Senior Regional Conservation Officer - BCT


Biodiversity Conservation Trust


Queanbeyan (or other South East NSW location by negotiation), NSW

Salary etc:

$108,841 - $121,247 p.a. + super & leave loading


Job reference number: 519401

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  • 3 year Senior Regional Conservation Officer full-time opportunity
  • Regional South East Delivery Branch - Queanbeyan or other location by negotiation
  • Recruitment pool also available for similar full-time and temp opportunities
  • Salary ranges from $108,841 - $121,247 plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), as part of the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) cluster, has an exciting opportunity for Senior Regional Conservation Officer positions.

About you

An exciting opportunity to work as part of a team to provide landholder support and delivery of BCT’s programs. You will be involved in the delivery of programs, manage projects and partnerships as well as stakeholder engagement, education, communication, conservation assessment and agreement management.

As a Senior Regional Conservation Officer, you will provide technical advice and support to land holders with conservation agreements. You will undertake ecological assessments of sites proposed for Private Land Conservation agreements and coordinate delivery of assessment with the NSW BCT’s partners and service providers. As part of this role you will work directly with and provide technical support to landholders, You will work collaboratively with BCT staff to ensure best practice methods in the management of protected areas and conversation of biodiversity are upheld. You will require understanding of the NSW BCT’s legislative, strategic and operational framework to secure this role. The role will also provide support for other BCT Programs as required.

The BCT South East Region covers the LGAs of Yass, Upper Lachlan, Wingecaribee, Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Goulburn Mulwarree, Queanbeyan Palerang, Eurobodalla, Bega and Snowy Monaro. This includes a range of ecosystems and land use types which mean landholders will have different needs for landholder support.

Essential requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or extensive experience in natural resource management or biodiversity conservation
  • Demonstrated ability to use Geographical Information Systems software to develop, manage, query and display spatial data relevant to property level management plans
  • A current Australian Class C driver’s licence and willingness to travel

About Us

The Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. 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.

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.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments. We are committed to the Premier’s Priorities and welcome applications from all.

Participation in the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) and the BCT’s private land conservation (PLC) programs

All new employees with an existing defined interest in the BOS will be required to disclose their personal (or a close family member’s) participation to ensure potential conflicts are managed appropriately. In some circumstances this may require divestment of the interest.

The BCT also has restrictions on staff participation in its funded PLC programs. No additional funding, beyond that already agreed to by the BCT, may be sought or approved during time as a BCT employee or for a 12-month period following termination of employment.

The Department is committed to protecting the public interest and public trust in the exercise of its functions. These values, together with transparency and accountability, are integral to the administration of the BOS and PLC programs.

If you (or a close family member) participate in the BOS scheme or already hold a funded agreement with the BCT and require further information before submitting your application please contact the hiring manager. The BOS protocol is available publicly here via this page.


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