Senior Biodiversity Project Officer

  • Townsville
  • Full-Time
  • Thu Apr 8 05:00:49 2021

IPA is looking for an experienced Project Officer to work as part of the Protecting Biodiversity Team for an immediate start with our client based in Townsville.

The position on offer is a permanent role with full time hours. While generally Monday - Friday, 36.25 hours per week, the position may require some work outside of ordinary working hours, with time in Lieu accrued.

The position will also require travel within the region, predominantly day trips with time spent in the field. Overnight trips would be a rare but possible requirement.

Our client is offering an attractive salary package and above industry super (12.5%) plus professional development fees, the full package will be discussed at the interview stages.

As the position will be based in Townsville we are ideally looking for applicants who are based in the region. However, relocation assistance can be considered for the right person.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an independent organisation and be a part of sustaining the region's natural resources. You will help to manage a large $4M project aimed at protecting, maintaining and restoring biodiversity within the Coastal Burdekin Shire area.

This position would suit someone with Project Management experience, experience assessing the status of biodiversity, habitat condition and associated threats and pressures in coastal areas (wetlands, coastal dunes and aquatic ecology). The ability to communicate and engage with high level stakeholders (local/state government, the scientific and academic community, landholders, industry and Traditional Owners) is an essential element to this role.

The Position

This position will involve building community capacity, knowledge and skills through facilitating engagement and fostering community participation in sustainable NRM activities.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Administer and support conservation practitioners to scope landscape scale biodiversity projects and establish goals and strategies to protect, maintain and restore values
  • Effective leadership and management of relevant staff within the team, including the appropriate training and development of staff, setting of performance expectations and managing outcomes.
  • Plan, implement, manage and report on the operational delivery of projects by liaising and consulting with internal staff and regional stakeholders
  • Develop and conduct workshops and field days
  • Manage operational project budgets and monitor, evaluate and report on progress of project activities


  • Tertiary qualifications in Ecological Science (Coastal), Agricultural Science, Natural Resource Management and/or significant relevant work experience and vocational or industry education/training
  • Experience and/or technical skills/knowledge in managing sustainable land use activities for biodiversity values
  • 'C' class driver's licence is required for travel within the Burdekin Shire region and ability to be away from home for short periods
  • High level communication and demonstrated service delivery experience
  • A high level of organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work activities in a demanding project based role

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a growing business. If you are passionate about sustainability and want to work for a passionate and dynamic team, please apply now.