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Principal Ecologist (x2)


EcoFutures Pty Ltd


Sydney & Brisbane

We are looking for an exceptional person who is passionate about ecology and what EcoFutures is looking to achieve.

We are looking for a Principal Ecologist to lead our team in Queensland and grow our business. The role requires applying ecological knowledge to a wide variety of complex situations. We are not content with just measuring what is there - we want to apply our knowledge to help manage the transition of ecological systems under changing climatic conditions.

The role is focussed on advancing and applying concepts of ecological resilience, climate adaptation and ecosystem understanding to inform management of our natural environment. We work collaboratively with first nations people to understand how ecological information can support their cultural objectives. As part of the Alluvium Group our people are often involved in multi-disciplinary projects with our economists, engineers and social scientists.

The role is intended to be based in our Brisbane or Sydney office although other locations would be considered.
We pride ourselves on the flexibility of our working arrangements so we are open to part time or other arrangements.

Work with Alluvium's Research and Insights Program

Across the Alluvium Group we aim to link the best research and environmental managers. Actively participating in research is crucial to that role, exposing staff from across the organisation to advances in thinking as well as enabling researchers to tailor and apply projects to what's needed by managers and policy makers. We do this through writing papers, supporting our staff who wish to pursue research, jointly supervising students, hosting research interns and funding our own research priorities.

Our research and development program has established formal links with CSIRO, University of Melbourne, Griffith University, Monash University and the University of Newcastle through CRCs, post graduate student projects and joint research bids.

Opportunity to work internationally

Alluvium International draws on the Alluvium Group skills and expertise to contribute to solutions for the complex water resources issues facing our region. Alluvium has been working in the international market for the past decade, largely focussing on the Asia-Pacific region.

Alluvium works with clients such as country Governments, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations and Australian Water Partnership in countries across the Asia-Pacific. Alluvium International has an office in India and has been undertaking work in India, Myanmar, Laos PDR, Thailand, Samoa, Nepal, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea and Columbia.

Skills and experience expected in the role

  • 10+ years industry experience with an in-depth understanding of impacts on the ecology of eastern Australian.
  • A keen interest in working with clients to manage adaptation of ecological assets to a changing climate.
  • In-depth understanding of ecological functions and processes that influence resilience and adaptation for flora and fauna. A specific research area or field of expertise is an advantage but not essential.
  • An understanding of key state and federal legislation, guidelines and plans.
  • Exceptional project management and leadership skills with an established record of generating work.
  • Great written and verbal communications skills in order to describe complex ecological process in clear plain language.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work across disciplines and geographies to provide integrated outputs.
  • Ability to develop good rapport with clients, stakeholders, staff and partners, together with listening skills, empathy and awareness.
  • A willingness to positively contribute to a collaborative and values-driven work culture.
  • A keen interest in understanding the latest science, a willingness to engage with the best thinkers and a passion for putting that knowledge into practice.

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