Consultant/Senior Botanist, Newcastle.

Biosis is looking to appoint a consultant/senior botanist to join our growing NSW ecology team in our Newcastle office. Working closely with a multi-disciplined team of professionals, you will become an integral member of the NSW ecology team and a key contributor to existing and future projects across NSW.

Biosis has undertaken many ecological, heritage and environmental approval projects throughout south-eastern Australia and employs a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team that includes aquatic ecologists, archaeologists, botanists, zoologists, environmental planners and GIS operators.  We have offices in Albury, Ballarat, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Western Sydney, Wangaratta and Wollongong.

As part of the Newcastle office you’ll be located in one of NSW’s premier regional centres with all of the services of a big city but with affordable housing, short commuting times and a relaxed lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to work in a range of natural environments with a diverse client list.

Biosis is seeking a consultant/senior botanist with experience in field botany and associated biodiversity legislation, capable of providing environmental advice and guidance to our clients. Your responsibilities will include plant identification, vegetation ecology, surveying for threatened plants in NSW, conducting and managing projects and the production of quality technical reports. Additional duties will include survey design and implementation, proposal writing, mentoring junior staff, marketing and establishing a profile in the professional community as a botanist.

To be considered for this role, you must possess the following selection criteria

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in botany and/or ecology (or similar)
  • A minimum of five years’ ecological (preferably botanical) experience, ideally in consultancy or the public sector
  • Strong plant identification skills for the greater Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions, and knowledge of the NSW Vegetation Information System
  • Skills in threatened flora and threatened ecological community identification
  • Experience in implementing the NSW Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM)
  • NSW BAM Assessor accreditation (desirable)
  • Strong report writing and proposal writing skills
  • Strong knowledge of Commonwealth and state legislation with regard to ecology
  • Experience with field survey design and implementation
  • Experience in client liaison and consultation
  • Experience in marketing and business development including proposal preparation and client liaison
  • Competency with computer programs and software such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or similar software packages
  • A current manual driver’s licence
  • A keen desire to be part of a team of specialist consultants
  • Experience with project management, including budgets
  • Interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Australian citizenship/residency, or a valid work permit.

Biosis offers the security of an established firm with support services in WHS, HR and accounts, an experienced team in ecological assessment and a strong, supportive work culture. We will provide you with a competitive salary package consisting of base plus super, professional membership and conference allowance, plus a wide range of employment benefits. As a Biosis employee, you will be rewarded with many of our added employee benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • Professional development program, including a PD allowance
  • Employee reward and recognition program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Mentorship and development program
  • Study assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Social activities
  • Internal job opportunities throughout Australia.

This opportunity is best suited to individuals with a passion for ecology and looking to become part of an enthusiastic and vibrant team.

For more information, contact Louise Reardon on 0488 900 431. 

To apply, forward a copy of your CV and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, to: Louise Reardon at

Position Description

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Applications will close at 9am on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Please note: Australian residents / work permits only.