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ECOllaboration has been running Conservation and Ecosystem Management (CAEM) traineeships in partnership with the Queensland Government since 2015. This program is a fantastic experience for the participants. Not only are they exposed to working in the natural environment (often for the first time), they complete a VET qualification as well as complimentary qualifications in Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control (ACDC), Construction White Card and Chainsaw level I.
Certificate 1 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
This training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Possible career outcomes:
- Bush regenerator
- Land management
- Tree planting
- Park Ranger (Entry level)
Running in both the Sunshine Coast and Scenic Rim, this program is funded by the Queensland Government to upskill and educate people under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. The program is a pathway to the conservation industry, with a large percentage of the local Council and not-for-profit conservation workers starting in this program (Which goes to show the amazing outcomes of starting your career as a SQW trainee!)
The certificate 1 program trainees work 5 days/38 hours a week (Monday to Friday) for 22 weeks. There are two trainee cohorts per year, starting in January and July.
- Carry out land restoration in the field and work in all the different vegetation types around the sunshine coast – from coast to mountains
- Work with and learn from the local natural areas officers from the local council, QPSW rangers, consultants, botanists, animal ecologists, land care workers and more industry professionals
- Travel on field trips to Biosecurity and the QLD Herbarium
- Learn horticulture/nursery work at Moooloolah River Landcare (Sunshine Coast only)
- Assist our community engagement team with water testing, macroinvertibrate surveys and school visits
Our training team comprises of highly qualified and passionate people, driven to educate and inspire. We offer high levels of support for all our trainees including budget workshops, resume and job seeking guidance, mentoring opportunities, industry work placements and personal development.
Positions are advertised in Dec/Jan and June each year on our careers page, facebook or instagram. For more information, please contact our Training and Development Program Manager Alexandra: email@example.com
Certificate 3 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
This training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its First Start program under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative and supported by our South Maroochy Rivercare program, in partnership with Seqwater.
Our certificate 3 trainees are supported by our South Maroochy Rivercare program, delivered in partnership with Seqwater. Our certificate 3 program trainees work 5 days/38 hours a week (Monday to Friday) for 12 months.
Through the Rivercare program, our aim is to reduce threats to drinking water quality – particularly nutrients, pathogens and sedimentation – entering waterways, through works including revegetation, weed management and assisted natural regeneration.
This program wouldn’t be possible without our Cert 3s, who learn first hand the on-ground skills required to deliver conservation and ecosystem management projects, through tasks including plantings, manual and chemical weed management, and revegetation maintenance.
These projects allow the trainees to learn first hand weed and native plant identification skills, and understand the importance of managing ecosystems, particularly the impacts of vegetation on waterway health.
Check out this video of our Certificate 3’s revegetation work!
Skilling Success Stories
Robert Skelton MP (right) presented Anja with her Cert III CAEM graduate certificate. She was joined by her supervisor Mal Smith (left).
Anja – Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year (North Coast region) 2021
After emigrating from Germany in her mid-30’s, Anja found herself in a tough job market- applying for up to 30 jobs at a time with limited success. In her spare time Anja volunteered at our training partner Mooloolah River Landcare, where she discovered the community-based traineeships hosted by ECOllaboration.
Anja made the phone call and was accepted into the Certificate 1 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management program. After graduating Anja was selected to complete her Certificate 3 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
In 2021, ECOllaboration was very proud to support Anja through her nomination in the Queensland Training Awards, and she was awarded the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year (North Coast Region)!
She is now a full-time supervisor within the Certificate 3 program, helping to guide and inspire the next generation.