Local recruitment: Environment Protection Officer (Water Regulation)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government

Dickson ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Classification: Technical Officer Level 3
Salary: $77,011 – $87,032 plus superannuation
Position No: 26737
Directorate:Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development
Advertised (Gazettal date): 11 November 2021
Contact Officer: Sara McIntyre on [email protected] or (02) 6207 2144

Details: Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) leads the ACT Public Service and provides strategic advice and support to the Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and the Cabinet on policy, financial and economic matters, service delivery and whole of government issues. The Directorate facilitates the implementation of government priorities and drives many new initiatives, including Access Canberra which provides a range of ACT Government shopfront and regulatory services. The Directorate is also responsible for Shared Services which provides financial, ICT and HR support across Government. The Director-General of CMTEDD is also the Head of Service.


What we do

At Access Canberra, we are all about giving people easy access to ACT Government regulatory services, payments and information while offering great customer experience. We help community organisations, business and individuals work with the ACT Government and constantly look for new ways to deliver our services.

Access Canberra is unique to the ACT Government; we work across many different regulatory and customer service areas to support the delivery of regulatory reform and red tape reduction, drive government priorities and implement new initiatives. We actively engage in a risk and harm approach to compliance across a broad range of industry sectors to build a strong economy, safe community and sustainable environment.

Who we are

We are a diverse, innovative and professional team of people who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We welcome people with experience from the community, public and private sectors and believe the more diverse our knowledge base is, the better our results will be.

We value people with innovative and creative ideas, who communicate with candour and respect, and who have the motivation to drive projects from conception through to delivery. We are curious about each other’s work and always ask “who else needs to know?”

What we offer

  • Interesting and fulfilling work in a unique government environment where you can see the impact you have on the Canberra community.
  • The opportunity to work with passionate, innovative and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise.
  • A flexible workplace with brand new, state of the art accommodation enabling activity-based work in a fun and creative environment.

The Team you will work in:

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for the ACT. Our Mission is to protect and enhance the well-being of the environment and community as the ACT’s primary environmental regulator.

Our Vision is a sustainable environment for future generations.

The EPA is responsible for a range of environment protection issues including air and water quality, hazardous materials, contaminated sites and environmental noise. We administer the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Water Resources Act 2007Clinical Waste Act 1990 and the Lakes Act 1976.

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.


Under general direction:

  • Assist in administering and reviewing Environmental Authorisations, Agreements and Licences issued under legislation administered. Including reviewing compliance reports and sampling results and preparing documents relating to these matters.
  • Undertake inspections, including water sampling and make recommendations relating to applications and licences under the legislation administered.
  • Investigate less complex issues and complaints relating to environment protection and water resources management issues including taking measurements, samples, photographs
  • Liaise with industry and the community to implement education strategies to encourage the adoption of best environmental management practices.
  • Provide technical advice on water regulation and environment protection matters where necessary.
  • Perform the duties of an authorised officer under the legislation administered.
  • Understand and work within the ACTPS Code of Conduct and ACTPS values of respect, integrity, collaboration and innovation, and model behaviour consistent with the ACTPS Respect Equity and Diversity framework.


Your suitability for this position will be assessed based on your skills, knowledge and behaviour in relation to the duties/responsibilities listed above. Please refer to the advertising materials for information on how to apply.


  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in natural resource management generally with knowledge of water resources and environment protection issues an advantage.


Proven ability to:

  • undertake basic compliance and/or audit activities.
  • inspect receiving environments and infrastructure related to water abstraction.
  • provide technical advice on environmental issues, especially relating to water matters.
  • work as part of a team and contribute to a positive team culture.
  • perform under minimal supervision.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • Current ACT or equivalent driver’s licence.
  • Relevant qualifications or experience in environment/natural resources/compliance is highly desirable.

Note: This is a temporary part-time position available at 22.05 hour per week for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension for up to 12 months. The full time salary noted above will be paid pro rata. An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months. This position is designed for activity-based working (ABW). Under ABW arrangements, officers will not have a designated workstation/desk. This position does not involve direct supervision of staff.This position may be required to be on an after-hours roster.

How to Apply: Please review the Position Description for details about this role and its duties/responsibilities. Your application will be assessed against the Selection Criteria of the skills, knowledge and behaviour in relation to the duties/responsibilities listed in the Position Description.

To apply, please ring the contact officer for a chat and then send us:

  • your two page pitch giving us examples that show you have the skills, knowledge and behaviours making you the best person for this role.
  • your current curriculum vitae.
  • contact details of at least two referees.

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.Applicants should note that a Joint Selection Committee (JSC) established in accordance with the collective/enterprise agreement provisions will assess all applications for this position.


This is a temporary part time position available at 22.05 hour per week for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension for up to 12 months. The full time salary noted above will be paid pro rata.





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