Sustainable Farms is an innovative project that supports farmers with scientific evidence about how to manage natural assets to improve profitability, wellbeing and biodiversity on farms. It is built on the long- term monitoring studies in the South West Slopes that are led by Professor David Lindenmayer.
You will support Sustainable Farms by collecting high quality biophysical data and assist in the design and publication of research projects. You will also share your knowledge with the community through field days, workshops, papers, and public seminars. The Research and Extension Officer reports to the Project Director, Sustainable Farms and will work closely with staff at the university and in regional locations, along with landowners, external partners in Local Land Services and Landcare groups. Under broad direction, the Senior Research and Extension Officer will: 1. Coordinating and conducting monitoring activities to collect high quality biophysical data on vegetation structure, floristics, birds, frogs, reptiles and arboreal marsupials as part of long-term ecological monitoring programs. This will involve conducting experimental work and/or fieldwork and related activities on farms across the Sustainable Farms project area. 2. Translate research findings from the Long-Term Monitoring studies and other ANU research, to farmers, NRM agencies and practitioners in public forums including field days, information sessions and media interviews, as required. 3. Maintain and create effective communications and relationships with various stakeholders, including building the capacity of staff from NRM agencies and Landcare groups to support conservation practices on farms through improved natural asset management, particularly farm dams and vegetation cover. 4. Proactively sourcing relevant funding opportunities with NRM agencies and Landcare groups including developing funding proposals and grant applications to build capacity within the sector. 5. Contribute to the financial management of Sustainable Farms outputs including providing timely progress reporting as required by Sustainable Farms Director and external funding agencies. 6. Coordinate the provision of efficient general support on a range of matters related to the allocated research activities, including: • Utilising the Conservation and Long-term Ecology database data capture systems to ensure fieldwork data is stored and shared according to project requirements and in accordance with metadata. • Coordinating relevant approvals to ensure compliance with regulatory and policy requirements including the ethics approval for the research team, as required. 7. Provide leadership and support other team members, and to researchers from other disciplines working in Sustainable Farms to coordinate farm dam research activities and other surveys in the South West Slopes. This may involve direct staff supervision. 8. Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity. 9. Perform other duties as requested, consistent with the classification level of the position and in line with the principle of multi-skilling.
Applications are invited from individuals who love to be in the field conducting biodiversity surveys and who also have a strong commitment and passion for sharing knowledge with the community to improve outcomes for both farmers and the environment. The successful candidate will have a solid knowledge of vertebrate field ecology, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a regionally dispersed team. You will be proactive and strategically minded with the ability to supervise and mentor junior staff SELECTION CRITERIA 1. Qualifications in ecology or a closely related discipline and extensive experience in research translation role, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/ training. 2. Sound knowledge of and demonstrated experience conducting field-based flora and fauna surveys, including very high-level bird identification skills, with a preference for temperate woodland ecosystem experience. As well as experience in managing research data, and obtaining relevant approvals and licences for surveys. 3. A proven science communicator with outstanding people skills and a passion for public engagement. 4. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and management skills, including an ability to mentor and supervise staff and an ability to consult and liaise effectively with staff across all areas of the Sustainable Farms project at different locations 5. Proven organisational and project-management skills and attention to detail, with a demonstrated ability to prioritise own workload and to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, meeting competing deadlines and delivering high-quality outcomes. 6. Willingness to travel to sites throughout NSW on a regular basis and be in the field for extended periods of time. 7. High level computer skills with demonstrated experience using information systems to generate complex reports and skills using the MSOffice suite, in particular Excel. Demonstrated experience using and maintaining databases for research purposes is required. 8. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a University context.
Classification: ANU Officer Grade 7 (Research and Extension) Salary Package: $88,523 - $92,957 per annum plus 17% Superannuation. Terms: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funding) - Join a highly skilled team of ecologists to design and collect data for long-term monitoring of biodiversity on farms in the box gum grassy woodlands. - Channel your passion for communication and lead events to support farmers with science to inform on-ground action.
Wagga, NSW In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents: - A statement addressing the selection criteria. - A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. - Other documents, if required. Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position. The Senior Research and Extension Officer will ideally be based in Wagga. The role also involves substantial amounts of travel to conduct surveys and run field days on farms in the Sheep Wheat Belt. Please note: The successful applicant must have the rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. For further information about the role, please contact Project Director Michelle Young 0437256513 [email protected] or Field Ecologist Clare Crane 0417451834 [email protected] Applications close: 11 Apr 2021