Careers at Council


Enjoy a meaningful career protecting and managing Australia’s natural resources.

Local Government is committed to the protection of Australia’s environment. From managing activities that impact our rivers, creeks and public land, to developing and enforcing policy that influences water and energy use in urban development, you’ll be protecting Australia’s bountiful natural resources.

Local Government is also responsible for waste management and environmental health; ensuring public spaces are safe and clean for all Australians to enjoy.


What we do:

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental/natural resource management
  • Tree planting and street tree maintenance
  • Water catchment management
  • Roadside weeds and pest control
  • Land rehabilitation on council-managed natural areas
  • Permits for tree removal, open air burning

Types of roles:

Director – Council Sustainability

Environment Manager

Sustainability Officer

Natural Resources Coordinator

Open Spaces Coordinator

Bushland Maintenance Officer

Climate Change Project Officer

Biodiversity Officer

Biosecurity Officer

Invasive Species Planner

Team Leader Arboriculture


Tertiary qualifications in ecology, environmental science or natural resources are usually required for roles involving planning, researching, policy development and community engagement.

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications relevant for more hands-on roles include:

  • Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma of Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Arboriculture


Councils play an active role in waste management by providing disposal and recycling services for individuals and organisations in the Local Government area.

What we do:

  • Street cleaning and public place waste bins
  • Operation of waste transfer stations and landfills
  • Operation of re-sale shops to sell diverted materials
  • Kerbside waste and recycling bin collection
  • Green waste collection
  • Supply residents with worm farms and compost bins
  • Graffiti removal
  • Enforce laws relating to waste, e.g. littering, burning off, domestic sewage systems, transport and disposal of asbestos
  • Community education about waste avoidance, reuse and recycling

Types of roles:

Coordinator Integrated
Waste Planning

Waste and Resource
Recovery Coordinator

Waste Operator

Waste Education Officer


Senior roles are likely to require university qualifications in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Public Health or Engineering.

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications appropriate for jobs in this field include:

  • Certificates II, III, IV in Waste Management
  • Certificate III in Waste Driving Operations
  • Diploma of Waste Operations


Local Government has a responsibility to ensure the environment is clean and safe to protect public health.

What we do:

  • Food safety including inspect shops, cafes and restaurants for health and safety
  • Public health education
  • Immunisation programs
  • Water quality and re-use e.g. testing and monitoring water quality
  • Waste water disposal
  • Noise control e.g. managing complaints
  • Animal control e.g. registration of cats and dogs, impounding of wandering animals, controlling feral animals
  • Control infectious diseases
  • Mosquito management
  • Environmental nuisance investigations

Types of roles:

Environmental Health Officer
Team Leader

Health Inspector


Regulatory Services Officer
Team Leader

Animal Management Officer


Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications relevant for jobs in this field include:

  • Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment)
  • Certificate III, IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services)
  • Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation
  • Certificate III, IV in Water Industry Operations
  • Certificate III, IV in Water Industry Treatment
  • Diploma of Water Industry Operations

The Universities Admission Centre

For more information about university courses visit The Universities Admission Centre.

My Skills

For more information about VET courses and training providers visit My Skills.

Environmental Health Australia

For a list of the tertiary qualifications accredited by Environmental Health Australia.

Some current Environment vacancies

For more job vacancies, visit Jobs