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Wildlife Ecologist - Scotia Sanctuary & Mallee Cliffs National Park - Mildura

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia. We protect endangered wildlife at 31 sanctuaries which are owned or managed in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares. AWC’s mission is to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and the habitat in which they live. This achieved by a focus on implementing applied conservation actions informed by world-class science.

In the South-East, AWC runs a long-term reintroduction project at Scotia Sanctuary, innovative partnerships with NSW National Parks to reintroduce locally extinct mammals and deliver conservation land management at Mallee Cliffs National Park and Pilliga State Conservation Area and a science program at North Head in Sydney. AWC’s work in the South-East has a strong focus on ecosystem restoration through the reintroduction of locally extinct critical weight range mammals.

Scotia Sanctuary supports reintroduced populations of Numbats, Bilbies, Burrowing Bettongs and Bridled Nailtail Wallabies within an 8,000-ha fenced area. The sanctuary also supports important populations of extant threatened species including Malleefowl, Southern Ningaui and Marbled Delma. At Mallee Cliffs National Park AWC implements a large-scale reintroduction project to protect regionally extinct mammal species. To date 5 species have been reintroduced into a 9,570-ha fenced area including Numbat, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Bilby, Woylie and Greater Stick-nest Rat. Further translocations of 5 additional species are scheduled in 2022 and beyond.

This position is offered on a two-year full-time contract and will work as part of our ecology team based at Mildura, Victoria servicing our projects at Scotia Sanctuary and Mallee Cliffs National Park in south-western New South Wales. The position will support the planning and delivery of ecological services around these projects including translocations, ecological monitoring, and research. The position will also contribute to the supervision of a team of field ecologists. This is an exciting opportunity to work on one of the longest running reintroduction programs in Australia at Scotia Sanctuary and one of the newest at Mallee Cliffs National Park.

The position requires well-developed skills in technical writing and data interpretation; extensive ecological field experience; a capacity to organise field survey logistics; good personnel management, leadership, communication, and liaison skills; the ability to work with a diverse range of staff from different backgrounds in remote settings; and a willingness to help develop and promote AWC’s conservation model. The position involves an attractive mix of office work and fieldwork.

The ideal candidate will be a collaboration-oriented team-player who can take direction, work with colleagues, and supervise and mentor junior staff. Previous experience in mammal ecology including handling, monitoring and research will be highly regarded. The successful candidate will have well-developed research and writing abilities to a standard suitable for publication in scientific journals.

This is a great opportunity to join the science program of Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and to make a strong contribution to our nationally-significant applied ecology program.

Enquiries only: Laurence Berry, Senior Wildlife Ecologist | Laurence.Berry@australianwildlife.org using the subject line: Wildlife Ecologist - Scotia Sanctuary & Mallee Cliffs National Park - Mildura enquiry via EthicalJobs


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  • 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.
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