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Job Description:


As an Environmental Health Assistant (Preventive Medicine) help protect the Army from the risks posed by climate, pests and disease, while enjoying:

  • a good salary plus generous superannuation
  • ongoing investment in your personal and career development
  • free medical and dental
  • job security and a good work/life balance
  • rewarding work and world-class training
  • subsidised accommodation
  • a supportive team environment
  • travel and leave entitlements
  • free access to sports and fitness facilities
  • friendships that last a lifetime

All that plus exciting opportunities supporting Army domestic activities, including exercises and operations, with potential deployments overseas in support of Australian and coalition personnel.

Your role

Throughout history 'non-combat injuries' have accounted for the highest proportion of medical issues affecting military operations.

As an Environmental Health Assistant (Preventive Medicine) you will help reduce the incidence of these 'injuries', by protecting personnel from the risks posed by extreme climatic conditions, poor sanitation and vector-borne diseases.

This job is critical to Army capability, and your expertise will be required wherever the Army goes, from exercises in Australia to overseas operations.

If you enjoy science and like the idea of working in an exciting, outdoor environment, this could be the perfect role for you, and full training is provided.

You'll learn to study and assess environmental and occupational health threats, then implement control and eradication procedures. When in the field, that means ensuring troops are camped in areas that have been swept for hazards, and that any issues revealed have been addressed.

The factors you’ll consider will include:

  • water quality
  • pests
  • food safety
  • waste management, and
  • sanitation.

No two days will be the same as you combine adventure with travel and highly rewarding work. Better still, in the Army you’ll be working for a dynamic organisation that offers a great lifestyle plus opportunities and experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else.


  • Fully-paid training
  • Once trained, starting package approx. $61,800 p.a. plus superannuation
  • Numerous other benefits


  • Training in Wagga Wagga NSW and Bonegilla VIC
  • Then posting to Brisbane (with deployments across Australia and overseas)

Entry Requirements

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Year 10 completion with passes in English and Maths

If you do not have the required passes you may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency assessment. Medical and fitness guidelines also apply.

How to Apply

So do you think you have the aptitude and ambition to become an Environmental Health Assistant (Preventive Medicine)? Then apply now on the Defence Jobs website.