Australia nationals: Director (Water Planning and Policy) (Conservation, Biosecurity and Water Policy and Planning Branch)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government

Canberra, ACT, AU

Details: The Conservation, Biosecurity and Water Policy and Planning Branch is seeking highly knowledgeable and experienced individual’s to manage the Biodiversity Policy team. The Biodiversity Policy team focuses on policy and planning for biodiversity conservation, environmental offsets and natural resource management. The team has key responsibilities for legislation relating to nature conservation, fisheries, implementation of the ACT Nature Conservation Strategy and provides policy support for environment and primary industries inter-jurisdictional fora. The team provides secretariat support for the work of the ACT Scientific Committee (a statutory committee established under the Nature Conservation Act 2014), and the Grassy Woodlands Stakeholder Group, and others.

The primary responsibilities for this position include managing a small team responsible for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management policy and planning and leading the review and development of policies and legislation. These candidates will be highly knowledgeable about a broad range of biodiversity conservation, environmental and natural resource management issues, particularly in the ACT context. These candidates will also have experience in providing high level policy and strategic advice to senior management and the Minister. The successful candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication and negotiation skill, and past experience in representation and liaison with other states/territories, the Commonwealth government and other key stakeholders.

Eligibility/Other Requirements: Tertiary qualifications in environmental policy, environmental science, natural resource management or related disciplines are highly desirable. Knowledge of, or experience in the fields of biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, climate change and/or environmental science including international, national, state and/or local government responsibilities and interactions will be well regarded.

Note: There are two full-time positions:

  • Director, Biodiversity Conservation Planning and Policy (ongoing role)
  • Director, Water Planning and Policy (6 month role, with possibility of extension and/or permanency)

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. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only. This position will be moving to a new workplace designed for activity-based working (ABW) in 2020. Under ABW arrangements, officers will not have a designated workstation/desk.

How to Apply: Please submit a written application addressing the Selection Criteria limiting responses to 350 word per criteria, along with your current curriculum vitae, listing two referees and their contact details.

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There are two positions: Director, Biodiversity Conservation Planning and Policy (ongoing role) and Director, Water Planning and Policy (6 month role, with possibility of extension and/or permanency)