Senior Biodiversity Officer (Ecologist)

Senior Biodiversity Officer (Ecologist) - 12 Month Contract 

Western Sydney council seeking a Senior Biodiversity Officer (Ecologist) for a 12-month contract.

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Located in the Western Sydney Suburbs, this Local Government Council is the largest local government area in NSW with an estimated population of 430,000 residents and a projected population of 644,000 by 2041.
Our 15 elected Councillors are supported by over 2,000 staff who cover administrative and outdoor activities.
Our Council is in the heart of Western Sydney, 35 kilometres from the Sydney CBD and spread across 247 square kilometres and 54 suburbs. It is a progressive and diverse City, and an important contributor to the growth of the greater Sydney region.
Your new role and accountabilities and duties:

  • This role is primarily responsible to provide specialist advice on ecological matters to inform development assessment and strategic biodiversity conservation programs.
  • Act as Council’s principal ecological officer including representing Council in legal proceedings where required.
  • Undertake ecological assessments of nominated sites to inform development assessment processes. 
  • Provide strategic advice to inform biodiversity conservation policies and programs.
  • Recommend and implement enhancements to Council policies with regard to ecology and biodiversity conservation.
  • If this role is identified as a position which undertakes coordination of volunteer programs as well as the supervision of volunteers when they are on site (not including work experience placements) you will be required to:
  • familiarise yourself with our Volunteers policy and standard.
  • implement the policy and follow this Managing Volunteers standard in a consistent and fair manner.
  • undertake training needed to effectively coordinate volunteers.
  • Contribute to the implementation of strategic biodiversity outcomes as outlined in the Councils adopted Biodiversity Strategy. 
  • Undertake review of ecological assessments, Bushland Management Plans, Vegetation Management Plans, REFs, SIS and other environmental assessment reports.
  • Provide recommendations and establish conditions of consent with relation to ecological matters for development proposals.
  • Other tasks as directed by the Natural Areas Coordinator or Manager Open Space Maintenance.
  • Volunteer management duties, if applicable.
  • Other duties as directed consistent with the operations of Council.

What you'll need to succeed:
  • Tertiary qualifications in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Planning, Environmental Science or equivalent.
  • Practical experience and detailed knowledge in ecology, wildlife management, botany and other relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in the assessment and review of ecological matters, in the context of development applications and environmental planning proposals.
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of strategic advice on biodiversity conservation matters, including review and preparation of REFs, SEPPs, LEPs, DCPs and other relevant planning policies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of reviewing biobanking assessments, offsetting and Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports (BDARS).
  • Experience managing projects and consultants.
  • Desirable Accreditation as a Biodiversity Assessment Method Assessor – BAM Assessor or eligible for accreditation.
  • Experience working in local government.
  • Qualifications or experience in Natural Area Restoration (Bush Regeneration).
  • Detailed understanding of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements including those provided under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and NSW Biodiversity Offset Scheme.
  • Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations, write correspondence, complex reports and applications.
What you'll get in return:
  • 12-month contract (with possibility of extension)
  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Supportive managerial structure
What you need to do now:

If you're interested in this role, click 'apply' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call Alexander Dunbar on #02-9250 8043.

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