Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Senior Project Officer
Aboriginal Water Unit
Full Time | 3 Year Fixed Term Contract |Competitive Salary | Melbourne Location
This role is classified as an ‘identified’ position and is open all applicants with preference for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
The Department is tasked with ensuring that Victoria has the right conditions to enable economic growth, while delivering livable, inclusive and sustainable communities.
We bring together planning, local government and infrastructure, environment, climate change, energy and water functions, to ensure an integrated approach to the development of long-term state and regional strategies that build on social, environmental and economic opportunities to provide for future population growth.
About the Group
The Water and Catchments Group (WCG), in partnership with water corporations and catchment management authorities, is responsible for effectively managing Victoria’s water resources to meet future urban, rural and environmental needs. WCG works across the Department, with agencies, Ministers, stakeholders and the community to balance the economic, environmental and social values of water. This work helps deliver secure water supplies, greener and livable cities and towns and healthy waterways and aquifers.
The Environmental Policy and Community Partnerships Branch focuses on emerging policy development and institutional review and reform, to provide community benefits. The Aboriginal Water Unit has specifically been formed to deliver the Government’s Aboriginal Water Program, which aims to better include Aboriginal people in the way water is managed in Victoria and to reconnect communities to water for cultural, economic, customary and spiritual purposes.
‘Victorian Traditional Owners have cultural, spiritual and economic connections to land, water and resources through their associations and relationship with Country. Collaborating with Traditional Owners in water planning and management is an aspect of maintaining access to Country and its resources. The newly formed Aboriginal Water Unit will work to better understand Aboriginal water values and uses by working respectful partnership with Traditional Owners’. (source: www.delwp.vic.gov.au)
This position is open to people with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The staff member will report to the Senior Manager, Aboriginal Water Unit. This position contributes to the development and implementation of projects related to Aboriginal water as part of the development of Victoria’s Aboriginal Water Program, and as part of DELWP’s commitment to Aboriginal self determination. In this role, you will be supporting the Senior Manager Aboriginal Water in delivering the Aboriginal Water Program, including the oversight of specific projects being delivered by Traditional Owner groups. You will also oversee a network of Aboriginal Water Project Officers who will be based, regionally in other organisations.
This role is classified as an ‘identified’ position and requires a person with understanding and experience in Aboriginal stakeholder engagement as well as sound project management skills. An understanding of Victoria’s water resources, the legislative/policy framework for their management and of the requirements of the Murray Darling Basin Plan is desirable, but not required. The role has the following high level responsibilities:
Success in the role will be achieved by demonstrating the following technical skills, knowledge and behaviors:
Knowledge and Skills
Builds a balanced team to compensate for own limitations. Influence and Negotiation
What we can offer you
Competitive salary of between $98,396-$119,052 plus superannuation
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Applications are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “DELWP Senior Project Officer” in the subject line.
Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 9 March 2020.
Unfortunately, late submissions will not be accepted.
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 Identified Position – An identified position requires a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal community, society and culture, as well as the issues impacting Aboriginal people. Identified positions require a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people and communities. These positions are available to all applicants; with preference for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.