Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting nature in Victoria. Our vision is that Victoria’s most threatened native plants and wildlife are protected for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with private landholders, government, organisations, Traditional Owners and businesses to help restore, protect and manage biodiversity on private land.
Our team is made up of passionate people who work with communities throughout Victoria and take practical action to care for and nurture nature. Together, we can make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment, would you like to join us?
Reporting to the West Gippsland Regional Manager, the Conservation Officer contributes to the Trust’s Mission through delivery of core Trust for Nature programs and projects across the West Gippsland region, with a strong focus on engaging and supporting private landholders to achieve conservation outcomes.
This role represents a key point of communication with covenantors, private landholders, and other partner representatives operating within their Area.
The Conservation Officer contributes to the operational delivery of assigned projects (including the Trust’s Stewardship Program), undertaking ecological assessments, developing ecological management plans and liaising with commercial contractors and volunteers. Where required, they will assist the Regional Manager in the development and management of projects and programs, in maintaining local partnerships and in the application of policy and procedures relating to covenants and TFN-owned reserves. They will contribute to identifying and developing landholder extension opportunities, and report on project outcomes as appropriate.
The key responsibilities of this role include:
- Contribute as an active member of the Area Team to delivering private land conservation activities including covenanting, landholder extension, holding community events and undertake on-ground works where required
- Work with the West Gippsland Regional Manager, Senior Conservation Officer and Stewardship Coordinator to deliver the Stewardship program, including delivery of landholders stewardship visits, site assessments, management plans, mapping using ArcGIS, and associated documents using TFN databases
- Contribute to the delivery of conservation project(s) and timely quality outputs, including assisting with engaging contractors and project reporting to acquit grants
- Undertake spatial reporting for projects and use of ArcGIS for management plan mapping and monitoring
- Follow directions regarding TFN Governance requirements, policies and standards, apply them, and raise issues as appropriate
- Provide input to the development of local projects
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with local Traditional Owners, Registered Aboriginal Parties and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across the region
- Establish effective relationships with covenantors and other landholders involved in TFN programs
- Discuss technical information with both technical and non-technical people
- Actively seek to develop and grow own scientific, technical and engagement capabilities
Ensure compliance with the OHS Management System and safety directions
A full-time base salary of $65,064 – $71,883 pa (pro rata $ 39,038.40 – $ 57,506.40 0.6 to 0.8 FTE), plus 10.5% superannuation, is on offer. Please note that this is a fixed-term contract to 30 June 2023, based in West Gippsland.
We are searching for someone who is an excellent team player and a strong supporter of protecting wildlife. The successful applicant will be knowledgeable in conservation procedures and will bring:
- Relevant tertiary qualifications in Science, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or relevant discipline
- At least 12-months experience working in Natural Resource Management (preferred)
- Sound plant identification skills, and the ability to identify and map vegetation communities and their ecology
- Sound knowledge of conservation land management principles and issues relating to protection and management of native habitat
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with proven ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with private landholders and colleagues in the environmental sector
- Experience in working safely in a team environment, both in the office and field
- Understanding of the policies, roles and services provided by other government and non-government agencies
- Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office suite, GPS, GIS software (ArcGIS desirable), database management (Salesforce desirable)
- Demonstrated skills in Victorian flora and fauna identification; and conservation land management principles and techniques, such as weed and pest animal management, revegetation, and biomass management
- Demonstrated experience with environmental and natural resource management issues in Victoria, including statutory land use planning issues affecting private landholders
- Demonstrated ability to manage time to deliver multiple projects concurrently, including project reporting; good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to communicate and develop effective relationships with a wide range of staff, members of the public, Traditional Owners, landholders, and contractors to achieve positive outcomes
- Demonstrated understanding and experience with OHS practices and procedures applicable to working in the field and office, report writing, GPS, GIS software, Microsoft Office suite, and database management
Please send in a cover letter along with your resume and responses to the key selection criteria of the advert to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will close on Sunday, 9 October 2022. We intend to move quickly with this role and will be reviewing applications as they are received.
For more information about this role please refer to the position description.
Trust for Nature is committed to building an inclusive workplace and we strongly encourage job applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Please note, a National Police Check is required to be conducted as part of the selection process. Our practices are inclusive and based on equal opportunity principles. A positive result from a police check would only preclude employment in certain circumstances.
If you need further information please contact us at email@example.com using the subject line: Conservation Officer – West Gippsland.