Manager, Branch Programs


  • Play a vital role in managing, promoting and protecting the conservation and heritage of our national parks and reserves.
  • Join our journey to conserve over 850 protected areas within the state, including historic sites, places of Aboriginal cultural significance and habitats that protect wildlife.
  • Contribute to what we're doing to conserve our parks and reserves for generations to come.

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.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service manages, conserves and cares for land in national parks and reserves. NPWS links customer, conservation and cultural outcomes in a sustainable way by building participation in the management and use of parks.

About the Role:
Lead and manage a Unit in the development, planning and implementation of key operations branch programs and translate strategies into operational outcomes to contribute to support the achievement of NSW Government and OEH corporate outcomes.

Essential requirements:
Demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience in conservation, heritage, asset and land management, visitor experience, and community consultation.

Current Australian Driver's Licence.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

To Apply:

  • Please click the 'apply for this job' button below
  • Provide your personal information as prompted
  • Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages);
  • Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).
  • 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 where you led a team through implementation of change. What were the challenges you faced in ensuring the team delivered operational outcomes on priorities and programs while managing the change initiative? How did you manage those challenges and what did you learn?

Q2. Provide an example of a project where building relationships with key stakeholders and/ or partners was critical. How did you approach the relationship building and did the approach succeed? What issues relating to personal integrity and/ or professional behaviour arose and how did you deal with them?

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.)

Job Notes:
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.

NPWS is a non-smoking work place and smoking is not permitted in the National Parks.

Our commitment to diversity:
The Department of Planning and Environment values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Kane Weeks 0455 091 528; if you have any queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Raquel Grant (02) 9585 6705.

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