Natural Resource Management / Senior Natural Resource Management Officers


Department of Water and Environmental Regulation


Regional locations, WA

Salary etc:

$71,896 - $97,994 p.a. (Level 3 - Level 5) PS CSA A 2019


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Natural Resource Management / Senior Natural Resource Management Officers

DWER is a vibrant agency committed to ensuring Western Australia’s resources and environment are healthy and able to support a strong economy and thriving communities, now and into the future. DWER is responsible for environmental and water regulation, creating a ‘one stop shop’ for industry and developers providing greater opportunities for streamlining and simplifying regulation.

Our values-based culture reflects who we are and how we go about business.

We care | We build trust | Better together | Open minds | We serve to make a difference

The Opportunity

The Department is seeking individuals with varied skill sets to fill Natural Resource Management Officer (NRMO) and Senior Natural Resource Management Officer (SNRMO) positions across a number of key regional programs:

Planning Advice Program

Integrates land and water planning by providing advice on regional and local planning schemes, strategies and referrals, infrastructure assessments including major and significant projects; provides specialist water advice for development including expanding urban centres and industry; reviews industry proposals; implements water source protection policy for public drinking water sources; provides advice on protection of surface water and groundwater resources.

Water Licensing Program

Delivers water licensing activities by engaging with stakeholders, consistent with legislation and policy to support supply planning, allocation planning, and water licensing compliance and enforcement functions. Key water licensing activities include assessing surface water and groundwater licence application proposals, issuing permits to construct groundwater wells and to disturb bed and banks of watercourses, reviewing regulatory policy and standards, providing advice on proposals involving significant water use and disputes on water availability. Project management and co-ordination of small teams of experts for complex water use proposals.

Rural Water Planning

Manages programs to assist rural communities in the dryland agricultural area to develop reliable and sustainable non-potable community supplies to support regional growth. Supplies are developed or enhanced through funding opportunities, rebate programs and capital works projects. Building on the Strategic Community Water Supply network which exists across the dryland agricultural area for community use including livestock and firefighting needs, reducing use of expensive scheme water for non-potable activities such as townscape irrigation.

Water Measurement Program

Focuses on hydrographic and water resource monitoring to understand condition and characteristics of water resources. It improves and maintains the department’s water measurement assets to deliver quality and timely data across the department’s state-wide measurement network. This includes stream flow gauging stations, rainfall sites, groundwater monitoring programs and water quality monitoring projects for priority regional estuaries and catchments. Keeping abreast of evolving hydrographic technology, the program collects water data in remote areas and is responsive to events, including fish kills, algae blooms, flooding and disputes over reduced flow.

This pool will be used to fill vacancies that arise within the following Regions and locations:

  • North West Region – Joondalup, Kununurra or Karratha office location
  • Mid West Region – Geraldton or Carnarvon office location
  • South West Region – Bunbury or Busselton Office location
  • Swan Avon Region – Victoria Park or Welshpool office location
  • Kwinana-Peel Region – Mandurah office location
  • South Coast Region – Albany Office location

We currently have 6 vacancies available for immediate fill:

  • 2 x L5 SNRMO NW Region (Planning Advice Program)
  • 1 x L5 SNRMO MW Region (Water Licensing Program)
  • 1 x L4 NRMO MW Region (Water Licensing Program)
  • 1 x L4 NRMO SC Region (Water Licensing Program)
  • 1 x L5 SNRMO SC Region (Rural Water Planning Program) 

The pool will operate for a period of 12 months with vacancies being offered at part or full time on a permanent or fixed term contract basis with the possibility of extension or permanency. Pool applicants do not hold a right of review against appointment decisions made from the pool.

Please refer to the position description for each level for further details to assist you with the preparation of your application.

We recognise that flexible working arrangements support effective work-life balance, empowers our people and increases team productivity. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce that promotes an inclusive and supportive workplace environment. We value the unique diversity of experience that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth bring to our workforce.

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