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Wildlife Ecologist, National Science - Location Negotiable

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

~ Help develop and coordinate AWC’s Conservation Land Management strategies~

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting threatened wildlife at 31 properties in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.

AWC’s mission- to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats- is achieved by:

  • Operations – delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
  • Science – delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
  • Fundraising – mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.

AWC’s National Science team provides strategic direction to AWC’s science program; support to our ecologists working in the regions; as well as information, advice and support to AWC’s executive and board.

Key duties of the position

The position of Wildlife Ecologist (National Science) has been established to assist the National Science Manager (NSM) progress the development and coordination of AWC’s Conservation Land Management Strategies (fire, pest animals, weeds).

In addition, the role will be expected to contribute to the broader tasks of the National Science program, as requested by the NSM, related to the development and review of strategies to prioritise AWC’s acquisitions, partnerships, research, reintroductions, Ecohealth monitoring and climate change adaptation.

The role will also provide advice to AWC’s Executive, and provide intellectual support and mentoring for AWC ecologists in the field.

Requirements of the position

The position requires the following qualifications, experience and capacity:

  • a PhD degree in ecology or a related discipline
  • experience in applied conservation ecology
  • team-building, collaboration and communication skills
  • the motivation to work in the private nature conservation sector.

AWC manages properties across Australia, with offices in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Alice Springs and Broome. The position may spend time on AWC properties, many of which are remote; however, the position is predominantly office-based. The position will be based at a location agreed with AWC.

AWC is a leading employer of conservation ecologists. AWC seeks a diversity of skills and perspectives to best achieve our mission: we will readily negotiate working arrangements, including part-time appointments, to suit the requirements of high quality candidates.

Enquiries only:

Dr Liana Joseph, AWC National Science Manager | Liana.Joseph@australianwildlife.org, using the subject line: Wildlife Ecologist, National Science - Land Management enquiry via EthicalJobs

To submit an application, visit our careers page (via Apply Now), select the relevant job vacancy, click ‘APPLY’ and follow the prompts.

Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description on our website or attached. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.

Please note:

  1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
  2. If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.
  3. Any application submitted to AWC will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, available at www.australianwildlife.org/privacy. By providing us with your contact details, your consent to receive communications and direct educational material will remain current until you advise us otherwise.

To learn more about AWC’s sanctuaries, please visit our website www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/

Position Description - Wildlife Ecologist (National Science - Land Management) 2021

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