AWC Regional Ecologist, North-west

Job Description: 

Regional Ecologist – North-west Australia

Help deliver effective conservation in the Kimberley

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is seeking a highly motivated senior conservation scientist for the position of Regional Ecologist – North-west Australia.

AWC protects wildlife and their habitats across 4.3 M ha in the Kimberley, on our network of wildlife sanctuaries and partnership sites. These are Mornington-Marion Downs and Charnley River - Artesian Range wildlife sanctuaries; Yampi Sound Training Area, under contract with the Commonwealth Department of Defence; and Tableland, Dambimangari and Wilinggin lands, in partnership with Traditional Owners. On each property, AWC implements conservation and land management programs, informed and supported by AWC’s science team.

Working closely with AWC’s national science team, the Regional Ecologist – North-west has primary responsibility for the development, implementation and communication of AWC’s science program in the Kimberley, WA. Key duties of the position include:

  • Contributing to the development of AWC’s policies and programs, particularly AWC’s science program
  • Promoting AWC’s objectives, policies and programs amongst AWC staff, partners and external stakeholders in the Kimberley
  • Measuring the ecological health of AWC sanctuaries and partnership sites in north-west Australia
  • 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 and mentoring a team of AWC ecologists, interns and volunteers
  • Working with AWC land managers to design and implement strategies for the effective management of fire, feral animals, weeds and other threats, and
  • Working with partners including the Department of Defence, Traditional Owners and Ranger Groups to develop, implement and communicate AWC’s science program.

We are looking for an experienced conservation ecologist who is motivated to conserve Australia’s wildlife in a vast, remote and biologically intact landscape. The successful candidate will have:

  • a postgraduate degree in ecology or a related discipline
  • a track record in conservation (including ecological survey, research and monitoring)
  • 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
  • capacity to get jobs done on time and budget, and
  • experience working in the bush

The Regional Ecologist – North-west is a senior position within AWC’s science program, reporting to the Chief Science Officer.

The position is based in the Kimberley with extended periods in the field to manage the program.

Job description:

Enquiries: John Kanowski, AWC’s Chief Science Officer

Job Location: 
Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary or Broome, WA
Closing Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019