Environment and Science

Principal Agricultural Officer (Environment), Environment and Science (BB-BD829)

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Reef Compliance & Regulation; Minerals & Northern Compliance; Environmental Services and Regulation; Mackay or Rockhampton

Environmental Services & Regulation Division (ESR) invite suitable applicants to join a newly formed Reef Compliance and Regulation team as a Principal Agricultural Officer (Environment). This is a new role created in response to legislation introduced to improve and protect Reef water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
The role supports the Program Coordinator in program planning and delivery and provides expert knowledge and technical support to the team who undertake compliance and assessment for cattle grazing, horticulture and grains agricultural sectors.
Please see Role Description for more information

Principal Agricultural Officer (Environment) is a role in which you must be able to:

• Provide support to the Program Coordinator, and contribute to the development and implementation of reports, standards, processes, methods, benchmark techniques and performance measures. This may include:

o Development and maintenance of program tools, databases, and statistics, including the use of ESRI Geographic Information System spatial software

o Conducting research and analysis and developing recommendations

o Contributing to the creation of innovative solutions and efficient program management through project and risk evaluation, and continuous improvement of program support tools and materials

o Delivering communication and education activities including training and stakeholder workshops, conferences, and forums to educate and build capacity with clients, stakeholders and service providers

• Undertake the assessment and conditioning of environmental approvals for new cropping and horticultural activities within statutory timeframes.

• Lead assigned compliance activities at agricultural properties including planning site inspections, gathering evidence, and making recommendations for enforcement actions in accordance with the Regulatory Strategy.

• Review the work of team members, including a range of correspondence and advice, as requested, to achieve statutory, administrative and/or other agreed timeframes and to ensure consistency with contemporary Administrative Decision-Making Principles

• Provide expert advice, guidance, and direction to team members, and managing assigned technically complex and contentious matters for the development and endorsement of strategies and options for approval by the delegate

• Represent ESR in technically complex stakeholder and customer negotiations and communicate with influence to contribute to the resolution of contentious matters

• Undertake investigations of contentious and technically complex issues requiring complex policy analysis and legislative interpretation for the preparation of advice, briefs, ministerial and executive correspondence, submissions, publications and other correspondence on environmental management issues

• Work across the boundaries of government, non-government agencies, and the agricultural client base to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships and to promote compliance with and advise on the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act and the Environmental Protection Regulation .

• Work cooperatively in a team environment and contribute to a workplace culture consistent with the department's values including ethical behaviour and sound decision making and foster ESR's capability and own capability by mentoring less experienced staff, undertaking peer reviews, actively engaging in team discussions, and sharing experiences and learnings.

• Foster a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people and actively engage through our work to contribute to better outcomes for First Nations people.

The ideal candidate will have previous demonstrated experience in a related position in either the public or private sector. 

Although not mandatory it is highly desirable that the applicant has advanced skill using GIS software, including cartography, spatial analysis, data management and the integrated application of these skills

For further information on the role, what we are looking for - knowledge, skills and experience, drivers licence and citizenship requirements, and how to apply, please read and download the attached position description.

Job Ad Reference: QLD//

Closing Date: Monday March

Applications to remain current for months

Further information

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights ( ) and diversity ( ).

Please ensure you download all attachments and follow the instructions on how to apply.
Suitable applications will remain on file for months and may be considered for other vacancies

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