AREA Environmental & Heritage Consultants


Field Ecologist (full-time or part-time)


AREA Environmental & Heritage Consultants


Dubbo, NSW

Salary etc:

Full-time or part-time

Are you seeking a company that:

  • is smaller and well established and offers a friendly and collaborative work environment;
  • provides guidance on a wide range of small to large-scale infrastructure and ecological projects across the eastern seaboard of Australia (mainly west of the Great Dividing Range);
  • prides itself on the quality of its work;
  • seeks out enjoyable, worthwhile projects and clients for whom we like to work;
  • has a supportive team culture that invests in the development of its people
  • has flexible work options
  • offers independence and potential to set your own course; and
  • offers project involvement from inception to delivery.

About AREA Environmental & Heritage Consultants Pty Ltd (AREA EHC):

AREA EHC is an environmental impact assessment company focussing on ecology, archaeology, and environmental science projects. This position will form part of the AREA EHC team. The ecology section of AREA EHC works throughout eastern seaboard of Australia (Qld, NSW, ACT and Vic) predominantly in regional and remote areas undertaking surveys and preparing a variety of reports including Biodiversity Assessments, Reviews of Environmental Factors, Vegetation Management Plans, collecting data for government sponsored species conservation programs and the like.

AREA EHC’s client base includes local councils, various local and state and Commonwealth government departments, the mining (Minerals and quarry) industry, local developers, and private individuals. AREA EHC are a little selective in the jobs we take on and generally target projects that align with our sense of adventure, environmental goals/ethics which are more enjoyable and on the occasion for projects that take us to fun / challenging places (very remote areas).

AREA Landscape Design Consultants (AREA LDC)
is another company operated by the same management team as AREA EHC. AREA LDC provides commercial external landscape designs for built or natural environments, vegetation rehabilitation and design plans, vegetation management plans and visitor landscape (or built heritage) experience and design plans.

The Role:

AREA EHC is seeking to appoint a consulting ecologist to form part of an expanding ecology team and support the senior ecology staff to deliver high quality field surveys and reporting. You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, self-aware, self-reliable, able to work independently (we are a small company of field specialists and aren’t always around) and as part of a team.

The role is currently vacant, and you would be required to have previous consulting ecologist experience including an ability to identify native vegetation and excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce well-written correspondence and reports. You will report to the Biodiversity Manager and may be required to train and support junior staff.

Main duties include:

  • Field survey and subsequent report preparation for a variety of flora and fauna assessments;
  • Preparation of a variety of environmental assessment and management reports including:
    • o Biodiversity Assessment Reports (BAR), Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDAR), Biodiversity Stewardship Site Assessment Reports (BSAR), Reviews of Environmental Factors (REF)
    • o Vegetation Management Plans (VMP), and Construction and Environmental Management Plans (CEMP);
  • Implementation of flora and fauna monitoring programmes;
  • Project management from inception to report delivery;
  • Client and stakeholder liaison; and
  • Continued development of flora identification and other job specific skills.


To be a successful applicant you will need the following qualifications/attributes:


  • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Science or Natural Resource Management with a terrestrial focus;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to produce clear and concise reports and correspondence;
  • Strong botany skills with expertise in the identification of NSW flora including threatened species;
  • Experience in classification and mapping of vegetation communities using the NSW BioNet Vegetation Classification;
  • Knowledge of threatened fauna, their habitat and management;
  • Minimum of four years of experience in a consulting ecology position with relevant experience in the production of the aforementioned BARs, BDAR, BSAR, REFs, CEMPs, VMPs etc;
  • Thorough knowledge of NSW and Federal environmental legislation to inform the delivery of robust ecological field assessments and associated reports;
  • Ability to create and manage project budgets effectively and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • GIS/mapping skills including the use of GPS and electronic data collection devices to navigate, plan, implement and report on field survey programs;
  • NSW manual driver’s licence;
  • Willingness to travel and work away from home for short periods to perform duties; and
  • Ability to contribute to a supportive workplace and be adaptive and flexible to the requirements of the role, your fellow staff members and the workplace.


  • BAM accreditation or willingness/ability to become accredited;
  • Current first aid certificate; and
  • 4wd experience/training.


  • Friendly and flexible workplace with a ‘casual’ small company atmosphere;
  • Opportunity to ‘make the job what you want it to be’ by pursuing work that interests you (as long as it aligns with the company’s policies and direction);
  • Opportunity to learn from approachable and experienced senior staff;
  • Competitive salary in line with level of competence/experience;
  • Potential to work on a wide variety of amazing landscapes, interesting assessments, and monitoring projects;
  • Flexible work arrangements; and
  • Support and funding to compete training/professional development.

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