Australia nationals: Senior Project Officer (Environmental)

Government of Western Australia
Various, WA, Australia
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Senior Project Officer (Environmental)

Level 6 | Two Year Fixed Term Contract with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.


  • Contribute to the Ord River Irrigation Area expansion initiative
  • Focus on environmental deliverables
  • Join a flexible and progressive agency


The Opportunity.

This unique project opportunity has a focus on the environmental deliverables under the Ord development project and requires a sound knowledge of environmental monitoring, compliance and reporting. Qualifications or experience in project management, especially with an environmental focus, is highly desired. This position could be filled on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The key responsibilities of the role include (but are not limited to):

  • Contributes to the implementation of the Government’s Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) expansion initiative.
  • Delivers against the Government’s ORIA expansion environmental obligations.
  • Develops and implements a range of projects in support of the Directorate and Department’s objectives.
  • Monitors progress of projects, prepares progress reports and identifies and assists to address issues that will affect performance.
  • Contributes to the evaluation and review of project progress and outcomes.
  • Undertakes and co-ordinates research, analysis and evaluation of issues, policies, practices and/or procedures to identify relevant factors and provide recommendations for further consideration or action.
  • Prepares and co-ordinates reports, submissions, briefings, correspondence and advice.
  • Participates on relevant project teams, committees and working parties representing the Department as required.

The preferred location of the position is Kununurra, Perth or Broome but other locations may be considered. The department operates a flexible working arrangement policy. Any applicant seeking flexible working arrangements should make this known at the outset.

The work relates primarily to the Ord Development Project and should the position be based elsewhere, visits to Kununurra from time to time should be expected. For further key responsibilities please see attached JDF.

The Ideal Candidate.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Project Officer to support the Ord project team, and other projects where required, to deliver development and other outcomes in support of Government and Departmental objectives. Candidates with knowledge of land planning and development processes, water policy and regulation, environmental regulation and approvals (State and Federal) and agricultural/horticultural production processes would be highly desired.

Experience in the preparation of ministerial and government correspondence and of internal reporting, and experience working within an intensive agricultural, horticultural and/or water resource environment are also desirable. The role requires comprehensive stakeholder engagement including significant cross-agency consultation and collaboration, and experience involving industry collaboration in a regional area will be an advantage. For all essential criteria, please see the attached JDF.

Get ready to apply. It’s simple.

Applying is simple and straightforward. We are committed to developing our people and this presents a unique opportunity to be part of a project that will shape the future of DPIRD working with executive and leadership teams.

Click the Apply for Job button below and submit the following documentation:

  • A resume of no more than two (2) pages including details of 2 referees
  • A cover letter of no more than four (4) pages in length demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Essential Work Related Requirements:
  • Work Related Requirement 1– Role specific: Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply policies, practices and /or legislation to assess potential environmental impacts and manage a range of complex environmental issues associated with development proposals and projects.
  • Work Related Requirement 4 – Challenge for innovation: Understands strategic objectives, trends and factors that may influence work plans; scans the environment to monitor work plans; thinks laterally and is innovative in identifying the implementing improved work practices; and
  • Work Related Requirement 5 – Think strategically: Highly developed conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to provide strategic solutions to complex problems,

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The values and business needs of our Department may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

Our Commitment to Diversity.

DPIRD is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.

Application Information.

For any specific enquiries please contact:

Gordon Verrall, Director, on 0428 721 178 (during business hours).

To be eligible for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia. To be eligible for a fixed term or a casual appointment you must have documentary evidence of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the period of the contract and this is required as part of your application.

Subject to appointment, successful applicants will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy before commencing employment;
  • obtain and provide a current National Police Certificate (police clearance) before commencing employment;
  • provide a relevant tertiary qualification
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement.

This process may be used to fill other similar vacancies throughout the department. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position, the panel may select another suitable applicant from this selection process. Both of these options remain valid for a period of twelve (12) months from approval of the initial recruitment decision

Please note, any successful candidate, including current employees of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be offered employment subject to the award and agreement conditions that apply to the advertised role as outlined in the attached JDF/s. By accepting an offer of appointment, the successful applicant accepts the conditions and entitlements under the specified award and agreement.

The recruitment process may include online written assessments, psychometric, cognitive or other testing, job related tasks, video or live stream interviews, documentation and reference checks or other assessment methodologies as required. Applicants will be advised of this where necessary.

CLOSING DATE: Monday, 23 November 2020 at 4:00 PM WST

Closing Date:2020-11-23 4:00 PM