If you are looking for jobs in the Bascom Hunter Mountains, the job market is already tough.
The area is a hotbed for drug traffickers, bushfire-prone bushfires and a long list of other problems that makes it a difficult place for people to find work.
“We’ve been through a major fire in the past two years, but we haven’t seen a loss of jobs, and there’s a lot of opportunities in that area,” said Joe Sugg, the chief executive of the Queensland Conservation Foundation (QCCF).
“The people that have been affected by bushfires are very well off.”
Sugg has spent his career in bushfire management, working with the Queensland Government and the Queensland Ambulance Service to manage and respond to the fires that have devastated Queensland’s forests.
For most of the 20th century, he worked with bushfire managers to stop bushfires, but the Queensland government in the 1970s privatised the bushfire protection industry, and he was left without a job in the bushfires industry.
“The bushfires were so bad, that the Government was not able to manage the fires in a way that it was really successful,” he said.
“It was really, really bad for Queensland and it was very bad for people.
The Queensland Government has to make sure they do their job properly and get people back into the bush and out of harm’s way.”
There are two major bushfires in the Hunter mountains, one on Mount Isa in Queensland’s north and another in the state’s south-east.
The fires are the worst in Australia’s history, with more than 10,000 hectares destroyed in both fires.
Most people in the area are affected by the bush fires, but many jobs are also at risk.
“There are people that are out there looking for bushfire work, but they’re not being paid because there’s not a lot there to work in the industry,” said Sugg.
“You can get into bushfire rehabilitation, but you can’t get into the field.”
Job hunting and bushfire jobs In the past, job hunting has been a part of the job hunting industry in Queensland.
“Job hunting is a very difficult job, but it’s still a very rewarding job,” said Paul Grieve, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Queensland.
For those looking for a job, the key to finding a job is to search for a new job that is not directly related to bushfire safety.
“If you’re looking for work in a field, you want a job that will help you survive the bush fire,” said Grieve.
“But if you’re searching for a work in bush fire rehabilitation, you’re probably going to get into more trouble.”
While bushfire camps are usually open to people, the number of job seekers has been dropping in recent years.
“I think we’re probably in a situation now where we’re going to see a little bit of a decrease in the number,” said David Widdowson, who works in the field rehabilitation sector.
“More people are finding a way to survive.”
Suddys’ first experience of bushfire rehab work was when he was a young boy and his family was living in the region.
“They were on a bushfire road when we were young and my father had to jump from the house to get us out,” he told Al Jazeera.
“He was a bush fire fighter and my dad would take us out of the house.
He had a bush gun.
I remember the first time he was outside and I saw it and it scared me.”
“I was a very, very young boy at the time,” Suddies said.
Suddics said he felt very proud of the work he did to save his family from the bush wildfire.
“When I saw the fire coming, I just got the idea that there was something bigger than just me,” he recalled.
“That’s the kind of fire that you can control, and I think that’s what bush fire people have to do to get out.”
“A lot of people think they’re just going to be safe and they’re going through the bush,” he continued.
“And when you look at what’s happened to the community, that’s really not the case.”
For many people in bushfires-affected areas, job seeking can be a difficult and expensive process.
Some people are unable to get work without first securing a job as a campfire hunter.
The QCCF has seen some people who were unable to find a job during bushfire season “go into debt because they were just struggling to get by”, Sudds said.
For people who have lost their jobs, the biggest hurdle is finding a replacement.
“What they need to be aware of is the reality of the people that they’re working with,” said Widdows.
“Some of these people are very much in debt because their houses have been destroyed. “So what