Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Around three quarters of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed.
- evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating shortand long-term management goals and objectives
- enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
- carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
- proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
- studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
- studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
- developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
- implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
- participating in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance
- Conservation Officer
- Environmental Consultant, Adviser, Auditor or Officer
- Environmental Research Scientist
- Park Ranger
- Other Environmental Scientists
Develops and implements programs and regulations for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources.
Specialisations: Landcare Facilitator
Environmental Consultant, Adviser, Auditor or Officer
Analyses and advises on policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial environmental operations and programs.
Environmental Research Scientist
Studies and develops policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance in or degradation of the environment.
Specialisations: Air Pollution Analyst, Ecologist, Land Degradation Analyst, Water Quality Analyst
Assists in controlling a State or national park, scenic area, historic site, nature reserve, recreation area or conservation reserve in accordance with authorised policies and priorities.
Specialisations: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Ranger
Other Environmental Scientists
Includes Environmental Educator, Soil Scientist