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Fisheries Biologist (Impact Assessment)

IPA are seeking applications from highly motivated Fisheries Biologists with a strong background in Impact Assessment and comprehensive knowledge of Queensland’s fisheries legislation.

This could be your chance to play a pivotal role in conducting scientific assessments, to evaluate the potential environmental effects of proposed projects and activities on Queensland’s aquatic resources.

The position will be full time and offered by way of a casual contract via our agency, IPA. It will be based within the Assessment and Monitoring business group of the Northern Fisheries Centre here in Cairns.

Applications Close: 2pm AEST Monday 6 November * (may be extended)

The Opportunity:
  • Expected work hours and days are Monday to Friday 36.25 hrs per week.
  • PO2.1 level starting rate $44.43/hr as a casual (this role does not include leave entitlements)
  • Initial term of contract until June 2024 * with the possibility of extension

What you will do

  • Assist in the identification of impacts from development proposals upon freshwater and marine fisheries resources, for example waterways providing fish passage and marine plants.
  • Assist with the identification and negotiation of lesser impact options for development proposals.
  • Assess applications for legislative approvals that impact on fisheries resources and provide written recommendations of conditions for an approval or refusal of the application.
  • Prepare reports, letters and comments and delivery of formal and informal talks or presentations.
  • Carry out pre-work development proposal site inspections and impact monitoring of completed authorised developments.
  • Assist in the review and preparation of comments on planning instruments in relation to the management of fish habitats and fisheries resources.

The Must Haves:

  • Possession of a degree in science, applied science or equivalent qualifications in a field relevant to the position.
  • Possession of a current Driver’s Licence (Class “C” open). This requirement continues for the duration of employment.
  • Ability to pass a National Criminal History check
  • Already living in Australia with suitable working rights for long term employment (Not suitable for Working Holiday Visas)
  • Able to relocate to Cairns within a reasonable timeframe of being offered the role. (Remote interviews for those living outside the local area are offered to shortlisted applicants)

Highly desirable:

Previous assessment or application experience using planning frameworks associated with Queensland legislation or equivalent legislation from other States or the Commonwealth.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work independently and to manage your workload effectively.

How to Apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to IPA Cairns, attention of ‘Northern Fisheries Cairns (ideally as one document).
Please note – if you have applied previously, please include CNS_OCT2023 in the name of your documents. This will ensure the most up-to-date document is reviewed.

Example of your document name: JOE_BLOGGS_CNS_OCT2023

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