Conservation Assessment of Bushfire Affected Species
Medical, Biological and other Sciences
- This internship is able to cover project costs for domestic students only.
- The Industry Partner has implemented appropriate preparations to comply with Federal and State Government requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. Due to remote arrangements, this internship is now accepting applications from eligible PhD students nationwide.
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER
The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment administers the EPBC Act which is the primary national environmental law for the protection of native species. The Department supports an independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee which advises the Minister for the Environment on changes to the threatened species list and conservation planning (Conservation Advices and Recovery Plans) for listing species. The Department works closely with state and territory agencies and committees to provide consistent national protection to threatened species.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Opportunity to work within the Australian Government and see how conservation science is applied in the regulatory context.
- Opportunity to learn more about government agency work to protect and conserve threatened species.
- Opportunity to be able to demonstrate practical experience that may contribute to securing a paid position in government in future.
- Opportunity to make contacts who may be able to see your research work applied in future.
RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED
The internships available are primarily desk-based research on species affected by the bushfires. Assessment officers compile a summary of the species’ ecology and synthesise available information on abundance, distribution and trend for assessment against the EPBC listing criteria (equivalent to International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Redlist assessment). The Conservation Advice is vetted by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee before release for public, expert and state/territory comment. The advice is edited in response to consultation before final review by the Committee, and then becomes the Committee’s advice to the Minister. Training in application of the IUCN Criteria and the listing assessment process will be provided.
SKILLS WISH LIST
If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:
- The ability to undertake scientific literature research and articulate key information in a format that is both scientifically robust and suitable for a general audience
- Analytical thinking and the ability to understand and interrogate quantitative scientific data
- Note: these data may be of variable quality and quantity and/or collected by different means across the range of a species.
- Stakeholder engagement, including with government and non-government entities, the scientific community and Indigenous stakeholders
- Attention to detail
- Ability to manage time and deliver results within firm deadlines
- Self-direction following initial instruction and training
Each intern will be allocated at least two species for assessment. It is expected that draft Conservation Advices for each species will reach the stage of having been considered by the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee and released for consultation and edited in response to the consultation. Ideally these Conservation Advices would then be presented to the Scientific Committee for final approval, but this may not be achievable depending on the timing of the internship and Committee priorities. It should be noted that these documents will ultimately become the Committee’s advice to the Minister and will be publicly available on the Department’s webpages (authorship will not be attributed).
The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours and maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.
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