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Scientists in residence

Use your sabbatical period to achieve real-world impact, make connections and explore incredible natural places.

Bush Heritage invites science academics to spend up to six months — the length of a typical sabbatical — with us to share their knowledge and translate their academic work into real-word impact.

We're keen to collaborate with scientists whose expertise complements our own in-house knowledge by hosting Scientists in Residence.

We make our reserves and other facilities available as study sites, cover expenses and project costs and provide opportunities to improve cultural competence, work on practical projects, collaborate on new thinking and deliver high-impact conservation science.

Richard McLellan studying sandalwood trees at Hamelin Reserve. Photo by Shayne Thomson.
Richard McLellan studying sandalwood trees at Hamelin Reserve. Photo by Shayne Thomson.

There are opportunities to work with a specific landscape team on a geographically focused area of inquiry or with the national and executive teams on broader issues.

Scientists in Residence will become familiar with our Knowledge Strategy and help to inform our work in their areas of expertise. There will also be excellent opportunities for a resident's students and colleagues to continue engaging with us beyond the initial residency.

We welcome applications from all disciplines, and would particularly love to hear from those with with expertise in hydrology, ethnobotany, geology, social science or meteorology.

Applicants will be selected based on

  • their alignment to Bush Heritage's goals and values,
  • their focus and capacity for undertaking high-impact research,
  • their complementary fit with Bush Heritage expertise,
  • availability to work in the relevant areas during the period, and
  • willingness to engage with our staff, partners and supporters during the Residency.
Tell us where you live, when you're available and how can you support Bush Heritage. If your sabbatical is in a year's time, let's plan for it!

How we work

Our staff, collaborators, affiliates and students are expected to conduct research in compliance with all National, State and local legislation including the IATSIS Code, and to act in alignment with the Right-way science approach, developed with our partners.