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Team Leader - Saving our Species Program


Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


Parramatta, NSW

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From $115,331 + super


Job Reference Number: 516929

Exciting opportunity to support the Saving our Species program

  • Temporary opportunity up to 4 years

About the Saving our Species Program

Saving our Species (SoS) is the NSW Government’s commitment to saving animals and plants at risk of extinction. The NSW Government has invested $175 million over 10 years (2016 – 2026) into the Saving our Species program – making it one of the largest conservation programs of its kind. The priorities for the program over the next five years will be to:

  • ensure resources and projects are in place to save species
  • increase the capacity to respond to emergencies, like bushfires, floods and drought
  • continue to focus on partnerships as integral to the success of the program
  • strengthen our innovation and best practice science and reporting
  • implement translocation projects to create climate refugia, particularly for threatened plants.

About the Role

The Team Leader leads a team responsible for the delivery of Saving our Species program in the Greater Sydney region. The role involves providing leadership, advice and support to a team delivering targeted conservation projects in a high workload environment. The annual work cycle includes budget forecasting, project development, project delivery, reporting and the provision of engagement activities and communication pieces. The role interacts with a range of partner organisations and experts to deliver on ground actions and develop data on species recovery.

About you

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic person to lead the implementation of the Saving our Species conservation program for the Greater Sydney Region. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated people leader with

  • a track record in delivery of complex conservation programs and the ability to oversee multiple projects at once
  • superior communication and interpersonal skills, and the capacity to motivate and guide a team of professional staff
  • highly developed program management skills including budgeting and reporting
  • an interest in program efficiency and continuous improvement
  • a degree in Science or in a relevant natural resource discipline and a Driver Licence are essential

About Us

Our vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We focus on some of the biggest issues facing our state. We deliver sustainable water resource and environment management, secure our energy supply, oversee our planning system, maximise community benefit from government land and property, and create the conditions for a prosperous state. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

More Opportunities

A talent pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities across the Saving our Species and Koala Strategy programs. The talent pool may also be available to hiring managers from the Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over an 18-month period. 

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility

The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster 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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