We seek a passionate ecologist with 2-5 years of professional experience working in the water and ecology sector to help grow our existing team across Australia.

Be part of a dynamic team of environmental scientists who work with engineers and other professionals on a diverse range of projects throughout Australia. We provide ecological monitoring and management advice for rivers, floodplains, wetlands, estuaries, and coastal environments.

I am interested in applying for the Ecologist – Botanist position

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The role

We seek a passionate ecologist with 2-5 years of professional experience working in the water and ecology sector to help grow our existing team across Australia. The preferred location for this role is Wangaratta (VIC), but it could be flexible. Water Technology has Waterways and Ecology Group staff in Melbourne, Armidale (NSW) and Brisbane. On-ground field experience and the ability to write clear, comprehensive scientific reports will be essential.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working with our Waterways and Ecology team and other groups as required (e.g. floodplain, coastal, groundwater, stormwater groups) on integrated environmental projects throughout Australia.
  • Plant and vegetation community, and fauna habitat, identification and monitoring in the field.
  • Mapping and data analysis.
  • Implementation of state and federal government vegetation management and environmental protection legislation.
  • Proposal and technical report writing.
  • Delivering high-quality advice and engaging with stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Managing your projects with support from our team.

The right team member will have:

  • 2 to 5 years experience and exposure to the environmental consultancy industry
  • Tertiary qualifications (degree or postgraduate degree) in the environmental sciences (e.g. botany, ecology, natural resource management).
  • A positive attitude and a desire to work actively in a team environment with a collaborative approach.
  • A passion for plants and the environment and the knowledge, energy, and imagination to provide the best environmental outcomes while meeting clients’ requirements.
  • A willingness to travel for fieldwork and stakeholder / community engagement, occasionally for extended periods.
  • Technical skills including:
    • Strong terrestrial, semi-aquatic/aquatic plant and vegetation community identification (Vegetation Quality Assessment competency would be an advantage).
    • An understanding of vegetation community condition and trajectory; and the interactions between plants and surface and groundwater.
    • Knowledge of vegetation communities and fauna habitats.
    • An understanding of the interplay between the natural and built environment, including urban development.
    • An appreciation of the impacts of climate change on flora, fauna and habitats.
    • An understanding of federal and state environmental legislation and policies.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including conveying messages and technical information to a range of audiences.
  • High-level computer skills for report preparation (word processing and spreadsheets) while experience in GIS and statistical methods will be an advantage.
  • An understanding of wetland and waterway processes is desirable.

Benefits for you:

  • Working on a diverse range of projects in a variety of locations throughout Australia.
  • Gaining complimentary experience working with staff from other disciplines such as fluvial geomorphologists, hydraulic engineers, environmental/coastal engineers and hydrologists.
  • Mentoring from senior ecologists and other practitioners.
  • The opportunity to become a shareholder in a staff-owned company.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Working with a team of people who love the outdoors and are passionate about the environment and creating positive outcomes.

Tertiary qualifications (degree or postgraduate degree) in the environmental sciences (e.g. botany, ecology, natural resource management).

About Water Technology

Water Technology’s vision is to deliver innovative water and environmental management solutions to secure the health and safety of the community and environment that we live in for future generations.

Our national team of over 100 staff operates from 9 offices in 5 states. We are genuinely passionate about the work we do and the environments we work in.  We get great satisfaction working with multiple technical disciplines to create the best solutions and outcomes for our clients and the environment. Many of our staff have enjoyed long tenures with Water Technology. In return for their commitment and dedication to their peers and other stakeholders, we support their autonomy, listen to their ideas and invest in their professional learning and growth.

Water Technology has provided ecological consulting services within the Waterways and Ecology Group for 14 years.  Our growing Waterways and Ecology team consults to the public and private sectors, both on stand-alone ecology projects and collaboratively with other technical disciplines (Floodplain, Stormwater, Coastal, Groundwater) across Australia.   Our ecologists have a particular focus and reputation for providing specialised services in assessing, interpreting, and managing waterways, wetland, floodplain, and coastal environments.  Our ecologists focus on these water-related environments providing specialised advice and solutions to our groups internally and our clients directly. 

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter demonstrating the value you can bring to our organisation and a CV to SEEK only. Or for a confidential conversation, please get in touch with Kim McAuliffe, People and Culture Manager, on (03) 8526 0800.

**Applicants will be assessed as they arrive – therefore, if you are interested, we encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience.

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in this role. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by phone.

Water Technology is proud to contribute to the increasing diversity of the Australian workforce. Supporting equity and diversity means providing opportunities for all candidates to find suitable employment. As an inclusive recruiter and employer, we recognise individual differences, embrace individual strengths and look for opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential. Our recruitment upholds the principles of merit and equity, and we welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, women, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, LGBTQI+ and mature age workers.