Team Leader - Environmental Planning & Assessment


Why Work for Shoalhaven City Council?

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career.

We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment.

About the role

We are is seeking a highly organised and suitably qualified applicant experienced in motivating and leading a small team. As part of Council’s Environmental Services Section, the position provides expert environmental planning and sustainability advice to other teams within Council and leads a small team of Environmental Assessment Officers who assess development applications with due regard to the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the Vegetation SEPP and Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Council’s statutory obligations. This permanent position provides opportunity to work on a wide range of planning, development and environment projects to achieve positive biodiversity conservation outcomes.

The position will also be responsible for overseeing the development of Council’s Sustainability Policy and Action Plan and implementing Council resolutions relating to the management of our urban tree canopy.

You will lead a team of professional staff committed to biodiversity conservation and provide technical environmental planning, sustainability and assessment advice.

The advertised salary is based on the grade of the position, comprising of 4 steps within the range shown. The starting salary is at Step 1 within the grade. Progression through the salary steps shall be based upon the achievement of performance objectives relating to the position.

The maximum amount of the advertised salary includes a market rate, which will be considered for the appointment of an outstanding applicant.

What will you be doing?

Reporting directly to the Section Manager – Environmental Services, the focus of this position is to:

  • Support and manage the day to day operations of Environmental Planning / Sustainability functions, and Environmental Assessment Officers.
  • Ensure processes and protocols are in place for Environmental Planning / Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation compliance with all relevant legislation and Council policies and ensure that risks are managed.
  • Oversee the assessment of development proposals in relation to likely impacts on flora and fauna and their habitats
  • Prepare/present information relating to environmental sustainability
  • Provide technical and legislation advice for other matters requiring environmental assessment and planning
  • Liaise and negotiate with State Government Agencies and the private sector

What we are looking for?

In order to be successful in the position:

  • Tertiary qualifications in environmental science or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in the research, analysis and development of environmental policy, strategies and plans relating to environmental and ecological matters
  • Ability to understand the impact of legislative requirements as they relate to environmental, ecological and Biobanking matters, such as the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Commonwealth Environmental Planning Biodiversity Conservation Act.
  • Please see the Job Description for more details

How to Apply

You will be required to upload your resume and a brief cover letter which should address the selection criteria as outlined in the job description.

During the application, you will also be required to respond to position-related questions as shown below and questions regarding general information about you.

  1. Our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting.
  2. Please list the qualifications you hold relevant to the position.
  3. Briefly describe your experience supervising and supporting teams, how do you approach leadership tasks?
  4. Briefly describe your experience interpreting and applying environmental legislation.

Contact: Kelie Clarke – (02) 4429 3501
Applications Close: Thursday, 27 February 2020 (at Midnight)

Please click here for the Position Description

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