Senior Scientist

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: Senior Scientist
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 9
Employment Type: Temporary, Full Time
Duration: Up to 30 June 2020 
Location: Sydney CBD (this role may be moving to either Lidcombe or Paramatta at the end of 2019)

• Unique opportunity to influence policies on the management of water quality in the marine estate
• 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 a senior environmental scientist to deliver three pilot projects, which seek to improve waterway health through best practice approaches to stormwater and wastewater management. The pilot projects are being delivered in partnership with local government and other stakeholders, with a view that project outcomes directly inform policies, guidelines and development controls in local and strategic planning instruments.

This role is responsible for the following: 
• Applying the OEH/EPA risk-based framework to the three pilot projects, in consultation with the Project Leader and collaborators
• Liaise effectively with collaborators and internal and external stakeholders, and contribute to related projects on building capacity to implement the OEH/EPA risk-based framework
• Help in the procurement and project management of applied research related to managing the health of urban streams and downstream environments
• Review and communicate to the Project Leader on the performance of contractors in meeting project objectives. Write reports and other communication material.
• Perform data analysis and modelling, as necessary, to implement the OEH/EPA risk-based framework
• Synthesise project outcomes for use in policies, guidelines and/or development controls 
• Help design and deliver a monitoring and evaluation program to assess the effectiveness of stormwater and wastewater management in achieving waterway health outcomes

Essential requirements:
• Scientific qualifications, well-developed knowledge and demonstrated experience in data storage and management.
• Experience in developing, planning and implementing monitoring projects, including accountability for the planning and management of finances and deliverables.

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, and distilling technical information into communication material that resonates across a wide spectrum of stakeholders
• Proficiency in GIS and modelling in one or more of the following disciplines – hydrology, hydrodynamics or ecosystem response

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 have applied fundamental research to influence environmental decision making. Describe how you presented your research to the stakeholders, and the approaches you used to resolve any conflicts and/or trade-offs. Describe the outcome.

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.