Senior Ecologist


CO2 Australia Limited


Brisbane, Queensland

Position and organisational overview

CO2 Australia has been operating since 2004 and offers a range of environmental services, focusing on carbon and biodiversity offsets, ecological assessments, monitoring and environmental approvals. With our continuing growth in environmental services and projects delivering natural capital solutions, our Queensland team is looking to recruit a Senior Ecologist to join our Brisbane team in West End.

While delivering on consulting services focusing on biodiversity and carbon offsets, CO2 Australia isn't your typical corporate, multinational environmental consultancy. We offer exciting opportunities to contribute to the burgeoning field of environmental co-benefits and quantification of natural capital; joining an innovative team that has developed Australia's first national vegetation condition methodology, and has secured Australia's first ever environmental account. With a pipeline of projects throughout Queensland delivering environmental planting projects with environmental co-benefits, the Senior Ecologist will have opportunities to drive the expansion of natural capital projects throughout Queensland and elsewhere in Australia while delivering industry-leading environmental outcomes to new and existing clients.

As most of our projects are currently based in Queensland it is essential that the Senior Ecologist has experience with relevant Queensland flora and fauna species, ecosystems, guidelines and legislation. Additional knowledge of and/or experience with similar work in New South Wales (including implementation of the Biodiversity Assessment Method [BAM] and BAM accreditation) would be highly regarded.

To be a positive and successful member of the team, the Senior Ecologist will need strong technical, analytical and collaborative skills, as the successful candidate will be expected to contribute toward proposal and report preparation, as well as client liaison and project management. Knowledge in plant identification and regional ecosystem mapping is important, though current projects require particular expertise and experience in fauna monitoring with experience such as in-field identification, trapping, handling and monitoring of all classes of fauna.

As this is a senior appointment within the Brisbane office, the Senior Ecologist is expected to support the Head of Ecosystem Markets and Innovation in mentoring and developing the team, fostering a positive and forward-thinking culture in the workplace, meeting business and client needs, and managing workloads on time and on budget. The Senior Ecologist is expected to contribute to expanding our capabilities and expertise so as to continue to offer our services to a variety of clients and achieve deliverables to a very high standard.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the Head of Ecosystem Markets and Innovation in the development, management, and delivery of projects.
  • Variously lead, or provide support to, the delivery of consulting projects, including in the areas of ecological surveys, environmental offsets and carbon projects.
  • Maintain positive and beneficial relationships with clients, contractors, government agencies, service providers and staff.
  • Completing technical project work, both in the field and at a desktop level.
  • Manage complex datasets and the development, and implementation of, information management tools and systems.
  • Provide support and manage aspects of new project development, across the company's diverse range of environmental services.
  • Undertake various research, analytical, data management and information collation tasks relating to projects.
  • Prepare various reports, written communications and other project and business development initiatives.

Work environment

  • Regular, occasionally extended overnight regional travel, including interstate travel, will be required.
  • You will be working closely with the Head of Ecosystem Markets and Innovation and Ecologists to ensure the timely delivery of fieldwork and reporting to meet contractual agreements.
  • CO2 Australia places a strong emphasis on Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment management and you will be expected to adhere to our principles, policies, and procedures at all times.

Skills and proficiencies

  • Tertiary qualifications in botany, zoology, ecology or related discipline. A post-graduate degree (Honours, Masters or PhD) in these disciplines will be highly regarded.
  • High level of field survey skills and experience focusing on fauna survey skills as well as flora and regional ecosystem identification and mapping.
  • Ability to manage your own work program with a high level of autonomy and self-direction, as well as managing team members.
  • Exemplary organisational skills, project management and ability to work independently to deadlines and budgets.
  • Team player with strong skills, including problem solving, analytical and critical thinking, organisation and written communication.
  • Technically competent and takes ownership of work.
  • Ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and new skills and work autonomously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with large, complex datasets and MS Excel.
  • Able to be on the road for extended periods. Although this role includes office-based work, frequent travel in regional locations for extended periods of time will be required occasionally.
  • Must be licensed to drive a motor vehicle.
  • Understanding of relevant environmental legislation including the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992, Vegetation Management Act 1999, and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
  • Understanding of policies and guidelines accompanying environmental legislation from species survey guidelines (Commonwealth and State), such as the Queensland Guide to Determining Terrestrial Habitat Quality, Queensland Environmental Offsets Policy and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Environmental Offsets Policy.
  • Working knowledge of GIS, including basic mapping and analysis skills will be highly regarded.

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