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Senior Ecologist

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Job no: 503013
Work type: Full Time
Location: Geelong, Melbourne

  • Global engineering consultancy with great career opportunities
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects both locally and internationally
  • Friendly working environment across the business  

About SMEC

SMEC provides unique opportunities to work on iconic industry projects with experienced colleagues and leadership teams. We support and empower employees to drive innovation initiatives within a well-established and growing organisation.

Every employee plays a key role in shaping our business and is driven by teamwork, progressive thinking and creative ideas. We are committed to providing platforms to enable our people to engage in the business, deliver value to clients and develop their careers.

When you join SMEC, you join a flexible growing organisation that has a genuine commitment to CSR, diversity and improving the world we live in.


At SMEC, we understand that our continued success within the infrastructure market is the result of building long-term client relationships. We listen to and understand the specific needs of our clients and deliver a complete value chain of services to provide sustainable solutions across major infrastructure projects worldwide.

We embrace emerging technologies and innovations, including BIM and Virtual Reality, to deliver robust services across the fields of transport and logistics, water and environment and energy and resources. 

Our Environment group is an enthusiastic and diverse team of environmental scientists, environmental engineers and ecologists. SMEC’s wider ecology team covers eastern Australia and includes scientists with a long history in producing publications. If you are seeking the opportunity to work on an exciting range of projects and collaborate with a network of experienced ecologists across Australia, then this is your next career move.

The role

We are currently seeking an ecologist to join our Victorian Ecology team. With 4+ years’ of experience, you will be a key member of the team, working closely with our specialists to deliver projects. Special consideration will be given to ecologists with a background in botanical assessment.

You will have a passion for the natural environment and providing environmental planning advice. You will have the opportunity to work in a broad range of vegetation types including grassland, forest and woodland communities across Victoria. The role can be based in our Melbourne or Geelong offices and comprises a variety of tasks including:

  • Performing field-based ecological assessments, including vegetation mapping, Habitat Hectares assessments, environmental impact assessment, targeted surveys for threatened flora and fauna, permitting and approval processes, long term monitoring programs etc.
  • Preparing various ecological reports including impact assessments, targeted significant species surveys, preparation of EPBC Act referrals etc.
  • Ecological impact assessment and offsetting for a range of projects from small scale infrastructure impact assessments to assisting with major projects of state significance, e.g. Environment Effects Statements
  • Preparing proposals and technical reports to required standards
  • Provision of project advice on ecological management, legislative requirements and threatened species requirements
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, colleagues, and government and private stakeholders
  • Managing and delivering projects on schedule, within budget and to the required quality standards
  • Regular fieldwork throughout Victoria, with the potential to travel interstate.

With a track record of achievement in a similar role, you will have a passion for building trusted relationships to drive positive change and win new work.

Suitable applicants will have/be:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or related discipline
  • A current valid Victorian driver’s license
  • Strong understanding of Commonwealth and state legislation
  • Experience conducting vegetation surveys in south-east Australia in a broad range of environments, particularly within Victoria
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as the ability to build rapport with internal and external clients.
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary environment, share knowledge and learn from others
  • Demonstrated project and time management skills
  • Competent in botanical identification skills, including experience using dissecting microscopes and identification keys
  • Habitat Hectare accreditation preferred
  • Consulting experience is desirable but not essential

When you join SMEC, you will have the opportunity to embrace your creativity and drive change across the business.

Working with clients and partners, you will be part of an organisation that helps to shape our communities, industries and the global landscape.

Our recent growth has provided new and exciting opportunities for our people, our employees enjoy a consistent flow of significant projects, end-to-end responsibilities and are motivated by meaningful work.

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Wrap up

As an inclusive and growing organisation, SMEC is committed to building a global community of talented professionals and thought leaders.

We recognise the value and importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace and look for people with different backgrounds, skills and expertise to drive innovation and shared learning across our growing global network.

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How to apply 

All applications must be submitted online. To apply, click on the "Apply Now" link below and follow the prompts.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Teresa Chan on

All recruitment activities go through our Resourcing function and currently, this role doesn’t require agency input.  Please do not forward resumes directly to SMEC employees/managers; we do not accept unsolicited resumes and are not responsible for any associated fees.

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