Associate to Principal Botanist / Team Manager




Perth & Adelaide

About us

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Transport, Water, Property & Buildings, Mining and Energy sectors and are at the forefront of integrated digital innovations. With approximately 4,300 talented people in 14 offices across Australia, we engineer future ready projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. wsp.com/au.

The Opportunity

The Associate to Principal Ecologist/Botanist is a new role that reports directly to the National Ecology Director who is based in Newcastle.

The location is hybrid between our Perth office with the option to WFH if desired. We are happy to consider full-time or part-time arrangements. We are also hiring for the same profile in Adelaide.

This mid-level management role will balance technical work, staff recruitment/development and work-winning in Western Australia (or South Australia), with the support of a well-established local multi-disciplinary Environmental services business and a strong client base in the transport, mining, power, construction, water and property sectors.

You will form part of a national team of over 35 zoological and botanical specialists, and rely on a network of high-quality specialist subcontractors including aquatic ecologists. You will be our key point of contact in Perth for ecological expertise.

You will provide ecological assessments and advice related to infrastructure project approvals and natural resource management. This will include initial constraint and option assessment, rehabilitation monitoring, project approval and permitting, biodiversity surveys, impact and offset assessments and ecological management plans.

What we'll love about you

You're likely to have 10+ years of experience in biodiversity impact assessment, environmental offsets and mine rehabilitation, some of it in leadership positions.

Previous consulting experience is highly desirable.

You will also bring the following:

  • Ability to coordinate specialist teams (including subcontractors) to delivery ecological assessments.
  • Market eminence and positive client experience endorsement.
  • Significant field experience such as flora and/or fauna surveys, ecological monitoring, plant species and threatened ecological community identification, ecological data collection and analysis, managing project teams, etc.
  • Practical experience with bushland management, ecological restoration and input into sustainable ecological design principles for pragmatic outcomes.
  • PCTs and vegetation identification training and botany skills.
  • Some experience in GIS, field mapping and developing and managing spatial datasets.
  • Knowledge of WA Biodiversity and State/Commonwealth regulatory frameworks and policy.
  • Have a passion for ecology, conservation, biodiversity and natural resources management.

What we will offer you .

At WSP we provide a diverse and inclusive work environment and offer many personal and professional development opportunities that are aimed to help you deliver your best self to the role whilst managing your personal life in balance. We have been recognised for the second consecutive year as a Great Place to Work® with year-on-year increases in employee engagement.

Some of the many benefits we offer our employees include:

  • Flexible working hours and working from home.
  • Global mobility.
  • Parental leave and purchased additional annual leave.
  • Corporate employee discounts and offers.
  • Salary continuance insurance.
  • Wellness at work & social club.
  • Workplace giving /volunteering.
  • Employee reward & recognition program.
  • Professional and technical development opportunities.

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