Ecological Consultant (Botanist)


Practical Ecology Pty Ltd


Melbourne, Victoria

Practical Ecology Pty Ltd has been in operation since 1993 and is one of Victoria’s leading ecological consultancies. We have a team of experienced consultants that focus on ecology and bushfire risk management, and undertake a diverse range of projects for private and public landowners/managers across Victoria.

Our ecological consulting services focus on undertaking flora and fauna surveys, within a view to determining legislative implications associated with likely impacts and/or the provision land management advice to retain and protect the values present at a given site. We also provide a skilled team of bushland restoration practitioners that undertake weed control, planned burning, revegetation and general vegetation management.

We are currently seeking an Ecological Consultant to join our consulting team.

As part of this role, you will undertake ecological surveys with a particular focus on vegetation/flora, and complete associated reporting. You will also provide ecological advice to clients and prepare quotes/tenders.

With demonstrated experience, preferably in an ecological consulting environment, you will have knowledge and skills to assist with and manage a diversity of ecological consulting projects.

The following Selection Criteria apply to this position:

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in botany and/or ecology or related discipline.
  • A minimum of two years ecological, preferably botanical experience, ideally in consultancy or the public sector
  • Broad botanical and vegetation community identification skills for the greater Melbourne region and ideally regional Victoria (fauna / fauna habitat identification skills will also be highly regarded)
  • Accreditation as a native vegetation assessor (via a VQA competency check)
  • A sound working knowledge, and ability to apply, relevant legislation and policy including Victoria’s Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation and other relevant environmental legislation, including the FFG Act and the EPBC Act.
  • Knowledge of practical native vegetation management, restoration and weed control, will be considered favourably.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare ecological reports and other related documents, including flora and fauna assessments, impact assessments and management plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including liaison with clients, working on and managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines and working within a budget.
  • A high level of professionalism, exemplified by excellent time management and communication skills, including sound negotiation and interpersonal skills to build and maintain client relationships.
  • An ability to work independently but also within a team environment, showing teamwork and leadership ability.
  • Competency with computer programs and software such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or similar software packages.
  • Knowledge and experience with ArcGIS and ArcCollector programs will be highly regarded
  • Current manual driver’s licence is a must; 4x4 experience highly regarded.

What we offer:

You will be supported by our Managing Director, Consulting Co-ordinator, other consultants, technical assistants and administrative staff including our Admin Manager.

Working as part of our ecological consulting team, you will be provided with a flexible work environment that an emphasis on work-life balance, professional development opportunities and the scope to work on a range of diverse and interesting projects. While our primary work location is our office in Preston, site visits mostly occur on the fringes of metropolitan Melbourne, but also throughout regional Victoria. Some site visits may require multiple days away.

Remuneration is to be negotiated dependent upon experience, knowledge and skills.

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