Research Manager


Phillip Island Nature Parks


Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Exciting career opportunity for an experienced Research Manager to lead the science-based strategy for the Nature Parks and shape the development of the Nature Parks 5 year-conservation plan and 30 year-conservation vision, 'Beyond the Horizon'.

As a strategic and experienced leader, you will lead a dynamic team of research specialists to drive progress, innovation, and results for the Nature Parks research programs in terrestrial and marine ecosystems and will oversee the implementation and monitoring of programs, feasibility and analysis of conservation impact.

You will play a key role in championing the Nature Parks world-class research through strong stakeholder engagement, collaborative partnerships, research linkages, grant opportunities, and supporting fundraising efforts.

Your key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Lead the science-based strategy for the Nature Parks.
  • Provide high-quality scientific and technical advice to inform conservation management for the Nature Parks.
  • Align business priorities with team plans, organisational values and goals through effective people management.
  • Achieve target funding to support the Nature Parks conservation priorities.
  • Build beneficial and respectful relationships with Traditional Owner groups.
  • Represent the Nature Parks externally, both nationally and internationally, through various meetings, forums and committees.

For success in this role you will have:

  • Relevant PhD in ecology or equivalent.
  • Experience in leading and developing high achieving successful teams.
  • A track record of publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Skill and experience in strategic planning, analysis and reporting.
  • Strong understanding of scientific principles and processes including ecological processes, theory and practices.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of budgets, business plans and funding applications.

Current driver's license and employee working with children check are also required prior to commencement. Applicants will require valid Australian working rights status.

Hours of employment are full time and in accordance with a five-day roster, with availability to work evenings, weekends, public holidays and across our sites as per business requirements.

The Nature Parks is an inspiring workplace and offers a range of career paths as the largest employer on Phillip Island Our people are enthusiastic, committed, and professional in what they do. They work across a broad range of activities and have many opportunities available to them should they wish to develop their skills, work in different locations or have a variety of roles.

The Nature Parks is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive culture and is committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We welcome applications from people with diverse skills & experience, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We offer flexible work arrangements for our team, including parents, carers, people with disabilities, people over 55 years old and employees impacted by family violence. .

The Nature Parks is a child safe environment. Everyone at the Nature Parks is responsible for the care and protection of children in accordance with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and Code of Conduct.


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Closing date:

17-Jul-2022, 5pm