AWC Wildlife Ecologist - Kimberley

Job Description: 

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is seeking a conservation ecologist who is motivated to conserve Australia’s wildlife in the vast, remote and biologically intact landscape of the Kimberley, north-west Australia, working with Traditional Owners, Ranger Groups and other partners.

AWC currently manages 4.3 M ha of land in north-west Australia. AWC manages wildlife sanctuaries at Mornington-Marion Downs and Charnley River - Artesian Range; is under contract with the Commonwealth Department of Defence to deliver conservation and land management at Yampi Sound Training Area; and works in partnership with Traditional Owners to deliver conservation and land management on Tableland, Dambimangari and Wilinggin lands.

Reporting to the Regional Ecologist – North-west, the Wildlife Ecologist be part of a team of ecologists responsible for implementing AWC’s science program in the Kimberley, WA. Key duties of the position include:

  • Conducting inventory and monitoring surveys on AWC sanctuaries and partnership sites in north-west Australia
  • Undertaking 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 in the field a small team of AWC ecologists, interns and volunteers in the field, and working with Traditional Owners and Ranger Groups, to implement AWC’s science program, and
  • Working with AWC land managers and partners to design, implement and report on strategies for the effective management of fire, feral animals, weeds and other threats.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a postgraduate degree in ecology or a related discipline and relevant experience (AWC will consider appointment at the Senior Field Ecologist level for suitable candidates with an Honours degree and extensive experience)
  • ideally, a track record in conservation ecology
  • leadership, team-building and communication skills
  • the capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders including other scientists, land managers, Traditional Owners and Ranger Groups, neighbours, government agencies and volunteers
  • an ability to get jobs done on time and budget, and
  • experience working in the bush

The position will be based at AWC’s Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, initially, potentially relocating to other sites in the Kimberley as opportunities arise. The job requires extended periods in the field and a balance of office work.

AWC is a leading employer of conservation ecologists. Our mission is the effective conservation of Australia’s wildlife and their habitats.

Job description:

Enquiries: John Kanowski, AWC’s Chief Science Officer

Job Location: 
Kimberley - initially Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019