Principal or Senior Ecologist


Umwelt Australia


Canberra, ACT

  • One of Australia's largest employee-owned environmental consultancies.
  • Flexible work arrangements and excellent employee benefits.
  • Location: Canberra (willing to consider remote work or some assistance with relocation expenses).

About Umwelt

With over 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. Our Canberra ACT team requires a Principal or Senior Ecologist, and Umwelt is open to considering some assistance with relocation expenses or remote working conditions with travel.

Our national team of ecologists have a reputation for their extensive scientific expertise and thorough evaluations of biodiversity. Our services are in high demand and continue to grow on the back of new and exciting projects, including within the renewable energy, infrastructure, and resource sectors. At all times, our goal is to use our expertise to provide specialist advice to balance development, impact avoidance and offsetting results that achieve the best possible environmental outcome.

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.

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 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. Demonstrated experience in the collection and interpretation of ecological and spatial data is required.


  • 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.
  • 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's In It For You?

We care about our people and want to help you grow in your career. As part of our team, you will be offered:

  • ME Days: We provide our staff with up to an extra day of paid leave each month for mental health and wellbeing.
  • Flexible work options to suit your lifestyle.
  • A role with experienced professionals that can mentor you and help you develop your skills.
  • Opportunities to work across the country on different and challenging projects.
  • Opportunities to join Umwelt's Employee Share Plan.
  • A learning and development culture, with different training options and assistance.
  • Wellbeing tools and initiatives and hands on training.
  • An attractive salary based on your skills and experienced.
  • Paid parental leave for both primary and secondary carers.

Diversity and Inclusion 

At Umwelt, we are committed to fostering a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion. We're all responsible in creating a diverse, inclusive, and accountable culture where employees of all backgrounds and lifestyles feel a sense of belonging, mutual respect, and kindness.

The Umwelt team are privileged to collaborate closely with Indigenous communities across the nation, and we actively pursue the goals outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment not only enriches our workplace culture but also drives innovation and excellence in all that we do. Join us in our mission to create a supportive and equitable workplace where everyone's unique perspectives and contributions are valued.


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