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Department of Planning & Environment NSW

Job Title: Project Officer

Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 8

Employment Type: Ongoing Full Time (3 positions available)

Duration: Ongoing

Location: Parramatta

Environment Protection Authority overview

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the States primary environmental regulator. We work to protect our community and the environment as a leader, partner and protector. Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business. We believe healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing Iiveability.

We lead in protecting our air, waterways, land and the health of the community for the future.

We work with communities, government and business to reduce our impact on the environment

We hold people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement.

About the Roles:

Litter Prevention Unit

The NSW EPA Litter Prevention Unit manages the NSW Governments Litter Prevention Strategy, including the delivery of the Premiers priority litter target to reduce litter volume in NSW by 40% by 2020.

The role involves managing a range of projects, stakeholder engagement, data management, and developing new systems and processes for building stakeholder ownership of litter prevention. Key roles include

Working with local councils and state organisations to improve their capacity in litter prevention and enforcement.

Oversee the delivery and improvement of the Report to EPA litter from vehicle program.

Build new relationships with organisations interested in litter prevention.

Provide strategic advice and data to key stakeholders.

Primary purpose of the role

To undertake delegated projects and develop and coordinate guidelines and policies on issues relating to Branch programs for the adoption and implementation by the Organisation and stakeholders.

To be successful in this role ideally you will have:

Understanding of the workings of state and local government and knowledge of relevant environmental and conservation legislation and sustainable practices.

Good project management experience from designing programs to achieve behavioural change and improved waste management and resource recovery practice.

Experience in developing a database for online reporting for multiple users.

Experience in developing and delivering resources and programs for a range of stakeholder groups aimed at building capabilities.

Experience coaching and mentoring stakeholders to achieve program objectives.

Current drivers license.

Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit

The Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit runs a number of grant programs under the four-year $337 million Waste Less Recycle More (WLRM) initiative. WLRM infrastructure funding is designed to accelerate and stimulate investment in resource recovery infrastructure in NSW.

Grants are open to private industry, community groups and local government. The successful candidate will work closely with a range of stakeholders form these groups to ensure that grant funded projects are delivered successfully and in a timely manner.

Key duties include:

Lead the management, development and improvement of grant programs

Report on the progress of grants

Liaise with grant recipients and the NSW Environmental Trust to ensure that grant milestones are met

Manage contractors engaged to audit grant recipients

Primary purpose of the role:

This is a project management role with a focus on grant management, reporting and management of external contractors. The role will manage the development and delivery of waste and recycling infrastructure grants such as the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement, Major Resource Recovery Infrastructure and Product Improvement grant programs.

To be successful in this role ideally you will have:

Project and grant management experience

Experience in developing and delivering programs for a range of stakeholder groups

Experience liaising with multiple stakeholders such as local government, industry and contractors to meet project goals.

Experience collating data and writing accurate reports within strict timeframes

Experience working collaboratively with technical consultants

Illegal Dumping Unit

The role involves working in the NSW EPAs illegal dumping coordination team. The teams primary role is to oversee the implementation of the NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy 2017-21 and tracking NSWs progress against the state target of a 30% reduction in illegal dumping by 2020.

The role will involve implementing various action items outlined in the illegal dumping strategy, including overseeing illegal dumping grant programs, liaising with key stakeholders on a variety of illegal dumping issues and managing the delivery of illegal dumping prevention programs. Additionally, the role requires flexibility to attend external meetings and undertaking site visits. Occasionally the role will be required to present at and support the facilitation of illegal dumping workshops.

To be successful in this role ideally you will have:

Understanding of the workings of state and local government and knowledge of relevant environmental and conservation legislation and sustainable practices.

Good project management experience and demonstrated ability to evaluate projects.

Understanding of illegal dumping issues in NSW

Demonstrated ability to engage and negotiate with a variety of stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes

Experience with interpreting and analysing data to inform program delivery

Demonstrated experience working in a team environment

Current drivers license

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

To Apply:


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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 a situation where you managed a difficult project. Describe how you approached the problem, what you did, and what outcomes were achieved.

Q2. Provide an example of where you were required to build relationships with stakeholder to achieve a project outcome. What did you do

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 behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

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.


Applications Close: Sunday 3 February at 11.59 pm

Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.

02/01/2019 $0 Parramatta & Western Suburbs Sydney Australia 1 Government & Defence
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