Ecologist, Cravens Peak and Ethabuka


Bush Heritage Australia


Cravens Peak Reserve, Western Queensland



  • Help to deliver on our vision of Healthy Country, protected forever
  • Coordinate ecological activities and support improved land management across Cravens Peak and Ethabuka Reserves
  • 2-year fixed term position based on Bush Heritage’s Cravens Peak Reserve

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a very real contribution to the protection of Australia’s unique wildlife and their habitat.

Bush Heritage Australia, an independent, leading conservation not-for-profit, is seeking a Reserve Ecologist.

Our vision of Healthy Country, protected forever sees us work where we are needed most: in areas of high conservation value with low levels of protection. With the help of our donors, we buy and manage land, so we can protect our irreplaceable landscapes and our magnificent native species forever.

Currently we own 39 reserves and we protect and help manage 8.86 million hectares of land across the country. In our mission to return the bush to good health, we provide habitat for more than 6,000 native species, including at least 237 threatened species. Two proven approaches underline what we do: we carefully select, purchase and manage landscapes of high conservation value; and we work in partnership with others, including Traditional Owners, to achieve key conservation outcomes.

Cravens Peak and Ethabuka Reserves are in Western Qld, 470km south of Mt Isa, on the edge of the Simpson desert. Both properties are leading conservation Reserves demonstrating the value of partnerships that drive landscape-scale conservation, Traditional Owner alliances, scientific research, and meaningful community engagement. These reserves protect gibber plains, red sandy dune fields, semi-permanent waterholes, Coolabah woodlands, and one of the richest reptile assemblages on earth.

About the role:

The function of the Reserve Ecologist is to implement Bush Heritage’s ecological monitoring program on Cravens Peak and Ethabuka Reserves within the Framework of BHA monitoring framework and principles. The ecological program helps underpin and support the conservation and ecological goals of Bush Heritage. You will be expected to work closely with the Reserve Managers, Healthy Landscape Manager and Senior Ecologist, and be able to represent and promote Bush Heritage in the region.

The position works closely with the Reserve Managers, to support on-ground (i.e. weed control and management) works to improve the conservation values of these reserves and develop research partnerships with other institutions.

You will have a strong understanding of, and practical experience in ecological principles and adaptive practice. A positive and collaborative work approach able to collaborate with other staff and experience living and working in remote locations. Experience developing work plans and managing budgets. Ability to work independently and be a practical, pro-active and creative thinker.

Bush Heritage Australia actively encourages applicants from diverse groups and communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women, people with diverse ability and LGBTIQ (sexuality and gender diverse and intersex) communities.

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