Principal Ecologist


Biodiversity Conservation Trust


Sydney Region / Sydney City / regional location by negotiation, NSW

Salary etc:

Total Remuneration package includes salary ($120,188 - $132,457 p.a.) + super & leave loading (Environment Officer Class 11). Full-time, Temporary for up to 15 months


Job Reference Number: 00006XNM

Agency overview

The New South Wales Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is a not-for-profit statutory body, established under Part 10 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and managed by a Board appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

The Trust’s roles are to support and encourage landholders to enter into agreements to conserve and protect biodiversity on private land, guided by the government’s Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy; secure biodiversity offsets when developers choose to pay into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund; and other activities that promote greater awareness of, appreciation and understanding of, biodiversity and the importance of conserving it.

About the Role

You will lead the coordination of technical advice and guidance for ecological assessments and monitoring. You will also contribute to the delivery of the Trust’s biodiversity conservation programs, projects and partnerships either within a region or across NSW.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the development and delivery of effective ecological assessment, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) processes and ensure actions remain relevant, contemporary and consistent with the Trust’s methods and standards.
  • Coordinate and support Senior Ecologists and regional staff to undertake ecological assessments of sites proposed for (or subject to) Private Land Conservation (PLC) agreements, and / or co-ordinate delivery of such assessments with the BCT’s partners and service providers.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Science division, universities, government agencies and other research providers, regarding ecological assessments and monitoring, to support and advance the delivery of the BCT program and to keep up to date with latest science and technology.
  • Work collaboratively and provide expert technical advice to Senior Ecologists and other regional staff to build capacity, and foster skills transfer and knowledge exchange to landholders and a range of internal and external stakeholders regarding the management of protected areas, and the conservation and management of biodiversity generally.
  • Provide strategic advice and recommendations based on appropriate evidence, analysis and research to shape and influence decisions and the strategic direction of the BCT’s research priorities.
  • Oversee and manage some corporate databases and conduct technical program-wide analysis and evaluation to inform the BCT MER framework and relevant OEH programs assessing biodiversity.
  • Implement effective program management by preparing and submitting high quality plans and briefs to management, priority setting, fiscal and resource management, evaluation, timely status and scientific reporting and delivery within scope, budget and timeframes.

Essential requirements

  • A degree in a relevant ecological or environmental science discipline.
  • A valid Australian driver’s licence and willingness to travel.
  • Extensive experience in survey and assessment of vegetation, flora and fauna, consistent with the requirements for accreditation as an assessor using the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology.

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility

At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.

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