Officer for the Protection of Local Environment (OPLE) - Port Phillip

About EPA Victoria (EPA)

EPA works on behalf of all Victorians to protect the environment & human health by preventing & reducing pollution & waste.

EPA sets & enforces environmental standards & strives to achieve clean air, healthy waterways, safe land & minimal disturbances from noise & odour for Victorians.

EPA is Victoria's trusted voice on environmental protection for community, industry & Government.

We are recruiting for roles following the Victorian Government's response to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA. These new positions will help EPA meet the challenges posed by a changing climate, growing population & evolving economy.

At EPA you can make a real difference to your career, work-life balance, future & most importantly, our environment.

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Department: Environment Protection Authority
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Environment
Classification: VPSG3.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/EPA01119
Closing Date: 21-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $77,737 - $83,640
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: EPA601119 OPLE Port Phillip VPS3.2 PD Jan 2020.docx (Word, 136KB)

EPA601119 OPLE Port Phillip VPS3.2 PD Jan 2020.pdf (PDF, 206KB)

Contact: Phil Connell
0438 322 758 or

Position Details

As part of the Victorian Government's response to the recent 2017 enquiry, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has committed to deliver a pilot local government environment protection officer program. This program commenced in September 2017 with the employment of several Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE's) to assist with Victoria's pollution issues.

Local Government and the EPA play a vital role in responding to pollution and waste issues that compromise environmental and public health, and adversely impact liveability and amenity.

The EPA now has an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated individual to contribute to this program. Employed by, and representing the EPA, this unique position will be embedded at the City of Port Phillip council.

Reporting to the Regional Network Lead - OPLE Pilot Program, this role is one of 19 OPLEs based at local councils across the state. The OPLE will work closely with other EPA Officers, the City of Port Phillip to respond to small and medium scale pollution reports relating to waste, noise, dust, litter, and odour arising from business and industries within each of the council areas.

To be successful in this Role:

  • Demonstrated experience in environmental management, regulation and/or relevant experience in industry;
  • Demonstrated management and knowledge of some industry practices, risks, and controls;
  • Strong face to face customer service experience;
  • Ability to conduct proactive inspections of premises to support compliance; and
  • Ability to work autonomously.

How to Apply: Applicants are invited to apply online via EPA Career Services and should submit:

  • Cover letter addressing your experience, motivations, and suitability to the role.
  • Resume including contact details of two referees.

Applications close midnight on Tuesday 21 January 2020

For further information on this role, please refer to the attached position description.

All queries in relation to this role should be directed to Phil Connell on 0438 322 758 or

EPA Victoria requires all prospective employees to undergo a National Criminal Record Check prior to an employment offer being made.

EPA Victoria is committed to supporting employees through flexible work arrangements and encouraging work/life balance. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment where all employees are respected, valued and supported. We proactively seek to employ a diverse workforce to leverage the varied ideas of all employees, that drive innovation and success in everything we do.

If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format such as large print, please call the recruitment team on 1300 372 842.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are invited to call the recruitment team on 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.

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