Principal Ecologist





  • One of Australia's largest employee-owned environmental consultancies.
  • Fun, collaborative team with diverse ecology 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 servicing a range of sectors including renewables, infrastructure, sustainability, defence, regulation and policy, critical minerals, and urban development. We provide fully integrated environmental and social assessment and management services including concept and feasibility, technical assessment, consultation, approvals, delivery, operation, and decommissioning.

At Umwelt, workplace culture is paramount. Our people are our most important asset, and we are committed to providing a workplace that supports our team to grow with a collaborative and supportive environment and engaging project opportunities. Continue to expand your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow, and succeed as part of a consultancy that puts its people first.

About the Opportunity

Working as part of our national Ecology team, you will play a key role in further developing Umwelt's profile for ecological projects across Victoria and expanding our service delivery in this discipline. This will also involve promoting the Melbourne office ecology presence for Umwelt.

With support from the Regional Manager - Victoria and the Ecology Manager South East Australia, you will lead the Victorian Ecology team's direction and development, including identifying, winning, leading, managing and completing a wide range of ecological projects and taking ownership of all aspects of project delivery to provide a fully integrated outcome in a manner that maintains and enhances Umwelt's reputation.

You will have a strong business development function leveraging from Umwelt's strong ecology reputation and from your existing relationships and ability to form strong and lasting relationships with clients.

About you

We are looking for a Principal Ecologist who has the following:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field with 10+ years' relevant experience.
  • Substantial ecological experience in one or multiple of the following sectors: renewables, infrastructure, defence, resources and extractive industry, or commercial development.
  • Considerable consulting experience and/or a combination of consulting and client/regulator side ecology experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as lead consultant for the application of relevant Victorian biodiversity survey and assessment requirements.
  • Experience delivering biodiversity values and constraints assessments, rehabilitation monitoring, surveys, and impact and offset assessments.
  • Experience leading ecology surveys, assessments, and reporting.
  • Ability to develop and maintaining positive relationships with a range of stakeholders including peers, clients, and government agencies.
  • Ability to work in a professional team as well as autonomously.
  • Highly motivated with a strong team commitment.
  • Willingness to support the development and implementation of the growth strategy for the ecology workstream in Victoria.
  • Ability to prepare successful large tender/proposal documents.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure and renewables sectors.

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.
  • Flexible work arrangements to support a work/life balance.
  • 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.
  • Competitive remuneration 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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