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River & Biodiversity Projects Officer

Beautiful Bellingen location

Bellingen, Australia

Reference: 5381699

  • Great working team environment
  • 3-day working week - 12 months fixed-term
  • Hourly rate $33.2686 to $37.9114 depending on experience (Annual $60,782 - 69,264 pa pro-rata)

Bellingen Shire Council has an enviable commitment to sustainability, the natural environment and resource recovery. Council's Community Strategic Plan 2027 recently identified the ongoing restoration of the Shire's rivers and biodiversity as a key objective and service delivery to the community.

This role is one of a team of twelve that forms a dynamic sustainable environment and waste team. The position is an essential part of driving Council's river restoration and biodiversity projects agenda. You will be actively involved with staff and the community in raising awareness and delivering specific river restoration and biodiversity-related programs.

The broad focus areas of the role are:

  • To deliver Council's environmental, river and biodiversity projects to the community. This includes providing technical advice in the area of the environment, river restoration and biodiversity to key stakeholders both internally and externally
  • To manage, administer and report on Council's environmental, river restoration and biodiversity grants to external government departments

This role is a grant-funded position focused on specific projects and specified timeframes and is therefore offered on a fixed-term basis.

Essential requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in one of the following academic fields; environmental science, environmental sustainability, or environmental engineering
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage projects and their related budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage grants, contracts and contractors and related budgets
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in work related to the environment, river restoration or biodiversity projects with proven experience in developing and implementing relevant programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of water quality issues
  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills, including experience in report writing, grant applications, public presentations, community engagement and conducting education forums
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and so on
  • Ability to adapt to change including changes in legislation and community expectations
  • NSW Driver's Licence


  • 4 x 4 driving licence
  • Sampling experience

If this sounds like you please ensure you apply by sending in your resume as well as a covering letter outlining how you meet the essential requirements of the position.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Manager Sustainable Environment and Waste, Alex Waldron on 02 6655 7300

Applications close 4pm Sunday 14 March 2021.

Applications Close: 14 Mar 2021