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Southeast Queensland Marine Coordinator - Brisbane / Noosa

The Nature Conservancy
  • Brisbane or Noosa, Queensland Australia
  • Full-time role
  • 3-year contract with potential for extension
  • Salary range from $85,000 per annum to $105,000 per annum, plus 9.5% superannuation

A Little About Us

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  

One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, superannuation, savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. 

Your Position with TNC

The Southeast Queensland Marine Coordinator, (SEQ MC) is responsible for executing TNC’s marine strategy in Southeast Queensland, including the implementation of a substantial conservation project in the Noosa estuary. The SEQ MC reports to the Marine Manager, Australia Program and will be part of an exciting national marine team working to restore Australia’s most imperilled marine ecosystems. 

The SEQ MC will require extensive project management skills, excel in a responsive, dynamic and flexible working environment and bring technical skills or industry and stakeholder knowledge, complementing those of the Conservancy’s Marine Program. We are looking for someone with exceptional leadership skills who is not afraid to innovate and find new, positive solutions to marine conservation that benefit both people and nature. 

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Works with a wide range of partners to develop and execute restoration projects targeted at expanding protection and restoration of critical marine habitats in strategically selected bays and estuaries across Southeast Queensland
  • Oversees the implementation of on-ground coastal restoration projects, with an initial focus on implementing a significant project in the Noosa estuary
  • Communicates TNC and partner-led science and practice to diverse audiences such as government, donors, NGOs, Traditional Owners, fishers, academics and community groups
  • Provides scientific and technical guidance, project coordination and support to project staff
  • Develops partnerships with government agencies, private industry, universities, Traditional Owners and community groups to advance the conservation and research priorities of the Australian Oceans Program
  • Leads and assists with peer-reviewed publications, presentations, grant proposals and project reporting
  • Must be able to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Manages contracts, budgets and reporting for funding grants and contractors   

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance including leading a multi-disciplinary team
  • Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and government agencies
  • Experience building, maintaining relationships and communicating with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • PhD preferred and 5-7 years related experience
  • Experience in aquaculture, coastal engineering or maritime construction
  • Experience in GIS mapping and environmental modelling
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in developing and implementing conservation strategies that result in tangible, on-ground outcomes for communities
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance

Additional Qualifications

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers.”

Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

Important Information:  

  1. Only applicants who are currently eligible to work in Australia will be considered. The Nature Conservancy may not provide support for working visas or residency for this position.
  2. Only applications submitted via The Nature Conservancy’s Careers website, and have addressed the selection criteria questions, will be considered.

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