Project Officer - Surveillance

Wildlife Health Australia

Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) is the coordinating body for wildlife health in Australia, and initially began as a national initiative of the Australian Government in 2002[1]. The head office is located in Sydney, NSW, but remote arrangements will be considered for the successful applicant.

WHA works with a network of government and private stakeholders across Australia to develop strong partnerships in order to better manage the adverse effects of wildlife diseases on Australia’s animal health industries, human health, biodiversity, trade and tourism. WHA participates in surveillance, investigation, monitoring, research and recording of wildlife disease events. WHA helps protect Australia's trade, human health, biodiversity and tourism.

WHA is seeking a motivated Project Officer to join our team on a fixed term, full-time basis (38 hours per week, 2-year contract). We are looking for someone excited to be part of our surveillance program, with an interest in wildlife health. This role will involve supporting multiple projects and groups. Experience in capturing, managing and sharing wildlife health data with a diverse stakeholder network is key to this role, and will require strong data management and analysis skills, attention to detail and good communication skills.



  • Knowledge and interest in wildlife health, disease surveillance and management.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to accurate record keeping, fact finding, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Understanding of animal disease surveillance and management including wildlife diseases.
  • Understanding of government processes and functions relating to animal health issues.
  • Skills in project management and an understanding of stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications.
  • Excellent computer skills including experience with database management, including managing large data sets.
  • Demonstrated general administrative skills, including committee support.
  • Experience in building and maintaining genuine, respectful working relationships and collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


  • A degree in an appropriate discipline such as veterinary science, animal health, biological sciences or environmental health.
  • or a veterinary science degree: desirable, but not mandatory, that it is registrable in one of Australia’s states or territories.


We appreciate it can be challenging to strictly meet all selection criteria and encourage candidates who predominantly do, to consider applying.

Salary for this position is $79,674 p/a plus 10.5% superannuation.

WHA is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds, sex, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to tell us if they require any adjustments during the recruitment and selection process if they choose to.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Before applying, please obtain a copy of the full position description and application guidelines, by contacting Trish Hennessy-Hawks, Administration Manager on 02 9960 6333 or email [email protected] using the subject line: Project Officer - Surveillance enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you have specific queries regarding the position, please contact Keren Cox-Witton on 02 8251 2327 or email [email protected]. You can find out more about Wildlife Health Australia by visiting our website:

[1] Established as the Australian Wildlife Health Network in 2002, subsequently incorporated and commenced trading as Wildlife Health Australia in 2013