Want a cool conservation job in beautiful southern Australia?

14 12 2010

I was asked to post this cool-sounding job on ConservationBytes.com – relevant punters welcome to respond.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is a non‐profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats. AWC now owns and manages more land than any other private conservation organisation in Australia ‐  21 properties, covering more than 2.6 million hectares ‐ protecting more than 1,200 fauna species through active land management informed by strategic scientific research.

AWC is seeking an experienced and committed ecologist who will be pivotal in the development and implementation of the conservation and science program throughout south‐eastern Australia. The position will be based at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary (where on‐site accommodation will be provided), but will include work at other AWC sanctuaries, especially Kalamurina (Lake Eyre), Buckaringa (Flinders Ranges), Yookamurra (Riverlands), Dakalanta (Eyre Peninsula), Bowra (Mulga Lands) and North Head (Sydney) sanctuaries.

Scotia is a large property (65,000 ha) that lies on the NSW‐SA border between Wentworth and Broken Hill, and includes Australia’s largest area free of foxes, cats and rabbits (8,000 ha) and where seven regionally extinct species have been reintroduced (bilby, boodie, woylie, bridled nailtail wallaby, numbat, greater stick‐nest rat, mala and black‐eared miner). In addition, the property has outstanding conservation values because it protects habitats, in good condition, that have been extensively cleared in western NSW.

You will have a degree in ecology or a related science, preferably with a postgraduate qualification. You will be responsible for implementing a program of wildlife reintroductions, wildlife survey and monitoring projects, and research designed to improve conservation management throughout south‐eastern Australia. As such, demonstrated experience and skills relating to these tasks are required. You are expected to develop relationships with other research and conservation organisations, and work with students and volunteers to help develop the program. You will also assist with AWC’s fundraising and communication strategies. The Wildlife Ecologist (SE) will work as part of a small team of ecologists and land managers in south‐eastern Australia. In particular, the Wildlife Ecologist (SE) will work closely with the Scotia Sanctuary Manager, and manage the work of field ecologists. The position reports to the Regional Ecologist (SE), who in turn reports to AWC’s National Conservation & Science Manager.

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. No other conservation organisation in Australia offers the opportunity to utilise scientific knowledge to conserve as many threatened fauna as this job does.

It is a job you will love, with a competitive salary

Enquiries to: Dr Matt Hayward, Regional Ecologist (SE): matt.hayward@australianwildlife.org / Mobile: 0428 963 931

Applications (Cover letter, selection criteria and CV) to: employment@australianwildlife.org

Closing date for applications: Monday 3 January 2011




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