Senior Ecologist


Job Title: Senior Ecologist
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 9
Employment Type: Temporary – Full Time (1 position available)
Duration: Up to 30 June 2023
Location: Sydney, Grafton, Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour

  • Ability to work in both forest and office environments across NSW.
  • Contribute to ground-breaking NSW government environmental programs, including monitoring, mapping, research, technical and regulatory programs.
  • Ability to work closely with operations staff to provide expertise, support and improvements to the environmental regulations that apply to native forestry in NSW.

Environment Protection Authority overview

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State‘s primary environmental regulator. Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business. We do this by working with Commonwealth, State and Local Governments and community and industry stakeholders as a leader, partner and protector. The NSW EPA’s role is to protect our air, waterways and land, and to work with all sectors of the community to reduce impacts on the environment.

For more information on the work we do at NSW EPA, go to

The EPA is an independent statutory authority which sits within the Department of Planning & Environment. Currently the Department of Planning and Environment is transitioning into a new Department of Planning and Industry which will take effect from 1 July 2019.

About the Role

The EPAs Forestry Branch is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change. The Branch is responsible for setting environmental policy and regulations for native forestry in NSW to ensure that native forestry operations provide ongoing protection for threatened plants, animals, habitat, soils and waterways.

The role will contribute to:

  • the design and implementation of environmental monitoring, mapping, research and technology programs, including working with a range of other government agencies and independent experts;
  • providing expert support to changes to environmental regulations in NSW native forests, including advice on the necessary protections for native species, habitats, soils and waterways; and
  • providing technical support to operational teams to assist in regulation as well as policy development and advice for the Minister and the EPA and a range of cross government programs.

For more information on the major work the EPA Forestry Branch does please go to

Primary purpose of the role

The Senior Ecologist provides technical advice and guidance for ecological assessments, environmental programs, research and monitoring programs, and contributes to the delivery of the EPA’s and NSW Government’s environmental programs, projects and partnerships across NSW.

Essential requirements

  • A degree in a relevant ecological or environmental science discipline, and/or demonstrated experience in survey and assessment of vegetation, flora and/or fauna.
  • A valid Australian driver’s licence and ability to travel.
  • Ability to carry out fieldwork in remote forested environments and manage 4WD recovery equipment. This is a physically demanding role requiring bending, climbing, walking and traversing through forested environments while carrying equipment in a small backpack. These environments are often densely forested and contain rough, precarious and steep terrain. A specific medical is required which includes task based physical assessments.

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

To Apply:

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  • 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.

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 behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Applications Close: Monday 20 May 2019 at 11.59 pm

Should you require further information about the role please contact Jacquelyn Miles, Manager Forestry Policy on Ph: (02) 9995 6701 or E: [email protected].

Our Sydney office will be moving to Parramatta in late 2019

Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.

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