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Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation

Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a proud regional university offering professionally focused training and the flexibility to choose between on campus and distance education study.

Our focus is on education programs that prepare graduates for work, with a strong emphasis on practical learning and industry alliances. We deliver courses using real-world examples, field studies, and practical experience. This applied approach to learning ensures our graduates are holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish.

Graduates in Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation are employed by a range of government agencies, businesses and companies involved in environmental management, either as consultants or as staff. They are making an important contribution to the health of our ecosystems, human welfare, and our planet.

Career opportunities

  • Outdoor Recreation and Education

    A career in outdoor recreation and education could be ideal for you if you enjoy an active lifestyle, being outdoors and working with people of all ages.

    Graduates of CSU’s outdoor recreation and education courses are employed in Australia and internationally in organisations such as outdoor education centres and outdoor adventure companies. They are also employed by government organisations such as the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Education (Victoria).

    They develop and conduct outdoor education programs, school camps, sport and fitness programs, and lead tours to wild and remote areas of Australia. These programs range from bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling, to canoeing, ski touring, mountain biking, sea kayaking, and white-water rafting.

    Careers in outdoor recreation and education

    Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) has been developed in conjunction with Tourism Training Victoria and the Tourism Alliance Victoria. The degree is recognised as a leading course in its field by Ecotourism Australia. Employers come to CSU seeking our graduates.


  • Parks, Wildlife, and Conservation

    Graduates of CSU’s parks, wildlife and conservation courses pursue careers in Australia and internationally within a range of park agencies and other conservation organisations. They find work as park rangers, wildlife officers undertaking specific wildlife conservation programs, Aboriginal heritage officers, heritage consultants or as interpretive officers conducting outdoor education programs.

    A number of graduates are also employed by local governments managing their open space. While working in the parks, wildlife and conservation field, you could be involved in analysing and managing the way natural environments are used, providing advice and information to user groups, monitoring native animal and plant populations, and developing strategies to ensure environments can be used sustainably or endangered species are protected. You may run community projects and events such as information sessions or practical activities to help the wider community understand environmental concerns relating to the setting where you work.

    Careers in parks, wildlife and conservation

    Heritage officer

    Environmental interpretation officer

    Professional recognition

    The course was originally developed in conjunction with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. A host of organisations like Catchment Management Authorities, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria), the NSW Nature Conservation Trust, Parks Victoria, and the Commonwealth National Parks Service recognise CSU’s parks, wildlife and conservation courses.


  • Environment and Sustainable Development

    CSU’s environmental and sustainable development graduates are employed in Australia and internationally as environmental scientists and managers, Landcare officers, catchment management officers, land and water officers, or as ecologists in environmental consulting services. They work on community development projects, environmental restoration and rehabilitation programs, river and stream management, and protecting healthy and resilient ecosystems. They are involved in sustainable agriculture, nature conservation, natural resource management and integrated water resource management.

    Careers in environmental and sustainable development could include analysing current practices, developing strategies for future use of the environment, researching new techniques and systems, or providing consultancy services to people, groups or organisations who use the natural environment. These are careers that allow you to be innovative and make a real difference to the sustainable and efficient use of natural resources.

    Careers in environment and sustainable development

    Environmental scientist

    Catchment manager

    Natural resources manager

    Landcare officers


    Professional recognition

    Many government agencies such as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Catchment Management Authorities, Department of Primary Industries, local government, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria), State Water and the National Water Commission recognise CSU Qualifications. Many large businesses involved in mining, environmental rehabilitation, and consultancies employ our graduates.

  • Research

    CSU is recognised as a leader in applied ecological and sociological research on the environment. CSU conducts cutting edge research that directly addresses efforts to improve and restore natural and manmade environments, in partnership with the Institute for Land, Water and Society, a University Research Centre.

    Researchers may be employed by a wide range of government agencies and departments, as well as private industry and consultants. The scope for CSU graduates is immense, with environmental consultancy one of the fastest-growing sectors of the Australian economy. CSU’s Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management includes an integrated Honours stream, allowing high-achieving students to take the first step to a research career, while students from other Environmental Science degrees may be able to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (with specialisations) (Honours).

    Postgraduate courses and higher degrees by research offer students the opportunity to further develop their research skills and knowledge in specific areas of interest. CSU offers a range of scholarships to support students undertaking postgraduate research opportunities.


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"To someone considering study at CSU, I would say 'do it'. The highlights of my course have been a three week field trip to Sturt Desert and three weeks in Cambodia, and I am now seriously considering doing a PhD." Pauline Andree - Graduate Diploma of Ornithology / Master Environmental Management

"I am gaining the skills, qualifications and knowledge to become a freelance outdoor instructor by studying the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) at CSU." Rex McMillan - Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

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