Environmental Planning Lead


Merri Creek Management Committee


Brunswick East, Melbourne

Salary etc:

$85,760 - $93,872 (pro rata)

About Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC):

MCMC is a proud community-based organisation, supported by the community and our local government members. We live our values in our purpose, vision, and daily actions.

Our purpose - To ensure the preservation of natural and cultural heritage, and the ecologically sensitive restoration, development, and maintenance of the Merri Creek and tributaries, their corridors and associated ecological communities.

Our vision - Merri Creek, its tributaries and its environs will be of high environmental quality and deeply treasured by the community.

About the Role

  • Permanent part-time: 0.4 EFT
  • Location: from the MCMC office (hybrid working available)

Are you an environmental planning specialist with a passion for achieving positive environmental outcomes through the planning system? Do you love the Merri Creek as much as we do, and want to take a lead role in continuing decades long protections?

We need an experienced and passionate individual to continue our industry-leading work in environmental planning. MCMC is well known for our evidence-based, environment and community-centred approach to planning and development matters that will impact on the health of the creek and its environs. You’ll share this approach and help us to continue our high-quality input into environmental and strategic planning processes.

A position description is attached with a more detailed description of the role and the Key Responsibilities.

About You:

  • You’re passionate about our environment, and the important role that community-focused and supported organisations have in protecting and restoring significant environmental assets.
  • You are experienced in environmental planning processes, understand relevant legislation, and can prepare submissions and engage others in the process.
  • You have extensive knowledge of the Merri Creek and its tributaries and environs, and the community that supports and lives along the creek.
  • You love working collaboratively with a range of community, First Nations, government, and non-government stakeholders through engagement processes that connect, inspire, and motivate. You know how to work effectively with colleagues and engage supporters, donors, and the Merri community.
  • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and are experienced in writing high quality strategic documents for a range of audiences.
  • You’re creative and show initiative in the way you spot opportunities and make things happen. You can be flexible in the way you work and identify and follow opportunities. You can manage projects from start to finish, working independently, representing MCMC, and working with external consultants and researchers, and our engaged community of supporters.
  • You love being part of a small but growing team but are confident working independently.

 Additional Benefits at MCMC:

  • Flexible working arrangements, including work from home and a generous time in lieu policy.
  • Training and professional development budget.
  • Employee Assistance Program with included counselling sessions.
  • Generous leave provisions including:
    • Parental Leave – 14 weeks at full pay for primary carers and 3 weeks full pay for secondary carers
    • Compassionate Leave – 5 additional days on top of sick leave per occasion for a family member or person of significance
    • Paid study leave

Key Selection Criteria:


  • Extensive knowledge of the Merri Creek and its tributaries and environs, and the community that supports and lives along the creek.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Science, Environmental Planning, Conservation Management Planning, or a related discipline, combined with relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage importance to the Merri Creek and its tributaries.
  • High level written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience of preparing environmental planning submissions, responses to EPBC referrals, and participating in Precinct Structure Planning and other related environmental planning processes.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing projects, with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and foster a positive culture.


  • Demonstrated understanding of the history of community activism, advocacy, and on‐ground works undertaken by the community along the Merri Creek and its environs. 

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