Industry placements

We recognise the importance of providing opportunities for tertiary students to complement their studies with practical work experience. Our Industry Placement program provides students with the opportunity to gain that experience. Placements may only be undertaken where a requirement exists as part of a university or TAFE College course curriculum.

  • Learn more about the Industry Placement Program including the types of projects and the contribution you can make to the department’s work.

    Learn more about the Industry Placement Program including the types of projects and the contribution you can make to the department’s work.

    What are the benefits?

    The benefits for students include:

    • broadening their experience, developing professional networks with prospective hiring managers, and gaining a competitive edge
    • gaining practical experience in their chosen field
    • providing an opportunity to work with experienced and knowledgeable staff
    • creating an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the public sector and the work of the department.

    What are the eligibility requirements?

    1. Students must be enrolled with an Australian tertiary education provider.
    2. The student’s tertiary education provider must have appropriate Public Liability insurance.
    3. Students must be enrolled in a subject which requires them to undertake an industry placement.
    4. Students must be:
      • an Australian citizen or
      • reside in Australia and have permission or a right to be granted permission, under Commonwealth law, to remain in Australia indefinitely or
      • be a New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in Australia or
      • have a working visa for the duration of the placement.

    Overseas students are welcome to seek volunteer opportunities as applicable.

    If you are not a current university student but have graduated within the last 2–3 years, you may be eligible to apply for graduate programs or entry level graduate employment through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Further information on eligibility is available on the Queensland Government graduate website.

    What are the areas of discipline?

    We offer projects across all divisions and a variety of disciplines, including:

    • conservation management
    • engineering
    • environmental science and environmental management
    • environmental tourism and sustainable tourism
    • law, business, and policy development
    • information technology and computer science
    • science or applied science
    • urban and regional planning and spatial science
    • wildlife management.

    When are placements available?

    Placement projects are usually advertised in Semester 1 (March–June), with placements occurring during either Semester 2 (July–October), Semester 3 or summer break period (November–February) for approximately 12–14 weeks.

    Where will placements be located?

    This will depend on the specific placement projects on offer. The department has offices throughout Queensland including Cairns, Rockhampton and Longreach.

    What can I expect during an industry placement?

    Placements are aimed at providing students with practical work experience in their discipline. Projects are based on business and operational needs and will be different each year. During the placement, students will work on a specific placement project to achieve the project’s deliverables.

    In some instances, students may be required to undertake some field work and travel and stay overnight in different locations (this may include staying in shared accommodation).

    The department will provide training so students can complete their work safely.

    What hours will I be required to work?

    Placement days and hours will be determined following discussions with the student, work required by the department and the requirements of the university. Workdays will usually be 7.25 hours.

    Do I need to provide any equipment?

    When projects are advertised, they will list resources the department will provide, such as a workstation and computer, and personal protective equipment (PPE); they will also identify if students are required to supply their own pieces of equipment. Any expenses, such as providing own pieces of equipment or paying for travel or accommodation undertaken as part of the project, can be discussed and negotiated during the application stage.

    Do I get paid for an industry placement?

    Industry placements are unpaid, however, in some circumstances (i.e. hard-to-fill disciplines and locations) we may offer a paid placement.

    Do I need to have insurance?

    Yes. The student’s tertiary education provider is required to have appropriate Public Liability insurance. Students will also be covered under the department’s WorkCover insurance.

    How do I register my interest in the program?

    Complete the expression of interest registration form. Once you are registered, you will receive an email when placement projects become available.

    How do I apply for a placement?

    Once you are registered, you will be notified when the placement projects are advertised. You can then apply for projects in your discipline. Projects are generally advertised on this page, and also through tertiary education providers. To apply for advertised projects, you will be required to provide:

    1. current resume
    2. brief statement (maximum 1 page) demonstrating your interest in the placement and evidence that you have the necessary skills and experience.
    3. copy of your academic record
    4. letter of endorsement from your tertiary institution, including verification of enrolment in an industry placement course, and public liability insurance.

    Instructions on how to submit your application will be provided when projects are advertised.

    What should I expect after applying?

    Once your application is received, it will be sent to the department’s project supervisor for consideration. An informal interview, such as a phone conversation or face-to-face chat, may be undertaken. You will be advised by the project supervisor whether or not you have been successful.

    Please note that we may not be able offer a placement for each student who applies.

    Where do I go for further information?

    Email CareerPathways@des.qld.gov.au.

    Industry placement success stories

    • Tanara Hinschen - Bachelor of Animal Ecology
      Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Value Based Management Framework.
    • Jake Elward - Environmental science, marine science and management
      Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, impacts of campground use.
    • Melanie Sullivan - Bachelor of Animal Ecology
      Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Pandanus monitoring survey program.
    • Jessica Frost - Bachelor of Social Science
      Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Protected Area Strategy.
    • Queenie Fensham - Bachelor of Environmental Management
      Environmental Policy Planning, Climate Change.

    If you are interested in an industry placement with us and want to apply:

    • register your interest by emailing
    • keep your eye on opportunities advertised through your tertiary institutions Careers and Employment Service.