Environmental Officer - Compliance and Senior Environmental Officer - Compliance

Specified Calling Level 1-3, $76, 425 - $130,458 pa, PSCSAA 2022
Position No:
Pool Ref 1123B
Work Type:
Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
Joondalup and Regional locations
Closing Date:
2023-11-24 4:00 PM

Are you looking to change or grow your scientific or technical career?

Do you enjoy travel, being outdoors and not always behind a desk?

Do you want to make a positive impact on the community and environment while enjoying a great work life balance?

As Western Australia’s primary water and environmental regulator, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has a responsibility to be an influential and future-focused regulator. Our vision is for a low-carbon Western Australia with a healthy environment and secure water resources for future generations.

The department holds itself accountable to being fair and committed.  We respect First Nations people their knowledge, culture and connection to country.  As a forward-looking department we are guided by good science and embrace new technologies and practices to protect the environment and our water resources across the whole of Western Australia and its beautiful and diverse two and half million square kilometres.  We value and engage with our stakeholders; to be transparent in all we do and build trusted relationships.

Our values-based culture reflects who we are and how we go about business.

We care | We build trust | Better together | Open minds | We serve to make a difference

Find out more about us by visiting our website at www.dwer.wa.gov.au

The Opportunity:

Whether you are a recent graduate or come from a career in mining, agriculture, industry or government your skills and knowledge can transfer into a rewarding role as an Environmental Officer in our Compliance and Enforcement Directorate.

The Compliance and Enforcement Directorate are looking to establish a pool of suitable skilled applicants to fill immediate and future vacancies for Environmental Officers at Specified Callings Levels 1 and 2, typically ranging from graduates through to people with 3-4 years relevant experience, and Senior Environmental Officers at Specified Calling Level 3, typically for people with more than 5 years’ experience (see attached Position matrix for further information on capabilities). The department is looking for suitable candidates across Perth and all regions of Western Australia. Environmental Officers in the Compliance and Enforcement Team undertake a wide range of environmental investigation, response and compliance based investigative roles across an equally wide range of industries and activities.

Take a look at our video to see some of the current team in action and get a real feel for the work you could become apart of.

We currently have multiple immediate vacancies to fill across the directorate including permanent and fixed term, full and part-time opportunities which may be extended or made permanent.

Current permanent vacancies exist in the following teams:

  • Environmental Compliance and Investigations
  • Waste Compliance and Investigations
  • Environmental Response, Intelligence and Environmental Crime
  • Native Vegetation Clearing and Compliance

As a department we recognise that flexible working arrangements support effective work-life balance, empowers our people and increases team productivity. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce that promotes an inclusive and supportive workplace environment. We value the unique diversity of experience that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth bring to our workforce.

Our strength is the diversity of our people and their experience so for further information about the opportunity, or to discuss how your experience and knowledge can transfer into a role as an environmental officer in the Compliance and Enforcement team, we encourage you to contact Carmen Standring on (08) 9157 9810 or Jack Elwin on (08) 6364 6982 during business hours.

What’s in it for me?

We provide an inclusive, agile, and safe workplace that empowers a diverse workforce to make a difference. We offer professional development opportunities, recognise the importance of work-life balance and wellness initiatives, and provide:

  • the opportunity to be involved with exciting, interesting, and meaningful work.
  • the opportunity to travel across Western Australia with a good balance of travel and office-based work.
  • fully flexible working arrangements that are encouraged to facilitate an awesome work-life balance.
  • competitive salary plus 11% employer superannuation contribution and access to salary packaging options.
  • access to an assortment of personal and professional development and training opportunities.
  • leading wellness program promoting a healthy work / life balance that includes funded flu vaccinations and employee assistance programs.
  • a strong networking and social environment.
  • clearly defined career progression pathways.

How to apply

If you believe you have what it takes to succeed in this opportunity, please apply online by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button (above or below) and provide the following in Word or PDF format:

  • Provide a comprehensive CV that demonstrates your experience, skills and achievements relevant to the opportunity or opportunities you are interested in, as outlined in the attached Position Matrix for the Environmental Officer Roles.
  • Two (2) referees (one preferred to be a current supervisor or recent manager)
  • A copy of your Bachelor of Science qualification (degree and transcript) in an environmental related field*

 * Applicants who consider their degree is equivalent to a Bachelor of Science may be asked to confirm and evidence equivalency from the issuing university. Applicants with an overseas qualification must submit a valid assessment from the Overseas Qualification Unit(OQU). For more information visit migration.wa.gov.au

Please indicate which level you are applying for and ensure your CV addresses the work-related requirements of the relevant role(s) you are interested in. 

Please Note:

  • To be eligible for appointment, applicants must have documentary evidence of entitlement to live and work in Australia for the duration of the employment opportunity.
  • The department conducts employment screening which may include a National Criminal History check.

For technical difficulties while applying online or information about the application process, please contact us for assistance on (08) 6364 6471 or at recruitment@dwer.wa.gov.au – email address not to be used for submission of applications.

Access Needs

We use the National Relay Service (NRS) to ensure we are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. NRS can help you connect with us on:

  • TTY/voice calls – 133 677
  • Speak & Listen – 1300 555 727
  • SMS relay – 0423 677 767

If you have any access needs that may require adjustment to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, including alternate methods of communication, or to request a document in an alternative format please contact us at recruitment@dwer.wa.gov.au or on (08) 6364 6471.

This pool will operate for a period of twelve (12) months with vacancies being offered at part or full time on a permanent or fixed term contract basis with the possibility of extension or permanency. Pool applicants do not hold a right of review against appointment decisions made from the pool.

Applicants found suitable but not recommended for this vacancy may be considered for subsequent vacancies in accordance with Part 5 (General Appointment) of Commissioner's Instruction 2: Filling a Public Sector Vacancy.

 CLOSING DATE: Friday 24 November 2023 @ 4:00PM (Australian Western Standard Time)

Applications that are in progress or submitted after the closing time will not be accepted.