EL 1 - General Manager, Australian Biological Resources Study
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Canberra, Australia
3d ago
  • EL 1 - $107,933 - $116,090 per annum plus superannuation
  • Parks Australia Division
  • Canberra, ACT
  • Who we are

    Australia’s natural and cultural heritage is unique. Our land and seascapes are distinctive, home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, and to some of the oldest living cultures on earth.

    These environments and cultures are an essential part of our national identity, and visitors travel from across the country and the world to experience them.

    The Director of National Parks (the Director) is responsible for six national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, 58 Australian Marine Parks and the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

    Parks Australia is the federal park agency that supports the Director, and they are a division of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department).

    We work to showcase these natural and cultural wonders to the world, demonstrating to all why these places are so special, and inspiring communities to become more invested in their care and future.

    Australia’s National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) is the nation’s largest living collection of Australian native plants. It’s a tranquil setting for walking and spending time with family and friends, and a living classroom for visitors of all ages.

    The Gardens play a significant role in the conservation and propagation of rare and threatened plants. Our biodiversity science programs the Australian Biological Resources Study, the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, the National Seed Bank - and Biodiversity Informatics are partnerships for research, for management of physical and digital biological collections, and for management of fundamental national biodiversity data and information and are accessed nationally and internationally.

    Parks Australia Division; Australian National Botanic Gardens, Partnerships & Science Branch. The Branch (with approximately 64 staff) has two main sections : the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and Biodiversity Science.

    It is responsible for managing the ANBG as a park under the EPBC Act, and Biodiversity Informatics program providing botanical information through integrated databases, as well as the Australian Biological Resources Study and the Bush Blitz species discovery program.

    In addition, the Branch incorporates the National Parks Conservation Trust and the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.

    The Job

    The General Manager, Australian Biological Resources Study (EL1) supports the Director of Biodiversity Science by managing the Australian Biological Resources Study’s (ABRS) strategic and operational business.

    For over 40 years ABRS has provided national leadership and support for the discovery, naming and classification of Australia’s living organisms (the science of taxonomy).

    The position manages taxonomic publications and open-access databases including the Flora of Australia, the Australian Faunal Directory, and coordinating governance arrangements for the National Species List.

    This work is managed with the Biodiversity Science section’s Biodiversity Informatics team and in partnership with the Atlas of Living Australia and peak bodies, such as the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria and the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections.

    In this role you will be responsible for :

  • Providing high quality leadership to the biodiversity science and taxonomic work program of the Australian Biological Resources Study and participating as a member of the management team for the Section including : supervising and motivating staff, demonstrating a mentoring and capacity building role;
  • managing budgets and high-level monitoring and reporting on Section objectives; andliaising and negotiating to help ensure effective stakeholder engagement.

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative partnerships and relationships with stakeholders and scientific experts in research and collections institutions.
  • Leading the production, editing, preparation and publication of online and / or hardcopy ABRS biodiversity information products, including supervising the work of external contributors and managing contracts for project delivery.
  • Overseeing a national taxonomy grant program, in partnership with the Department of Social Services. Managing ad hoc contracts that help meet ABRS strategic outcomes.
  • Providing scientific expertise, strategic planning and policy advice as input to the Commonwealth’s environment and conservation policies and programs;
  • and contributing to the preparation and coordination of general correspondence, briefs, parliamentary and ministerial responses, Departmental responses and reports.

  • Representing the Department at meetings and conferences, including the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria and the Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections.
  • Eligibility

    Citizenship - To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment you must be an Australian citizen.

    Mandatory qualifications - Relevant tertiary qualifications in biological sciences.

    For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

    Job Family : Science

    Job Function : Management

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