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Indigenous employment pathways

The department is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and employment. We have opportunities for experienced members of the community, new job seekers, students, graduates, and people returning to the workforce.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education to Employment Scholarship Program (E2E)

Land and sea rangers

Land and sea rangers

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education to Employment Scholarship Program is a whole-of-government program that aims to help promising and motivated Indigenous youth living in Queensland be what they want to be—by investing in their careers and their future.

The program encourages completion of secondary education from Year 10 through to Year 12. It also encourages students to progress onto tertiary education, further training and/or employment.

The scheme encourages participation from students in remote, rural and coastal regions of Queensland.

Please note: This program is currently under review by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. No new nominations are currently being received.

Indigenous Cadetship Support Program

Each year, the department offers cadetships to Indigenous university students through the Indigenous Cadetship Support Program. The program is an initiative of the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

If you're an Indigenous university student, why not consider a cadetship with us? A cadetship provides financial support through your study, and is a great way to start your career.

What an Indigenous cadetship will offer you

As a cadet, you'll receive:

  • a study allowance of $6000 per semester
  • a book allowance of $1000 per year
  • 12 weeks paid vacation work per year in your field of study
  • mentoring and support through your studies and on the job.

What we are looking for

The department aims to recruit people with a diverse range of skills and qualifications ranging from law, finance, conservation, environmental science/management, urban and regional planning, analytical chemistry, sport and exercise science and veterinary sciences, sciences and policy development.

How and when to apply

Opportunities arise throughout the year and we liaise with Indigenous employment coordinators in universities throughout the state when cadetships are available.

More information

For more information on the program, visit the website of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations or contact your university careers service.

Identified positions

Indigenous identified positions can be filled only by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These positions are created when it is deemed that only an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person can successfully fulfill the duties of the role.

What our staff say

Jamie-Lee Taylor, Wildlife Ranger, Nature Conservation Services

Jamie-Lee Taylor, Wildlife Ranger, Nature Conservation Services

Jamie-Lee Taylor, Wildlife Ranger, Nature Conservation Services     

“The most enjoyable part of my job would be the variety of workload and the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Australia’s native wildlife

I am originally from NSW and was bought up in the small opal mining town of Lightning Ridge in North Western NSW where I spent most of my childhood. My family originate from two tribes, the Kamilaroi tribe of North Western NSW and the Ngoorabul tribe of the New England region of NSW.

After completing a Certificate III in Business Administration traineeship with the department about 6 and half years ago, I went on to work as a Customer Service Officer.  In 2007, I succeeded in acquiring a temporary role as a Wildlife Ranger at the Daisy Hill office.  After completing my time at Daisy Hill I was offered another temporary role in the Wildlife Branch at Burleigh Heads where I stayed until securing a permanent position as a Wildlife Ranger in October 2010.

Whilst employed with the Department I have also had the opportunity to attend a number of courses and training to further my skills.  Some of these include first aid training, law enforcement training, dealing with difficult people course, four-wheel driving course and venomous snake handling courses.         

Some of my duties as a Wildlife Ranger include minor interpretive activities, coordination of monthly surveys, general wildlife duties, conducting compliance and enforcement inspection, assessment and issuing of permits/licences, and general administration duties. There are a variety of skills needed to be able to carry such duties which are wildlife identification and handlings skills, enforcement skills including knowledge of the relevant legislation, human management, time and resource management, project management and customer service.         

I would recommend this line of work to anyone that enjoys working outdoors. The best advice I could give to someone wanting to get into this field of work would be to complete a wildlife/conservation course and volunteer at a wildlife park or zoo whilst studying. This will give you a head start as you would already have experience and some skills relevant to help you become a Wildlife Ranger.

Last updated
13 January 2014