Wildlife Ecologist/ Senior Field Ecologist

Job Description: 

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is seeking a highly motivated ecologist to help implement our conservation program on Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, NT.

AWC protects wildlife and their habitats on a national network of 29 wildlife sanctuaries and partnership sites covering more than 6.5 million hectares. Six of these sanctuaries are in the southeast region: Kalamurina, Buckaringa, Dakalanta and Yookamurra in SA, Newhaven in NT, and Scotia in NSW.

Covering 262,000 hectares, Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas. At Newhaven, dramatic quartzite mountains overlook extensive parallel sand dunes, spinifex grasslands, salt lakes and mulga woodlands. Newhaven is a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia.

At Newhaven, AWC has initiated a project of global biodiversity significance – the establishment of one of Australia’s largest feral predator-free areas, currently covering 9400 ha, with future stages potentially increasing this area to up to 100,000 ha. We plan to reintroduce at least 10 nationally-threatened mammal species to this area. The Mala is already established, with additional species including the Numbat, Golden Bandicoot, Greater Bilby, Burrowing and Brush-tailed Bettongs, and Central Rock Rat, planned for coming years.

The key responsibility of the position is to lead the team of ecologists based on-site to deliver AWC’s science program on Newhaven, including:

  • scoping and undertaking the measurement of ecological health
  • planning, implementing and monitoring the reintroduction of regionally-extinct mammals
  • developing and conducting research relevant to wildlife conservation
  • ensuring the integration of the science program with AWC’s land management.

We are looking for an ecologist who is driven to make a significant contribution to the conservation of Australia’s wildlife. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • For appointment at the Wildlife Ecologist level, a PhD in ecology or a related discipline, plus relevant experience (including biological survey, research and monitoring), or for appointment at the Senior Field Ecologist level, a research higher degree (e.g., MSc) and extensive relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead a small team implementing a major project in a remote environment
  • The ability to work constructively with a wide range of stakeholders including land managers, neighbours, Indigenous communities, government agencies and volunteers.
  • Strong field skills and relevant analytical skills.
  • The aptitude for getting work done on time and budget

Based at Newhaven (4.5 hours’ drive north of Alice Springs), where on-site accommodation is provided, this is a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia.  

This is a temporary appointment (1 year, initially). AWC will seek to provide further opportunities to the appointee, based on performance.

For a full job description visit: www.australianwildlife.org/work-with-awc/careers/

Enquiries only: 
Dr Jeff Foulkes, SE Regional Ecologist| jeff.foulkes@australianwildlife.org | 0428 370 732

Applications to:               employment@australianwildlife.org

Application to include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 12 July 2020

Job Location: 
Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, Northern Territory
Closing Date: 
Sunday, July 12, 2020