Conservation Ecologist
Environment and Water
Job reference: 360506
Location: - VARIOUS -
Job status: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

National Parks and Wildlife Service, SA

  • Multiple positions - various locations
  • Exceptional ongoing opportunity
  • Government leader in flexible work practices

About the Division

The National Parks and Wildlife Service Division of the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) conserves nature, parks and places that enrich our identity and benefit our community. With over 350 reserves covering more than 20% of South Australia, the work of the Division supports broad goals associated with conservation and scientific endeavour, nature-based tourism and visitor services, community health and wellbeing, and reconciliation.

The department currently manages over 350 national parks, regional reserves, conservation reserves, conservation parks, game reserves, recreation parks, and wilderness protection areas.

We employ a wide ranging and diverse workforce, across some of South Australia’s most significant and breathtaking landscapes. Our workforce reflects the broader South Australian community and the customers we serve.

Flexible working arrangements, a range of learning and development opportunities, and excellent salary and leave entitlements are just some of the advantages available to our staff.

Why work for DEW?

  • We value innovation and support purpose driven partnerships
  • We offer excellent learning and development opportunities for professional career growth
  • We’re leading the way with workplace flexibility and challenging current thinking about 'work' and 'work places'!

About the role

We have multiple positions available for Conservation Ecologists at key regional locations including the Eyre Peninsula and Far West, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North, and Riverland and Murraylands Regions.

The Conservation Ecologist provides applied ecological support within regions to assist wide ranging national parks and wildlife management functions, using professional expertise to shape practical management decisions and solutions. The role requires a sound and broad understanding of applied ecology in a conservation and park management context, having a particular focus in supporting the delivery of nature conservation, wildlife and fire management programs on public land.

The Conservation Ecologist evaluates and advises on environmental risks and opportunities and is responsible for coordinating regional advice on a range of matters including planning and development, mining, native vegetation clearance and the management of parks and Crown lands within the region.

The Conservation Ecologist builds capacity in regions through knowledge transfer and takes a leading role to support project delivery. The role is required to work collaboratively with community leaders and key partners who maintain environmental interests, to ensure mutually beneficial parks and wildlife management outcomes.

In these exciting roles, you will be someone who

  • Is passionate about the environment and is driven to make a difference
  • Is ready to take on the challenge of working in the regions
  • Is interested in working on high level projects with a passionate team
  • Is a confident and innovative thinker who isn’t satisfied with checking the box
  • Is committed to collaborative working

What we are looking for

  • A tertiary qualification in ecology, environment, conservation biology or a related discipline is essential.
  • A fundamental and current understanding of the principles and techniques used to conserve and manage biodiversity, particularly within the South Australian context.
  • Understanding of state and national government policy, guidelines and legislation regarding biodiversity conservation.
  • Experience in the provision of accurate technical advice with regard to ecological science to support effective park and wildlife management.
  • A fundamental understanding of the principles of community engagement, adult learning and rural extension.

Enquiries to

Sonia Dominelli, National Parks and Wildlife Manager, Riverland and Murraylands at


Jason Higham, A/Manager Nature Conservation and Threatened Species at

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit a CV (including 3 referees) and cover letter (maximum 2 pages) broadly addressing the key role outcomes as outlined in the role description demonstrating their suitability for the role. Please also indicate your regional and location preferences in your application.

Special Conditions

  • Will be required to participate in emergency operations including bushfire operations, search and rescue and marine mammal strandings. This may require, at times, some out of hours work including the participation in an “on-call” roster.
  • May be required to work alone in a field environment.
  • May be required to work in any location within the region or any region or management unit within the state.
  • Will be required to wear a uniform in accordance with Departmental policy.
  • A current class “C” driver’s licence and willingness and ability to safely operate a 4wd is essential.
  • Inter and intrastate and remote area travel is required, including travel in light aircraft.
  • A current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID001; HLTAID002 and HLTAD003) is highly desirable.
  • This role has been designated as a Position of Trust pursuant to the standards required in the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework. By applying for this role you consent to being screened under the process of obtaining a National Police Clearance (NPC), and to the Department requiring you to obtain an NPC.


Applications close: 19/09/2019 6:00 PM

- 1-Pre-Employment-Declaration.pdf
- PO2 Conservation Ecologist FINAL Aug 2019.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.