Ecologist (Botanist)


Water Technology


Notting Hill, Melbourne, Victoria

Water Technology has been providing ecological consulting services within the Waterways and Ecology Group for the past 13 years. Our growing Waterways and Ecology team consults to the public and private sectors, both on stand-along ecology projects and collaboratively with our other technical disciplines (Floodplain, Stormwater, Coastal, Groundwater) across Australia. Our ecologists have a particular focus and reputation for providing specialised services in the assessment, interpretation and management of waterway, wetland, floodplain, and coastal environments.  Our ecologists focus on these water-related environments to provide specialised advice and solutions both to our groups internally and to our clients directly. 

About Water Technology

Water Technology’s vision is to deliver innovative water management solutions to secure the health and safety of the community and environment that we live in for the future generations. We employ world-class engineers and scientists who can exercise their skills to deliver best practice solutions to our client’s objectives.

Our nationwide team of over 100 staff operate from 9 offices in 5 states. We are genuinely passionate about the work we do and the environments we work in.  We get great satisfaction working with multiple technical disciplines to create the best solutions and outcomes for our clients and the environment. Many of our staff have enjoyed long tenures with Water Technology and in return for their commitment and dedication for their peers and other stakeholders, we support their autonomy, listen to their ideas and invest in their professional learning and growth. 

The role

We seek an experienced Ecologist to join the Waterways and Ecology Group in Melbourne to help grow our existing Victorian regional operation, and to develop and service those capabilities across Australia.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Delivering high quality expert advice and managing stakeholders internally & externally
  • Planning and implementation of field surveys and monitoring, mapping, data analysis and preparation of technical reports
  • Tendering, performance and delivery of ecological studies
  • Managing projects with support from senior team members
  • Working on exciting and innovative technical reports
  • Being and active team member for shared group projects across the business

The right team member will have: 

  • 2-5 years’ experience and exposure to the consultancy/ professional services industry
  • Tertiary qualifications (degree or post graduate degree) in the environmental sciences, (natural resource management, botany, ecology) 
  • A positive attitude to make a difference and work as part of an integrated team 
  • To have the knowledge, energy and imagination to provide the best environmental outcomes while achieving our clients requirements 
  • A passion for plants and the ability and desire to undertake fieldwork, occasionally for extended periods. 
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to articulate technical and descriptive information both verbally and within reports
  • Strong communications skills that allow you to effectively convey messages with a range of audiences including colleagues, clients, landholders and the general public
  • High level computer skills for report preparation (word processing and spreadsheets) while experience in GIS and statistical methods is desirable
  • An understanding of Federal and State environmental legislation and policies, including the Victoria’s Native Vegetation management and DELWP's Vegetation Quality Assessment (VQA, habitat hectare) method
  • An understanding of wetland and waterway processes will be an advantage

Benefits for you: 

  • Our company culture - people love working with us: we genuinely value your contribution and care about our teams! 
  • We provide flexibility in our work arrangements, with generous Working From Home options that help our employees balance life and work.
  • As a multi-disciplinary company, we offer our employees the opportunity to work on a range of interesting and challenging projects. 
  • As a mid-sized company we also offer our employees a flexible management approach, and a dynamic, agile workplace that allows for enhanced coordination and innovation. 
  • A national team of experts: Whilst the role is mostly focused on VIC, we also provide the opportunity to work with, and learn from, our national team of experts - and to work on projects across Australia and internationally.
  • Access to a diverse community of environmental consultants: opportunities for mentoring, coaching and professional development on day one of your onboarding! 
  • Share the passion: since we are employee-owned, all staff have an opportunity to buy shares in the company. 
  • Bring your whole self to work: our team has a great sense of humour and love to work hard and have fun!

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