Spatial Ecologist


Spectrum Ecology & Spatial


Leederville, Perth

About the business and the role

Spectrum Ecology & Spatial (Spectrum) is a Perth-based environmental consultancy built on innovation, scientific rigour, and quality service. We offer a comprehensive suite of capabilities in the fields of ecology, botany, zoology, and spatial sciences, and are world leaders in the application of remote sensing and machine learning technologies for environmental monitoring.

Spectrum are looking for a Spatial Ecologist to join the Spatial Ecology team. The role will assist with the delivery of high-quality ecological assessments, working alongside a team of passionate professionals, devoted to achieving the best outcomes for our clients and the environment.

Why would you want to work with us?

Spectrum offers you the opportunity to join an experienced, growing team with a positive, friendly, and fun atmosphere, located in the heart of Leederville. You will be exposed to some of the latest technologies employed in ecological surveys and monitoring, and work on exciting, multidisciplinary projects across a wide range of ecosystems. Our spatial team works closely with our botany and zoology teams and undertake a range of ecological monitoring projects using cutting edge remote sensing and machine learning techniques. We encourage all our staff to contribute to the ongoing improvement of how we work, giving opportunities for innovation, and idea sharing. Spectrum is a great place to develop your spatial career, offering:

  • A competitive salary, commensurate with your experience and expertise.
  • Work-life balance -estimated ~35 field days per year.
  • Six weeks leave (4 weeks annual and 2 weeks accrued time in lieu).
  • Field days paid at 12 hours per day.
  • Opportunities for flexible working arrangements.
  • Paid parental leave for primary and secondary carers.
  • The opportunity to be part of a supportive and close-knit team that encourages team members to participate in all aspects of the assessment including planning, field work, data analysis, and reporting.

Job tasks and responsibilities

The successful applicant will bring a passion for ecology, GIS, and spatial sciences, and a willingness to learn, and contribute towards our common vision of delivering high quality, fit-for-purpose solutions to our clients. This role will perform a wide range of tasks that may include:

  • Application of the latest machine learning models to conduct whole of site rehabilitation, weed, and vegetation condition monitoring.
  • Raster and vector analysis for ecological applications.
  • Conducting ecological field surveys.
  • Capturing and processing of aerial data from UAV platforms.
  • Use of photogrammetric software to produce orthomosaics and 3D surface models from UAV, manned-aircraft, or satellite platforms.
  • Report writing based on spatial and non-spatial environmental data.
  • Ecological and species distribution modelling.
  • Production of training data for Machine Learning applications.

Skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications in botany, environmental science, or equivalent, with a strong emphasis GIS/Remote Sensing.
  • Competent in the use of GIS software including ArcGIS/QGIS, with a strong understanding of remote sensing principals and their application.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, and the ability to produce high quality, scientifically robust reports, and other client deliverables.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to complete ecological field surveys across the state.
  • Current drivers' licence.

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