Australia nationals: Senior Environmental Officer

Queensland Government

Cairns, QLD, AU

Minerals Business Centre; Minerals & North Queensland Compliance; Environmental Services and Regulation; Cairns. We are seeking an experienced and motivated environmental management professional to join our team in Cairns to undertake the role of Senior Environmental Officer undertaking assessment of minerals mining applications.

The ideal candidate will have previous demonstrated experience as an environmental officer in a related position in either the public or private sector.

More information on the role and details on how to apply can be found in the Position Description.

Minerals and North Queensland Compliance delivers environmental assessment and compliance services from offices in Cairns and Townsville. One permanent position working in the Minerals Business Centre, undertaking assessment of mineral mining applications across the state of Queensland is to be filled from this recruitment process.

As a Senior Environmental Officer you will be required to:

• Assess applications for proposed and existing industrial and mining environmentally relevant activities lodged directly with the Department which includes assessing environmental risk, developing conditioning approvals, and reviewing technical reports and scientific papers. 

• Contribute to the assessment of environmental impact statements.

• Carry out duties consistent with contemporary Administrative Decision Making Principles (training provided).

• Carry out pre-lodgement meetings to advise prospective applicants on relevant application processes, application requirements and other relevant legislative and policy requirements.

• Lead communications including consultation, liaison and negotiation with industry, government and the community to facilitate resolution of environmental issues.

• Assist in advising and educating community groups, industry and all levels of government on environmental matters, environmental responsibilities  and implementation of relevant legislation through external and internal presentations; participation in workshops, conferences, forums; via face-to-face meetings, tele/video conferencing, site meetings/inspections.

• Prepare high level written correspondence for a variety of audiences including ministerial briefings, statutory notices, departmental alerts, information documents.

• Foster a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people and actively engage through our work to contribute to better outcomes for First Nations people.

Overnight travel away from the office may be required and includes travel to mine and industrial sites and other departmental offices across the State. 

You are also required to:

– possess a university degree (undergraduate and/or postgraduate) from a recognised tertiary institution in environmental management; chemical, forensic, physical, geological, hydrological, environmental, applied and biological sciences, environmental engineering. 

– hold an unrestricted manual driver’s licence, or be prepared to obtain a manual license recognised in the State of Queensland if you do not already have one.

– be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or have a visa allowing you to work permanently in Australia.

Your application will remain current for up to 12 months and you may be contacted regarding other identical or similar permanent or  temporary vacancies at various locations and for either full-time or part-time employment for varying duration.

Job Ad Reference: QLD/334515/20

Closing Date: Thursday, 6 February 2020

Further information

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity.

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334515 20 Role Description (Word, 107KB)