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Conservation and Land Management


The Conservation and Land Management sector covers nature reserves and conservation parks, including national parks, state parks and other parks including botanic gardens. Land care is about the preservation and restoration of flora and fauna in their natural environment.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this sector are very low due to the small size of the workforce and the large ‘army’ of volunteers who work in the sector.

What does this industry cover?

  • Nature reserves and conservation parks
  • Land care and management
  • Botanic Gardens

The industry operates nature reserves and conservation parks, preserve flora and fauna, eradicates pests, maintains botanic gardens and landcare.

Industry Information

There are 22,000 people working in Parks and Gardens Operations. This category includes those working in nature reserves and conservation parks.

There are 18,700 environmental scientists in employment, and this number is expected to rise slightly to 19,300 by 2020. Women make up 41% of the workforce, and 84% of work is full time. The most common level of education attainment is Bachelor degree.

Source: Skills Impact 2017 IRC Skills Forecast and Work Schedule

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Key Occupations

Conservation Worker – Indigenous Land Management

Conservation Worker - Land Management

Conservation Worker - Parks and Wildlife

This industry is positioned in the following groups


Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Nature & Recreation

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Career Pathways

Conservation and Land Management has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Director of National Parks
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Greening Australia
  • North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management
  • National Environment Protection Council
  • National Urban Forest Alliance
  • Parks and Leisure Australia
  • The Australian Government National Landcare Program