Manager Environment & Regulatory Services

Clarence Valley Council Full Time Permanent 9/07/2021


We have recently restructured our organisation and are recruiting to build a sustainable management leadership layer in our organisation. Our people are our most important asset and are central to achieving the goals our community have set. We are building on what we have done to date and leading strongly into 21/22 FY. We are delivering people improvements, systems improvements, leadership improvements and infrastructure improvements to continue to bring the community services they expect.

If you want to be at the start of something great, challenging and rewarding, joining us might be the right move for you.

We are looking for leaders who can inspire direction and purpose, lead and manage change and lead and develop people. Do you translate change initiatives into practical strategies and bring staff along for the journey, provide coaching and leadership in times of uncertainty and difficulty for staff. We have a new look Operation Plan for 21/22 and we are looking for leaders who can translate organisational vision and strategy into operational goals and build their sections understanding of their contribution. We are looking for someone who sets high standards and challenges goals for themselves and others and who is keen to collaborate with colleagues to create a robust senior management structure.

We have recently introduced a new Manager Environment and Regulatory Services into our new Management structure and are eagerly waiting for our new leader to apply.

What you need to know...

  • circa $165,000 including superannuation
  • access to a lease back vehicle arrangement
  • 5 weeks annual leave

About the role

The Manager Environment and Regulatory Services leads and manages a multi-disciplinary team to deliver customer focussed environmental and regulatory services, programs and activities. The role provides strategic environmental advice and direction across Council, and covers a breadth of disciplines including environmental assessment, regulation, health and natural resource management in addition to waste and sustainability.

Download the position description here.


Your application:

When applying for our Manager position you will need to review the position description. Have a look at the purpose of the position and key accountabilities. Read through the key challenges and note the essential requirements.

Clarence Valley Council is using the Local Government Capability Framework as a tool to let potential applicants know what behaviours are judged to be most important at the time of recruiting to the position. You need to meet these to a satisfactory level to be suitable for appointment.

Your application will comprise of a:

  • resume (up to 5 pages) - attached to your application
  • cover letter (up to 2 pages) - attached to your application
  • response to two target questions where we will ask you to demonstrate your past behaviour/experiences, past behaviour is the best indicator of future actions.
  • target questions - maximum 300 words. These answers need to be uploaded into the application. It is a good idea to complete them in a word document and once finalised paste them into the online application form.

Target questions

1. Give and example of how you translate strategic direction into operational goals to build a shared understanding of the link to core business outcomes.
2. Tell us about a situation where you had to present complex information to someone. How did you ensure that they understood what you were saying?


Adam Cameron, Director Environment & Planning on 6643 0204 or 0408 296 365.

Closing date

Tuesday, 3 August 2021 at 11.30 pm (NSW time)

Other important information

This position is located at Grafton, however, this may change should business needs identify other work locations to be more appropriate to deliver our services in the future.

A probationary period applies to this position.

Tips on how to write your cover letter

You can use the cover letter to:

  • showcase your achievements in your current and past jobs
  • show us that you have most of the skills and capabilities we are looking for
  • explain why you want the job
  • show why you are good fit for Clarence Valley Council

If the job involves managing a team, tell us about important things you did before.

  • how many people did you manage?
  • how did you support and inspire your team to deliver for the business?
  • how did you handle day-to-day work and difficult situations?
  • what was one of your best achievements?

Aim to show us how your current skills are transferable to new situations. Use specific examples of:

  • managing staff an achieving workplace goals
  • any difficult situations you handled
  • your biggest achievements

Some common techniques to help you structure your examples are:

  • STAR - explain the Situation, Task, Action and Result
  • SAO - explain the Situation, Action and Outcome

A good cover letter:

  • uses plain English
  • is well structured
  • is specific to the job you are applying for
  • use specific examples of what you've done and what you've achieved

How to apply:

  • All applications must be lodged online via Council's website
  • Once you start your online application you cannot save and return later. 
  • You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document, and then copy and paste into the fields below.
  • Attachments such as certificates and licences must be combined into one document before you attach them to your application.
  • You must use your own email address and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with Council.


Do you want further information on how to apply under the Capability Framework? Please read our How to apply for a job guide.


Council is an EEO employer and First Nations people are encouraged to apply.