Principal Ecologist


Umwelt Australia



  • One of Australia's largest employee-owned environmental consultancies.
  • Industry Leading Ecology Team.
  • Additional Benefit of a #ME Day (Paid day off once a month).

About Umwelt

With over three decades of experience and eight locations nationwide, Umwelt are an organisation of vibrant professionals with expertise in a variety of sectors, such as resources, infrastructure, renewable energy, defence, regulation and policy, and urban development. Our national team of ecologists have a reputation for their extensive scientific expertise and thorough evaluations of biodiversity. Our services are in high demand due to new projects in the resource, infrastructure, and renewable energy sectors. We aim to use our experience to deliver specialised advice that balances development with impact avoidance and offsetting, for the best possible environmental outcomes.

About the Opportunity

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, mentor staff, and foster 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 Queensland.

Key Requirements:

  • 10+ years of relevant ecological experience.
  • Degree qualified in ecology, environmental science, zoology, botany or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing medium and large-scale ecological assessment and management projects.
  • Experienced in developing and maintaining positive relationships with a range of stakeholders including clients, government agencies and fellow team members.
  • 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 experienced professionals that can support you to grow and develop professionally.

  • Opportunities to work nationally across 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) 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 company's 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.


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