Field Ecologist (Tertiary Degree & Animal Handling)


Land Eco Consulting


Sydney & Regional NSW

Salary etc:

Casual (payment for every hour worked)

  • people with tertiary degrees and animal handling experience/desire to learn.

Land Eco is looking for Field Ecologists to join our Project Ecology team.

You will be working on top tier infrastructure and renewables projects.

Your day-to-day role will involve surveying areas of bushland for habitat features, that may support protected native fauna. This includes (but not limited to) hollow-bearing trees, nests, caves/crevices, termite mounds, large hollow logs and other important habitat features.

As this work is associated with large-scale renewables development projects, part of your role will involve being present on site to capture and relocate displaced fauna, and advise on salvaging habitat items from areas that will be cleared of vegetation to enable construction.

You will witness vegetation/land clearing, however, your role will help ensure this clearing is undertaken in the most environmentally-sensitive manner as possible, permitted by law, policy and project management plans.

You will be trained in animal handling techniques from more experienced staff, however, experience and competence in animal handling is ideal.

You may also be involved in surveying-for and mapping (using GPS) weeds and threatened flora.

You will build experience on incredible nation-building projects in beautiful and remote parts of Australia, mostly regional New South Wales.


You will be paid above your equivalent level according to the Professional Employees Award.

Employment is Casual (hourly rate). It will be 80% - 95% field based with some office work (e.g. data entry, field write-up).

We will supply laptop computer, safety and field equipment for you to carry-out your role.

You will be expected to spend long periods of time away from home and family/friends.

The role will FIFO or DIDO and involve driving a company car, or catching a flight and driving a hire car, and attending field surveys outside of Sydney for up to 14 days in a row. Usually less time (7-10 days more common). All food and accomodation paid for.

You may be required to work weekends, however you will be paid for all time worked, and we will schedule your time so you take time off to recharge after your stint.

We will put you up in comfortable accommodation and pay for all of your meals and other relevant out of pocket expenses related to the project.

Your day-to-day role will involve walking through bushland terrain, sometimes rugged hillslopes, so high degree of health and fitness is essential. If you have any injuries that could be exacerbated by hiking in hilly terrain, please reconsider this role.

Opportunities to progress up the ranks in our exciting energetic consultant company, amongst a team of passionate flora and fauna Ecologists.

Essential Criteria

All candidates must:

  • Hold a full Australian drivers license.
  • Hold a relevant Tertiary Degree in Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Natural Resources, Ecology, Animal Studies, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology, Conservation or similar.
  • Must have some demonstrable experience in flora identification or evidence that you are willing and able to learn.
  • Be medically and physically fit /able to walk up to 12km in a day across bushland areas, including some steep country looking for habitat and threatened species.
  • Experience in fauna handling (or proven effort/desire to build experience in this field).
  • Be able to attend work in remote locations at short notice (48 hours).
  • Be able to spend up to 14 days away from home at a time on an all-expenses paid field trip.


  • Ability to drive manual.
  • Ability to drive a four wheel drive.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word Proficiently.
  • Experience with GIS or other mapping software.
  • Ability to use a handheld GPS (e.g. Garmin GPS Map).
  • Industry Safety Whitecard.

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