Conservation Officers develop and implement programs and regulations for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources.

Specialisations: Landcare Facilitator.

A formal qualification in a relevant field is needed to work as a Conservation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Conservation Officers.

Tasks

  • Evaluates habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulates short and long-term management goals and objectives.
  • Enforces laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife.

All Environmental Scientists

  • $1,779 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Conservation Officers

  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 47% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Conservation Officers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,600 in 2011 to 4,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Conservation Officers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 47% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety58.6
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6.0
Arts and Recreation Services6.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.9
Other Industries23.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateConservation OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.531.6
VIC17.125.6
QLD21.220.0
SA6.17.0
WA16.910.8
TAS3.02.0
NT1.81.0
ACT2.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConservation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-246.1-9.39.3
25-3427.5-22.922.9
35-4431.4-22.022.0
45-5421.2-21.621.6
55-597.2-9.09.0
60-644.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationConservation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree49.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.1-21.121.1
Year 125.5-18.118.1
Year 110.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.1-12.512.5

A formal qualification in a relevant field is needed to work as a Conservation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Conservation Officers.

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  1. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Geography

    69% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Biology

    66% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  4. Law and Government

    63% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. English Language

    59% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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  1. Telephone

    98% Important

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  2. Electronic Mail

    98% Important

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  3. Contact With Others

    96% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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  5. Deal With External Customers

    89% Important

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