Local recruitment: Scientist Riparian and Wetland Ecology

Victoria Government

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

The position of Scientist, Riparian and Wetland Ecology will have a focus on water-dependent biodiversity, conservation and ecology and is responsible for leading the delivery of quality research undertaken at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI).

Department:Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type:Fixed term – flexible
Job Function:Environment
Work Location:Melbourne – Northern Metro
Closing Date:02-Oct-2022
Salary Range:$90,067 – $102,192
Job Duration:2 Years
Attachments:ARI Position Description 50945471 – Scientist Riparian and Wetland Ecology Sci B_15Sept22.docx (Word, 172KB)
Job Specification
Contact:Kay Morris
0439 289 308

Position Details

Are you passionate about understanding and protecting Victoria’s aquatic ecosystems and being outdoors? Are you interested in learning from preeminent scientists in this field and working with managers? Do you enjoy building strong relationships in multidisciplinary teams in the environment sector? Have you got experience in undertaking aquatic field surveys and identifying freshwater flora?

If yes, then this science role at the Arthur Rylah Institute may be for you.

The Scientist, Riparian and Wetland Ecology role requires a broad range of aquatic assessment skills and knowledge to lead or support projects, or to co-ordinate discrete sections of projects. It will also include project field work incorporating work in remote locations, four-wheel driving, hiking, conducting aquatic surveys and other tasks associated with ecological monitoring.

If this sounds like you then we offer:

  • A link to nature
  • A competitive salary
  • A positive team working environment

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • A postgraduate science degree with a major in plant (preferably aquatic) ecology or equivalent is mandatory.
  • Demonstrated expertise in riparian, wetland and floodplain ecology, and the ability to apply this expertise to inform applied ecological management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and participate in riparian and wetland biodiversity (vegetation), conservation and ecology projects in the field and office: developing projects, applying for funding, actively contributing to multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Experience in undertaking, and leading field teams to undertake, field surveys in riparian, wetland and floodplain ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated plant identification expertise, experience in a range of vegetation and plant survey techniques, and capabilities in undertaking statistical analysis of data from field surveys.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining effective relationships with a range of stakeholders and managing project budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality scientific and technical information including advice, reports, scientific articles, conference presentations, and other communication outputs.
  • Demonstrated experience in operating 4WD vehicles.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 2 Years. This position is located at Heidelberg

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday,2 October 2022.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  Recruitment is subject to the prospective employee confirming their vaccination status as up to date or providing evidence that they are medically exempt.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.





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