Since 2014, Wildlife Queensland has hosted students from a range of educational institutions seeking placement opportunities in the environmental conservation industry.
Students placed with Wildlife Queensland undertake projects in policy development, wildlife monitoring, and community engagement, and support Head Office staff in the day-to-day running of the Society.
Wildlife Queensland’s placement projects are designed to offer students the opportunity to develop both discipline-specific and transferable skills, as well as an understanding of the contributions and obligations expected of a professional graduate in the environmental field. Activities undertaken during placement include:
- volunteer management
- event organisation
- field surveys
- stakeholder engagement
- desktop research
- administration and general office duties.
With support, each student takes ownership of their specific project, from experimental/survey design and recruitment/training of volunteers, through to analysis/reporting of data and presentation of findings/recommendations.
In particular, Wildlife Queensland has been a strong supporter of the University of Queensland’s 14-week industry placement, a compulsory course in the Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) degree program.
Wildlife Queensland has hosted approximately eight per cent of all environmental management students undertaking their placement, demonstrating a significant contribution to the program.
The support and guidance provided by Wildlife Queensland staff and Council members have raised the profile of the Society among the University of Queensland’s students as a preferred placement provider.