Sustainability Cadet
Drone Pilot
Virtual Work Experience

Drone Pilot

Gain work experience with internationally renowned Cardno—the environmental and social development giant, dominating markets in more than 100 countries. Experience flight simulations and discover how drone surveying can build a more sustainable environment.

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The logistics


This program offers you a taste of what it’s like to be a Drone Pilot at Cardno. You will be working on a geotechnical risk assessment project to upgrade the walking trails at the Murramarang South Coast Walk. Your tasks will include digitally mapping the drone’s route, creating a pre-flight safety checklist accounting for the weather conditions and aerodrome forecast, recording a drone flight simulation, and working with 3D map imagery.


Week 1: Project brief, industry background on geoscience, GIS, and drone surveying.

Week 2: Things to consider before starting a Drone Surveying project (e.g., image acquisition plan, ground sampling distance, digital surface models, safety regulations for flying drones in Australia).

Week 3: Pre-flight preparation (weather assessment and aerodrome forecast interpretation) and piloting a (virtual) drone.

Week 4: 3D map imagery processing, program summary, career pathways, and additional resources.

What will you gain

  • Understanding of the key disciplines and concepts relevant to the work of a Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst as well as their day-to-day tasks.
  • Insight into the established procedures and values driving the decision-making process in a global infrastructure, environmental and social development company like Cardno.
  • Experience contributing to a geotechnical risk assessment project, from brief to delivery.
  • Feedback on your work and progress from the industry mentor and the program facilitator as well as frequent self-reflection opportunities.
  • Certified microcredential titled ‘Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst Virtual Work Experience at Cardno’, that can boost your chances of kick-starting a career in areas related to geoscience.

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To join

You need:

  • Yourself 
  • A can-do attitude
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity
  • Dedication to complete weekly activities...
  • ...and to do your best
  • A computer 
  • An internet connection
  • A comfy place to study
  • Snacks to keep you going

You don't need:

  • To be shy
  • To limit yourself
  • To break the bank
  • To be a cool kid
  • The latest tech
  • 5+ years of industry experience 
  • A uni degree
  • Lame excuses
  • Bad attitude

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