Job Details - Principal Planner - Natural Hazards

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497497 Planning Permanent Full Time Environment, Planning
Qld Local Government Industry Award (Stream A)- Level 8 of the Moreton Bay Regional Council EBA4 Certified Agreement Caboolture $110,383 pa9 day fortnight up to 12% superannuation leave loading72.5 hour fortnight4 weeks annual leave


If you’re an environmental planner with the ambition and drive to help Australia’s third largest Council shape its environment and sustainability planning and programs- then this job is the challenge you’ve been looking for.

The Moreton Bay Region comprises traditional Jinibara, Kabi Kabi and Turrbal country and boasts an enviable lifestyle with beautiful beaches, waterways and lush hinterlands. It is also experiencing one  of the fastest population growth rates in the country and over the next two decades it will be home to more people than the entire state of Tasmania.

Our Council recognises and values the critical importance of our natural assets, particularly the integral role they have in creating a sense of belonging, wellbeing and health for residents and visitors to the region.

Our challenge is to protect and enhance our lifestyle, while sensitively planning and facilitating the anticipated growth in a way that increases the region’s resilience to natural hazards and climate change. Great opportunities exist to maintain that balance so that future generations can enjoy the lifestyles and amenity we value so highly today.

The recently established Environment and Sustainability Policy and Planning Department sits within the Planning Directorate and takes a lead role in developing the strategic environmental and sustainability policies and plans to ensure healthy natural and built environments. A major strategic initiative currently underway is the development of a Regional Environment and Sustainability Strategy that will sit at the highest level within MBRC and inform a transition for the Council, community and residents to a more sustainable future. 

Our team has grown in order to meet legislative requirements, community aspirations and Council’s priorities. Its functions comprise three streams; Sustainability Planning, Natural Hazards Planning and Biodiversity Planning. Right now, we are looking for a Principal Planner - Natural Hazards to join the team.

About the Opportunity:

As our Principal Planner - Natural Hazards you will act as our technical expert and provide leadership and direction to team members in the delivery of integrated natural hazards and climate change adaptation outcomes across the region and within the MBRC organisation.

In addition, you’ll:

  • provide expert advice in environmental and natural hazards planning matters in accordance with legislative, policy and business requirements
  • lead the delivery of highly complex environmental and natural hazards planning projects and specialist project teams (including external consultants) to achieve strategic and business outcomes
  • take a leadership role in the development of team capability to drive a high performance, continuous improvement and customer focused culture
  • facilitate project-based community consultation including representing Council at a range of customer meetings, community and business forums
  • build high level relationships across a range of diverse internal and external stakeholders to ensure projects and service deliverables are achieved.

About you:

We are seeking someone who has excellent communication skills both written and verbal. You will have well practiced skills in stakeholder consultation and you will be confident to negotiate safe, practicable and sustainable outcomes. You will help with the delivery of highly complex environmental and natural hazards projects and engaging all stakeholders from a wide variety of community groups, internal departments and general public. 

You will have: 

  • the ability to lead a team of professionals and project teams in response to changes in direction in uncertain or emergent circumstances and in a rapidly changing policy environment
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in natural hazards, environmental and strategic planning, including climate change adaptation planning.
  • Substantial experience in the delivery of highly complex natural hazards projects and strategies, including leading and mentoring multi-disciplinary project-based teams.
  • knowledge natural hazards  and substantial experience in the delivery of highly complex environmental and natural hazards planning projects, including leading and mentoring multi-disciplinary project-based teams
  • the ability to drive high performance outcomes in time critical environments with competing stakeholder interests
  • experience working within a government and political context and environmental planning, climate change adaptation, strategic planning and project management

You will hold the degree qualification necessary to fulfil the position requirements and have a passion to work within a highly dynamic and talented team as a contributor and collaborator.  

Why join the MBRC Team?

Aside from an opportunity to build a rewarding career within a diverse and growing organisation, we offer a range of team member benefits including:

  • Flexibility at MBRC depends on the type of work you do but could include options such as work from home, part time, 9-day fortnights and flexible days. Talk to us about what flexibility means to you!
  • Discounted Health Insurance.
  • We are proud to offer opportunities to develop your career within a local government organisation and our team members are encouraged to undertake study for career development in their area of employment under our Study, Training & Research Scheme (STARS).
  • Generous employer and employee super contribution scheme.
  • Free onsite parking.
  • Fitness Passport program offering discounted membership for you and your family to selected facilities.

How to Apply

Click on the 'Apply' button below to complete your online application. Please upload your current resume that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of this role. Applicants will need to attach the following documents:

  • A current resumé or curriculum vitæ
  • A covering letter or expression of interest (maximum 2 pages) which details your suitability for the role.

Role Description

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Further Information

To obtain further details please contact our Onboarding Team 

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