Senior Ecologist


Kleinfelder Australia


Brisbane/Mackay/Townsville, Queensland


QLD_Ecologist_May 2024

Senior Ecologist - Brisbane/Mackay/Townsville

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Do you want to be part of a passionate and experienced ecology team that values its people and their careers? Do you want an opportunity to lead and grow the business while also ensuring technical excellence of outcomes and deliverables?

If you said yes to the above and want to be part of a growing global organisation focused on connecting the best people to the best work, with a strong focus on sustainable outcomes then please apply.

The Company

Kleinfelder Australia is an environmental consulting firm providing professional and technical services for ecology, environmental planning and approvals, heritage, land rehabilitation, bushfire, contaminated land management and geotechnical engineering.

Kleinfelder Australia, as part of the global Kleinfelder Group, an environmental, engineering and science-based consulting firm, can utilise the experience of over 2,500 employees globally. With almost 100 staff operating across Australia, we deliver our projects with local and international experience.

As our success and growth continues across Australia, an opportunity has arisen for a motivated and experienced Senior Ecologist to join our growing team in Queensland

The Role

Reporting to the Queensland Ecology Team Lead, you will be working on a variety of ecological projects, working within a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, planners and business development professionals.

The following key responsibilities are expected from the candidate fulfilling this role:

  • Preparation of proposals, technical reports, including authoring of complex deliverables, analysing data for vegetation assessment reports, ecological assessments reports, operational works management plans, offset management plans.
  • Ability to coordinate and lead fieldwork for ecological and vegetation field assessments and investigations competently and safely by complying with relevant H&S requirements, including internal Kleinfelder and external client procedures.
  • Project Management of your own portfolio of ecological projects, whilst providing oversight to assistant project managers.
  • Ability to provide development pathway and approval advice in consideration of environmental legislation and policies to ensure assessments comply with local government, state and Commonwealth environmental regulations.
  • Represent Kleinfelder at an industry level by participating in external forums and membership of professional institutions.

Who we are looking for

An individual with demonstrated experience in the delivery of a variety of ecology projects, with a strong emphasis on vegetation assessment across a range of market sectors for both public and private clients. Applicants should possess an in-depth knowledge and practical application of National and State Regulations and Guidance. You will have a successful track-record of gaining regulatory and planning approvals for a range of projects.

Desired Attributes/Credentials:

  • A relevant degree in environmental science (ecology) natural resource management or a related discipline. A higher degree will be considered favourably.
  • Relevant experience (minimum 6 years', majority in Queensland, though other states of interest).
  • Demonstrated success in executing complex, large scale, ecological survey and monitoring projects.
  • Project Management skills/qualification.
  • Field team management.
  • Proficiency in undertaking BioCondition and/or BAM vegetation integrity plots.
  • Demonstrated health and safety leadership.
  • Strong verbal communication and technical report writing skills.
  • Industry recognition through certification, accreditation and/or active participation in related industry associations.

A flexible working role with an attractive salary package awaits the successful candidate.

What Kleinfelder can offer

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of large and complex site assessment and remediation projects for our existing and ever-growing diverse network of clients.

Kleinfelder offers many benefits to ensure your professional development & well-being; these include but are not limited to:

  • Formal mentoring program to connect with our BAM accredited ecologist.
  • Highly competitive salaries and benefits, such as:
    • Paid Parental Leave.
    • Purchase extra annual leave per year.
    • Australia day public holiday swap.
  • Friendly and supportive team environment.
  • Flexible work arrangements available (e.g., hybrid working).
  • Paid overtime, (as per the Kleinfelder Overtime Policy).
  • Access to our health and wellness initiatives (e.g., Employee Assistance Program).
  • Professional career and technical development programs incl, study assistance with external and internal learning.
  • Opportunities to participate Corporate Social Responsibilities (volunteering, charity community support).
  • Service recognition and reward programs including bonuses.
  • Professional membership support.

Kleinfelder prides itself with being an equal opportunity employer where we value and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals from all cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be part of our organisation and apply.

To be eligible for this position you must have unrestricted legal work rights to work in Australia.

Kleinfelder will be managing this process and applications from third party recruiters will not be accepted


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