NSW Government Environment and Heritage Group

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Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

  • Full-time, ongoing opportunity
  • Northern Inland region or other location by negotiation and availability
  • Salary relative to experience, and ranges from $ 116,059 to $129,288 plus super & benefits

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) of NSW has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Regional Conservation Officer to join the Central West & Western NSW regional team.

About the role

The Senior Regional Conservation Officer works as part of a friendly and passionate team to provide technical expertise and support to the delivery of BCT’s programs in the Northern Inland region.

In this role, you will project manage and lead the development of Conservation Agreements for Conditions of Consent (CA for CC). This involves undertaking site visits and assessments, negotiating monitoring strategies, and developing management plans with landholders for conservation agreements.

You will also be the subject matter expert for the region for Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements (BSAs) and the Biodiversity Offset Scheme (BOS). This includes annual inspections of biobanking agreements, Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements (BSA’s) and CA for CC.

You will work collaboratively with the Northern Inland Team and other staff across the organisation to ensure best practice methods in the management of protected areas and conservation of biodiversity are upheld.

This is a physically active role suited to people who are fit, enjoy working outdoors with landholders and as part of a team, to contribute toward the BCT’s vision of improving and maintaining biodiversity across NSW through private landholders. This role also includes a combination of office-based and field-based work and may on occasion include travelling to and working in remote areas.

Knowledge, experience & essential requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or extensive experience in natural resource management or biodiversity conservation
  • Demonstrated ability to use Geographical Information Systems software to develop, manage, query and display spatial data relevant to property level management plans
  • A current Australian Class C driver’s licence and willingness to travel
  • A broad understanding of the NSW BCT’s legislative, strategic and operational framework, ecological expertise, and experience dealing with landholders will be highly regarded.

For more information read the full Role Description: Senior Regional Conservation Officer.

About Us

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s (DCCEEW) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) of NSW is a small, focussed Agency (within DCCEEW) with a clear statutory mission and functions. We manage over 2,000 existing long-term agreements with landholders by actively supporting them to protect biodiversity on their land, and we have funded strategies to grow private land conservation. We have an important statutory role as part of delivering conservation outcomes under the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

We are group of motivated staff delivering high-integrity biodiversity outcomes in NSW, under the direction of a strong statutory Board. Many staff are regionally located, and we value respectful, collaborative culture internally and with our stakeholders.

Participation in the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) and the BCT’s private land conservation (PLC) programs

All new employees with an existing defined interest in the BOS will be required to disclose their personal (or a close family member’s) participation to ensure potential conflicts are managed appropriately. In some circumstances this may require divestment of the interest.

The BCT also has restrictions on staff participation in its funded PLC programs. No additional funding, beyond that already agreed to by the BCT, may be sought or approved during time as a BCT employee or for a 12-month period following termination of employment.

The Department is committed to protecting the public interest and public trust in the exercise of its functions. These values, together with transparency and accountability, are integral to the administration of the BOS and PLC programs.

If you (or a close family member) participate in the BOS scheme or already hold a funded agreement with the BCT and require further information before submitting your application, please contact the hiring manager. The BOS protocol is available publicly here.

How to apply

Applications close 18th February 2024 at 11:55PM.

Should you require further information about the role, please contact Leith Hawkins on leith.hawkins@bct.nsw.gov.au or 0408 912 447.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on Diversity@DPIE.nsw.gov.au.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.

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