First listed on: 03 September 2018

Compliance Officer, Environmental Officer and Natural Resource Management Officer (NRMO) (Pool)


Please note this advert has been amended to include Natural Resource Management Officers

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Perth CBD Office, is planned to relocate to Joondalup in early 2019.

Do you want to make a difference? Read on…as our department has the opportunity you’re looking for!

The DWER is a dynamic agency serving to make a difference by supporting a healthy environment and secure water resources for a liveable and prosperous Western Australia.

The department is responsible for all environmental and water regulation, creating a ‘one stop shop’ for industry and developers and a greater opportunity for streamlining and simplifying regulation.

The Department is looking to create a pool of suitable applicants for the following positions:

  • Compliance Officer Level 3 to 5
  • Environmental Officer Specified Callings Level 1 to 2
  • Natural Resource Management Officer Level 3 to 5 (NRMO)

In the regulatory areas, Environmental Officers and Compliance Officers may be responsible for the efficient and effective assessment of applications within Industry Regulation (inclusive of the Waste, Process and Resource sectors) and Native Vegetation Regulation. 

In these areas you will assess applications for works approvals, licences, permits and also offsets across the State and within target timeframes. You will also assist in the oversight and review of operational environmental management of activities subject to a works approvals or licence, and review the implementation and environmental effectiveness of decisions.

In servicing the Environmental Protection Authority, Officers will be responsible for conducting environmental impact assessments of significant development proposals, and planning schemes, as well as developing policies and guidelines for important environmental matters.

Officers can also be part of the Department’s State-wide compliance and enforcement of environmental legislation and approvals, including controlled waste, pollution response and illegal dumping.

In the Department, NRMO’s are responsible for delivering a range of services to various stakeholders including water resources management, measurement, regulation (including assessment and compliance) and planning.

What’s in it for you?

The DWER provides a working environment that promotes and supports professional development, work/life balance and wellness for all its employees through:

  • competitive salary plus 9.5% employer superannuation contribution and access to salary packaging options;
  • generous working conditions under the Public Service Award;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • opportunity to be involved with exciting, interesting and meaningful work;
  • access to an assortment of personal and professional development and training opportunities;
  • leading wellness program promoting a healthy work / life balance with funded flu vaccinations and employee assistance programs to name but a few; and
  • an energetic social club offering networking opportunities and a strong social environment.

Do you have what we’re looking for?

Along with the skills and desire to learn and undertake the various roles we have available, you need to align to our organisational values of:

We care | We build trust | Better together | Open minds | We serve to make a difference

Our values are very important to us as an organisation and you need to be able to show how these values manifest in your ways of working when you tell us about your:

  • experience in a compliance, enforcement, environmental assessment or licensing environment and/or water regulation and management. Where have you worked, what services have you provided and what skills do you have?
  • skills in solving problems. Tell us your skills in interpreting questions and creating effective solutions to those problems.
  • ability to talk and relate to people, and to manage, lead and work alongside colleagues in your team. Tell us about your rapport building and leadership and management skills; how you write to, communicate to or support people in different situations. 
  • time management and organisational skills. How do you prioritise, keep on top of your work load and meet changing deadlines.
  • knowledge or experience with relevant legislation including Environmental Protection Act 1986, the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914, associated legislation and policy to support government and organisational objectives. Be able to tell us how you refer to, use and apply policies, practices and/or legislation to assess potential environmental impacts and manage a range of environmental issues.
  • education or any formal training. Have a certificate, a degree or are you currently studying - tell us about it, as a Bachelor of Science, or similar is required for our Environmental Officer roles. Please include a copy of your degree and transcript in your application so we can do any required assessment

There’s no JDF attached: Simply tell us your area of interest and use the information above to guide your application.

Be sure to check out our website, where you will find out more about our department.

Does this sound like the career and team for you? If so, don’t delay, apply today!

If you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity, apply now by:

  • Submitting a 2-page covering letter that demonstrates you have the skill set and experience we are looking for (as stated under ‘Do you have what we’re looking for?’), preference of Joondalup or regional work location, and preference of role(s).  
  • Providing a comprehensive resume/CV that clearly shows your talents and make sure you highlight your skills in what we’re looking for.
  • Making sure to attach your educational qualifications; both your degree and transcript.

Remember, what you provide us in these documents is very important in us helping you start the career you’re looking for. If you have any access needs that may require reasonable adjustments to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, please get in touch with the contact below If you are an Aboriginal person who would like assistance with your application, you can contact the Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

This is a Pool Advertisement and your suitability will be based on your responses and indicated level. It is possible the Panel may assess you as suitable for your level of choice or another as evidenced in the selection process. The pool will operate for a period of two (2) years with vacancies being offered on a full time or part time permanent or fixed term basis in metropolitan or regional locations. If a similar vacancy in a similar location becomes available applicants deemed suitable may be considered.

Please make sure you get your application to us by the closing time as we are unable to accept late applications.

Need further info?

If you would like to know more about our Environmental Officers in the Regulatory Services Directorate please contact Ruth Dowd on 6364 7065 or Danielle Eyre on 6364 7066, during business hours.

If you would like to know more about our Environmental Officers in the EPA Services Directorate please contact Leanne Thompson on 6364 6537, during business hours.

If you would like to know more about our Environmental Officers & Compliance Officers in the Compliance and Enforcement Directorate please contact Shaun Hodges on 6364 6861, during business hours.

If you would like to know more about our Natural Resource Management Officers in the Regional Delivery Directorate please contact Mike Kelly on 6250 8005, during business hours.

If you experience difficulties downloading any documents or uploading an application please contact Liam McDonald, Recruitment and Establishment Officer on (08) 6364 6720 or email

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