Regional Ecologist - South East Australia

Job Description: 

Help deliver effective conservation in southern and central Australia

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is seeking a highly motivated conservation scientist for the position of Regional Ecologist - South East Australia.

AWC protects wildlife across nearly 5 million hectares on a national network of wildlife sanctuaries and partnership sites. On each property, AWC implements conservation and land management programs, informed and supported by AWC’s science team.

The primary roles of AWC’s science team are to:

·        Measure the ecological health of AWC’s wildlife sanctuaries and partnership sites;

·        Conduct research on key issues relevant to the conservation of wildlife;

·        Plan, implement and monitor reintroductions, and

·        Contribute to the development of conservation and land management strategies.

The Regional Ecologist South East will oversee the implementation of AWC's science and conservation program on wildlife sanctuaries in South Australia (Yookamurra, Buckaringa, Dakalanta and Kalamurina) and Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northern Territory. Yookamurra supports a long-standing AWC reintroduction project, and Newhaven will host the first large-scale reintroduction of regionally extinct mammals in central Australia. Together, these properties extend over nearly 1 M ha and protect a range of semi-arid habitats.

Key duties of the position include:

  • Measuring the ecological health of AWC properties in south-east Australia;
  • Managing AWC’s reintroduction program in the south-east, including the Newhaven project
  • Conducting research addressing major knowledge gaps in conservation, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by AWC’s scale and our integration of science and land management;
  • Managing a team of AWC ecologists;
  • Working with AWC land managers to design and implement strategies for the effective management of fire, feral animals, weeds and other threats.

We are looking for a scientist who is strongly motivated to conserve Australia’s wildlife. The  successful candidate will have:

  • a postgraduate degree in ecology or a related discipline
  • a track record in conservation ecology (including biological survey, research and monitoring)
  • experience working in the bush
  • capacity to get jobs done on time and budget
  • excellent leadership, team-building and communication skills
  • capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders including other scientists, land managers, neighbours, indigenous communities, government agencies and volunteers.

As a senior manager within AWC, reporting to the National Science and Conservation Manager, you will be part of a team seeking to develop and implement a new model for conservation.

The position is based in South East Australia (location to be negotiated) with extended periods in the field to manage the program and people.

Job description:

Enquiries: John Kanowski, AWC’s National Science and Conservation Manager




Job Location: 
Adelaide, Alice Springs or Melbourne - as negotiated
Closing Date: 
Friday, December 14, 2018