Senior Botanist / Senior Ecologist


Ecology Australia


Fairfield, Melbourne, Victoria

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Ecology Australia has been providing ecological consultancy services to the public and private sector throughout south-eastern Australia since 1978. We are one of the most highly-regarded and longest-running consultancies in Victoria, with a reputation for delivering high quality work with integrity and professionalism. Our team of ecologists is dedicated to achieving positive environmental outcomes, with a strong focus on scientific principles and objectivity.

We are seeking a Senior Botanist or Senior Ecologist (with a botany focus) to join our team of botanists, zoologists, terrestrial ecologists and aquatic ecologists. Ecology Australia proudly maintains a team of highly skilled staff and we provide a supportive, professional, stimulating and fun working environment.

We are seeking candidates who have a passionate interest in botany and ecology and a desire to contribute their knowledge and expertise to ecological management. As part of the botany team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a diverse and interesting range of projects and services, including:

  • Vegetation mapping and floristic surveys
  • Biodiversity Strategies and Conservation Management Plans
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Threatened species and weed management plans
  • Ecological monitoring programs
  • Ecological research projects
  • Peer reviews

As the successful candidate, you will manage small- to large-size projects and contribute to other projects, from the collection and analysis of data, to the production of technical reports. You should be able to provide accurate advice to clients on the environmental policy and legislative implications of their projects. Strong project management skills are required, and previous experience in consulting is highly desirable. 

You should be prepared to work flexible hours, work away from home for short periods, and travel in a company vehicle to remote field locations throughout south-eastern Australia, but mostly within Victoria. A Victorian Manual Driver’s Licence and capacity to work outdoors in remote locations are essential.

Responsible to: Director

Selection Criteria:

As the successful candidate, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in the ecological sciences;
  • A working knowledge of Victorian native and naturalised flora, including identification methods and ecology, with proficient field-identification skills;
  • A minimum 5 years’ experience in ecological consulting, including with the planning and implementation of surveys and monitoring, data analysis and preparation of technical reports;
  • A thorough understanding of Commonwealth and State environmental legislation and policies, including the Native Vegetation clearing regulations and DELWP's vegetation quality assessment (habitat hectare) methodology;
  • Strong writing skills, including a focus on effective technical writing, mostly for non-scientific or lay-readers;
  • A high level of computer skills for report compilation and data management/analyses. Some experience in the use of GIS and contemporary statistical procedures/software are desirable;
  • The capability to manage projects independently with limited supervision in a team environment, and to work on and deliver multiple projects within required timelines and budgets;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from all disciplines and contribute to a range of projects;
  • The ability to develop and maintain networks, attend industry events, and undertake occasional marketing activities to promote Ecology Australia’s range of services to industry;
  • The ability to effectively communicate with a diverse range of clients and stakeholders including participation at workshops and project meetings; and
  • The ability to deal with clients, colleagues and regulatory authorities with personal and professional integrity.

Conditions of Employment:

Ecology Australia offers a flexible work environment and has certified Environmental, Quality and Safety management systems. The current position is full-time, although applicants interested in a 9 day fortnight or 4 day week are also encouraged to apply. It will involve both field work and office work, depending on the individual requirements of each project. The successful applicant will be expected to spend periods of time in the field, sometimes in remote locations.

Applicants must have a current Victorian Manual Driver’s Licence.

The salary is negotiable, based on level of experience.

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