Principal Aquatic Ecologist

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Principal Aquatic Ecologist - ( 240002C8 )


About the role

Our Queensland Environmental Services Business provides strategic and practical solutions to clients with environmental management challenges. We are currently seeking a Principal Aquatic Ecologist with marine or freshwater experience to take a lead role in growing our Aquatic Ecology practice in Queensland. You will benefit from being part of a National Ecology and Environmental Services practice that has industry experts across Marine, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology and are currently delivering a range of exciting projects across Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

This is a key area of growth for our Ecology team, and we are looking for experienced candidates to bring their extensive industry knowledge to build the Aquatic practice in Queensland. This role can be delivered out one of our three offices, Brisbane – Fortitude Valley, Gold Coast – Carrara and Sunshine Coast – Maroochydore. You will be able to grow and build your reputation as an industry leader through initiatives such as conference presentations, professional memberships and mentoring up and coming Ecologists.

Day to day tasks would involve:

  • Displaying expertise in the fields of marine and freshwater ecology including experimental design and statistical analyses

  • Creating business growth using your extensive client network, market understanding and technical knowledge

  • Planning, leading and implementing estuarine, marine and /or freshwater field studies

  • Delivery of technical reports for clients and participating in proposal and tender production

  • Managing the delivery of projects throughout the project life cycle, taking accountability for overall time, cost, and quality of delivery

  • Demonstrating a solid understanding of environmental legislation and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of current industry standards, practices, environmental legislation and approvals processes

  • Establish and drive a culture of efficient and effective delivery of all projects within Aquatic Ecology

  • Acting as a professional mentor to junior staff and assisting with their professional development

To be successful for this role you’ll need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Marine or Freshwater Ecology / Biology, Marine Science or equivalent

  • Minimum of 10 years’ post graduate Ecology experience ideally within a consulting, construction, or regulatory environment

  • Qualifications and experience in scientific diving (or equivalent) and Coxswains certification desirable

  • Intimate knowledge of key market drivers and services that will help propel the growth of these services in Stantec

  • Thorough knowledge of QLD and Federal planning and environment legislation essential

  • Well-developed fieldwork skills including leading field teams with specific knowledge in intertidal, subtidal and offshore survey methods

  • Knowledge of freshwater survey methods such as electrofishing, AUSRIVAS protocols and macroinvertebrate identification desirable

  • GIS and habitat mapping skills using ArcGIS or similar highly desirable

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, broad communication and negotiation skills

  • Ability to lead and manage projects and teams to ensure work output is delivered on time and to budget

  • Commitment to self-improvement and continuing professional development

  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to seek out new business development and growth opportunities

  • Flexibility to travel occasionally

Physical Requirements

  • Position includes both office and field work and the applicant must be physically able to stand, swim and work in the field including in remote areas for extended periods of time.

What we offer

Along with a competitive salary, we offer many other benefits to ensure your professional development and wellbeing is ongoing.

  • Genuine Flexible Working Arrangements – Including work from home opportunities, provision for school term contracts, job sharing and part time employment.

  • Option to purchase up to 4 weeks additional leave

  • Learning and Talent Development Programs - Including Global programmes, online learning and on-the-job learning

  • Mentoring for your own development and the opportunity to mentor others

  • Professional Registrations and Memberships

  • Salary Continuance Insurance (SCI)

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Programs

  • Service Recognition Awards

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their immediate family members

  • A friendly team environment, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff committed to producing high quality service and deliverables

About us

The Stantec community unites over 30,000 employees working in over 450 locations across six continents. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy, resources, water, environmental, transport and infrastructure projects to life. Our work from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships.


Stantec is serious about healthy work-life balance, diversity, inclusion & equity, indigenous relations, innovation, community engagement, corporate sustainability, and social wellbeing. We have employee groups for women, LGBTQI , neurodiversity, and more! Our employees play sport, fundraise, volunteer, learn, and have fun together.

How to apply

If this position is of interest, please apply via the link below.

Please note that no agency applications will be accepted at this time.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Marine or Freshwater Ecology / Biology, Marine Science or equivalent

Primary Location : Australia-Queensland-Fortitude Valley

Other Locations : Australia-Queensland-Maroochydore, Australia-Queensland-Carrara

Organization : BC-3045 EnvSvcs-AU Australia

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : No

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Jun 12, 2024, 9:17:44 PM

Req ID: 240002C8


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