Research Principal


Game Management Authority


Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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$122,502 - $163,934 p.a. + super, Ongoing - full time (VPSG6)

The Game Management Authority (GMA) is an independent statutory authority responsible for the regulation of game hunting in Victoria. It delivers programs to improve and promote sustainable and responsible hunting in Victoria.

The GMA is responsible for:

  • issuing Game Licences and related testing;
  • managing open and closed seasons for game species;
  • enforcing game hunting laws and taking action against those who do not hunt legally; and
  • educating and informing hunters on how to hunt legally and responsibly in Victoria.

This position of Research Principal are part of the Strategy and Research branch within Game Management Victoria.

The Research Principal plays a key role in delivering evidence-based outcomes for the Game Management Authority and is responsible for delivering its research program. Reporting to the Director Strategy and Research, the Research Principal drives the coordination and implementation of innovative, high-quality and effective collaborative research in support of achieving government priorities and the Authority's objectives for promoting sustainability and responsibility in game hunting.

The Research Principal is a senior member of the GMA team and provides expert advice to the Director Strategy and Research, CEO and the Board to ensure that policy, strategic and operational decisions are supported by evidence. The position requires independence and an aptitude for multi-disciplinary research spanning ecology, biology, toxicology, animal welfare and social science. The Research Principal is responsible for building research projects focused on Victorian game species, encompassing experimental design, funding acquisition and publishing papers in highly ranked journals. This position requires collaboration with a wide range of academic institutions, government departments and stakeholders. There is a requirement for some field work, but the majority of work is desk-based. The Research Principal manages contracts and budgets, engages with stakeholders, prepares scientific papers and popular articles and prepares submissions for funding.

A relevant degree with post-graduate qualifications in ecology, natural resource management, game or wildlife management, veterinary science or similar is mandatory.

Practical experience in animal research (e.g. abundance surveys, telemetry studies, animal trapping, collecting biological samples, population genetics research) and scientific knowledge in critical research areas of wildlife abundance estimation, demography, spatial ecology and animal welfare.

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