Plantation Protection Forester
- 12-month contract with an option to extend
- Large plantation forestry and land management business
- Newly created role
This large and successful land manager with operations spread across Victoria has an excellent reputation as a successful and thoughtful land manager across its plantations.
This is a newly created role to establish the organizational response to the challenging problem of pest animals which cause significant environmental damage and value reduction across the land under management. This role will, through engagement with the business and external stakeholders develop the frameworks and strategies, gather the data, conduct the research, and having developed an appropriate response engage with outsourced providers to manage this complex issue.
Key responsibilities include;
- Development of a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework around the management of pest animals.
- Lead participation in the varied strategies, research, and cross-tenure programs involved in the understanding of, and control of pest animals.
- Develop and implement a 5 year pest animal management plan.
- Build a network of strong relationships with organisations important in the broad strategic management of relevant plantation pest animals, including deer, pigs and rabbits etc.
- Coordinate the current animal damage assessment program.
- Refine the quantification of the financial impact of animal damage.
- Collate operational data validating the financial impact of animal damage, including yield reductions in harvesting operations.
- Prepare reports on the impact of animal damage, and communicate to key internal and external stakeholders.
- Oversee the animal damage control program.
- Understand the breadth of existing and developing animal control programs both within Australia and overseas.
- Trial and implement new/ additional control methodologies and technologies where financially viable, effective, and appropriate.
- Work with other agencies to develop the body of knowledge on the behaviour and population dynamics of key pest animals, to facilitate more effective and targeted control programs.
- Recommend research projects that the organisation should participate in, or initiate to increase this body of knowledge.
- Work with regions to develop appropriate budgets for animal damage control and related management activities.
As the ideal applicant, you will be prepared to commence on an initial one-year contract and will possess the following attributes and skills.
- Ability to plan and deliver on operational programs and objectives.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Good relationship management skills, internally and externally
- Strong capability across Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Proactive with attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and proficient in working within time and work quality constraints.
- Possess a systematic and ordered approach to work.
- Experience or aptitude in working effectively in a small office environment where you have had to undertake a wide variety of tasks of varying importance.
- Good level of numeric reasoning.