First listed on: 02 November 2018

      Project Officer, Threatened Species (SoS) 

Job Grade / Classification:  Environment Officer Class 7
Employment Type: Full Time, Temporary up to 30 months
Location:  Queanbeyan

  • Do you have extensive knowledge, skills and experience in managing and implementing threatened flora and/or fauna species recovery programs?
Agency overview

Conservation and Regional Delivery Division provides integrated and customer focused services at the regional and local level to strengthen environmental conservation across NSW. This Division has responsibility for delivering state-wide conservation programs and includes services, programs and grants for threatened species, environmental water management, planning, coast, estuary and floodplain management, community engagement, compliance and enforcement.

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.

About the Role:

Opportunity to implement threatened species conservation projects as part of the NSW Saving Our Species (SoS) Program.

The Saving our Species Program 
The NSW Government has funded an enhanced Saving our Species Program for 5 years to deliver on-ground management activities for NSW threatened species, threatened ecological communities and key threatening processes that impact many species across the landscape. 

The funding will enable practical on-ground habitat restoration, fencing and control of feral animals in targeted and specific locations. Working in partnership with skilled organisations such as Local Land Services and local councils, experienced non-government organisations such as Greening Australia; and with individual landowners to improve the habitat for iconic species such as the koala but also for some of the less well-known species such as flowering plants and fungi. 

An expanded program requires an increased number of staff in the Office of Environment and Heritage in our regional operations, science and national parks delivery areas. We are interested to receive applications from external candidates as well as current employees of OEH interested in this program. SoS hubs are being established regionally to provide administrative, budget and program planning support as well as capacity building in database systems and reporting to staff involved in on-ground delivery. 

More information about Saving our Species is available on the OEH website

Primary purpose of the role

Assist in the effective and efficient delivery of priority threatened species programs to achieve corporate objectives in conservation and biodiversity management, community engagement and customer service.

Essential requirements:
  • A degree in Science or in a relevant natural resource discipline
  • A valid Australian driver’s licence, with four-wheel drive experience and training preferable
To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:

Botanical expertise and skills and experience with implementing conservation projects for threatened plants.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Job Notes:

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

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.

Good to know:

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.  

To Apply: 

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.  Describe a threatened species or biodiversity conservation project that you have planned and implemented. How did you organise your time and resources to complete the project? What challenges did you face and how did you address those challenges? What was the outcome? 

Q2. Provide an example that best illustrates how you developed and implemented partnerships with a range of organisations and stakeholders related to a biodiversity conservation project? What was the project and what outcomes did you achieve through your community education and engagement efforts?

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.

Applications Close: Sunday 18th November 2018 at 11:59pm.

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Damon Oliver (02) 6229 7112.

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