Planning Officer (Biodiversity)


Ipswich City Council


Ipswich, Queensland

Salary etc:

$86,974 p.a. + 12.0% super. (Level 5). Permanent.



About us

Neighbouring the Queensland capital of Brisbane, Ipswich is both the state's fastest growing area and oldest provincial city. It is a dynamic blend of rich heritage, proud communities, diverse landscapes, and a lively energy all contributing to a region full of liveability and opportunity.

Ipswich City Council currently employs more than 1200 people and promotes a workplace culture built on our values of communication, collaboration, integrity, efficiency, and leadership. Council teams operate across a range of industries delivering a wide range of services to the community, with one common purpose:

To proudly enhance the quality of life for our community

We achieve this by embedding our values in all that we do. Our high performing teams are making a positive difference in the community, and you can be a part of history in shaping the future of this region, which is a catalyst for major growth.

About the role

As you will be part of the Strategic Catchment and Conservation Planning team and will be responsible for advising the department on matters relating to the ecological conservation and biodiversity and management of the city's environmental values. Your main focus will be on the development, delivery, and review of biodiversity planning and management projects including but not limited to individual species and community recovery plans and natural area management plans.

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Take a lead role in the development, delivery, and review of biodiversity planning and management projects.
  • Act as a technical lead in the provision of legislative and best practise advice to the organisation and support in developing biodiversity and natural resource management plans and guidelines for use by council staff and external stakeholders, including Matters of Local Environmental Significance, Threatened Species and Ecosystems Recovery Plans, and Habitat Management Systems.
  • Identify opportunities and provide support and offer balanced solutions for the positive management and promotion of the City's biodiversity and natural environment.
  • Liaise with Council Departments and Branches, primarily the Strategic Catchment and Conservation Planning, Environment and Sustainability Education and Awareness, Land Management and Natural Area Planning, Natural Area, Strategic Planning, and Development Planning Teams, for biodiversity outcomes on public and private land
  • Investigate opportunities to engage and partner with external organisations to support biodiversity planning and projects and seek new and contemporary opportunities.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An excellent fit with our values of communication, collaboration, integrity, efficiency, and leadership.
  • Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Management, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Catchment Management, Ecology or equivalent qualification or experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years' experience in environmental management, wildlife management, natural resource management, catchment management, or similar field.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills to liaise with internal and external stakeholders on issues relating to biodiversity and natural environment management.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in writing and delivering biodiversity and natural environment management plans, project plans, guidelines, and technical reference documents, including:
    • Terrestrial and riparian vegetation.
    • Fauna habitat management.
    • Ecosystem health.

What's on offer?

This is a permanent full time Level 5 with a salary package commencing at $86,974 plus superannuation of up to 12%.

  • Joining Council as a key member of a team that is passionate and dedicated to building a positive, inclusive, and constructive workplace culture.
  • Genuine demonstrated commitment to flexible work.
  • Four (4) weeks annual leave with 17.5% loading.
  • Ongoing learning and development and career opportunities.
  • A range of progressive health and wellbeing services.

If you feel you are a good fit with our values and are passionate about enhancing the quality of life for the Ipswich community, then this could be the role for you.

Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and agree to provide information for pre-employment checks, if required for the position (which may include police record checks).

Ipswich City Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace by supporting equal opportunities regardless of gender, culture, generation, sexual orientation, or disability. We promote a respectful workplace culture that is free from all forms of harassment, workplace bullying, discrimination, and violence.


Date published:


Closing date:

07-Jul-2022, 4.30pm