Career pathways

Interested in the environment and natural resource management? Want a career that makes a difference? There are many career options in the field of natural resource management. Consider some of the following options:

National Parks ranger

Work in a range of areas such as:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Wildlife management
  • Fire management
  • Heritage protection
  • Visitor services
  • Managing assets/infrastructure


Specialise in one of these fields:

  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Soil science
  • Climate change
  • Zoology
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Geographical information systems (GIS)

Land management

Specialise in one of these fields:

  • Pest plant and animal management
  • Sustainable farming
  • Irrigation
  • Advice and assistance to landholders
  • Fire management

Community engagement

Specialise in one of these fields:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Volunteer management
  • Facilitation
  • Marketing and design
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Local government

Planning and policy

Specialise in one of these fields:

  • Project management
  • Water allocation planning
  • Managing funding
  • Evaluating and monitoring
  • Administration
  • Legislation


Specialise in one of these fields:

  • Monitoring water, animals, soil, etc.
  • Bush regeneration
  • Wetlands and floodplains management
  • Advice and assistance to landholders

If you are interested in a career in natural resource management, there are several options that can help you to get your dream job:

  • Volunteering
  • Further study, including university, TAFE, traineeships and VET courses

Read more about educational pathways to careers in natural resources management (628kb pdf)

Case studies

Natural Resources SAMDB has developed a series of fact sheets showcasing the career paths of people working in water-related industries.  The accounts of those featured describe their career pathway, education, an overview of their current job, include images and fast facts and span the agriculture, tourism and environmental management sectors.

Zac Caudo -  Owner / Manager – Caudo Vineyards
Waikerie entrepreneur forging a business around the Riverland lifestyle.

Richard Chabrel -  Grape grower and truck driver
From the block to the bike to the mines and back again.

Amanda Morgan - Ranger at Calperum Station
Right place, right time – how a chance encounter lead Amanda to find her calling. 

Callie Nickolai - Wetlands Project Officer Natural Resources SAMDB
Wetland monitoring in the Riverland.

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More information

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