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Biodiversity Conservation Trust - Senior Ecologist

NSW Government

NSW - Other, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 22/12/2017

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Conservation & Environment

Job description:

Job Title: Biodiversity Conservation Trust Senior Ecologist 

Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 9 

Location: Statewide

Work Type: Ongoing, Full – Time

Salary: $101,221 pa - $112,760 pa


Agency overview

The New South Wales Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NSW BCT) is a not-for-profit statutory body, established under Part 10 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and managed by a Board appointed by the Minister for the Environment. The Trust’s roles are to support and encourage landholders to enter into agreements to conserve and protect biodiversity on private land, guided by the government’s Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy; secure biodiversity offsets when developers choose to pay into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund; and other activities that promote greater awareness of, appreciation and understanding of, biodiversity and the importance of conserving it.


The NSW BCT falls within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for the Environment, and forms part of the NSW Government’s planning and environment cluster.


About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to provide technical advice and guidance for ecological assessments and monitoring contributing to the delivery of the Trust’s biodiversity conservation programs, projects and partnerships.


You will assist staff in undertaking ecological assessments of sites proposed for Private Land Conservation agreements and coordinate delivery of assessment with the NSW BCT’s partners and service providers. As part of this role you will populate, manage and update corporate databases with information about the distribution, ecology, threats and management of ecosystems.


You will work collaboratively with regional staff to ensure the management of protected areas and conversation of biodiversity is operating at superior standards. You will require understanding of the NSW BCT’s legislative, strategic and operational framework to secure this role.


Your superior communication skills to work with a wide range of stakeholders with the ability to ensure agreements are met, and understanding the NSW BCT’s operating environment within the NSW Government’s biodiversity reforms are essential.


You will ideally have worked in a similar field with the ability to be pro-active in approach and work within a broader team.


Primary purpose of the role

The Senior Ecologist provides technical advice and guidance for ecological assessments and monitoring, and contributes to the delivery of the Trust’s biodiversity conservation programs, projects and partnerships either within a region or across NSW. You will:


• join an exciting new organisation dedicated to biodiversity conservation

• assist regional staff to undertake ecological assessments

• provide technical input and guidance to stakeholders.


Essential requirements:

• A degree in a relevant ecological or environmental science discipline.

• A valid Australian driver’s licence and willingness to travel.

• Demonstrated experience in survey and assessment of vegetation, flora and fauna, consistent with the requirements for accreditation as an assessor using the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology.


Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

• Role description

• Application Guide

• Applying for a role in the NSW public Sector


Job notes:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.  


To Apply: 

Click the APPLY button at the end of this advertisement

• Provide your personal information as prompted.

• Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages).

• Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).

• Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.


Q1. Please provide an example of a time you had to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders. What methods did you employ and what was the outcome?


Q2. Please provide an example of a time you have worked on ecological assessments of sites. How did you coordinate the delivery of these assessments and what was the outcome?


The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)


Our commitment to diversity:

The Department of Planning and Environment values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.


Applications close: Sunday 21 January 2018 at 11:59PM


Should you require further information about the role please contact Alan Goodwin on 0409 352 649. If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Dragana Papak on (02) 9585 6817.