NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 12/09/2018

Job Category:

Science & Technology / Environmental

Job description:
Job Title: Scientist
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 7
Employment Type: Temporary, Full Time
Duration: Up to 30 June 2019 (with potential to be extended)
Location: Sydney CBD

• Unique opportunity to apply fundamental scientific research to environmental decision making
• Play a critical role in delivering the NSW Government’s Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) Strategy
• Work on the front line, engaging with stakeholders to achieve better waterway health outcomes and shape places that people love

Agency overview
The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.
The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment. 

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is a part of the Planning and Environment Cluster. It aims to enrich life in NSW by helping the community to conserve and enjoy our environment and heritage. For more information go to

The role will work for Science Division, which sits within the Office of Environment and Heritage. Science Division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision making, regulation and service delivery. 

About the Role: 
This role is for an environmental scientist to support the delivery of a range of multidisciplinary projects seeking to improve the management and health of waterways in the marine estate of NSW. The environmental scientist will have a key role in providing technical and logistic support to senior scientists, including spatial data analysis, data collation, data base management, literature reviews and some field work.

This role is responsible for the following: 
• Managing and implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including the acquisition of new spatial data and integration of these data into the organisation’s GIS
• Collating, preparing and undertaking statistical analyses of data or modelling results, and well-presented data reports to ensure successful completion of projects
• Supporting the delivery of projects through literature reviews, data synthesis, mapping and provision of timely advice to senior scientists
• Analysing and interpreting the impact of changes in water quality on aquatic ecosystems

Essential requirements:
• Scientific qualifications, knowledge and demonstrated experience of water and wetland science.
• Demonstrated experience in administering and delivering rigorous science projects relevant to water and wetland science.

To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:
• Excellent project management, planning and organising skills, with demonstrated experience in meeting deadlines and in using initiative to achieve project objectives
• Demonstrated experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams, with high capability of consulting widely to make changes and innovations to increase efficiency
• Proficiency in GIS, statistical analyses and Microsoft applications

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:
At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know: 
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period. 

To Apply: 
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. Please provide an example of a project where you were responsible for analysing data to reach a conclusion and provide expert advice. What advice did you provide and how did you reach that advice or conclusion?

Q2. Please provide an example of a project where you have worked collaboratively, and in an integrated way, to achieve project objectives. Describe how you prioritised tasks and used your initiative to meet deadlines.

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 behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.) 

Applications Close: Wednesday 26 September at 11:59pm.

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Jocelyn Dela-Cruz (02) 9995 5508 or If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Ashlee Chuter (02) 9585 6105.