Senior Project Officer


Biodiversity Conservation Trust


Albury, Orange, Queanbeyan, Inverell, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle or Parramatta, NSW

Salary etc:

Salary range from $106,346 to $118,468 + super (Environment Officer Class 9). Full-time, ongoing.


Job Reference Number: 515062

  • Permanent ongoing full-time opportunity
  • Flexible working conditions, location negotiable
  • Salary starts at $106,346 + super

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), as part of the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) cluster, has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Officer to support development, delivery and evaluation of BCT’s private land conservation management program.

The Senior Project officer will play a key role in the design and delivery of the BCT conservation management program including policy and program development, independent management of complex projects, and provision of analysis and technical advice to inform cost effective investment.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Undertake research to inform private land conservation policy and program design and, develop projects to deliver landscape-scale outcomes consistent with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy.
  • Support and deliver multidisciplinary projects including; collaboration and participation with geographically dispersed project teams; project planning; project review and reporting; provision of technical advice and problem solving.
  • Support and manage delivery of conservation tenders, including lead the design of conservation tenders in partnership with regional staff, and provision of technical advice to internal stakeholders.
  • Undertake cost-effectiveness analysis and provide technical advice regarding BCT investment across private land conservation programs and delivery mechanisms.
  • Research and provide technical advice on best practice in delivery of competitive private land conservation programs that involve incentives/payments for environmental services/grants.
  • Evaluate and report on BCT private land conservation (PLC) programs and projects including preparation of Executive papers, Evaluation Panel reports and Board reports.
  • Represent the organisation in a range of forums, communicating effectively and provide technical advice about BCT private land conservation programs.
  • Provide technical advice about probity and confidentiality requirements to internal stakeholders to ensure that program probity and governance standards are met.

A vital requirement to succeeding in the role is having skills and experience in competitive private land conservation programs that apply biodiversity assessment metrics.

Essential Requirements are:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the development and delivery of conservation land management programs with experience in conservation tenders highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and analysing large datasets including proficiency with spreadsheet and/or database software and statistical analysis software.
  • Demonstrated ability to research technical and scientific information to develop conservation land management policy and programs.
  • Understanding of the importance of equity and probity considerations in the design and delivery of private land conservation programs.
  • Understanding of different land tenures across NSW and the drivers of sustainable land management for different landholders / stakeholders.

Agency Overview

The New South Wales Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is a not-for-profit statutory body, established under Part 10 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and managed by a Board appointed by the Minister for the Environment. The Trust’s roles are to support and encourage landholders to enter into agreements to conserve and protect biodiversity on private land, guided by the government’s Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy; secure biodiversity offsets when developers choose to pay into the Biodiversity Conservation Fund; and other activities that promote greater awareness of, appreciation and understanding of, biodiversity and the importance of conserving it.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Flexibility

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

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