Career Harvest


Study relationships between the environment and its organisms, including impacts of weather patterns and human activity such as agriculture, urban development and pollution.


  • Monitor environmental impacts of development activities
  • Negotiate with, and provide advice to, industry, government and the public on environmental matters such as the management, re-use or disposal of hazardous materials
  • Develop ways of minimising the impact of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the environment
  • Investigate and reporting on breaches of environmental guidelines
  • Investigate matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and communities such as impact of land clearing on native animals and impact of waste products on waterways
  • Plan and investigate the physical and biological nature of the environment
  • Analyse pollutants, identify their sources and assess effects on the environment
  • Monitor effects of pollution and land degradation, and recommend ways of prevention and control
  • Conduct research and prepare proposals to lessen the impact of agriculture, grazing, new industrial and other developments on the environment

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy working outdoors
  • communication skills
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • ability to alone or as part of a team
  • organisational skills
  • observational skills


An Ecologist requires a degree in environmental science, science or applied science majoring in environmental science available in most universities. Research scientist or academic usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University

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