Local Engagement Officer, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office



The Organisation and the Team

The Department of Environment & Energy designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy.

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder manages Commonwealth environmental water to protect and restore the rivers, wetlands and floodplains of the Murray-Darling Basin (the Basin). The Northern Basin Section supports the efficient and effective use of Commonwealth environmental water in the Northern Basin, which includes responsibility for nine catchments from the Border Rivers (at the top of the Basin in southern Queensland) south to the Macquarie catchment (in central New South Wales). The Section comprises seven staff, including two Local Engagement Officers that are based regionally (e.g. Armidale, Goondiwindi, Tamworth, Dubbo, Narrabri, or as negotiated).

More details on the environmental watering in the northern Basin can be found at: https://www.environment.gov.au/water/cewo/catchment

The Role & Duties

The role provides a great opportunity to share ideas and information with the communities of the Northern Murray-Darling Basin about the health of rivers and wetlands and the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water.

You will support effective and efficient management and use of Commonwealth environmental water by:

  • engaging and building partnerships with communities, organisations, delivery partners and groups
  • representing and communicating the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office’s interests in conjunction with other members of the section
  • support preparation of material to communicate Commonwealth environmental water activities in the region
  • and being involved in relevant local activities and environmental water management processes.

Skills & Experience

  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to tailor to different audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging and building productive partnerships with a range of stakeholders, preferably in the northern Basin
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Qualifications or experience with natural resource management such as water resource management or river ecology


  • A current driver’s licence
  • To be eligible for any position in the Department you must be an Australian Citizen.
  • You must undergo and satisfy a National Police History Check
  • This position also involves working with Children and the successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate Working with Children Check.


The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement at http://www.environment.gov.au/about-us/employment/enterprise-agreement-2016-2019

How to apply:

To obtain more information about the position please contact Nerida Sloane on 02 6274 1962 or [email protected]

Applications close: 11.30pm (AEDST) on Sunday 24 February 2019.

The Department of Environment and Energy values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

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