Principal Ecologist / Principal Environmental Advisor


CQG Consulting


Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone

The Role

This is a rare opportunity to take on a role as a Principal Ecologist or Principal Environmental Advisor at an established consulting practice in Queensland and take your career to the next level.

Our offices are located in regions of opportunity, with renewable energy projects, strong tourism growth and established mining and the agriculture sector supporting their economic future. CQG has been delivering environmental, planning, engineering and sustainability advisory services to the region for over two decades and is on a pathway to build our practice across Queensland. We are looking for smart professionals who want to be part of this growth and make a difference toward ensuring sustainable development in this special part of the world.

CQG Consulting

Join one of Queensland's leading consulting firms and enjoy the enviable lifestyle of living in a region where the sun shines, the rainforests, reef and beaches are nearby, people are friendly and where you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and work on some amazing projects. Established over 20 years ago, CQG is a Queensland owned company with offices across the State. Our team is actively involved in the majority of major infrastructure development projects in regional Queensland, providing environmental, planning, stakeholder engagement, sustainability advice and GIS data management services to these projects and to existing industries. We have an excellent reputation as being the go to group for practical, timely, reliable solutions that are tailored to our clients' needs with the objective to protect environmental, cultural and social values. Check out comments made by our clients to get an insight into what makes us tick Testimonials - CQG Consulting (cqgroup.com.au).

CQG proudly works closely with First Nation groups across Queensland to deliver projects, including Tunuba, a Supply Nation business our owners established with the Darumbal People in 2019.

Try a sea change and join our team of smart professionals who are passionate about their work and the communities in which they live and play.

You will be responsible for:

  • Designing, planning and coordinating teams to conduct investigations and prepare technical reports:
    • Principal Ecologist - impact assessments, ecological surveys, monitoring, biocondition assessments, weed surveys and protected plant surveys.
    • Principal Environmental Advisor - environmental audits, site investigations, environmental monitoring and sampling, ESG and sustainability.
  • Working with our clients to ensure their developments and operations are minimising their impacts and implementing remediation and rehabilitation programs.
  • Working with CQG's team of professionals throughout Queensland to deliver high quality services to our clients.
  • Building on the strong relationships we have with our existing clients.
  • Identifying and fostering new client networks to build our  Queensland practice.
  • Mentoring your team and work closely with staff in other offices.
  • Integrating into existing projects and deliver technical support in your area of expertise (ecology or environmental science).
  • Working with CQG's management team to identify opportunities for growth and delivering new services.
  • Leading projects in your area of expertise.
  • Preparing project scopes and budgets.
  • Working with our UAV/USV/ GIS teams to capture and manage data in innovative ways.

Essential Experience and Attributes

  • Tertiary qualifications in ecology, biology, environmental science, sustainability or environmental engineering.
  • A passion for the environment and regional Queensland.
  • Leadership and business building skills.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent research / investigation, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, and a strong commitment for client satisfaction.
  • Exceptional communication, documentation, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated time management, data management and organisational skills.
  • Proactive in approach and ability to take initiative to put forward solutions.
  • Passionate about learning, professional development and seeking out new technologies and opportunities; 
  • Strong commitment to data and document management backed with solid practical experience.
  • Willingness to roll your sleeves up and have a go.
  • A current driver's licence.
  • Able to work effectively within a team environment and to work independently.
  • High standards in ensuring a positive workplace and Work Health and Safety culture.
  • Track record working collaboratively to achieve outcomes and deadlines.
  • Experienced in budget preparation and delivery of projects.

Desirable Experience

  • At least ten years experience in ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or statutory planning and approvals.
  • Working in a consulting or client service delivery environment.
  • Experience with data collection, assessments and reporting.
  • Field experience working in remote areas.

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