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Master of Environmental Management
The Master of Environmental Management provides students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge of environmental matters from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The degree focuses on giving students the skills to constructively engage with complex environmental concerns that confront contemporary society. Areas of study include environmental legislation and policy, sustainability and ecosystem health, and impact assessment
Graduates have a sound basis for careers in the various fields of environmental management, environmental policy and sustainability with government agencies, the mining industry, the corporate sector, community organisations and consultancies. Urban and regional planning, ecosystem rehabilitation and management, and impact minimisation involve the typical duties for one with this degree.
The following list provides some example jobs for Master of Environmental Management graduates. The various types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.
- Conservationist / Ecologist
- Development Managers (International Aid)
- Environmental/Ecological Biologist
- Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant
- Environmental Manager
- Environmental Officer/Analyst/Consultant
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
- Australian Antarctic Division (Australia)
- Australian Conservation Foundation (Australia)
- Australian Marine Parks Listing (Australia)
- Australian Museum (Australia)
- Australian Ports Authorities Listing (Australia)
- Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) (Australia)
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia)
- Department of Climate Change (Australia)
- Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW) (Australia)
- Department of Environment and Conservation (WA) (Australia)
- Department of Environment and Heritage (Australia)
- Department of Local Government NSW (Australia)
- Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NT) (Australia)
- Department of Primary Industries (NSW) (Australia)
- Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (Australia)
- Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC) (Australia)
- Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Australia)
- Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (SA) (Australia)
- Department of Water (WA) (Australia)
- Dolphin Research Institute (Australia)
- Environment and Conservation Association (Australia)
- Environment Protection Authority Victoria (Australia)
- Environmental Protection Agency (Australia)
- Environmental Resources Management (Australia)
- Geoscience Australia (Australia)
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Australia)
- Greenpeace Australia (Australia)
- Greenpeace (International)
- National Parks and Wildlife Service (Australia)
- NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (Australia)
- NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (Australia)
- NSW Local Government (Australia)
- Questacon (Australia)
- Sydney Water (Australia)
- URS Corporation (Australia)
- Wilderness Society (Australia)
- Woodside (Australia)
- Xstrata (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Australian Association for Environmental Education (Australia)
- Australian Conservation Foundation (Australia)
- Ecological Society of Australia (Australia)
- Environmental Consultants Association (Australia)
- The Environmental Management Systems Association (Australia)
- Geographical Society of New South Wales (Australia)
- International Institute for Sustainable Development (International)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs