birding-aus Mt Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren Recovery Program ORNITHO

Subject: birding-aus Mt Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren Recovery Program ORNITHOLOGIST wanted
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 09:23:38
Hi everybody -

I am forwarding by request the following message from the Conservation
Council of South Australia (CCSA) regarding a job position with the Mt
Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren Recovery Program, for your interest and
information.  If you are interested, please note that the closing date for
applications is very close - 7 June - so you will have to move quickly.


Further information is available by reading the Recovery Plan itself, which
is available for reference at the Conservation Centre, 120 Wakefield St,
Adelaide, SA 5000.
Tel: (08) 8223 5155.  Fax: (08) 8232 4782
Email: <>

For queries, ask for Michelle Grady, Vicki Jo Russell or Eva Squire, on 08
8223 5155.

When applying, please follow these instructions.

1       In your application, please directly address sections 5 and 6, detailing
your suitability in regards to these requirements and duties;

2       attach a CV/resume;

3       include any relevant written references you may have, and give details 
        2-3 referees, whom CCSA can contact;

4       send your application addressed to:-
        Attn: Michelle Grady
        Executive Officer
        Conservation Council of SA Inc
        120 Wakefield St
        ADELAIDE  SA  5000

(note, whilst faxed or emailed applications will be accepted, hard copy
applications would be preferred.)

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 7 June 1999.


1.  Title:                              ORNITHOLOGIST
2.  Classification Level:       Social and Community Services Award level 4
        4 days a week
* initial six month contract with continuance thereafter subject to
performance, need and confirmation of funding

3.  Section/Program:    Mt Lofty Ranges Southern Emu Wren Recovery Program

The Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu Wren Recovery Program (MLR SEWRP) is a
program run by the Conservation Council of South Australia Inc. Funded by
the Commonwealth Government through the Natural Heritage Trust?s Endangered
Species Program, the MLRSEWRP began in January 1995, following a
comprehensive survey in 1993 and the publication of a Recovery Plan in
April 1994. In 1998 the Recovery Plan was revised, with seven key actions
to effect the recovery of the Mt Lofty Ranges Southern Emu Wren (Stipiturus
malachurus intermedius).

The Recovery Program is directed by the MLRSEW Recovery Team comprising
community members and scientists from universities and government.

The MLRSEW is nationally critically endangered and found in the Southern Mt
Lofty Ranges (Fleurieu Peninsula), South Australia. Its habitat is mainly
intact of semi intact wet heath near some coastal heath. Its decline is due
solely to habitat clearance and fragmentation, including slashing,
draining, spraying, over grazing and repetitive burning of large swamp
areas.  The 18 remaining small populations are now vulnerable to additional
threats such as floods, natural fires, inbreeding and predation by foxes
and cats.

Recovery actions including monitoring, fencing, community awareness,
revegetation of swamps, fox baiting,  possible captive breeding of
translocation of birds and community awareness raising.

See the attached information sheets for further information on the Emu Wren
and the Recovery Program actions

4.  Position Objective
To undertake the ornithological Actions of the MLRSEW Recovery Plan.

5   Key skills


? Class A bird banding license and experience in the use of mist nets;
? experience in the use of field survey and census techniques for birds;

? good organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines and write

? excellent verbal and written communication skills;

? ability to work independently and as part of a team;

? current drivers licence


? degree in biology or equivalent;

? experience in the analysis of bird population dynamics and behaviour;

? experience in the use of personal computers to manipulate data;

? experience in setting and implementing work plans;

? experience with a project budget and limited resources;

? understanding of the principles of native vegetation management;

? experience communicating the results of biological research to a varied

? experience working in swampy habitats;

? understanding of threatened species management and the recovery process;

? experience coordinating volunteers.

6  Key tasks

* note:- duties relate to the five year Program, therefore not every duty
(or Action) will be undertaken in each year. See the full Recovery Plan for
further details.

6.1     capture, band and monitor Emu Wrens at a number of sites;

6.2     identify patterns of use of swamps by MLR SEWs;

6.3     monitor response of Emu Wrens to swamp management actions initiated by
the Recovery Projects;

6.4     design methodology for and coordinate implementation of a census of MLR
SEWs on the Fleurieu Peninsula;

6.5     prepare a translocation strategy for the EW and if necessary, undertake
and monitor translocation trials;

6.6     update the population viability analysis for the EW;

6.7     report regularly on progress of the project;

6.8     liaise with landholders and other stakeholders as necessary;

6.9     coordinate volunteers involved directly in these tasks;

6.10    collaborate with other employees on a regular basis.

7  Organisational Relationship

7.1     The Ornithologist will be expected to work with nominal supervision and
will be responsible ultimately to the CCSA Board of Management, through the
MLR SEW Coordinator and the CCSA Executive Officer;

7.2     The Ornithologist will liaise with the other Emu Wren staff (Vegetation
Officer and Extension Officer) and with other CCSA staff as needed (in
particular the CCSA Administrative Officer;

7.3     The Ornithologist will liaise with and report to the MLR SEW Recovery
Team (twice a year) and its individual members (on an as needs basis);
7.4     The Ornithologist can be a member of the CCSA Staff Association and can
attend its meetings.

8  Extent of Authority

8.1     The Ornithologist is expected to exercise a large degree of autonomy in
dealing with day to day issues as they arise and in organising and carrying
out the duties specified;

8.2     Overall authority for conduct of the Program lies with the Coordinator;

8.3     Requests for expenditure on a day to day basis must be referred to the
CCSA Executive Officer. Overall budgetary direction will be determined by
the Coordinator and the Recovery Team, with final approval from the CCSA
Board of Management and Environment Australia.

9    Conditions

9.1     Hours will be negotiable but 0.8 time is offered from the agreed
        starting date with any continuation beyond that date subject to
performance review, need and renewal of CCSA?s contract with the granting
body (Environment Australia);

        An initial performance review will be conducted at the end of three
months. Ongoing appointment after the six month initial contract will be
subject to a further performance review etc. Performance reviews will
thereafter be conducted on a yearly basis.

9.2     Maintain a written record of time worked and make requests for all
leave, absence due to illness and so on, according to established CCSA

9.3     Overtime is generally not available (due to strict budgetary
constraints) and must only be worked with permission, but Time off in Lieu
can be negotiated, fully in accordance with the SACS Award.

9.3     Should the employee become a candidate for State or Federal Parliament,
the employee shall take leave without pay. If elected, the employee shall
be deemed to have resigned.

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