Australia nationals: Director, Environmental Assessment and Protection

Government of Australia

Townsville QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Classification: EL2 $119,246 – $140,916pa

Closing Date: 27/09/21

Location: Townsville, QLD

The Position

We are seeking an executive professional to join our team working to protect the Marine Park whilst enabling a range of user experiences through the Authority’s Permission System. The position leads a team in assessing and making decisions on applications for Marine Park permissions, undertaking permissions compliance activities including auditing the environmental management charge and development of business systems to support the effective and efficient implementation of the permission system. The position works collaboratively with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services to implement a joint approach to Marine Park permissions.

Additionally, the team and this position are responsible for managing memoranda of Understanding with the Department of Defence and the Queensland Ports Association. This position also coordinates advice to the Department of the Agriculture, Water and the Environment when referred activities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversation Act 1999 may impact upon the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The position provides high level support and technical advice to the Authority’s Executive, the Marine Park Authority (MPA) Board and the Minister for the Environment.

The current position is ongoing however through this process may create a merit pool to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing positions that become available within the next 12 months.

The Person

  • You are a leader who sets the example through your actions and expectations.
  • You embrace a risk-based approach to decision making and promote this approach.
  • You have strategic vision and are able to motivate and inspire others.
  • You thrive under pressure, have an eye for detail and maintain a calm approach when faced with competing priorities.
  • You enjoy being part of a cohesive team.


  1. Lead a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic environment to deliver high quality outcomes, meet deadlines and achieve organisational goals.
  2. Lead the development and maintenance of a forward looking and contemporary risk-based Marine Park permissions system that supports the protection and effective management of the Marine Park while enabling ecologically sustainable use.
  3. Provide high level and timely advice (including Branch, Authority Executive, MPA Board and the Minister) through high quality briefs, reports and submissions and presentations.
  4. Develop and maintain relationships including working collaboratively and persuasively with stakeholders, ministerial officers, Authority Executive and other federal government and state agencies.

As an APS employee you may be reassigned to a different set of duties at the same classification level at the discretion of the agency head (CEO), taking account of operational requirements in the agency.

Eligibility requirements & qualifications

Applicants must:

  1. be an Australian citizen at time of applying for position,
  2. be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance, failure to do so will result in termination of employment.

Desirable qualifications or equivalent experience

  • Have substantial experience in leadership of a diverse team with competing priorities and complexity
  • Have the ability to travel.

Preparing your application

You will be required to prepare a response document (“pitch”) in MSWord or PDF format using standard margins and size 11 Arial font.
Please prepare a ‘pitch’, which does not exceed two pages, in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  1. how your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities would enable you to perform the duties and meet the technical and behavioural capabilities of the role,
  2. any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role,
  3. how you meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications for the position.

Your application must include;

  1. a completed Applicant Details Form (located on the GBRMPA Tools and Tips page)
  2. your ‘pitch’ (as described above)
  3. proof of Australian citizenship
  4. a current curriculum vitae (resume) that includes
  • an outline of your career history
  • qualifications and/or formal/informal training relevant to the position
  • contact details for at least two recent referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme, you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.  For more information visit:

If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process please email [email protected]


11.59pm AEST, Monday 27 September 2021

Contact Officer – Richard Quincey – (07) 4750 0718

Sending your application

Applications should be emailed to [email protected], with the subject line of ‘PN187 Director, Environmental Assessment and Protection’.