Scientist – Fire Ecology (part-time)

Part time
Central Queensland
Posted 2 weeks ago

About us

Healthy Land & Water works with community, industry, and government to deliver innovative and science-based solutions to challenges affecting our landscapes, waterways, and biodiversity. We help people understand the values and condition of South East Queensland’s environment so we can ensure the sustainable use of our natural environment long into the future.

We believe that maintaining healthy landscapes and waterways is not just important for wildlife and ecosystems. A healthy environment also supports a vibrant economy, strong livelihoods, great lifestyles and the happiness and wellbeing of the community. Through our work, we encourage people to examine and change their behaviours for the benefit of the natural world and for the people and places we love.

The opportunity

As a part-time Scientist – Fire Ecology, you will have an important role in your team and will be involved with programs and projects for clients, sponsors, and stakeholders. This role is three days per week for a 22 month contract. The technical focus of the role will primarily be in your area of technical expertise – fire ecology. Reporting directly to the Team Leader – Climate Adaption, you will be expected to use the latest technical know-how to offer cutting-edge solutions to your clients, sponsors, and stakeholders, as well as the community, to protect and enhance the natural environment of Central Queensland. Specifically, your role will involve working to support outcomes delivered through Healthy Land and Water’s Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC). The role’s main geographic focus is in the Gladstone Regional Council and Livingstone Shire Council local government areas. This role is currently a remote ‘work from home’ position, with flexible opportunities to embed with local stakeholders. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders and communities within the Central Queensland region to design and deliver Fire Management Planning and identify high priority fire mitigation activities.
  • Delivering, in collaboration with local and regional stakeholders, QFBC engagement events, workshops, on-ground assessments, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Coordinating training and capacity building workshops with stakeholders through fire ecology knowledge sharing.
  • Supporting the delivery of fire management planning activities with landholders, land managers, First Nations groups, stage agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Building organisational skills and capacity to develop spatial mapping and data collation in relation to fire ecology or other relevant natural assets/hazards to support the Climate Adaption team.
  • Facilitating the expansion of the QFBC across Queensland, including supporting strategic planning and developing proposals, tenders, and bids.
  • Implementing project plans for the delivery of land management activities.
  • Collecting data, provision, and analysis to support strategies for projects.
  • Providing advice on environmental and land management methodologies.

About you

Ideally, you will share our vision to support resilient regions and have a desire to connect through science and actions that will preserve and enhance our natural assets. You will be highly motivated and can work autonomously in agreed timeframes. To be successful in this role, you will have all or many of the following key criteria:

  • An environmental science degree or equivalent.
  • Good knowledge of fire and ecology, natural resource management, environmental planning and policy, and science information.
  • Knowledge of and experience in stakeholder engagement including First Nations, government, research, industry, and community.

What we offer

We’re a diverse team of experts, who enjoy sharing knowledge and learning. We recognise and celebrate our employees and teams for affecting real and innovative change in our communities. We value integrity, collaboration, care, innovation, and courage. Some of our benefits include:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to support your mental health.
  • Novated leasing.
  • Annual professional development allowance.
  • Annual private health insurance reimbursement.
  • Annual wellbeing reimbursement.
  • Salary continuance insurance.

Healthy Land & Water is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and we strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be highly regarded per affirmative measures under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Applications close 30 June 2022. Please submit your CV via email to careers@hlw.org.au.