Biodiversity and Conservation Science

Senior Environmental Officer (Knowledge Exchange)


PSCA, Specified Calling Level 3, $109,533 - $120,969 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation


The Marine Science Program aims to ensure the department's marine biodiversity conservation and management programs are based on best practice science. The program promotes and undertakes marine research and monitoring to improve the scientific basis for the conservation and management of Western Australia's state-wide system of marine protected areas, threatened marine fauna and marine biodiversity generally. Marine research and monitoring are based around the strategies identified in protected area management plans and threatened species recovery/management plans.

Similar appointments may be made from this process in locations throughout Western Australia within a 12-month period to positions that may be permanent or contract, including contract appointments with the possibility of subsequent permanency.




Job Description

  • Strategically plans, develops and implements conservation initiatives including those to mitigate and/or manage major pressures (e.g. artificial light, feral animals, marine debris and climate change) on flatback turtles in Western Australia.
  • Facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information for use in decision making; assesses and measures effectiveness of different conservation strategies; implements actions to achieve outcomes and maintains strategic partnerships in DBCA and with external stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address the following four (4) criteria. These should be addressed in no more than three (3) pages in total.

  1. Demonstrated substantial experience planning and implementing collaborative multi-stakeholder projects that have delivered conservation outcomes (Essential), in a marine environment (Desirable).

  2. Demonstrated understanding of knowledge exchange principles and experience in using knowledge exchange in conservation programs.

  3. Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to lead and manage staff and contractors to ensure a productive and outcome focused work environment.

  4. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or using innovative and creative communication and education products and tools to assist conservation, including having communicated scientific information to diverse stakeholders.

Note: At the interview stage, applications will be required to conduct a seven (7) minute presentation to the selection panel on previous relevant experience and how this has led to conservation outcomes. 

In accordance with relevant legislation and departmental policy, the successful applicant will be required to possess or obtain a current and satisfactory National Police Check prior to commencement.

For the full role description, detailed responsibilities and a full list of selection criteria, including those that are not required to be addressed in the written application, please refer to attached Job Description below. The documents attached to this advertisement are available in alternative formats upon request.

For Further Job Related Information: Please contact Dr Scott Whiting on (08) 9219 9752, or for further information about the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions please visit

Application Instructions: 

To ensure that you submit the required and appropriate information in your application, please apply through the WA government jobs board.

All documents attached with your application must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Applicants should submit:

  • A written response addressing the above four (4) requested criteria (in no more than three (3) pages).

  • A current resume.

Failure to do so may jeopardise the selection panel’s ability to assess your application.

To ensure that you submit the required and appropriate information in your application, please read the attached Job Application Kit carefully. All documents attached with your application must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

To avoid last minute congestion of the system, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

No late or proforma applications will be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

A search for additional applicants may be conducted for this position where necessary in order to provide a more diverse and/or competitive field.

Substantive Equality Statement

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Indigenous Australians, young people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and women to apply for positions within our agency. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace. The Department also promotes flexible working arrangements.

For adjustments required in the recruitment process, please contact the Workforce Diversity Consultant on (08) 9219 9828 or Do not send applications to this email; they will not be accepted