Environmental Officer, Urban Ecology Planning and Policy



About Inner West Council

Formed from the amalgamation of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, Inner West Council is now among Sydney’s larger local government agencies looking after a vibrant community of 185,000 people living in some of the inner city’s most vibrant, creative, liveable and diverse suburbs.

As we continue to deliver quality, innovative and inclusive programs and services, we would love it if you can join in our journey towards becoming the best council for our community.

We are committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity, WHS, sustainability, continuous improvement and business excellence. The community is at the heart of the organisation and Council puts its ‘Values First’ with flexibility, integrity, respect and the spirit of team as a set of values and associated behaviours for all levels in the organisation. We expect commitment to these values from all employees in performing their respective roles

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The Environment and Sustainability Group is responsible for operations, strategic and annual planning and implementation of programs, projects and policy for the Inner West Council to deliver the outcomes and goals of the Community Strategic Plan. The role of Environment and Sustainability is to provide expert advice and guidance on matters relating to best practice environmental management across a range of areas, including water-sensitive cities, water quality in receiving waters, integration of flood management issues in the public and private domain, energy and climate change, biodiversity, the role of urban areas in providing ecosystem services, local food production, waste recovery and minimisation, transport and community engagement.

The Urban Ecology Team is focused on the health and integrity of ecosystems in the Inner West. The team provides technical, on-ground and engagement expertise working organisationally and with the community (business and residents) on improving natural capital. The team responds to biodiversity, water and catchments, and soils issues and focuses on planning and local partnerships and action.

The Environmental Officer Urban Ecology Planning and Policy provides specialist support to the Urban Ecology section, working collaboratively within Council on developing education, communication and engagement plans, including developing a good web and social media presence. The position also assists the team through research and data gathering and analysis for strategic planning, delivery of a place-based planning program, and helping prepare grant applications and formal submissions. The role includes developing and updating materials for urban ecology capacity building programs for Council and the community, including biodiversity, sustainable urban water management and soils, and running urban ecology education and incentive projects.

Please read the Position Description to familiarise yourself with all the requirements and conditions of the role.


$70,321 to $82,196 pa. plus super


  • Flexible work arrangements and RDO scheme
  • Strong learning and development focus and culture
  • Health and wellbeing programs including a subsidized gym membership to a network of Sydney gyms
  • Social sports groups


Essential Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualification in environmental management, environmental science communication, social sciences or a relevant field and/or appropriate relevant industry experience.
  2. Experience in development and delivery of environmental education programs and materials, including workshops, meetings, and tours for a diverse range of communities.
  3. Knowledge of current issues affecting urban ecology in the Inner West LGA, including key stakeholders, local communities, and concerns around water, biodiversity and soils.
  4. Social media and internet experience, including ability for setting up basic website pages and updating content.
  5. Experience in project management.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, including the capacity to communicate and relate to people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
  7. The ability to work autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  8. Knowledge of and capacity to implement EEO, WHS and Environmental Management principles.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of local government.
  2. Experience in the range of community engagement options available to Council
  3. Current Class C NSW Drivers’ License


Lana Frost, Urban Ecology Planning and Engagement Coordinator on 9392 5327 or Jean Brennan, Urban Ecology Manager on 9335 2104

Closing Date

Sunday 21 October 2018, 11:30pm

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