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Senior Project Officer

Wildlife Health Australia

Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) is the coordinating body for wildlife health in Australia, and initially began as a national initiative of the Australian Government in 2002. WHA operates a virtual office and offers the flexibility of remote working arrangements.

WHA works with a network of government and private stakeholders across Australia to develop strong partnerships in order to better manage the adverse effects of wildlife diseases on Australia’s animal health industries, human health, biodiversity, trade and tourism. WHA participates in surveillance, investigation, monitoring, research and recording of wildlife disease events. WHA helps protect Australia’s trade, human health, biodiversity and tourism.

WHA is seeking a motivated Senior Project Officer to join our team on a part-time basis (19 hours per week). You will play a crucial role in managing, leading, delivering, and reporting on key WHA projects of a technical and capacity building nature. Additionally, you will contribute to and actively engage in the capacity building and management of Australia's wildlife health preparedness and response system. This role involves liaising, leading discussions, and providing expert advice on specific operational or technical issues for capacity building for wildlife health with government, industry, and community groups.

An ideal candidate will possess the following, specific to the Senior Project Officer role:

Essential Selection Criteria

  • High level knowledge and experience in wildlife health, feral animal disease surveillance and management, and / or wildlife rehabilitation.
  • High level skills in project management and an understanding of complex stakeholder engagement; skills or experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considered an advantage.
  • High level experience in and commitment to accurate record keeping, fact finding, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Understanding of animal disease management including wildlife diseases.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications.
  • Demonstrated general administrative skills, including committee chairperson duties and support.
  • Interest and experience in One Health and/or national and international policy development.
  • Experience in building and maintaining genuine, respectful, inclusive working relationships and collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Common Criteria (WHA)

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Understanding of and commitment to conservation and environmental sustainability.
  • Values and a commitment to a safe, secure and diverse workplace.

Qualifications & Licences

  • A degree in an appropriate discipline such as social sciences, conservation, environmental, animal or public health science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, health promotion or other relevant field
  • A current Australian Drivers’ License.

We appreciate it can be challenging to strictly meet all selection criteria and encourage candidates who predominantly do, to consider applying.

Salary for this position is $108,749 p/a pro rata (0.5 FTE ~ $54,374) plus 11% superannuation.

WHA is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds, sex, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to tell us if they require any adjustments during the recruitment and selection process if they choose to.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Before applying, please obtain a copy of the full position description and application guidelines, by contacting Trish Hennessy-Hawks, Head of Administration, People & Culture via email: [email protected]. Please direct any specific queries regarding the position to Jo Walker on 02 8251 2330 or [email protected], using the subject line: Senior Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

You can find out more about Wildlife Health Australia by visiting our website: wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au.

Please note, interviews will likely be scheduled in April with a commencement date planned for late June.

Established as the Australian Wildlife Health Network in 2002, subsequently incorporated and commenced trading as Wildlife Health Australia in 2013.

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