Quantitative Ecologist

Last updated 36 minutes ago
Job Type:Full Time

The Opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Use your ecological & statistical skills in a role that contributes to wildlife management issues
  • Be part of research into ecology & management of native & invasive vertebrate species
  • Make a difference at CSIRO - Australia's premiere Science & Technology Research Organisation

We are seeking a Quantitative Ecologist to join the Living Landscapes Program as a member of the Sustainable Northern Australia Team, based in Townsville. You will primarily undertake research focused on developing ecologically-based approaches to wildlife management issues. Existing projects are large, transdisciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-governmental efforts which have a major impact on government and industry policy and action. Indigenous collaboration and co-development of research is a strong feature of the Team’s work.

In this role, you will contribute your high-level ecological and statistical skills to a range of projects undertaking innovative research into the ecology and management of native and invasive vertebrate species. Current projects include the design and implementation of long-term, national-scale threatened species monitoring programs, understanding movement and resource use of mobile vertebrates to better address current and future management needs, and the development of new land management tools for feral animals in Northern Australia.

These positions are offered across two levels, with the appointment level being determined by the qualifications, skills and relevant experience you can bring to this role.

Your duties will include:

  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to co-develop research products that support ecologically-based wildlife management strategies.
  • Providing original quantitative analyses to understand species population dynamics, the effectiveness of management actions and to help guide complex interactions among species and humans.
  • Contributing to and/or leading scientific research that integrates spatial data, field collected data and remote data-streams to enhance environmental management outcomes.
  • Translating complex data and analytical outputs into easily interpreted end-products for use by non-scientific stakeholders

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF6), duties will also include:

  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.
  • Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking and identify and adapt quickly to changes.
  • Within broad guidelines, use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with general direction as to the aims of their activities

Location: Townsville, QLD

Salary: CSOF5: AU$98k - AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation OR CSOF6: AU$113k - AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 72542

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as ecology, quantitative ecology, behavioural ecology, etc.
  • A current driver’s licence.
  • A strong ecological background, including field and experimental design skills, and an on-going interest in field-based research, as well as the ability to use ecological concepts to address environmental issues.
  • Highly developed skills in the general areas of data-driven modelling and programming, ideally including some area of special expertise e.g. spatial statistics, movement analysis, or developing mathematical models of ecological processes.
  • The ability and drive to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems, and following through to published reports and papers.
  • Experience transforming complex data and concepts into easily interpreted end products for policy makers and non-scientific stakeholders.

For an appointment at the higher (CSOF6) level, as well as satisfying the Essential Criteria listed above, you must also have:

  • Experience in effective leadership of staff or teams in large, multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • A strong publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, reports, and grant applications.
  • Experience successfully developing original, creative and innovative research, identifying critical stakeholders, and securing support and funding.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible for this role, you must be Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident currently residing in Australia.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent, and undertake a pre-employment medical examination prior to commencement.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Friday 23rd April 2021, 11:00pm AEST