How to become a Landcare Worker

Landcare workers perform a range of tasks to maintain and restore native bushland and farmland.

Personal requirements of a Landcare Worker

  • Interested in the preservation of natural bushland
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Landcare Worker

You can work as a landcare worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a landcare worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Landcare Worker

Landcare workers:

  • kill and remove weeds and unwanted vegetation using minimal disturbance techniques or herbicides
  • collect seeds from local and native plants
  • propagate local and native plants
  • replant native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers
  • take part in pest eradication programs
  • collect botanical and environmental data
  • map vegetation
  • construct and maintain tracks and facilities in bushland
  • maintain equipment
  • apply control measures to combat salinity.

Working conditions for a Landcare Worker

Landcare workers frequently use herbicides and equipment to prune trees and remove debris. Much of the work is fairly strenuous and involves a lot of bending and working at ground level. This is an outdoor job and workers are exposed to the elements.

Employment Opportunities for a Landcare Worker

Landcare workers are employed by state, territory and local governments, as well as private organisations and mining companies. Job opportunities are expanding with greater awareness of environmental issues. With experience, and sometimes further training, landcare workers may progress to more senior or specialised roles, such as technical officer, project officer and project manager.


Environmental Field Officer

An environmental field officer applies appropriate control measures to assist in protecting and minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

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Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1%

NSW 35.9%

NT 1.4%

QLD 26.2%

TAS 1.6%

VIC 14.2%

WA 11.6%

SA 8%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 89%

Female 11%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 36.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.4%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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