Natural Environment Program Officer

The Natural Environment Project Officer is responsible for providing Environmental Advice services within the Natural Environment Program for Victorian Government road projects within the Gippsland Region.
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Environment
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Gippsland Region - Negotiable
Reference: VG/50939407X
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: until 30 June 2023
Attachments: 50939407 NEPOfficer VPS4 (RRV) 20220708.docx (Word, 184KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Lucas Bluff
0457 513 657

Position Details

The Natural Environment Project Officer is responsible for providing Environmental Advice services within the Natural Environment Program for Victorian Government road projects within the Gippsland Region. The position focusses on Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) projects funded through RRV Gippsland. The position provides an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in the implementation of a range of government policy and projects.

The Natural Environment Project Officer (RRV) coordinates the timely provision of technical advice to support decision making and approvals processes, with a focus on the environmental impacts of road projects. The position sits within the Natural Environment Program team and reports to the Program Manager, Natural Environment Program, Gippsland region.

The key responsibility of the role is to ensure biodiversity assets are identified, appropriately considered and assessed through the statutory planning and biodiversity/environmental approvals processes for road projects.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be experienced in environmental/ecological assessment, biodiversity regulation and natural resource management
  • have a sound understanding of relevant environmental strategies, standards, legislative obligations and assessment processes, including:

    • the Native Vegetation Removal regulations, including application information requirements, assessment processes and the application of exemptions
    • Planning and Environment Act 1987 and Victorian planning schemesand
    • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

They will have a proven ability to solve complex issues and problems, work on a wide range of tasks with variable and often tight deadlines while working collaboratively in a team environment. They will demonstrate good influence and negotiation skills and an ability to provide advice to, and build relationships with, a wide variety of stakeholders including industry, consultants, other government agencies and the community.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in science or natural resource management is desirable.
  • Strong technical knowledge and understanding of Victoria's biodiversity and environmental policies and legislation, specifically the Native Vegetation Regulations, Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 is mandatory.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing high quality specialist technical environmental planning advice and assessing environmental impacts of infrastructure projects is mandatory.
  • DELWP accredited Vegetation Quality Assessor (or able to obtain accreditation) is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience in threatened species management is desirable.
  • A current Victoria Drivers Licence is mandatory.

This is a fixed term role available until 30 June 2023. The location of this position is flexible within the Gippsland region.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 25 September 2022.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  Recruitment is subject to the prospective employee confirming their vaccination status as up to date or providing evidence that they are medically exempt.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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