Working on Ecological Research at UQ

Opportunities to work as part of an ecological research group at UQ come up with some frequency. Such opportunities include positions as short- or long-term research or field assistants, lab managers, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. All paid positions are posted through the UQ employment page.

Volunteering for Ecological Research projects at UQ

Volunteering can be a great way to gain research experience while studying abroad at UQ, while working full time on an undergraduate degree, or just as a way of getting involved in projects that excite or interest you. Many of the projects highlighted on the Ecology Centre website and many others run by UQ ecologists involve volunteers who periodically help with associated student projects and/or for data collection in the field or in the lab. We post some volunteer positions on this website but many opportunities come up suddenly in the diverse Centre-affiliated research groups. In addition to checking this website for opportunities, you can also contact members of the Centre directly about whether they or their group members need help from a volunteer in the near future.  

Student Groups

The iROOS is a student-driven volunteer group of Environmental Science (BEnvSc) undergraduates from The University of Queensland (UQ), though students in other majors such as Bachelor of Science are also welcome.  This organization developed out of one of the field-courses offered through the BSc Ecology major - BIOL3016: Outback Ecology, a course that takes student to Idalia National Park in central Queensland for an opportunity to study outback ecology first hand. iROOS developed with the goal of addressing conservation needs of Idalia NP and other rural Queensland parks. Members of this group work closely with UQ staff and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS). They have, since the development of the group in 2007, been involved in a wide range of conservation, management and research projects based at Idalia National park, including: fresh water rehabilitation and protection projects, surveying the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, flora and fauna surveys, installing exclusion fencing to aid in the recovery of several endangered species and general park management. Students fund this exciting group through fundraising BBQs and generous gifts from private donors. To find out more about joining or supporting this student organization, please visit their official website.

Domestic & International Opportunities for Graduating Ecologists

Information on opportunites for all levels of graduate ecologists.

Mailing List

We maintain a mailing lists where we post opportunities and relevant marine news. Sign up for the Ecology Centre Mailing List today.


Domestic and International Opportunities for Graduate Ecologists
  Sources of information To date, there is no Australian source dedicated to ecology opportunities (if we're wrong, please let us know!). Opportunities at the University of Queensland can be fo...

Domestic and International Opportunities for Graduate Ecologists

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Sources of information

To date, there is no Australian source dedicated to ecology opportunities (if we're wrong, please let us know!). Opportunities at the University of Queensland can be found on the UQ employment page.  There are international sources that post job and volunteer opportunities from around the world, including Australia. If you are interested in exploring new opportunities, try the following:

  • Ecolog  An excellent source of daily information on grants, jobs and news in ecology around the world is the ECOLOG-L listserv list hosted by the University of Maryland. It is for use by members of the Ecological Society of America and other people interested in ecology. Its focus is primarily on academic ecologists, but is also available for other appropriate use. The opportunities contained in the daily email are too numerous for us to post here.

  • Job postings through the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America  Another US-based site, hosted by Duke University, that posts a significant portion of the job opportunities in the US and abroad.

If you are aware of other sources of opportunity information, or if you would like to post an opportunity you have on our website, please email us at

Funding Opportunities

The Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments Inc. site provides a list of Australia based funding programs for researchers, students, not-for-profit and community groups. The list includes a description of the types of projects funded and links to the source.

Lizard Island Fellowships Program

Each year, the Australian Museum offers financial support for coral reef field research at its Lizard Island Research Station on the northern Great Barrier Reef thanks to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and its donors.

The 2014 Lizard Island Fellowships Program is now open, as follows:

Two fellowships for PhD students, AU$8,000 per year for up to three years plus, for the first time, the opportunity to be awarded up to $4,000 in the second or third year to present at an international conference. Preliminary applications for these fellowships close on 20 September 2013. Applicants must be enrolled or officially accepted into a PhD program at any university at the time of application.

Three fellowships for early-career postdoctoral researchers, AU$11,000 to be spent in one year. Applications for these fellowships close on 10 November 2013. Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the past five years or provide evidence of a similar level of postdoctoral research experience.

All fellowships provide funding for field expenses only. Salary is not provided.