Biodiversity Project Officer (101473)
* $75,452pa (Band 5), plus super * Temporary Full Time, until June 2022 (maternity leave replacement)
The Biodiversity Project Officer is responsible for implementing the Rural Engagement Program in collaboration with the Rural Environment Officer. The Rural Engagement Program aims to support rural landowners in Hume City in the protection and management of land, agriculture and biodiversity and includes three incentive programs; the Conserving our Rural Environment (CoRE) grant, Primary Producer Rate Rebate (PPRR) and Rural Land Management Grant (RLMG).
The role oversees the implementation of these programs, including promotion/marketing, administering an online application process via Smarty Grants, providing guidance and advice to landowners, assessing applications and undertaking property audits to ensure landowners are meeting the eligibility criteria.
In collaboration with the Rural Environment Officer, the role also develops and facilitates an annual education and capacity-building program for rural landowners. This includes field days, workshops, webinars and the development and dissemination of printed materials/resources.
- Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Conservation and Land Management, Environmental Management, or a related discipline with relevant work skills, or lesser formal qualifications with relevant demonstrated relevant experience
- Sound understanding of local sustainable land management issues within a rural context, their impacts on biodiversity and techniques to manage their impacts.
- Skills and knowledge in the identification of local flora and fauna, including indigenous plants and plant communities, and weed identification.
- Experience in engaging with and building the capacity of landowners and / or community groups, the ability to organise and implement engagement programs, develop material to engage the community and promote sustainable land and biodiversity management.
Hume City Council is a leader in local government and is recognised for its innovation, initiative, leadership, service, quality and support for its people.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion and the principles of gender equality.
Our Council recognises the value of the diversity and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to the heritage of all Australians.
We have zero tolerance for child abuse and adheres to the Victorian Child Safe Standards and related legislation. Our people are required to observe child safe requirements and support the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children.
Our strong commitment to social justice and the environment provides opportunities for employees to participate in various programs.
We offer flexible work arrangements and a range of other employee benefits to support employee's work life balance.
For further information, view the attached position description or contact Damien Harrison on 0409 460 390.