Career Options: Environmental Science
SCU Environmental Science courses
- Associate Degree of Science
- Bachelor of Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
- Bachelor of Forest Science and Management
- Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
- Bachelor of Science
See Course Options for all related Environmental Science courses.
- Employment prospects and starting salaries
- Where do SCU Environmental Science graduates go?
- Graduate and vacation programs
- Targeting potential employers
- Specialist job vacancy websites
- General job vacancy websites
- International job vacancy websites
- Professional associations
- Other useful links
Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources. Environmental Scientists are employed in national parks and protected area management, environmental protection, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable forestry, fisheries management, aquaculture, ecotourism, and land/river/coast care programs; and in the private sector and all tiers of government.
Employment prospects and starting salaries
Weekly average earnings in 2014
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Job openings in 2014
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Where do SCU Environmental Science graduates go?
Below is a sample of recent employers and position titles for our Environmental Science graduates. Note that employers and positions are sorted in alphabetical order below - they are not matched lists.
|Sample of employers||Sample of position titles|
|ABR Process Development||Assistant Director|
|AECOM||Assistant Environmental Officer|
|Ballina Fishermen's Cooperative||Coal Technician|
|Balnarring Foreshore and Parks Reserve Committee Of Management||Community Support Officer|
|Barwon Water Authority||Co-Ordinator Joint Venture|
|Carbon Based Environmental||Ecotechnologist|
|Coffs Harbour Regional Landscape||Environmental Chemist|
|Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities||Environmental Scientist|
|Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation||Environmental Officer|
|Cruise Whitsundays||Graduate Ecologist|
|Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry||Graduate Environmental Health Officer|
|Department of Environment and Heritage Protection||Harvesting Forester|
|Enviropacific Services||Marine Mammal Trainer|
|Forestry SA||Planning Forester|
|Gilbert and Sutherland Pty Ltd||Project Engineer|
|Great Lakes Council||Ranger/Manager|
|Gunns Forest Products||Research Assistant|
|Hostel Reef Trips - Reef Experience||Research Officer|
|HQ Plantations||Research Projects Officer|
|James Cook University||Resource Forester|
|JHA Recruitment||Safari Tour Guide|
|Maitland City Council||Scientific Technical Officer|
|MGT Labmark||Technical Officer|
|New Ground Environmental||Visual Environment Administrator|
|Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd|
|Plantmark Pty Ltd|
|Polymetals Mining Limited|
|Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney|
|SGS Australia - Brisbane|
|South Australian Forestry Corporation|
|Southern Cross University|
Graduate and vacation programs
Graduate programs are formal programs, usually offered by government departments and large companies. They are designed to attract new graduates and feature structured on-the-job training and development. Graduate programs often close applications 12 months prior to the job starting. This means you may need to apply for these roles as early as February/March in your final year of study.
Vacation programs are usually paid, short-term contracts of 6-8 weeks. They are typically offered to students in their penultimate year of study. Peak advertising times are July and August of each year and most vacation programs take place in the summer vacation period (December-February). Undertaking a vacation program may improve your chances of being short-listed for graduate programs or roles.
Bookmark the following sites for centralised listings of vacation, internship and graduate programs.
Also monitor relevant company websites for additional information and opportunities.
You can connect with other students and search for questions and answers on a number of graduate programs at the Graduate Programs Whirlpool Forums.
Targeting potential employers
General and specialist job search websites are listed below. These can be used to source currently advertised roles and can also be used to create your personal database of potential employers and job titles. Being a proactive jobseeker and creating a living database early on in your studies can help you to research potential opportunities and learn more about your preferred industries.
Reviewing company websites is the key to ensuring a good 'job fit' for you and the potential employer. It can help you identify links between your strengths and qualities (skills, experience, interests and qualifications) and an employer's needs, which will increase your chances of success in the recruitment process.
It is estimated the majority of jobs (approximately 80 per cent) are filled through word-of-mouth or networking, known as the 'hidden job market'. Developing your personal and professional networks (professional associations and university memberships, social networking, attending workshops and conferences and undertaking extracurricular activities) are all valuable ways to tap into hidden job opportunities.
LinkedIn is the largest online professional network with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories; 6 million of those in Australia.
With 60% of LinkedIn revenue coming from talent solutions (recruitment), building your presence and becoming active on LinkedIn can increase the number of job opportunities available to you.
LinkedIn has fast become an effective tool for students and graduates to:
- Present a professional online image
- Showcase their skills, qualifications, qualities and achievements
- Build their network of connections
- Research potential career paths
- Follow and engage with targeted companies
- Connect with fellow professionals in industry and specific interest groups
- Source national and international job vacancies
- Be headhunted by recruiters searching for new talent
Find out how to get started and make the use of LinkedIn at LinkedIn Student Jobs 101.
Specialist job vacancy websites
- Wildlife Tourism Jobs
- Greenfinder Environmental Jobs
- Environmental Jobs Network
- NSW Environment & Heritage Jobs
General job vacancy websites
Don't forget to visit SCU's CareerHub for job vacancies, events and resources. Use your MySCU details to login.
- APS Jobs (gateway to the Australian public service with links to state and territory jobs)
- Australia CareerMine
- Brisbane City Council vacancies
- Byron Employment
- Defence Jobs Australia
- Drake International
- GradConnection (major directory of graduate and internship programs worldwide)
- Graduate Opportunities (major directory of graduate recruitment in Australia)
- Gumtree (search 'jobs' from 'all categories')
- Hays (Australia)
- Jobs for Students
- Job Search Australia
- ProBono Australia (skilled professionals voluntary positions in not for profit organisations)
- Seek - Graduate/entry level jobs
- Spot Jobs (specialises in part-time, casual and entry level jobs)
- Unigrad (major directory of graduate recruitment in Australia)
- UniJobs (vacancies in Australian universities)
International job vacancy websites
|Worldwide (and Australia)||Australian Volunteers International|
|Worldwide||Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)|
|Worldwide||United Nations Careers|
|Worldwide||The World Bank|
|Europe||European Union job opportunities for graduates|
|Hong Kong||JobStreet Hong Kong|
|Indonesia||JobStreet Campus Indonesia|
|Malaysia||JobStreet Campus Malaysia|
|Philippines||JobStreet Campus Philippines|
|Singapore||JobStreet Campus Singapore|
|United Kingdom||All About Law|
|United Kingdom||Prospects UK|
|United States||Quintessential Careers|
If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:
- Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
- Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
- Enhancing your network
So, whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!
- Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
- Professionals Australia
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Marine Bio Conservation Society of Australia
- Australian Water Association
- Australian Fisheries Management Authority
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Australian Science Communicators
- Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Other useful links
- Australian Antarctic Division
- Australia On Net
- Grad Jobs and Dollars
- Graduate Careers Australia (research and careers information)
- Job Outlook (careers and labour market resource)
- My Future (Australia's career information and exploration service)
- PayScale (Australian salary data and career research)
- Return to Work Matters (resources for injured or ill employees returning to work)