Develop and implement programs and regulations to protect natural resources.

Conservation Officers:

  • evaluate habitats, wildlife and fisheries needs
  • formulate short and long term management goals and objectives
  • enforce laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • undertake environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • propose solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • study 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
  • study and analyse pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • develop conservation and management policies for biological resources such as fish populations and forests, and establish standards and develop approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • implement policies and organise activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
  • participate in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


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  1. Undergraduate

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  4. Postgraduate

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Graduate profile

Lucy Mulcahy

I enjoy working for the State Government because we’re implementing and developing policies, so there’s a real sense of ‘making a difference’. With a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management, I am a project officer with the Forest Management Branch of the Department of Environment and Conservation.

I’m now involved in finalising fauna habitat zones. These are informal reserves spread across the forested south west. This involves GIS interrogation and map production, data analysis, meetings, report writing and the best part – field trips.
I’ve been to Barrow Island for the turtle tagging season for the past three years.

We get lots of opportunity for training and of course, free entry to national parks! The skills and knowledge acquired from studies are invaluable in my career. However, the skills gained from my fourth year project were definitely the ‘hook’ my employers were looking for.

BSc Natural Resource Management
Project Officer
Forest Management
Dept of Environment and Conservation.