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Industry/Vocational placements

The department recognises the importance of providing opportunities for TAFE and university students to integrate their study with work experience. By providing work integrated learning opportunities and internships the department supports tertiary programs that incorporate compulsory industry or vocational placements.

These partnership arrangements between employers and tertiary institutions require students to undertake full-time employment for up to 14 weeks during semester.

QPWS will be seeking applications in late April from current university students for industry placements for Semester 2, 2017.

Overseas students

A person is eligible to apply for a placement or employment opportunity only if the person:

  • is an Australian citizen; or
  • resides in Australia and has permission or a right to be granted permission, under Commonwealth law, to remain in Australia indefinitely; or
  • is a New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in Australia

Overseas students are welcome to seek volunteer opportunities whilst in Australia providing visa conditions permit this type of arrangement.

Who we are looking for

The department is looking for students who have a compulsory industry/vocational placement component (or equivalent) as part of their undergraduate degree in disciplines such as:

  • chemistry
  • conservation management
  • environmental science/management
  • land/natural resource management
  • science/applied science (including analytical chemistry and veterinary)
  • sport and exercise science
  • urban and regional planning
  • veterinary science
  • wildlife management/biology
  • environmental tourism or sustainable tourism
  • environmental engineering.

QPWS industry placement opportunities

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is seeking applications from current university students for eight industry placements in various locations throughout the state for Semester 2, 2017. Further information about each placement is provided below.

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area visitor surveys

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science (at least second year)
  • will be located in either the Brisbane OR Burleigh Heads Office
  • will contribute the development and implementation of visitor surveys, designed to include questions on how well known the brand is and to assist with further presentation and management of the properties at Lamington National Park and Main Range National Park
  • may be required to stay overnight in Lamington National Park in provided staff accommodation.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 506K).

Pandanus dieback distribution and report, Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola Section

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • will be required to work in Rainbow Beach (accommodation via shared barracks is provided)
  • will contribute to establishing baseline data for the Pandanus dieback locations which will feed into an Action Plan for ongoing management
  • will gain experience in research and analytical skills as well as community engagement and reporting.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 510K).

Values Based Management Framework for Protected Areas

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • will required to work in Brisbane
  • will gain experience in planning for protected areas, including terrestrial and marine parks
  • will be involved in researching draft key values and running workshops with expert panels and regional park staff.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 498K).

Ecological Assessment and monitoring of park values

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • will be required to work in in Rockhampton (accommodation is not provided)
  • will participate in a range of projects coordinated by the Environmental Assessments Unit, including field work and data management
  • will assist in the capture-mark-recapture monitoring program for the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby on Taunton National Park
  • May be required to stay overnight on park whilst undertaking field work.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 511K).

Review of Native Title requirements and obligations with respect to Tablelands and Dry Tropics Parks and Forests

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • will be required to work in Atherton (no accommodation is provided)
  • will undertake an overview of current and forecast Native Title requirements for the area, and assess and detail current options for forward planning, resourcing and implementation of park and forest based programs.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 492K).

Protected Area Management of National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) on Cape York Peninsula

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • must be Indigenous Identified
  • will be required to work in Cairns (accommodation is not provided)
  • will work within the team and gain experience in the areas of protected area management and community engagement
  • will work alongside staff working with Traditional Owners from various Joint Management entities and gain insight and experience on Joint Management arrangements and between the state and partners
  • may include some remote field operations including overnight stays on park.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 501K).

Signage Audit and Planning

  • For this placement, you:
  • Read more about this placement in the project outline
  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar (at least second year, however, third year preferred)
  • will be required to work in Cairns (accommodation is not provided)
  • will contribute to a signage audit throughout the NPSR protected area of the Coastal Tropics region
  • will identify signage requirements in relation to safety signage, directional signage and interpretative signage
  • will identify risks and priorities needs to ensure all signage meets minimum requirements plus scope for improvements
  • may include some remote field operations including overnight stays on park.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 499K).

SPRIG Innovation tools and processes

For this placement, you:

  • must be enrolled in Bachelor of Business, Public Policy or Government (at least second year, however, third year preferred) or similar degree with a focus on innovation, organisational development and cultural change
  • will be located in Brisbane
  • will contribute to priority work related to creating an innovative culture and building a cohesive, capable and agile, customer-centric organisation delivering public value.

Read more about this placement in the project outline (PDF, 587K).

How to apply

To apply, email your application to

Include the title of the placement in the subject line of the email.

Your application must include:

  • your resume
  • your transcript (unofficial)
  • a brief statement about why you are interested in the placement and outline the skills and attributes you have that will be beneficial to the project.

Before applying for an industry placement in one of our regional or remote areas, please carefully research the area and consider your ability to operate effectively in such a location.

Please note these industry placements are only available to students who are undertaking industry placement as an assessable part of their degree (and will receive credit for undertaking an industry placement).

Applications close Monday 29th May 2017.

For enquiries, please email

Last updated
2 May 2017