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Principal Ecologist
Niche Environment and Heritage
Posted 29 July 2022 Salary Email
Region QLD Contact Cameron Harvey Website View
Type Full time Phone 0488 224 036    


We are seeking a full-time Associate to Principal level terrestrial ecologist to join and help grow our QLD ecological team’s capacity and skills. With our flexible working model, you would combine working in either of our Brisbane or Cairns physical offices, working from your home office, attending client offices, and undertaking field work.

The key attributes of this role include leading and project managing to make sure our consultants deliver quality work on time and budget, mentoring and growing the team, and developing client relationships including working with others to bring in new business for the company.

This role is suited to experienced ecologists with the skills, experience, and ambition to lead other technical specialists and help us build our business.

About you

We are seeking someone with ideally 10 or more years of technical experience, with a strong background in flora and/or fauna identification in the QLD environment. Experience includes undertaking and leading field-based surveys, preparing impact assessment, monitoring and/or ecological monitoring reports in a consulting environment. The ability and willingness to travel to remote work locations, as required, would also be highly regarded.

A detailed and working knowledge of local, State and Commonwealth legislation relating to the environment in QLD is a critical part of the role. You will have experience and/or demonstrable understanding of the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Vegetation Management Act 1999, Nature Conservation Act 1992, and the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and relevant statutory guidelines. 

You will need to work independently, within a team of technical ecological professionals, and even as the leader of large interdisciplinary teams to deliver projects. You must therefore have good interpersonal skills, a desire to achieve excellent customer service goals, and strong communication abilities to work productively with technical and non-technical people.


Tertiary qualifications, a degree/undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification, in ecology, biology, environmental science, environmental management or another relevant qualification in a directly related field.

Great conditions and salary on offer

  • Management support is available to ensure you can grow in your role with us.
  • Anniversary awards scheme.
  • Generous employee referral program.
  • Professional learning and development.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • Mentoring program.
  • Flexible working options.
  • Paid maternity leave policy.
  • Community engagement activities.
  • An attractive salary and allowances will be offered in line with your level of experience.

About us

Niche Environment and Heritage is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy specialising in ecology and biodiversity, heritage management, environmental management and approvals and environmental offsetting with a focus on the east coast of Australia. Established in 2009 and operating in QLD since 2012, Niche has successfully delivered more than 2300 projects to clients across Australia. Our 100+ strong team includes a diverse range of professionals including terrestrial and aquatic ecologists, Aboriginal and historical heritage professionals, environmental scientists and approvals specialists, and spatial services and GIS experts. 

Niche is a vibrant growing business that prides itself on caring for and supporting our staff. We aim to be influential, pragmatic, and innovative. With a hybrid work model developed and nurtured prior to Covid-19, we offer flexible work arrangements, an excellent safety culture and trust our staff to make the right decisions to deliver projects from end to end. Our diverse and cross-discipline capacity provides the opportunity to work on a multitude of interesting projects across eastern Australia.   

How to Apply

A detailed position description is available at 

If you are interested in this fantastic career opportunity, please submit your application including a resume and cover letter addressing the key requirements via our Seek ad by close of business 26 August 2022. Our recruitment process includes behavioural and medical testing. 

All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence. Niche is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where diversity is embraced, and we encourage qualified candidates of all differences to apply. You must have the right to work in Australia to be considered for this role.

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