Regional Support Officer (Biodiversity Conservation Reforms) - Position No 5105.000

Job No: COWRA88
Location: Cowra, NSW

Position No:                          5105.000

Weekly Salary:                     $1910.84 plus 9.5% Superannuation

Position Status:                    Fixed Term (18 Months)

Hours of Work:                     35 Hour week with RDO every fortnight

Closing Date:                        4.30pm Monday 5 February 2018 (Extended)



About Cowra & Cowra Council

Cowra Council is located in the town of Cowra (population circa 10,000) and the Shire's population 12,500.  The shire has a strong and diverse agriculture base with solid industrial, commercial and retail sectors.  Whilst Cowra boasts excellent medical and education services we are strategically located close to the regional cities of Orange and Bathurst so access to higher end medical treatment and tertiary education is available.

Cowra is a busy and active community with a number of true country experiences from relaxing along the extensive waterways to exploring the tranquil Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre. Residents and tourists alike seek out Cowra's fascinating history, from the days of steam trains to the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history.

Having been declared "Fit for the Future", Council now has a strong foundation to be able to plan for the future and continue to provide the infrastructure and services expected by our community.

Council’s finances are healthy and our assets are well maintained.  We have 171 staff and a budget of $34.6 million.  We pride ourselves on our contemporary, professional approach with a focus on customer service excellence.


About the Position

Cowra Council is seeking to employ a suitably qualified and experienced person to work with Councils located within a dedicated service area within NSW to provide support and build the capacity of council staff to deliver services that comply with the new legislative environment created by the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Reforms.  This position has been created through funding provided by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Office of Local Government.

The position will actively liaise with Councils to understand their specific needs to effectively transition to the new arrangements and, utilising the materials developed by OEH, implement a program to support Councils to meet the new legislative obligations.

Council is seeking a candidate who has:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of local government with respect to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and biodiversity conservation legislation and policy
  • Experience in biodiversity impact assessment
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Current capacity to drive and a current motor vehicle driver’s licence.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including overnight travel

The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic and a track record of working collaboratively in a small team environment to deliver high quality services. Highly developed interpersonal skills, incorporating verbal and written communication, negotiation, analytical and relationship skills will be essential to your success in this role. 


Position details

Please click on the link for a full copy of the POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Further Enquiries

Director - Environmental Services - Kate Alberry - (02) 6340 2045 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position. 

You will be required to answer questions relating to the selection criteria on the online application below, your answers will be accessed & rated, so please ensure you take time in providing your answers and give examples of demonstrated experience when requested. 

You will also be asked to attach your current resume which should include two recent employment related referees. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory, but may be added if so desired. 

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

Late applications will not be accepted.

Pre-employment Screening

In the event you are shortlisted for an interview, and are then selected to progress to the next stage following interview, you must be prepared to undergo the following pre-employment screening processes as part of the selection process:

  • A pre-employment physical examination, including hearing, drug & alcohol assessments.
  • Please include two work related referees in your resume for reference checking purposes - please ensure your referee details are current
  • Council may also check authenticity of certificates and qualifications


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