Principal or Senior Ecologist, Canberra







  • One of Australia’s largest employee-owned environmental consultancies.
  • Fun, collaborative team with diverse projects and a vibrant company culture.
  • Flexible work arrangements and excellent employee benefits.

About Umwelt

With three decades of experience and eight locations nationwide, we are a team of vibrant professionals with experience across a range of sectors including renewables, infrastructure, defence, regulation and policy, resources, and the urban development sector. We provide fully integrated environmental and social assessment and management services including concept and feasibility, technical assessment, consultation, approvals, delivery, operation, and decommissioning. Currently our Canberra ACT team are looking to appoint either a Principal Ecologist or a Senior Ecologist.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated Principal Ecologist or Senior Ecologist that wants a unique opportunity to grow and develop their career. You will be working within a highly experienced and dynamic national ecology team engaged on a diverse suite of projects across multiple industry sectors.

You will be responsible for:

Principal Ecologist

As a Principal Ecologist, you will spearhead our ecological initiatives, providing leadership and technical expertise to guide projects from inception to completion. With a focus on innovation and excellence, you will lead by example, mentoring staff, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development. Your role will involve cultivating client relationships, identifying new business opportunities, and contributing to the growth and success of our consultancy firm. You will be willing to play a key role in the development and implementation of the growth strategy for the ecology workstream in ACT, as well as travel within the ACT, NSW and nationally as appropriate.

Senior Ecologist

As a Senior Ecologist, you will play a pivotal role in our team, leading ecological surveys, conducting impact assessments, and providing expert advice to clients. You will leverage your extensive experience in ecological research and project management to drive successful outcomes and ensure compliance with regulatory standards. Collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders will be key as you contribute to the development of sustainable solutions and mitigation strategies. Experience in bird and bat utilisation survey and blade strike and barotrauma impact assessment, is desirable. Demonstrated experience in the collection and interpretation of ecological and spatial data.


  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience as a Principal Ecologist and 5+ years as a Senior Ecologist
  • Degree qualified in ecology, environmental science, zoology, botany or a related discipline
  • BAM accredited assessor or with extensive experience in BAM and/or other biometric data capture and analysis (or capacity to achieve BAM accreditation)
  • Proven track record of leading ecological assessments, habitat surveys, and impact analyses
  • Strong understanding of relevant legislation, regulations, and environmental policies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including experience in preparing and reviewing reports. Willingness to take responsibility for delivery of reports to final quality
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey technical information to diverse audiences, which include clients, government agencies and internal staff
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities, including project management and team coordination
  • Current Australian driver’s license

What we offer 

Our people are our number one asset, and we are committed to providing a workplace that supports our team to grow. As part of our team, you will be offered: 

  • A role working alongside highly experienced professionals that can support you to grow and develop professionally
  • Opportunities to work nationally across a range of sectors on diverse and technically challenging projects
  • Additional “Me” Days – an Umwelt wellbeing initiative that offers staff an additional day of paid leave per month (up to 12 days per year for FTE as per the “Me” Day guidelines) to support mental health and wellbeing
  • Flexible work arrangements to support a work/life balance
  • Paid parental leave for both primary and secondary carers
  • Opportunities to join the companies Employee Share Plan (ESP)
  • A workplace culture of learning and personal development, with a mix of in-house and externally hosted training opportunities offered as well as mentorship
  • Established and well considered wellbeing tools and initiatives and hands-on training. 
  • A competitive salary based on skills and experience

Diversity and Inclusion 

Our vision is to make a difference for our clients, our people, and the world around us. We rely on the diversity and unique experiences that each of our employees bring to deliver on this vision. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in the workplace.  

Our team is privileged to work closely with Indigenous communities across the nation, and we are actively progressing, as a team, the commitments we have made in our own Reconciliation Action Plan. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

We support and promote a family-friendly working environment, and we offer a range of family-friendly work practices that allow our team members to balance their work commitments with their family responsibilities. This includes flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and additional #MeDays, as well as a range of established and well considered wellbeing tools and initiatives.  


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