Scholarship in ecology and restoration of ephemeral wetlands

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England, Armidale NSW, is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a motivated, independent and adventurous MSc or PhD candidate to explore the ecology of ephemeral upland wetlands. These wetlands are a Threatened Ecological Community in the New England Tablelands Bioregion and the project is part of a large Saving Our Species grant funded by the NSW Environmental Trust..

The successful candidate will:

  • have Honours or MSc or relevant research experience in field ecology;
  • be interested in natural history and conservation;
  • be comfortable collecting and/or learning to identify multiple taxa (plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles);
  • have basic fitness and willingness to work in remote areas;
  • have basic skills and interest in developing knowledge of statistics, scientific writing, and communication.

Candidates will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas relevant to:

  • Community ecology: ecological interactions between plants, invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Restoration ecology: experimental restoration for wetland conservation
  • Ecosystem services: synergies and trade-offs in social-ecological systems

The project is focused on ecological monitoring and conservation outcomes. It also has a strong community engagement and education focus. An interest in working alongside industry partners, a passion for science communication, and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team are important qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English and have a current driver’s licence. Selection of applicants will be based on merit.

This project is a collaboration between the Laboratory of Applied Zoology and Ecological Restoration & the Saunders Ecology Lab.

The successful candidate will be working with researchers from two dynamic labs that seek to understand and mitigate threats to wildlife through experimental and empirical ecology, and community engagement. Our research informs sustainable management of natural resources and aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystems in a state of continuing global environmental change. Our study systems cover a range of diverse ecosystems in Australia and Papua New Guinea. You will join a diverse group of researchers that encourages collaboration and outreach. We encourage applicants from gender diverse, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Scholarship Information

AU$28,092 (2020 rate) per annum tax-free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments with an additional $10,000 top up per year for operating expenses.

AU$14,046 (2020 rate) per annum, taxable, for part-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments with an additional $5,000 top up per year for operating expenses.

Three years full-time for a doctoral degree, two years for a research Master's degree. The duration of an RTP stipend scholarship cannot be extended.

For more information regarding the Research Training Program (RTP) and the scholarship terms and conditions please visit the following website.

How to Apply

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

General Enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to Dr Debbie Bower:

Lecturer in Ecosystem Rehabilitation

School of Environmental and Rural Science


Applications are open until filled.