Lead – Land Management

Shoalhaven City Council Full Time Permanent 13/07/2021
  • Salary: $104,064 - $119,423 p.a. plus 10% Superannuation
  • Leaseback Vehicle
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • An exciting opportunity exists to Lead our Land Management team within our Environmental Services Unit at Shoalhaven City Council.

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 Land Management/ Natural Area Plans
  • Oversee the delegation of determining authority provisions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and also responsibilities under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
  • Securing and management of grant funding to mobilise projects for the benefit of the community and local environment.
  • Co-ordinate environmental awareness and enhancement programs for the community that relate to the functions of the Land Management Team.
  • 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 Land Management Team -  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 the Delivery Program and Operational Plan  to achieve goals set out in the Shoalhaven Community Strategic Plan to foster a safe and attractive community , where sustainable growth, development and environmental protection are properly managed.
  • Ensure processes and protocols are in place for the Land Management Team to maintain  compliance with all relevant legislation and Council policies and ensure that risks are appropriately managed

Skills & Experience

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

  • Degree in Environmental Science or an environmental discipline / or relevant experience for the position.
  • Extensive experience working on land management issues and aspects encountered by local councils, environmental impact assessments and environmental enhancement programs, as well as Management Plans both strategically and operationally.
  • Experience with the management of grant funding (application/ disbursement/ report writing).
  • Effective stakeholder management.
  • Experience with the management of volunteer programs.
  • 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.
  • Extensive knowledge of environmental legislation.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing natural areas and delivering Land Management Plans from a strategic and operational level.
  • Use of industry and Microsoft software and applications.

This position requires a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applicants are required to apply and pay for this check if not already obtained. 

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 the relevant qualifications and experience you hold.
  3. Briefly describe your experience interpreting and applying relevant legislation such as the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and responsibilities under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
  4. Demonstrate your experience engaging with stakeholders in developing solutions for business success.
  5. Please describe your leadership style. What values are mot import to you as a leader?
  6. This position requires an NSW Working With Children Check, please provide your Working With Children Check number.

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

Applications Close: Sunday, 1 August 2021 (at Midnight) 

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