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Capital Ecology Pty Ltd
Posted 21 June 2022 Salary Email
Region ACT Contact Kelly Speirs Website View
Type Full time Phone 0420350460    

About Capital Ecology

Capital Ecology is a Canberra-based company providing specialist ecology consulting services to the ACT and surrounding regions of NSW. We are a dedicated team of talented and experienced ecological professionals offering quality, reliability, and value for money to our clients. With an intimate knowledge of the ecology of the region and the development approval processes, we offer superior ecological advice and services. Servicing both the public and private sectors, our projects inform a diverse range of developments, including urban and rural subdivision, infrastructure (road, rail, water, gas, electricity), renewable energy, and agriculture. We also regularly undertake conservation-focused research projects and monitoring programs.

The foundation of Capital Ecology’s success is our uncompromising commitment to quality, integrity, and sustainability. This commitment is evident in every Capital Ecology deliverable, flows through every client experience, and ensures that we are consistently the best at what we do.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic mid to senior level Ecologist to complement our team. Working under the direct and fulltime tutelage of Capital Ecology’s Principal Ecologist and Senior Ecologists, this role provides a rare opportunity for you to take your passion for biodiversity and develop the knowledge and skills to make this passion a challenging and rewarding career.

The role will involve a wide variety of flora and fauna surveys, vegetation mapping, and other terrestrial ecological surveys, as well as proposal and report writing, GIS mapping, budget development and management, and client liaison.

Based in Canberra, with our client base including government (all levels), infrastructure, urban development, renewable energy, and quarry and mining, you will work on many interesting and innovative biodiversity assessment and management projects across the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT.

What we offer

Capital Ecology offers the following.

  • Work on a wide variety of interesting, innovative, and ethical projects across diverse environments.
  • The opportunity to learn under the direct tutelage of industry leaders.
  • The opportunity to become a key and valued part of a strong and successful company.
  • Hard working, enthusiastic, and friendly team culture (incl. regular team building and reward activities).
  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • The opportunity to work locally; time away is rare and usually only overnight.
  • A comfortable and welcoming office including free parking.
  • A generous professional development budget and encouragement to spend it.
  • A competitive and highly flexible remuneration package, including a generous performance-based bonus arrangement and the opportunity to salary sacrifice into super.

About you

Essential criteria

The successful applicant will have the following.

  • Tertiary qualifications in Applied Ecology / Environmental Science or closely related discipline.
  • A minimum of three years of ecological consulting experience (or equivalent role/s involving on-ground ecological surveys, assessment, and reporting). 
  • Well-developed flora and fauna knowledge and identification skills.
  • Working knowledge of Commonwealth, NSW, and/or ACT environmental legislation, and experience applying this knowledge to projects.
  • Experience undertaking ecological field surveys in a proficient and comfortable manner, including when working independently.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, proven during the preparation of high-quality and scientifically robust reports, management plans, and other client deliverables. 
  • Well-developed communication skills.
  • Strong time management skills and experience working to a budget, and appreciation of the importance of these elements to project management.
  • Proficiency with MS Office.
  • A strong work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to work productively within a team.
  • A high level of physical fitness (sufficient to undertake field surveys for full days in challenging terrain).
  • Current manual driver’s licence.

Desirable criteria

The following will also be highly regarded.

  • NSW BAM Accreditation (or at least experience with the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme)
  • Proven experience writing Ecological Impact Assessments and/or Biodiversity Assessment Reports (i.e. BDARs, BCARs, and BSSARs).
  • Honours or post graduate qualifications.
  • GIS skills.
  • Current first aid certificate.
  • 4WD competency.

How to apply

Applications and any enquiries are to the addressed to Kelly Speirs (Business Manager) at

For your application to be considered it must include:

  • a tailored cover letter addressing the essential criteria;
  • a current and detailed CV, including contact details for 2 referees (one must be from the past 12 months); and
  • a recent example of your professional/technical writing.

Applications close 5pm Friday 15 July 2022.

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