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Build a career around the minerals, resources, extraction and mining sectors. TAFE NSW extraction courses are linked to what the industry needs, including a focus on safety.

Your course to a forestry and sawmilling career will focus on sustainability and safety. Study skills in a shorter course or look at a professional-level course. All TAFE NSW courses offer the hands-on skills and the theory you need, and are taught by forestry and sawmilling experts.

From the building blocks of a lower-level certificate through to the nationally recognised and industry-flagship diploma, develop a pathway to a land management career at TAFE NSW regardless of your level of experience.

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Studying the natural environment allows you to pursue your passion for sustainability while creating positive, lasting change for generations to come. You’ll understand the impact of human development on the natural world and feel empowered to make sustainability a top priority for your community.

You could find yourself working in ecosystem management, mining, forestry, timber processing, or the Aboriginal Sites sector. Spend your work days outdoors using innovative technology that ensures environmental harm is avoided or minimised in agreement with legislation and best practice.

Be a diamond in the rough with the Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations or Certificate III in Drilling Operations creating career opportunities in the mining and mineral extractor sector.

Get amongst the trees with a short course Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Trim and Cut or the Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations – Basic Tree Felling. Or take your love of the forest to new heights with the Certificate IV in Forest Operations.

Looking for something aligned with nature conservation? The Certificate III, IV or Diploma in Conservation and Land Management or the Diploma of Sustainable Practice will develop your skills as a dynamic manager across the sustainability sector.

All our courses have a strong focus on sustainability and safety, and ensure you enter the workforce with a specific appreciation for the natural environment. This will help you become a confident member of the industry driving broader discussions about managing the need for sustainable practice and the wise use of natural resources. You will also learn comprehensive technical skills to succeed in your chosen field of ecosystem management, mining, forestry, sawmilling, or Aboriginal Sites Work.

Whether you’re working underground in the mines, or preserving the cultural history of Australia, there are endless possibilities to build a career in nature and sustainability:

Conservation and Ecosystem Management

  • Conservation worker
  • Revegetation/Land rehabilitation/National Parks worker
  • Senior conservation worker
  • Senior park ranger

Aboriginal Sites Work

  • Indigenous land worker
  • Cultural and heritage officer/Site officer (Aboriginal Land Council)
  • Indigenous land manager

Sustainable Practice

  • Sustainability officer or sustainability manager in the business, government and community sectors

Forest Growing and Management

  • Forestry worker
    • technician
    • supervisor
    • manager
  • Plantation forest officer
    • supervisor
    • manager
  • Silviculturist
    • supervisor
    • forest manager
  • Nursery worker
    • technician
    • supervisor
    • nursery manager

Harvesting and Haulage

  • Forest harvester
    • technician
    • harvest supervisor
    • manager
  • Forwarder operator
    • technician
    • harvest supervisor
    • manager

Sawmilling and Processing

  • Timber grader
    • technician
    • production supervisor
    • timber advisory manager
  • Kiln operator
    • optimisation technician
    • supervisor
    • manufacturing manager
  • Production worker
    • supervisor
    • optimisation manager
    • sawmill manager
  • Sawyer
    • saw technician
    • production supervisor
    • sawmill manager

Natural resources are an essential industry that has many dynamic sectors.

Invest in your career, and the sustainable future with a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.

Create essential resources, and build a career with the Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage.

Inspire important discussions and develop your career with the Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations.

The United Nations has declared the decade up to 2030 the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Land degradation is negatively impacting at least 3.2 billion people, costing billions, and causing significant damage to nature.

Reversing degradation and the negative effects of climate change is a global focal point. The natural resources industry is pivotal in ensuring the success of environmental restoration and sustainability. Make lasting change you can be proud of with a TAFE NSW natural resources qualification.

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