Spatial Ecologist – Great Southern Landscapes

Position: Spatial Ecologist – Great Southern Landscapes

Location: Perth, Western Australia (Whadjuk Country)

Status: Full-time, Permanent

Salary Range: $63,780 – $89,551

About us

Greening Australia is a proudly independent environmental enterprise committed to restoring Australia’s diverse landscapes and protecting biodiversity in ways that benefit communities, economies and nature. With projects spanning the breadth of the country, we apply a science-led, collaborative approach to deliver nature-based solutions addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Our organisation is made up of more than 150 knowledgeable and passionate employees across Australia, creating a measurable and lasting impact on Australia’s unique environment. We believe that people thrive when nature thrives, and we work to translate this shared value into practice.

Watch our latest Impact video below to learn more about some of our recent work.

About you

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic technical person to join our team and work with us as we lead a new era of conservation action through integrated, science-based planning for ecological restoration, regenerative agriculture, and climate change adaptation.

You will join our team as we scale up our efforts to restore and manage habitat, implement regenerative agriculture solutions and mitigate and adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

Key Position Accountabilities 

This represents an outstanding opportunity for you to join one of the key organisations focused on one of Australia’s greatest environmental challenges.  You will work across our national Great Southern Landscapes program, spanning from south-west WA across SA and VIC to include ACT, NSW and TAS.

Your role as a motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Spatial Ecologist will be to apply your expertise in geospatial science and technology to complex ecological problems and projects, undertaking modelling, planning, analyses and mapping to guide on-ground action and increase our conservation impact.  You will also apply ecological expertise to design, lead, and implement monitoring and evaluation, trials, and land assessments, whilst giving advice, assistance, and spatial solutions to operational staff to facilitate survey, planning, tracking, and monitoring of our ecological restoration projects.

Key areas of accountability and outcomes include:

  • Providing expertise in spatial modelling, data management, analysis, in-field GIS data capture and potentially, UAV/remote sensing,
  • Providing high level mapping support to key ecological projects and initiatives, where required,
  • Developing project design concepts and supporting technical collateral, creating and updating technical workplans and developing project monitoring plans,
  • Designing, leading, and implementing nationally consistent monitoring and evaluation, including provision of in-field GIS tools to support operations staff; desirable to have remote sensing experience,
  • Lead or contribute to the design and implementation of ecological trials,
  • Lead or contribute to land assessments,
  • Liaises within and outside the organisation, provides technical advice, and represents the organisation in various forums with a focus on enhancing program impact, collaborative partnerships and improving/maintaining GA’s science/technical standing amongst its network,
  • Work with research partners to addressing critical knowledge gaps and areas of innovation, with an emphasis on geospatial solutions and in-field measurement/monitoring,
  • Provide GIS and spatial technical support across the Great Southern Landscapes program
  • Contribute to project budgeting and forecasting.

About You

You will bring


  • Passion, commitment and a desire to make a difference in the Environmental sector!
  • Tertiary qualifications in Biological/Environmental/Spatial Science, Geography or equivalent;
  • Minimum of two years relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of ecological restoration (including for biodiversity and/or carbon sequestration);
  • Demonstrated high level experience in application of GIS (ArcGIS and other relevant software) to ecological restoration and conservation projects, including spatial modelling, analyses, remote sensing, in-field data capture and data manipulation and management;
  • Highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, and high-level ability to provide scientific and technical advice and ability to develop realistic responses to complex issues;
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering complex, large-scale projects, on time and within budget;
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical, conceptual skills, including technical report writing;
  • Demonstrated communication skills and experience operating effectively within a collaborative and proactive team culture;
  • Experience in project design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Ability to undertake irregular inter / intra state travel for extended periods;


  • Post-graduate Degree or similar (Honours, Masters, PhD);
  • Experience or qualifications in the conservation or environmental sector;
  • Proposal development and tender writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and liaison with clients and partners, including industry, local and state government and relevant consultants/researchers;
  • Project budgeting and resource planning.

What we offer

  • Flexible approach to work with options for adjusting start and finish times, remote working, job share and part time employment.
  • Opportunities for learning and development and internal career progression
  • Stop. Breathe. Think. – No Meetings Fridays
  • Wellbeing Days & GA Big Day Off
  • 11.75% Super
  • Salary Packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to apply

Please contact Teri Ball, People and Culture Advisor at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Email your application including a cover letter (that addresses the position requirements) and resume to [email protected] by 5:00 PM AEST, Friday 9th of December 2022.