Senior Applied Scientist - Waste and Chemistry

Caring for our environment is a shared responsibility. Protecting Victorians, our environment, and our future from the harmful effects of pollution and waste is EPA Victoria’s responsibility. EPA Victoria works on behalf of all Victorians to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities and our environment, preserving our state’s future liveability and prosperity. EPA Victoria does this by effectively regulating our environment, applying a philosophy of prevention and improvement to drive positive future environmental change, providing community, industry, and government with a trusted voice on environmental protection. EPA is recruiting for a number of new positions following the Victorian Government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA. These new positions will help EPA deal with the challenges posed by a changing climate, growing population and evolving economy.
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Department: Environment Protection Authority
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: SCIC.1
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/2A02
Closing Date: 27-Mar-2017
Salary Range: $90,890 - $100,429
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Application Form.docx (Word, 25KB)

VPS G 5 1 Position Description - WASTE AND CHEMISTRY FINAL.pdf (PDF, 233KB)

Contact: Jeremy Settle
(03) 9695 2640

Position Details


This role works closely with the Team Leader Contaminated Environments and Waste, leading EPAs scientific response to complex waste problems, recommending solutions, understanding environmental impacts and communicating these internally and externally. The role will support the team and the Applied Sciences Group in delivering strategic projects and establishing the scientific rationale for policy decisions. This role supports the work of the unit and EPA’s strategic annual plan by transforming into an effective organisation. This role may be required for after hours, emergency and/or other response activities.

Working across the business, you will use your knowledge of waste and waste chemistry to identify sources of pollution and provide advice for remediation of waste issues. You will lead the science input to regulatory decisions that underpin waste regulation and guidance for industries in Victoria, and assess technical reports for complex waste management proposals.

What you bring

Tertiary qualification and/or 5 years minimum relevant experience in applied chemistry, chemical engineering, waste management and/or related environmental sciences. Well-developed interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Demonstrated knowledge of waste management systems, fate and behaviour and understanding of risk assessment (especially environmental), High level ability to present scientific information in written and verbal forms to a range of stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret waste data and information, Demonstrated knowledge of the waste management system, including feedstock, processes/technologies and outputs

How to Apply

You should apply online and submit:

a cover letter addressing your experience, motivations and suitability to the role;  a resume; and  a completed application form. You are only required to address the Key Selection Criteria (KSC) listed in the Application Form. Attachments can be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.  If you have any queries in relation to this role, please contact Jeremy Settle, Contaminated Environment and Waste on (03) 9695 2640. If you would like further information on this role, please refer to the attached position description.Please include the contact details of two referees with your application.EPA Victoria requires all prospective employees to undergo a National Criminal Record Check prior to an employment offer being made. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format such as large print, please email the Resourcing Co-ordinator at or call 1300 372 842. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are invited to contact the Resourcing Co-ordinator via email at or by calling 1300 372 842 for advice and support with your application. All applications will be treated confidentially. EPA Victoria is an equal opportunity employer, with a commitment to merit, equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We utilise merit-based selection. Therefore, you are not required to share personal information such as gender, age, culture etc. unless you so wish. Please do not email your application. For further information on Environment Protection Authority Victoria, please visit

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