Principal Ecologist


CQG Consulting


Rockhampton (preferred), Queensland

CQG Consulting is one of regional Queensland’s leading consultancies with a highly regarded reputation. In addition to a broad range of ecological and environmental advisory service projects across the State, we are currently engaged to lead the Environmental Package for a major Defence project in Central Queensland.

The core of our success is our culture and the way we treat our staff and our clients.  We are seeking an experienced ecologist who shares our values and passion toward making a make a difference to the sustainability of the regions in which we work.

Principal Ecologist Position – Rockhampton (preferred)

There is an option to be based at one of our other offices (Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Charters Towers or Brisbane).

You will be provided with enviable opportunities to further develop your skills as an environmental professional.

About the Role

  • Plan projects, prepare proposals and liaise with clients and other staff
  • Assess ecological values through desktop searches and field surveys as per Qld and Commonwealth guidelines
  • Manage project deliveries and budgets
  • Provide accurate and technically specialised input into projects
  • Coordinate field studies and assessments
  • Analyse data, interpret results, prepare and review technical reports, environmental management plans and permit applications
  • Prepare impact assessment reports
  • Manage client relationships and actively establish new client contacts
  • Liaise with regulators and statutory authorities
  • Mentoring junior staff

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of ecology including vegetation assessments, flora and fauna surveys, invasive species monitoring, habitat assessment and impact assessment
  • A positive attitude with a good sense of humour
  • A love of working outdoors and in remote locations
  • Experience in planning and leading projects to deliver on time and within budget
  • Degree in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Natural Resource Management or related field
  • Over ten years related experience conducting terrestrial flora and fauna surveys using Qld and Commonwealth guidelines and reporting, preferably in a consulting role
  • Proven skills in flora identification in Queensland ecosystems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of local, State and Commonwealth legislation relating to the environment in Qld, particularly the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Vegetation Management Act 1999, Nature Conservation Act 1992, and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)
  • Exceptional written and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities
  • Ability to work autonomously and self-manage time
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, as you will liaise with team members from different disciplines, clients and government agencies to ensure delivery of innovative solutions that meet client and broader community expectations
  • Demonstrated commitment to safe work practices
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft suite of programs and capturing of spatial data
  • “C” class driver license (manual) and 4WD certification/experience
  • Australian Citizenship or the right to work within Australia


  • Previous consulting, regulatory, Defence, industrial or mine site experience
  • White card, 1st Aid
  • Willingness to travel
  • Confidence and experience managing projects
  • Passion for leading and mentoring


  • Well-being program
  • Flexible working environment
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Annual employee retreat
  • Birthday leave after three years’ employment
  • Support for professional networking and a vibrant culture
  • An attractive salary and allowances will be offered commensurate with your level of experience and abilities

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