Natural Capital Data Analyst

Job No: NCDA
Location: National

  • Fantastic opportunity to work within a leading conservation organisation
  • Circa $89k to $109k salary, inclusive 10% superannuation 
  • Full time 3 years fixed term contract
  • Location flexible

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a very real contribution to the protection of Australia’s unique wildlife and their habitat.

Bush Heritage Australia, an independent, leading conservation not-for-profit, is seeking a Natural Capital Data Analyst.

Our vision of Healthy Country, Protected Forever sees us work where we are needed most: in areas of high conservation value with low levels of protection. With the help of our donors, we buy and manage land, so we can protect our irreplaceable landscapes and our magnificent native species forever.

Currently we own 37 reserves and we protect and help manage 11.3 million hectares of land across the country. In our mission to return the bush to good health, we provide habitat for 6,700 native species, including at least 226 threatened species. Two proven approaches underline what we do: we carefully select, purchase and manage landscapes of high conservation value; and we work in partnership with Traditional Owners and others to achieve key conservation outcomes.

About the role

Bush Heritage’s 2030 Strategy is to improve biodiversity protection, function and connectivity across landscapes. We will work in collaboration with farmers to improve biodiversity outcomes across 10 million ha of agricultural lands. To do this effectively across a number of engagement models, we require advanced data gathering, management and analyses to inform and drive improved biodiversity outcomes.

Bush Heritage seeks a skilled data analyst to develop the data structures, workflows and system design that will support natural capital analysis and reporting (primarily vegetation condition) including:

  • Data definition and entity relationships for vegetation condition data within the context of BHA conservation systems
  • Vegetation condition data collection, analysis and storage
  • Data and project presentation and reporting
  • Vegetation mapping and experimental design
  • Other natural capital data and analysis depending on specific project scope

This data will fit within the existing Bush Heritage conservation data systems and inform vegetation condition methods across varied landscapes and reporting templates including:

  • Bush Heritage’s Accounting For Nature Veg Condition Account method (field based)
  • MCF Farm Assessment of Grasslands (field based)
  • Farm-Natural Capital verification - Natural Capital Accounting at farm scale (satellite and field based)
  • Bush Heritage’s AFN Integrated Veg Condition Account Method (satellite, UAV and field measures)

The Natural Capital Data Analyst will work with the Business Development and Strategic Project Manager and partner organisations and will be responsible for the workflows supporting the analysis of vegetation indicators from both remotely sensed data and on-ground observations for use in accounts aligned to the Accounting for Nature framework and similar information State and Transitions vegetation data required for the development of Natural Capital Accounts.

This position will be required to work closely with external client parties and the Conservation and Science team to ensure integration of the dataflows with our existing science data systems.

This position may be required to communicate information concerning Bush Heritage’s methods to other stakeholder scientific based individuals or organisations.

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What you'll need to succeed

  • Commitment and passion for nature conservation and the objectives and values of Bush Heritage
  • Demonstrated and practical experience in the design, implementation and technical analysis of ecological monitoring and survey programs using remotely sensed imagery
  • Ability to communicate well in both written and oral forms, and experience in communicating highly technical information to less technical audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and also collaborate as part of a professional team member under both direct and remote supervision
  • The candidate will have high level skills and knowledge in the following:
    • Experience in high-level data definition, ERD and process flows related to system design
    • Excellent analytical skills - the ability to identify trends, patterns and insights from data with a strong attention to detail
    • Intermediate understanding of databases such as SQL Server and related Azure Cloud Technologies
    • Understanding of reporting & data visualisation tools such as PowerBI
    • Understanding of scripting languages such as XML, Javascript, JSON, Python and R Suite.
    • Understanding of ETL framework and ETL tools such as Microsoft SSIS
  • Additional experience with GIS Platforms and spatial analytics welcome
  • Current drivers’ licence

How to apply

To apply for this role, simply fill in your personal details and answer the questions below. You will then be taken to a page to upload a copy of your CV. There is no need to attach a cover letter or separate document answering key selection criteria.

If you require further information, please contact Angela Hawdon (Business Development and Strategic Project) on (03) 8610 9130 / or Marina Mateos (Organisational Development Coordinator) on 03 8610 9123 /

Bush Heritage Australia actively encourages applicants from diverse groups and communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women, people with diverse ability and LGBTIQ (sexuality and gender diverse and intersex) communities.

Applications close: Sunday 22nd May 14 at 11.30pm AEST

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Bush Heritage Australia, an independent, leading conservation not-for-profit, operates to make a very real contribution to the protection of Australia's unique wildlife and it's habitat.