The Team

Our Directors

Steve Sass

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) (Honours) CSU.

Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management CSU

Honours Thesis title “Determinants of reptile diversity in a fragmented landscape

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

NSW Biodiversity Accredited Assessor (BAAS17047), Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Certified Environmental Practitioner – Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand

Ecological Consultants Association of NSW


Steve is a Director and the Principal Ecologist at EnviroKey. He is a highly experienced ecologist having undertaken hundreds of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity surveys across Australia since 1992.  Steve has an in-depth working knowledge of environmental and biodiversity legislation across all states and territories which allows him to provide detailed and accurate assessments and formulate practical solutions to clients and specific projects on a case-by-case basis. Over the past 14 years, he has completed or provided specialist biodiversity advice to more than 800 environmental assessments for projects such as residential and industrial developments, highway upgrades and telecommunications, water, sewerage, energy, mining and electricity network infrastructure projects.

Previous and current research holds Steve in high regard within both the scientific and ecological consultants’ community. To date, Steve has published, submitted or has in preparation, thirty-one manuscripts within peer-reviewed scientific journals, most of which are related to threatened species survey, monitoring or management. Steve was recently assigned ‘Expert Status’ for 23 species listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Steve’s career highlight is the recent discovery of a new species of lizard in western NSW; the Barrier Range Dragon (Ctenophorus mirrityana). Steve played a pivotal role in collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Museum Victoria and EnviroKey to formally describe this new species which was recently published in the Journal of the Australian Museum.

Steve brings his extensive scientific background as a past employee of the Ecology and Biodiversity group within the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS), a leading research group at Charles Sturt University, Australia’s largest regional university and his accreditation with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand as a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) to each of his projects.

Linda Sass

Academic Qualifications

AssocDeg. Gen. St (Science) (CSU)

B. A, Dip. Ed (Sec), CSU

Cert III Captive Animals (Western Sydney TAFE)

Deans Award for Academic Excellence

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ecological Consultants Association of NSW

Linda is a Director and the Senior Ecologist at EnviroKey. She is a highly experienced ecologist having undertaken hundreds of terrestrial biodiversity surveys across western and southern NSW since 2005. She has an excellent working knowledge of environmental and biodiversity legislation and subsequently, she has prepared hundreds of environmental assessments including biodiversity assessment, Review of Environmental Factors and site management plans.