Senior Ecologist


Lodge Environmental


Illawarra or Southern Highlands, NSW

Salary etc:

$90,000 - $120,000 p.a.

Company overview

Lodge Environmental is a boutique Environmental Consultancy providing specialist services to help our clients gain their approvals and project goals. We specialise in the fields of environmental planning, ecological consulting and environmental management. Our core business is to provide direction to our clients by navigating them throughout their project. At Lodge we provide a fresh approach to environmental consulting and work collaboratively with our clients, building long lasting client relationships. We aim to keep the balance between the pressures of human activities, and the needs of all the native plants and animals within our country.

We are an established and rapidly growing ecological consultancy. We pride ourselves on our enjoyable work atmosphere that fosters the growth of our staff, encourages intuitive, solution driven decision making and applies a fresh approach to the consulting industry.

About you

As a Senior Ecologist at Lodge Environmental, you will be working with an enthusiastic team of environmental consultants, ecologists, and planners to coordinate and deliver on field survey and reporting across our range of interesting projects within the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, and Shoalhaven. You will be passionate about the environment and our community's interaction within it. You will be working collaboratively with a tightknit team to implement environmental creativity into job designs. We strive to introduce flexibility on our projects to achieve a result which is harmonious with both the local biodiversity and environmental legislation. We value creativity and making smart changes to achieve big outcomes for our surroundings.

Working at Lodge Environmental, you will be a self-motivated and solution driven Senior Ecologist ready to use your position to improve the balance between human growth and biodiversity conservation. We welcome dialogue between ecologists and clients to inspire conservation and instil a sense of environmental stewardship. It is within this that we lead our clients towards a better outcome on all accounts.

Education and qualifications

  • Either hold a recognised degree in Environmental Science OR other relevant tertiary education (Tafe or similar).
  • Hold a 'class c' drivers license.
  • Have 5-8 years' experience in a similar role.
  • Be BAM accredited or have the desire and ability to become BAM accredited.

To be eligible you must have the right to work in Australia.

Key tasks

Complete vegetation surveys:

  • Vegetation integrity plots.
  • Classify and map vegetation communities using the NSW BioNet Vegetation Classification.
  • Targeted flora survey.

Survey for fauna:

  • Targeted fauna survey (camera traps, anabats, observations).
  • General fauna survey.

Navigate environmental legislation:

  • BC Act, EPBC Act, WM Act, EP&A Act, BOS, BAM, etc.

Prepare reports including:

  • Ecological Constraints and Opportunities Assessments.
  • Biodiversity Stewardship Site Assessments Reports.
  • Flora and Fauna Assessments.
  • Vegetation Management Plans.
  • Fauna Management Plans.
  • Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports.

You will also contribute towards the positive work environment both in and outside of the office, manage projects, budgets, and project staffing. You will communicate effectively across both written and verbal discourse.

Additional responsibilities

  • Sound flora and fauna identification in the vegetation communities of NSW.
  • Review project teams reports.
  • Undertake GIS mapping, field-based surveys as lead, data & analysis delegation.
  • Planning & decision-making responsibility on a project basis.
  • Independently prepare proposals and invoicing including following up.
  • Mentor junior staff and share expertise.
  • Work requires no oversight and rare escalation to Director
  • Handle escalations of less senior staff.
  • Win new work.
  • Client expectation management and problem solving.

Company benefits

  • Flexibility - we provide the option to work remotely Tuesday-Thursday (staff are required to come into the office on Monday & Friday) and with flexible hours.
  • Learning & development opportunities; We have regular paid days spent with all staff out in the field, providing an opportunity to share knowledge and learn from each other. You will also have the opportunity to attend relevant seminar's/conferences and complete short-course qualifications.
  • To be part of a rapidly growing, exciting and fun company.
  • Ability to pursue interest areas that align with the company's direction.
  • 2 x Lodge Environmental field shirts will be provided to you upon starting.
  • Office social events.
  • You will be part of a company which gives back to the environment. Lodge Environmental is signed up to 1% For The Planet and donate 1% of sales to local environmental causes.

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