Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Environmental Scientist





Do you want to work on challenging, thought-provoking and truly interesting projects? An exciting opportunity now exists for a Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Environmental Scientist to join our Ecology and Biodiversity Management Team, located within our Brisbane office.

Hydrobiology believes in building inclusive, diverse, creative teams of people! Taking on this role is a great opportunity for you to ‘dive in’, consolidate and expand your career as one of our awesome Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Environmental Scientist specialists working within our professional, multi-award-winning Environmental Consultancy business.

Position Overview:

As our Senior Aquatic Ecologist / Environmental Scientist, you will report directly to the Ecology and Biodiversity Management Team Lead / Principal Scientist. You must have previous consulting experience, with scientific data collection knowledge in freshwater and/or marine aquatic systems. The role requires undertaking fieldwork, which may include travel to local, regional and international locations. With a variety of projects underway this role offers excellent prospects for career development, whereby the successful candidate over time, will be able to develop the position to become part of our Management Team. Remuneration will be based upon consideration of current skills, experiences and abilities.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the preparation of field work (e.g. equipment packing/freighting and organising travel and accommodation).
  • Lead and manage biological sampling programs (often in remote and inaccessible areas), including fish and invertebrate sampling and aquatic/riparian habitat assessment.
  • Provide field-based support to other Hydrobiology departments as required.
  • Assist with demobilisation of field trips (e.g. cleaning and storing of equipment) and maintaining laboratory and equipment storage areas.
  • Undertake data collection, collation, statistical analysis and delivery of technical reports.
  • Assist Managers or senior staff in other departments with the preparation of proposals, reports and other documents as directed.
  • Undertake routine administration duties (including timesheet entry, logging of project-related expenses, attendance of weekly office meetings etc).
  • Commitment to Hydrobiology HSEQ Integrated management System, including Company policies, procedures and safe work practices.
  • Act as a professional mentor to early career consultants and assist with their professional development.
  • Assist Project Managers with the delivery of projects, across all stages of the of the project taking accountability for the overall time, cost and quality of delivery.
  • Assist in growing the business and driving for a culture of efficient and effective delivery of all projects.

* Please Note: The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete list of tasks.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Aquatic Life Sciences (Marine or Freshwater - ideally with an Honours and/or Masters qualifications); and
  • A minimum of 3-5 years technical experience, with at least 3 years gained in a relevant environmental consulting role. *(Lesser years of experience may be acceptable with higher educational qualifications)

Essential Skills Required:

  • Ability to identify interdisciplinary opportunities and avenues for company growth.
  • An understanding of the Consulting Business Model and the drivers of successful project delivery.
  • Solid grounding in experimental design and ecological statistics.
  • Ability to produce high quality technical reports or publications that are clear and concise, yet pitched at a non-expert audience.
  • Ability to lead and manage projects and teams to ensure work is delivered on time and within budgets
  • A desire support other technical staff across the company.
  • Be willing to travel for field work, often in remote areas; locally, interstate and overseas.
  • GIS experience including ArcGIS or similar.
  • Driver’s License.

What We Can offer You:

  • Full-time position.
  • Flexible hours /work-life balance offerings.
  • Attractive salary and benefits package; based on skills, experiences and abilities.
  • Fieldwork / Travel opportunities (Local, Interstate & International).
  • Spacious and modern office located in Milton, within Brisbane’s CBD with great views of Suncorp Stadium, onsite parking and close to Public Transport.
  • Professional Development offerings, with prospective career path progression opportunities.
  • Annual Company Team Building Activities- ‘Hydrobiology Day’ for the inclusion of all Staff.
  • Health & Wellbeing Offerings / Employee Green Fund Initiatives / Employee Assistance Program; all promoting a healthy lifestyle, within a safe & supportive working environment.

About Us:

Hydrobiology is a multi-award-winning Environmental Consulting company, with offices located in Brisbane, Perth, Port Moresby, Singapore and Brazil offering integrated services in the physical, biological and chemical processes of environmental systems, with a particular emphasis on the aquatic environment.

We have key technical strengths in environmental consulting, in the areas of risk assessment, ecology and impact assessment, hydrology, ecotoxicology, freshwater and marine ecology, coasts and ports, river mechanics, water quality, land and water, environmental geochemistry and contaminated sediment management.

Hydrobiology’s focus is technical excellence and high-level scientific expertise delivered within a commercial framework. We are able to provide our clients with the best possible understanding of environmental risk for their environmental and impact management needs.

Environmental sustainability is core to our business strategy and integrated into everything we do. We put health and safety first, we are environmentally aware and responsible, we respect human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and we engage with our communities. It is our ongoing responsibility to continue to conserve nature and our resources, while protecting our global ecosystems to support environmental health and wellbeing, now and into the future, for generations to come!


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