Science, Technology & Environment

Conservation Scientist

Conservation scientists look after, and make recommendations on management of natural resources and forests to landowners and governments.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Conservation Scientist do?

Conservation scientists look after, and make recommendations on management of natural resources and forests to landowners and governments.

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Work activities

As a conservation scientist, you would:

  • review and develop conservation plans for natural resources
  • implement management or treatment programs in areas such as soil erosion or water conservation
  • monitor programs to ensure they are producing outcomes
  • advise land users, such as farmers or graziers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation solutions
  • create a working relationship with local government staff
  • use specialised fields of science such as forestry, agriculture or soil science to achieve conservation solutions.
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Key skills and interests

To become a conservation scientist, you would need:

  • an analytical mind
  • a passion for conservation and science
  • problem solving skills
  • observation skills
  • a good level of communication
  • an ability to work as part of a team
  • good organisational skills, with supervisory ability.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a conservation scientist you would work a standard number of hours per week. when you are working in the field, your hours may be more irregular.

Conditions

You would be based in an office but spend time on field work, and visiting the sites and projects you manage.

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How to become an Conservation Scientist?

Entry Level Education

To become a conservation scientist, you usually have to complete a degree in agricultural science, land management or environmental science. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of conservation scientists is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

This is a small occupation, and opportunities can be quite limited. However, as interest in management and conservation of natural resources grows, the number of opportunities is likely to increase.

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