First listed on: 28 June 2024

Planning & Assessment Lead


Ready to make a splash in your career? WaterNSW is seeking an experienced Planning & Assessment Lead to join our team.  

This is an opportunity to work with an essential organisation creating a more sustainable future for the state.  

This role offers the flexibility to work around life, your contribution will be valued, and you’ll be supported to build a rewarding career. 

Our perks and Benefits:

At WaterNSW, we believe that our employees should be as well taken care of as our rivers, dams, and pipelinesthat’s why we offer a load of benefits.  

  • Flexible working  
  • Work a 9-day fortnight at Full pay on the Enterprise agreement  
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave  
  • Fertility leave  
  • Yearly corporate wear allowance  
  • Professional development and educational assistance  
  • Salary starting from $150,332 Base + Super  
  • And so much more! 

What you’ll do: 

  • Lead the delivery of professional and technical environmental planning advice and guidance is provided in timely responses to development and activities under Parts 4 and 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, where WaterNSW is the determining authority, and other legislation as required.
  • Deliver strategic, tactical and technical environmental advice on the appropriate application of relevant planning provisions to be able to provide the appropriate determination, conditions and environmental management standards that apply to WaterNSW projects.
  • Develop and maintain WaterNSW’s environmental assessment tools and procedures and ensure currency and consistent application.
  • Lead and coordinate the preparation and delivery of environmental approval and assessments including managing and coordinating resources, contracted staff, consultants, budgets and financial control, procurement, schedules and risks ensuring project deliverables and milestones are met within required timeframes.
  • Ensure effective collaboration and interaction across the business and with government, community and other stakeholders in relation to environmental approvals.
  • Provide mentoring and support capability development for a small team.

What we are looking for:  

  • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Planning/ Science/ Assessment/ Engineering/ Natural Resource Management/ Planning or other relevant discipline.
  • In-depth knowledge of State and Federal environmental laws, regulations, and approval processes as they relate to the assessment of development applications, infrastructure projects and activities.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to interpret and apply complex regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading technical teams, maximising the team’s operational performance.
  • Relevant demonstrated experience in statutory and environmental planning and impact assessment.
  • High level of technical skills and experience in project management and report writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively, building and managing constructive professional relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

How we will support you: 

At WaterNSW, we balance flexibility – and the way we work – with the needs of the business, our teams, and us as individuals.

When it comes to working in an office, we work in a hybrid way. If you’re required to be in the field or on site, the benefits of flexibility can be achieved in other ways, such as through a condensed work week.

We are proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities for women. Visit ourWORK180 page to access our benefits and career development opportunities 

More about our team/ culture:

No matter how or where you work, safety is the number one priority. This means the physical and mental safety of you, your colleagues, and the public.

WaterNSW operates the state’s dams, capturing and storing water, and then supplying it ready for distribution – for the environment, agriculture, industry and the community. With 41 major dams and hundreds of waterways across the state, we play a vital role at the source of the state’s water, delivering two thirds of all water used in NSW 

We’re the people taking care of the state’s water at the source – capturing, storing, delivering. Find out more at 

For more information, please reach out to: Talent Acquisition Partner Azmine Amer at 

Please note applications for this position will close on 10 July 2024.

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You must have full work rights in Australia to qualify for all positions at WaterNSW.

We are a 2024 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant. 

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