Senior Environmental Officer

January 26, 2023
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

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Job description

Agency Department of Environment, Parks and Work unit Environmental Regulation

Water Security

Job title Senior Environment Officer Designation Professional 3

Job type Full time Duration Fixed for 2 years

Salary $106,568 – $119,351 Location Darwin

Position number 68220502 RTF 253921 Closing 26/01/2023

Contact Officer Raechel Squires on 08 8924 4165 or

About the agency or online

Apply online

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume

Information for applicants – inclusion and diversity and Special Measures recruitment plans

The NTPS values diversity. The NTPS encourages people from all diversity groups to apply for vacancies and accommodates

people with disability by making reasonable workplace adjustments. If you require an adjustment for the recruitment process or

job, please discuss this with the contact officer. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go

to the OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures recruitment plan eligible Aboriginal applicants will be granted priority consideration for

this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures plans, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective

To protect the environment through effectively administering the Territory’s environmental legislation, including the Environment

Protection Act 2019 , the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act 1998 , the Water Act 1992, Petroleum (Environment) Regulations

2016 and the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act 2011 across a range of activities and industries in

the Northern Territory.

Context statement

The Environment Division in the Department of Environment Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) is responsible for managing the

regulatory framework to reduce environmental impacts on the Territory’s environment, and to support the Northern Territory

Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) in performing its statutory functions.

Key duties and responsibilities

1. Administer the Territory’s environmental legislation in line with the NT EPA’s Statement of Intent, and Environment Division’s

Business Plan and Compliance and Enforcement Framework.

2. In an assessment role, undertake and coordinate identification and assessment of risks and potential environmental impacts

and make recommendations on environment protection outcomes for environmental approval or licence applications.

3. In a compliance and enforcement role, undertake and coordinate development and implementation of environmental

compliance programs including conducting audits and leading investigations into incidents of non-compliance or a breach of

general environmental duty.

4. Undertake and coordinate provision of environmental and scientific advice to internal and external stakeholders.

5. Prepare briefings, reports and other material on environmental matters within statutory timeframes.

6. Undertake and coordinate preparation and review of supporting documentation including environmental guidelines, codes of

practice, procedures and fact sheets relating to environmental assessment and regulation.

7. Provide leadership and mentorship to junior staff, including leading project teams as required.

8. Assist in pollution hotline response services as required.

Selection criteria


1. A degree relevant to one or more of the following disciplines: chemical, physical, geological, hydrological, environmental and

biological sciences, engineering, law, forensic science or auditing.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in the management and regulation of environmental issues within the context of

existing legislation and policies.

3. Demonstrated ability to lead, encourage and mentor staff, and work effectively as a team champion, within diverse groups.

4. Proven significant experience in one or more of the following: environmental assessment, environmental management (e.g. air,

water, contaminated land, waste) environmental auditing, environmental compliance and enforcement, regulatory investigations

or development of regulatory guidance material.

5. Highly developed and accurate oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including effective negotiation skills.

6. Significant experience in project planning across multiple projects, and achieving statutory timeframes for deliverables.

7. An understanding of Work Health and Safety matters or the ability to acquire knowledge within a short period.

8. Capacity to work outside of normal work hours, including regional and remote travel, and holding a drivers licence.


1. Certificate IV in Government (Investigations) or similar and experience in all aspects of regulatory investigations.

2. Experience implementing government regulation in a relevant industry, such as mining, petroleum, waste or process industries.