Principal Environmental Planner or Scientist


Umwelt Australia



  • One of Australia's largest employee-owned environmental consultancies.
  • Flexible work arrangements and excellent employee benefits.
  • Opportunity to work across a range of sectors and on diverse projects.

About Umwelt

With over three decades of experience and eight locations nationwide, we are a team of vibrant professionals with experience across a range of sectors including renewables, infrastructure, defence, regulation and policy, resources, and the urban development sector. We provide fully integrated environmental and social assessment and management services including concept and feasibility, technical assessment, consultation, approvals, delivery, operation, and decommissioning.

About the Role

Due to continuous growth, our Melbourne team is seeking a Principal Environmental Planner or Scientist to lead and manage environmental impact assessments and environmental planning projects for major infrastructure, primarily in the energy sector.

This role focuses on complex and multi-dimensional environmental assessments and approval processes, including Environment Effects Statements (EESs), Ministerial planning permits, and planning scheme amendments. You will be advising clients in the renewable energy and broader energy sectors across the development spectrum, from initial site feasibility assessments through to impact assessment and the development and implementation of environmental management plans.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project Leadership: Scope, plan, manage, and execute environmental assessment and management projects, ensuring integrated outcomes and high-quality delivery.
  • Team Empowerment: Lead and mentor project teams to achieve exceptional project results that meet or exceed client expectations.
  • Project Management: Effectively manage project budgets, timelines, and resources, ensuring timely and cost-effective project delivery.
  • Quality Assurance: Maintain a focus on delivering high-quality project outcomes and enhancing client satisfaction.
  • Client Engagement: Build and maintain strong client relationships, developing high-quality proposals to secure new business.

About You:

  • Qualifications in environmental science, planning, or related degree discipline.
  • 10+ years of experience in environmental impact assessment or environmental planning (Victorian experience preferred).
  • Substantial experience in a consulting environment.
  • Experience leading (preferred) or working on Environment Effects Statements and/or Ministerial planning permit applications or planning scheme amendments in Victoria.
  • Experience working on energy sector related projects, including renewable energy and/or electricity transmission.
  • Strong knowledge of environmental and planning legislation, regulations, standards, and best practices.
  • Experience managing medium to large projects through the development spectrum, including managing timelines, budgets, and resourcing.
  • Excellent client relationship management and business development abilities.
  • Commitment to delivering high-quality, integrated project outcomes.
  • An ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a range of stakeholders including clients, government agencies and the community.

The successful candidate for this position will have extensive experience as a Principal Environmental Consultant working within a consultancy firm.

What's In It For You?

We care about our people and want to help you grow in your career. As part of our team, you will be offered:

  • ME Days: We provide our staff with up to an extra day of paid leave each month for mental health and wellbeing.
  • Flexible work options to suit your lifestyle.
  • A role with experienced professionals that can mentor you and help you develop your skills.
  • Opportunities to work across the country on different and challenging projects.
  • Opportunities to join Umwelt's Employee Share Plan.
  • A learning and development culture, with different training options and assistance.
  • Wellbeing tools and initiatives and hands on training.
  • An attractive salary based on your skills and experienced.
  • Paid parental leave for both primary and secondary carers.

Diversity and Inclusion 

At Umwelt, we are committed to fostering a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion. We're all responsible in creating a diverse, inclusive, and accountable culture where employees of all backgrounds and lifestyles feel a sense of belonging, mutual respect, and kindness.

The Umwelt team are privileged to collaborate closely with Indigenous communities across the nation, and we actively pursue the goals outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment not only enriches our workplace culture but also drives innovation and excellence in all that we do. Join us in our mission to create a supportive and equitable workplace where everyone's unique perspectives and contributions are valued.


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