Title:

Experienced Ecologist

Advertiser:

NGH Environmental

Location:

Newcastle, NSW

Salary etc:

Full time postion

Ref:

NGH022018NEWC

NGH is seeking an experienced ecologist to join our Newcastle office.

This exciting role involves the management of the delivery of biodiversity impact assessment and management projects from NGH’s Newcastle office. The role will be a senior ecologist or ecologist depending on the candidate’s level of experience.

You will be working on a wide variety of projects, including:

  • renewable energy (solar, wind),
  • road and rail infrastructure,
  • water delivery infrastructure and
  • urban and rural development.

A large part of your work will be in undertaking assessments in the renewable energy sector, including on solar, wind and hydro energy projects. The position will require superior knowledge of the terrestrial ecology of NSW with extensive experience in either flora or fauna field work and the preparation of flora or fauna assessments and management plans.

It requires superior knowledge of state (NSW) and federal legislation and policy relating to ecology including biodiversity offsetting. You are required to lead field teams, write and review reports, prepare job proposals and provide senior technical advice to directors and managers within nghenvironmental. You will be required to meet a high standard of quality and ethics and to justify your decisions against relevant legislative and policy criteria.

About NGH

NGH is a dynamic specialist consultancy established in 1992, providing environmental services to a variety of private and public-sector clients. We have strong environmental and social ethics with a goal of providing sustainable knowledge and solutions-based advice in relation to environmental management and impact assessment. NGH values flexibility in the workplace and we support the ongoing professional development of our staff. We have offices across NSW, the ACT and Brisbane.

Our offices work together closely and there is opportunity for relocations and for undertaking work on diverse projects and geographical areas.

The majority of our work is in renewable energy assessments and linear infrastructure across NSW. We are leaders in renewable energy constraints assessment, impact assessment and environmental management planning. This is a challenging and exciting industry. In undertaking your role, you will be supported by a team with extensive expertise in complex infrastructure projects.

This position requires a dedicated professional to join our team. You will be expected to show initiative and the ability to work independently both in the field and the office, with ready access to Managers and Directors when guidance is required. You will be required to undertake site work and travel as needed.

Primary Focus of the role

  • Lead ecological teams within NGH (including specialists as required)
  • Manage, plan, and implement ecological field work including undertaking surveys in accordance with the NSW Biodiversity Assessment Methodology
  • Prepare ecological impact assessments and management plans under State (NSW) and Federal legislation
  • Develop practical solutions to mitigate environmental impacts
  • Review biodiversity assessments and provide mentoring to junior biodiversity staff
  • Liaise with experts and agencies, as required
  • Provide a high level of technical ecological advice to assist assessments and mitigation strategies
  • Manage projects within cost, time and quality objectives
  • Prepare proposals and costings
  • Administer projects in accordance with NGH management systems, including subcontractor management and participation in WHS consultation to address risks for all duty holders

Selection Criteria

Candidates will need to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ Australian experience as a terrestrial ecologist, with at least some of that as an environmental consultant or similar. Experience in project management of environmental consultancy projects, preparing/reviewing field work methodologies, executing field work, report writing, client management, and running projects successfully within time and budget constraints would be required.

Essential

  • Tertiary qualifications in Ecology/Environmental Science
  • Minimum five years demonstrated Australian experience as a terrestrial ecologist
  • Sound knowledge of relevant NSW and Federal environmental legislation and policy
  • Accredited to apply the NSW BAM, or an ability and willingness to become an Accredited Person
  • Ability to build and nurture client relationships
  • Ability to work as part of a biodiversity team
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects, manage budgets and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Knowledge of WHS obligations and responsibilities relevant to the role
  • Current drivers licence

Desirable

  • Experience in preparing biodiversity assessments and management plans for large and complex projects in NSW
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience in applying the previous NSW Framework for Biodiversity Assessment for major projects

For contact and application details, click 'View details' below.

How to apply:

View details

Date published:

14-Feb-2018

Closing date:

28-Feb-2018


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