • manage threatened species
  • assess land for biodiversity value or building development
  • rescue wildlife