Revegetation Officer

Where do they work?

Revegetation officers usually work on large sites reclaiming degraded land such as mine sites. Work of this type involves seed collecting, propagation, nursery work and planting out tracts of vacant land. It involves working outside in often remote places due to the location of many mine sites.

Places like Australia many resource companies are responsible for the revegetation of the land after the minerals have been extracted. As part of the work seeds are collected from species endemic to the immediate area, stored if possible, propagated in a nursery, and grown on.

These seedlings which have been grown on are planted out on the reclaimed land.

This type of work isn't limited to disused mine sites, many countries have issues with tracts of degraded land through salination problems as an example, and people with revegetation knowledge and experience are needed to oversee some of these projects.  Revegetation involves working on large sites and returning them to their natural condition.

Opportunities

Experienced Revegetation Officers are sort after in areas where the land has become degraded through poor agricultural practices, reclaiming mine sites, planting out shelter belts or reforestation projects. Since some of the work conducted is collecting and propagating plant material, having a good understanding of various propagation techniques is very important.

This can be a physically demanding job as long periods can be spent planting plugs or tube stock in areas devoid of shade.

Some key responsibilities are:

  • Nursery work such as propagating and growing plants on.
  • Collecting seeds and plant material.
  • Overseeing regeneration projects.
  • Planting out and protecting with tree guards.
  • Monitoring and maintenance of the site.

What is needed?

Horticulturists with a very good plant knowledge, especially ones endemic to the local area/country.  At an entry level it is advantageous to have some basic horticultural and nursery experience/knowledge.

Having a good understanding of species selection and the importance of creating a habitat that will replicate the original vegetation before it was disturbed. 

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