Senior Water Floodplains and Coast Officer


Job Title: Senior Water Floodplains and Coast Officer
Job Grade / Classification: Senior Water Floodplains and Coast Officer
Employment Type: Full Time, Ongoing
Location: Newcastle or Gosford

About the Role:

Are you someone who:

  • Holds degree level qualifications in engineering, environmental science, natural resource management or a related discipline?
  • Has substantial experience with assessing and managing risks associated with floodplains, coastal areas or water resources?
  • Has a broad understanding of legislation and policies that apply to integrated water management and development in floodplains and coastal areas?
  • Has experience providing professional advice to a range of stakeholders ranging from State and local government agencies to community groups?
  • Is keen to make a positive impact on the way environmental water, flooding and coastal management issues are managed?

If you said yes, then we have an exciting opportunity you to join the Water, Floodplains and Coastal team within the Hunter Central Coast Branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). This role will be based in either our Newcastle or Gosford office.

Primary purpose of the role

  • Drive delivery of integrated water-cycle management and the effective management of flood and coastal zone risks and ecosystem health, including the preparation of studies and plans.
  • Contribute to effective regional delivery of water, flooding and coastal programs by collaborating with Councils and other stakeholders to provide strategic and technical input and capacity building.
  • Contribute technical and policy advice to Government and Councils, review technical elements of grant-assisted projects, and monitor and report on their progress.

Agency overview

Conservation and Regional Delivery Division provides integrated and customer focused services at the regional and local level to strengthen environmental conservation across NSW. This Division has responsibility for delivering state-wide conservation programs and includes services, programs and grants for threatened species, environmental water management, planning, coast, estuary and floodplain management, community engagement, compliance and enforcement.

The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.

The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.

The Department’s two related agencies - the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Office of Local Government - support the conservation and protection of the environment and an effective local government sector in NSW. Several other entities associated with the Department include the Environment Protection Authority, statutory trusts responsible for zoos, parks and gardens, independent assessment and planning bodies, and development corporations.

Currently the Department of Planning and Environment is transitioning into a new Department of Planning and Industry which will take effect from 1 July 2019.
Essential requirements:

  • Degree level tertiary qualifications in engineering, environmental science, natural resource management, or related discipline.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of integrated water, floodplain and coastal zone management policy and practice including knowledge of relevant legislation and knowledge of regional land-use planning and metropolitan water planning.
  • Current Class C (minimum) NSW Driver Licence or equivalent

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period. 

To Apply:

Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter

Q1. Provide an example of a planning or development project that you have assessed that required you to analyse technical information, use assessment tools, identify potential issues and negotiate and positive outcome relating to an integrated water, floodplain or coastal management issue. How did you identify, negotiate and communicate suitable outcomes? How did you maintain relationships with key stakeholders?

Q2. Describe a previous role that required you to manage multiple and competing priorities. How did you plan your work to achieve the deadlines required by each project? How successful were you and what factors contributed to your level of success?

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Applications Close: Sunday 26th May 2019 at 11:59pm.

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Steven Crick - 0402 279 129 (after 13 May 2019); if you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Joe Wehbe on [email protected].

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