Senior Project Officer

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 Senior 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 One Health surveillance program with an interest in wildlife health and One Health. You must have outstanding communication skills, attention to detail and experience in managing projects, plus experience in capacity building activities.



  • High level knowledge and interest in wildlife health, One Health, surveillance, risk analysis and management.
  • High level skills in project management and an understanding of complex stakeholder engagement.
  • High level experience and commitment to accurate record keeping, fact finding, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience in development and implementation of capacity building activities, including creation and delivery of tertiary and/or post graduate training and teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellence in computer skills including experience with website and database management, including managing of large data sets.
  • Understanding of animal disease management including wildlife diseases.
  • Understanding of national and international government processes and functions relating to animal health issues.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills, including committee chairperson duties and support.
  • Understand systems thinking and approaches.
  • Experience in building and maintaining genuine, respectful working relationships and collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, with international experience required.


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


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 $108,749 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: Senior Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you have specific queries regarding the position, please contact Steve Unwin 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