Senior Operations Officer

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 06/07/2018

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Conservation & Environment

Job description:

Job Title: Senior Operations Officer
Job Grade / Classification: Environmental Officer Class10
Employment Type: Ongoing – Full Time (1 position available)
Location: Haymarket, Sydney

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who can:
· Apply practical experience to the strategic context
· Interact with stakeholders with respect and empathy
· Work independently, take initiative and produce high quality work on a range of chemical and pesticides matters
Agency overview
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State ‘s primary environmental regulator. We work to protect our community and the environment as a leader, partner and protector.

Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business. We believe healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing Iiveability.

We lead in protecting our air, waterways, land and the health of the community for the future.

We work with communities, government and business to reduce our impact on the environment.

We hold people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement.
About the Role:
This role will report to Manager Chemicals Regulation. Responsibilities will include leading the development and implementation of the unit’s projects and programs that support enhanced environmental regulatory outcomes. Leading campaign based work focusing on priority pesticides and industrial chemicals. Contributing to the delivery of a range of education and compliance initiatives in the areas of pesticide and industrial chemical use in NSW. Providing technical and strategic advice within the EPA and government in respect to pesticides and industrial chemicals.
Primary purpose of the role:
Undertake diverse activities in accordance with the legislation administered by the EPA in assigned regulatory area/s or other EPA operational priorities. The role may also be required to manage major projects within EPA involving technically complex tasks and provide direction and expert advice to other officers.

Essential requirements:
· Experience and capability in one or more environment protection areas, including: air, water, noise, waste, chemicals, hazardous materials, radiation & environmental planning.
· Knowledge of current relevant environmental legislation, with demonstrated ability to interpret other environmental legislation.
· Experience in implementing legislation, policy and procedures in relation to protecting the environment with an understanding of the workings of government at a state and local level.
· Experience in managing issues in relation to protecting the environment with capacity to undertake complex investigations
· Current driver’s licence.

To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:
Degree in environment management, science or other relevant discipline
You must read the following documents prior to preparing your application:
Role Description
Application Guide
Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector
Job Notes: A Recruitment Pool may be established for future ongoing and temporary roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from the EPA, OEH and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.    
To Apply:  
• Click the APPLY button at the end of this advertisement
• Provide your personal information as prompted
• Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages);
• Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).
• Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.
Q1. Give an example of a project that you have been involved in where you had to work with the community to co-design a regulatory program around the use of chemicals or pesticides. Outline the process you adopted. In hindsight, what if anything would you do differently?
Q2. Describe an experience where you have had to provide complex technical or scientific advice on a chemical or pesticides matter to a minister, board or chief executive. What were some main factors you considered in preparing that advice?

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)  

Our commitment to diversity:
The Environment Protection Authority values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.
Applications Close: 11.59 pm Monday 23 July 2018


Should you require further information about the role please contact Patricia Fabiano, Unit Manager Chemicals Regulation on Ph: (02) 99955792 or

Our Sydney office will be moving to Parramatta in late 2019.

Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.


Please refer to the role description.