Senior Botanist




Melbourne / Geelong / Mildura, Victoria



Join a global professional services leader.

We are committed to solving the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanisation.

GHD’s Natural Resources group has a rare opportunity for a Senior Botanist to join our Flora team to assist with the delivery of a range of exciting and high-profile projects in south-eastern Australia.

You’ll work as part of our well-established cohort of terrestrial and aquatic ecologists whom you’ll collaborate with to both deliver projects and to help guide and mentor more junior team members.

You will have the opportunity to work in a broad range of conservation, impact assessment and monitoring projects, and with vegetation types including grassland, wetland, forest and woodland communities, from the Mallee to alpine areas, in partnership with GHD’s clients, land managers and state government bodies. 

This is a full-time position, with flexible work arrangements available, but ideally you would be based in either our Melbourne, Geelong or Mildura offices.

This diverse and exciting position will see you involved in:

  • Field-based botanical survey work, including vegetation mapping, ecological monitoring, targeted threatened flora survey and Vegetation Quality Assessments using the Habitat Hectares method
  • Ecological impact assessments and offsetting for a range of projects from small scale infrastructure impact assessments to assisting with major projects of state significance, e.g., Environment Effects Statements
  • Ecological monitoring, involving the design and implementation of monitoring programs, surveys for threatened species, running long-term monitoring projects, assessing the benefits of environmental watering projects etc
  • Preparation of proposals and technical reports for public and private sector clients
  • Managing both ecology focused and multi-disciplinary projects, such as GHD's key projects in future energy, water, community & transport
  • Working with the Natural Resources Group Leader and other senior staff to assist with business planning and make strategic decisions for the group’s development
  • Collaborating with GHD staff from a range of disciplines including Environmental Planners, Cultural Heritage Advisors, Engineers, Project Managers etc.

What would you bring to the team?

  • Over 8 years’ experience conducting vegetation surveys in south-east Australia
  • Strong ability to develop and build upon client relationships from experience in a similar consulting role
  • Good botanical identification skills, including experience using dissecting microscopes and identification keys
  • Experience undertaking Habitat Hectare assessments
  • Habitat Hectare (VQA) accreditation
  • Willingness to work flexibly and independently, particularly when undertaking flora surveys and traveling to remote locations
  • Willingness to work with a cohort of senior ecologists to guide and support more junior team members
  • Understanding of national and state environmental legislation and policy (e.g. EPBC Act, FFG Act, Planning and Environment Act)
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills: A great teammate, who builds rapport with both internal & external partners
  • A current full Victorian driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Botany, Ecology or Environmental Science major

Why GHD?
Being the best we can be is in our culture.  

We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanisation are made sustainable for generations to come.  

Our commitment to you 
Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognise achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new ideas, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of diverse people across our global business. 

Who we are 
We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanisation. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly ‘One GHD’ across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients. 

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