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Castle Hill, Australia

Reference: 5761616

About the role:

Our Environment & Health team has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic team orientated individual to join the team on a permanent full time basis. As Biodiversity Officer or Senior Biodiversity Officer, you will provide technical advice on biodiversity/ecology matters to both internal and external stakeholders on development and subdivision applications consistent with current legislation, act as Council's expert in Court in ecology, prepare and adapt Council's existing codes and policies, evaluate and report on biodiversity strategies, investigate complaints and undertake investigations.

Duties include:

  • Assessment of development applications/planning proposals considering biodiversity matters;
  • Provide specialist assessment of relevant technical reports and documents;
  • Review vegetation management plans and carry out inspections for compliance and bond release;
  • Inspect areas of native vegetation and determine applications for clearing;
  • Assess, research, document and resolve customer requests regarding vegetation removal;
  • Carry out duties under the biodiversity conservation/local government act and relevant policies;
  • Conduct research to support the development of environmental strategies and actions;
  • Carry out duties under the EP&A Act, including inspections, issue orders and penalty notices;
  • Review vegetation management plans and carry out inspections for compliance and bond release;
  • Prepare standards, codes, information and fact sheets;
  • Prepare statement of basic facts and contentions and briefs of evidence [Senior];
  • Prepare statements of evidence, affidavits and appear in Court as an expert witness [Senior];
  • Provide mentoring and training of team members [Senior].

About you:

To be considered for this role you will need to possess:

  1. Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Management or similar relevant qualifications;
  2. Accreditation as a Biodiversity Assessment Method Assessor [Senior];
  3. Experience in ecological survey techniques, including plant and vegetation community identification and various fauna survey methods;
  4. Working knowledge of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, Local Government Act, Biodiversity Conservation Act and Planning for Bushfire Protection Guidelines;
  5. Positive contributing team player, experience in dealing with customers with an ability to deal with and solve protracted enquiries;
  6. GIS skills;
  7. Current Class C Drivers Licence.

Working with us:

THSC employees enjoy: Performance Bonuses, Learning & Development Opportunities, Active Social Club, Modern Office Location, Variable Leave, Proactive Wellbeing Initiatives, Onsite Café and Working for the Community.

Position details:

Permanent full-time position - S0593

Salary will be based on qualifications, expertise, experience & knowledge:

Biodiversity Officer, Salary: Circa/From $83K + Superannuation + Council Leaseback Vehicle OR

Senior Biodiversity Officer, Salary: Circa/From $98K + Superannuation + option of Council Leaseback Vehicle or Car Allowance

Next steps:

Please review the Position Description available on Council's Careers page and submit your application online at by 5:00pm on Thursday, 03 February 2022.

Employment will be subject to clearance on the following pre-employment checks: Psychometric Testing, Reference Checks, Identity Check, Drug and Alcohol Screening and Medical Check, and may also include a Criminal History and Working with Children Check.

The Hills Shire Council is committed to the principles of employment equity and diversity. We assess applications on merit and suitability related to the inherent requirements of the position. Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

We're seeking individuals who embrace our values and can work collaboratively to deliver quality customer services and infrastructure to The Hills Shire community.

Applications Close: 03 Feb 2022