Stemming Deer Impacts Project Officer (pt)


Invasive Species Council


Melbourne or regional Victoria

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Part-time (2 days per week). Salary range: $70-82,000 pro rata plus super based on skills & experience. Duration: 1 year (extension possible)

Are you passionate about conservation and protecting our natural environment? Do you have strong experience coordinating projects, building alliances, communicating complex issues and helping to bring about change?

The Invasive Species Council is now recruiting for an experienced project manager to deliver the Stemming Deer Impacts Project.

Growing problem of feral deer in Victoria

Feral deer are emerging as one of Australia’s most serious environmental and agricultural threats. Throughout most of Victoria they are damaging vegetation, competing with native animals and degrading waterways - feral deer are transforming the state’s native ecosystems.

What is needed is a vertebrate pest management approach to the threat of feral deer. This would see protective measures removed, deer formally designated as a pest species and a cross-tenure approach taken to the control and containment of deer using the most effective available measures.

About the Stemming Deer Impacts Project

The Stemming Deer Impacts Project seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of feral deer in Victoria by:

  • Increasing awareness about the full range of the impacts of feral deer and the need for action.
  • Advocating for the designation of feral deer as a pest animal in Victoria and the implementation of an effective deer management policy.
  • Encouraging a greater state and federal government focus on deer control and containment research, including for more-effective methods of control.
  • Securing resources for feral deer control and containment programs with a particular focus on Victoria.

The project will work closely with conservation and farming organisations, local government, land managers, Indigenous people and professional pest controllers.

Key responsibilities

The project officer will be responsible for managing the Stemming Deer Impacts Project.

The project officer will:

  • Develop and implement a project plan.
  • Coordinate a project reference group.
  • Develop and disseminate communication materials.
  • Build relationships with potential allies.
  • Undertake advocacy.
  • Seek funds to support the project.
  • Undertake project administration including reporting and budgeting.

The role will have a strong focus on alliance building, education and advocacy. The project officer will draw on expert pest management advice to bring about evidence-based policies for managing the threat of feral deer in Victoria.

Project direction will be provided by a project reference group.

Selection criteria


  • Highly developed communication skills such as meeting facilitation, technical and public writing, interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in community, government and/or political advocacy.
  • Skills and/or track record in developing diverse alliances.
  • High-level project management skills and experience with a context of coordinating diverse activities according to tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to nature conservation and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Willingness to travel within Victoria and to Canberra.
  • Ability to work in a decentralised organisation with limited supervision.


  • Developed networks within the Victorian environmental NGO sector and other potential partner sectors.
  • Understanding of vertebrate pest management, ecological processes and environmental conservation and land management in Victoria.
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office suite, website content manager platform WordPress, email marketing programs such as Mailchimp and CiviCRM.
  • Current drivers licence and access to a vehicle.

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