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GIS Officer


Practical Ecology Pty Ltd


Preston, Melbourne, Victoria

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Part-time (3-4 days per week)

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 experienced GIS Officer.

As part of this role, you will work closely with our team of ecological consultants to provide a range of GIS related services. This includes database management, map generation, data exporting and importing, creating queries, and mobile mapping device set up. You are expected to have a high level of attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines, and interpersonal skills which enable you to participate fully in our team environment, and also occasionally contact clients and referral authorities.

The following Selection Criteria apply to this position:

  • A Degree or Diploma relating to, or incorporating, GIS
  • Demonstrated experience in providing GIS services to internal staff and external clients in a consulting setting, or public sector, preferably in an organisation / department with an ecological focus
  • High level experience with ESRI ArcGIS products, including a working knowledge of ArcGIS Online and Arc Collector
  • High level of attention to detail, with a focus on maintaining GIS database management with a high level of accuracy and preparing maps with a low error rate
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple GIS related projects with associated budgets and deadlines, while maintaining flexibility as priorities change over time to meet the demands of projects
  • Advanced computer skills, including competency with computer programs and software such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or similar software packages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with high level interpersonal skills to liaise and negotiate with internal staff and external clients
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, but also as part of a team, showing teamwork and leadership ability.
  • Willingness and ability to acquire new skills and demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm for improving GIS workflows and technology
  • Australian citizenship/residency, or a valid work permit
  • Given the nature of Practical Ecology, demonstrated experience in GIS services as they relate to the ecological consultancy sector (preferably in Victoria) will be highly advantageous, along with a demonstrated interest in ecology. This includes:
  • a strong working knowledge of relevant Federal and State Government Legislation and planning policies and their relationship to GIS products and services
  • demonstrated experience producing data for EnSym submissions to DELWP
  • a keen interest in indigenous flora and fauna and associated management.

What we offer:

You will be supported by our Consulting Co-ordinator, GIS Coordinator, Managing Director, 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. Our primary work location is our office in Preston, Victoria.

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

The position being offered is of a part-time nature (3-4 days per week) with terms subject to negotiation.

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