Lead – Coast & Floodplains

Shoalhaven City Council Full Time Permanent 13/07/2021
  • Shoalhaven City Council is seeking to appoint an experienced Lead for our Coast & Floodplains unit within our Environmental Services Department.
  • Salary: $102,024.00 - $117,081.64 p.a. plus 9.5% Superannuation
  • Permanent Full Time
  • Leaseback Vehicle

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance.

About the role

This is a full-time permanent position 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and is located at Council’s Nowra Administration Building. 

The position sits within our City Development Directorate, Environmental Services Department.

The advertised salary is based on the grade of the position, comprising of 4 steps within the range shown. The starting salary is at Step 1 within the grade. Progression through the salary steps shall be based upon the achievement of performance objectives relating to the position.


Reporting directly to the Manager - Environmental Services, the focus of this position is to:

  • Coordinate the development, implementation, monitoring, and review of high quality Coastal, Estuary and Flood Management Plans to deliver Council’s coastal and floodplain program.
  • Oversee and maintain work practices and operational policies applicable to the Coast and Floodplains Team, to ensure they are contemporary, represent organisational outcomes and are undertaken within stipulated timeframes.
  • Program management including sourcing of grant funding, milestone and budget tracking to ensure the benefit for Council and the community is fully realised.
  • Contribute to Shoalhaven City Council’s management of change program and build the Council’s corporate capacity to take these initiatives forward so that the organisation continues to improve and focus on its missions.
  • Lead and manage the day-to-day operations of the Coast and Floodplains Teams staff, finances, and assets in accordance with the organisation’s objectives, unit’s functional responsibilities, accountabilities, structure, and resources as approved by the Council and articulated in Annual Operational Plans, to ensure optimal triple bottom line returns to the Council and the community.
  • Ensure processes and protocols are in place for compliance with all relevant legislation and Council policies and ensure that risks are appropriately managed.
  • Demonstrated ability to make and support complex decisions to all levels of Council and to the community.

Skills & Experience

In order to be successful in the position, you will be/ possess:

  • Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or relevant engineering discipline.
  • Extensive experience working on strategic natural resource programs, co-ordination of Management Plans both strategically and operationally and an intrinsic understanding of contemporary coastal hazard management in the local government environment.
  • Experience with securing and management of grant funding (application/ disbursement/ report writing).
  • Class C Driver’s Licence.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and information exchange within and across work groups in the delivery of outcomes for the community.
  • Proven success in translating business strategy into operational goals and activities and fostering a shared understanding of how these contribute to higher level objectives.
  • Demonstrated success in guiding and coaching others promoting continuous learning and actively seeking solutions for workplace improvement.
  • Proven success in using negotiation and communication skills to engage with a range of stakeholders in developing solutions for business success.
  • Capacity to effectively manage the diverse operations of a work group to ensure the provision of timely and quality outputs for customers and the community.
  • Knowledge of environmental legislative instruments relevant to the Coast, Estuary and Floodplain management, and associated Management Plans.
  • Demonstrated experience working with management plans in the coastal environment in a manner consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development for the social, cultural and economic well-being of the community.
  • Use of industry software and Microsoft applications.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multi-disciplinary complex environmental programs.

Refer to job description for a comprehensive list of the qualifications, skills and experience required.

Please note - Council requires applicants for this position to undergo a National Criminal History Check during the recruitment process. This check will be at the expense of Council.


We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:

  • Generous Leave Entitlements
  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years
  • 9 Day Fortnight for Outdoor Staff
  • Flexitime for Indoor Staff
  • Fitness Passport
  • Novated Lease Arrangements
  • Discounted Private Health Insurance
  • Training and Development Programs

How to Apply

You will be required to submit an online application by attaching your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and respond to questions regarding general information about you.

In addition, you will be required to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of the position by answering the below questions relevant to the essential criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

For more information on the application process, please visit how to apply on Councils website.

  1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting.
  2. Please list your qualifications and experience relevant to this position.
  3. Demonstrate your experience working on strategic natural resource programs.
  4. Demonstrate your experience pertaining to grant funding and/or managing the budget associated.
  5. Describe your knowledge and/or experience of environmental legislative instruments relevant to the Coast, Estuary and Floodplain management, and associated Management Plans.

Contact:  Michael Roberts - Manager - Environmental Services (02) 4429 3501

Applications Close: Extended until - Sunday 1st August 2021 (at Midnight) - Previous Applicants need not re-apply.

When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email