Environmental Scientists

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Environmental Scientists

Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.

Fun facts

  • Stable Future Growth
  • 2099 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 76% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 41% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by environmental scientists. A few are listed below:

  • evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating short- and long-term management goals and objectives
  • enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
  • participating in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance

Specific occupations

  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Soil Scientist
  • Environmental Adviser
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Environmental Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Land Degradation Analyst
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Ranger
  • Air Pollution Analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Landcare Facilitator

Women in STEM

Dr Zoe Doubleday

"It’s okay not knowing what you want to do or what you’re good at, but never let the feeling of ‘not knowing’ stop you from trying new things. You never know what you could discover."

Dr Zoe Doubleday

Marine Ecologist, superstar of STEM

Ruth Purcell

"Be bold in what you wish for, and don't be afraid to ask for it... you'll need to work hard towards your dreams, but it is equally important to get help along the way."

Ruth Purcell

Synthetic Biology Scientist

Cecilia Villacorta Rath Lizard Island

"Follow your heart and dream big because everything is possible."

Cecilia Villacorta-Rath

Research Officer

Elizabeth Scott

"I knew I wanted to work in the water industry because water is so important to the health of the community and the environment."

Elizabeth Scott

Water Engineer

Wendy Wright

"I want to ensure that wild places and wild animals are understood and protected."

Wendy Wright

Associate Professor, Conservation Biology & Associate Dean, Research Training

Marlee Hutton

"I am passionate about being the liaison between science and community."

Marlee Hutton

Research Support Officer

09 Lisa Gershwin Web

"I am a bio-nerd, like you can’t even imagine. I am a geek with a capital G. I spend all of my time travelling around discovering new species."

Lisa Gershwin


Dr Catherine Ball, Entrepreneur and Environmental Scientist

Dr Pia Winberg, Entrepreneur and Marine Ecologist

Dr Vanessa Rauland, Enterpreneur