~ Play a lead role in implementing a nationally significant applied ecology project ~
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 30 sanctuaries 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.
In NSW, AWC has been contracted by the NSW Government to reintroduce up to 10 species of locally-extinct mammals into Mallee Cliffs National Park in south-west NSW. This partnership between Government and a non-profit conservation organisation represents an exciting new model for conservation in Australia. At Mallee Cliffs AWC has constructed a large feral predator-free fenced area (c. 9,500 Ha), into which threatened species reintroductions are occurring. The reintroduction program commenced in 2019 and 2020 with the release of the Greater Bilby, Greater Stick-nest Rat and Numbat and a further 7 species are scheduled for release in 2021. The reintroduction program at Mallee Cliffs will contribute to the long-term conservation of several iconic Australian mammal species as part of a nationally focused conservation strategy. AWC is also responsible for delivering an associated science program across the Park which includes long-term ecological monitoring and research activities.
Reporting to the Senior Wildlife Ecologist, the Field Ecologist will play an integral role in delivering AWC’s on-ground science program at Mallee Cliffs National Park. The role will involve undertaking extensive fieldwork including translocations of threatened mammals and long-term ecological monitoring. In 2021 this work will have a strong reintroduction focus. The Field Ecologist will also undertake data management, reporting and assisting with research activities.
A Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Ecology, Conservation Biology (or related field) is essential. Experience in conducting ecological fieldwork and associated data management will be highly regarded. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity to work harmoniously and productively in a team environment, and must have well-developed communication and organisational skills. The successful candidate must be willing to travel to undertake extended periods fieldwork in a variety of locations around Australia. The position will commence by March 2021 and is based at Mildura, Victoria for an initial period of 3 years.
Key duties of the Field Ecologist are to:
- Implement AWC’s science program, including:
- the measurement of ecological health
- the conduct of translocations
- the conduct of research relevant to the conservation of wildlife
- associated data management and reporting
- Work in an integrated way with AWC’s multi-disciplinary team to implement and deliver conservation strategies.
- Work effectively with a range of stakeholders including NSW NPWS and other government agencies, Indigenous groups, the broader scientific community, the local community and AWC supporters in implementing and promoting AWC’s program.
- Assist with AWC’s communication and fundraising activities.
This a unique opportunity to develop your career with Australia’s largest non-government conservation organization and to apply your skills to contribute to the long-term protection of iconic threatened species.
Dr Laurence Berry, Senior Wildlife Ecologist| Laurence.Berry@australianwildlife.org
Applications via: australianwildlife.org/work-with-awc/careers/
To submit an application, visit our careers page (linked above), select the relevant job vacancy, click ‘APPLY’ and complete an application form.
Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description on our website or the attachment. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.
Closing date for applications: Friday 22 January 2021
- 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.
- 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.
To learn more about AWC’s sanctuaries, please visit our website www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/