The South Australian conservation and land management industry employs 1,300 people, which is around 0.2% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry work for State or Local Governments.

Most of the jobs are in the eastern and southern metropolitan areas. There are also good job prospects in regional South Australia, the Adelaide Hills and the northern and western metropolitan areas.

Job openings for skilled workers

Conservation officer

Park ranger

Urban and regional planner


Quick facts about this industry

  • Most people work full-time.
  • Most people working in the industry have a university degree or higher qualification.
  • Around one quarter of the workers are women.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • To work in this industry you need to have a logical approach to problem solving, a technical aptitude and good communication skills. You also need to be physically fit and enjoy working outdoors.
  • The average wage for an urban and regional planner is between $1,250 and $1,500 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Conservation and land management

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate I – Advanced Diploma in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife
  • Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration
  • Certificate II – Diploma in Water Industry Operations
  • Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Agricultural science
  • Archaeology
  • Biodiversity and conservation science
  • Biological science
  • Environmental policy and management
  • Environmental science
  • Geoscience
  • Geospatial science
  • Marine science
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Hydrology

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Conservation and land management is an emerging industry in South Australia.

Conservation officers and landcare workers maintain and restore native bushland and farmland.

Agricultural scientists advise farmers and government on improving the production of crops, livestock and forests.

Environmental scientists study, develop and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment.

Life scientists work with the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of living organisms to better understand how they function and interact with the environment.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Agricultural scientist, biochemist, botanist, bushland regenerator, environmental consultant, environmental engineer, environmental field officer, conservation officer/ landcare worker, environmental scientist, irrigation worker, life scientist, natural resource manager or urban and regional planner.

Related industries for these occupations:

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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