Title: Ecologist (Mid-Level)
Advertiser: Reconeco Pty Ltd
Location: Lismore NSW
Are you seeking a company that:
• Is smaller and offers a friendly and collaborative work environment;
• Prides itself on the quality of its work;
• Seeks out enjoyable, worthwhile projects and clients that we like working for;
• Offers independence and potential to set your own course; and
• Offers project involvement from inception to delivery.
Reconeco is a small, well-established environmental consultancy based in Lismore on the NSW North Coast. The company is loosely divided into two business strains namely the ‘ecology’ section and the ‘feral animal management’ section. The ecology section works throughout Northern NSW and the Northern Tablelands undertaking surveys and preparing a variety of reports including Biodiversity Assessments, Reviews of Environmental Factors, Vegetation Management Plans, Construction Environmental Management Plans and the like. As part of both the ecology and feral animal divisions Reconeco runs a conservation detection dog team that undertakes surveys for threatened fauna (Koala), feral animals and invasive invertebrates. Most of the company’s feral animal monitoring and control is in association with threatened species protection. Reconeco’s client base includes local councils, various local and state government departments, not for profit organisations, local developers, and private individuals.
Reconeco is somewhat different from the bigger, corporate style consultancies in that we are a little selective in the jobs we take on and generally target projects that align with our environmental goals/ethics and are more enjoyable to work on.
Reconeco is seeking to appoint a mid-level consulting ecologist to form part of an expanding ecology team and support the senior ecology staff to deliver high quality field surveys and reporting. It is important for the successful candidate to be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work independently (we are a small company of field ecologists and we aren’t always around) and as part of a team (sometimes we’re around!). It is essential that the candidate has excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce well-written correspondence and reports.
Main duties include:
• Field survey and subsequent report preparation for a variety of flora and fauna assessments;
• Preparation of a variety of environmental assessment and management reports including Biodiversity Assessment Reports (BAR), Reviews of Environmental Factors (REF) Vegetation Management Plans (VMP), and Construction and Environmental Management Plans (CEMP);
• Implementation of flora and fauna monitoring programmes including nest box installation and monitoring, and IR camera monitoring;
• Project management from inception to report delivery including skills to produce quotations that are realistic in terms of both finances and timeframes;
• Client and stakeholder liaison; and
• Continued development of flora identification skills.
To be a successful applicant you will need the following qualifications/attributes:
• Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management with a terrestrial focus;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to produce clear and concise reports and correspondence;
• Strong botany skills with expertise in the identification of Northern NSW flora including rainforest species and threatened species;
• Experience in classification and mapping of vegetation communities using the NSW BioNet Vegetation Classification;
• Knowledge of threatened fauna, their habitat and management;
• Minimum of 4 years of experience in a consulting ecology position with relevant experience in the production of the aforementioned BARs, REFs, CEMPs, VMPs etc;
• Thorough knowledge of NSW and Federal environmental legislation as it relates to the delivery of robust ecological field assessments and associated reports;
• Ability to create and manage project budgets effectively and meet deadlines;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Strong GIS/mapping skills including the use of GPS and electronic data collection devices to plan, implement and report on field survey programs;
• NSW driver’s licence; and
• Willingness to travel to perform duties.
• BAM accreditation or willingness/ability to become accredited;
• Current first aid certificate;
• Knowledge of NSW Northern Tablelands flora including threatened species; and
• 4wd experience/training.
• Friendly and flexible workplace with a ‘casual’ small company atmosphere;
• Ability to ‘make the job what you want it to be’ by pursuing work that interests you (as long as it aligns with the company’s policies and direction);
• Autonomy on offer for the right candidate with the required level of expertise/capability;
• Learn from approachable and experienced senior staff;
• Competitive salary in line with level of competence/experience;
• Potential to work on a wide variety of interesting assessment and monitoring projects;
• Flexible work arrangements; and
• Budget for training/professional development.
If you would like to work for a small, professional company and be part of a close-knit team working on a diversity of interesting projects, please forward your application (resume and cover letter addressing selection criteria) to firstname.lastname@example.org (Attn: Craig)
Closing date for applications is 5pm Tuesday 16th March.