Aquatic Scientist





Do you want to work on challenging, thought-provoking and truly interesting projects that make a real difference?

An exciting opportunity now exists for an Aquatic Scientist to join our Ecology and Biodiversity Management Team, located within our Brisbane office.

Hydrobiology is a renowned and respected name in the field, and we believe 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 Aquatic Scientist specialists working within our professional, multi-award-winning Environmental Consultancy business.

Position Overview:

As our Aquatic Scientist, you will report directly to the Ecology and Biodiversity Management Team Lead / Principal Scientist. In this role, you will be expected to provide scientific and technical support to Senior Staff; particularly I relation to preparing for, and undertaking ecological sampling, data collation and analysis and report preparation.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Support in the delivery of a wide range of environmental assessments (e.g., environmental impact assessments) on a range of projects in collaboration with other Hydrobiology specialists, specifically:
    • Coordinate the preparation of fieldwork programs (e.g. equipment packing/freighting and organising travel and accommodation).
    • Undertake a variety of aquatic ecosystem monitoring programs, including fish, invertebrates, diatoms, and zooplankton sampling, groundwater-dependent ecosystems and aquatic/riparian habitat assessment.
    • Undertake and collaborate with senior staff in the preparation of proposals, collation of data and statistical analysis, technical reporting, non-technical documents and coordinating inputs from colleagues.
    • Complete tasks on time, to expected quality and at the expected budget to ensure client requirements are met and operations are efficient.
  • Opportunities to provide field-based support to other Hydrobiology Teams; such as the Land and Water Management Team (LWM) and Environmental Risk Assessment Team (ERA) and laboratory assistance, as required.
  • Coordinate animal ethics and fisheries permit requirements (including data collation and notifying the Fisheries Department prior to fieldwork as appropriate).
  • 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.
  • Maintain status and contribute to a professional society.
  • Undertake other tasks as required by the role.

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

Essential Skills Required:

  • A technical background in Aquatic Ecology (ideally with Honours and/or Master's qualifications) and demonstrated previous experience in monitoring freshwater ecosystems is highly desirable.
  • At least one year of professional experience, either within a research or consulting role.
  • Solid grounding in experimental design and ecological statistics.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to produce high-quality technical reports or publications that are clear and concise yet pitched at a non-expert audience.
  • A desire to support other technical staff and others across the company.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Be willing and able to travel for fieldwork, including possible extended-duration trips in rural and remote locations (e.g., SEQ, wider Qld, interstate, and international).
  • GIS experience (including Arc platforms and/or other platforms).
  • Driver’s License.

What We Can Offer You:

  • Full-time; entry-level position.
  • Opportunities to work alongside experienced professionals who support your professional growth and development
  • Professional Development offerings with prospective career path progression opportunities.
  • Flexible hours /work-life balance offerings.
  • Attractive salary and benefits package based on skills, experiences and abilities.
  • Fieldwork / Travel opportunities (Local, Interstate & International).
  • Our spacious and modern office is located in Milton, within Brisbane’s CBD. It has great views of Suncorp Stadium, on-site parking, and is close to Public Transport.
  • 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!

Your application would also benefit from demonstrated skills in one or more of the following:

  • Developed field skills, particularly in the assessment of fish and macroinvertebrate population and community status, and water quality sampling.
  • Previous consulting experience.

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