Senior Environmental Planner

Senior Environmental Planner

The unprecedented transition to renewables requires a boost to people power and to this end we are seeking an experienced Environmental Planner with extensive knowledge of NSW planning and environment legislation and demonstrated consulting experience. The role will suit a highly motivated,  individual with effective communication and resolution skills to obtain development consents and or project approvals.  If you have demonstrated experience understanding, implementing, and assessing compliance against environmental impact assessments, constraints analyses, strategic assessments and environmental management plans – apply now.

The role is a senior position within Advitech’s Environment team and provides the successful candidate opportunity to demonstrate and develop not only technical competency, but leadership qualities required to address the needs of our growing team.


  • Providing environmental planning and management advice and support to clients across multiple sectors
  • Leading the development of REFs or DAs involving EISs, SOEEs or EAs
  • Undertaking field investigations and managing consultants on large scale energy infrastructure projects during construction, ensuring compliance with management plans
  • Supporting the review and sign-off on contractors’ works, including review of Method Statements and Risk Assessments, and attending work progress meetings
  • Reviewing work from external consultants, to assess compliance with client’s internal processes and procedures, professional standards, and quality and OH&S standards
  • Supporting the identification of environmental constraints and assisting with developing solutions to management for decision making
  • Supporting the preparation of environmental referrals, environmental management plans, planning applications, technical memoranda, letters and reports to a high standard
  • Supporting integrated approvals processes (federal, state and local) for renewable energy infrastructure developments

About You

To be successful in this role, you will meet the following essential criteria:

  • Degree qualification in environmental science, planning or related discipline
  • Minimum of five years’ experience within environmental and planning sector
  • Extensive knowledge of NSW planning and environmental legislation, particularly the EP&A Act and Regulations
  • Proven project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the efficient preparation, submission and management of DAs including liaison with consent authorities and effective resolution skills
  • Experience in statutory planning or amendments to LEPs and DCPs such as Planning Proposals for rezoning applications, and knowledge in the preparation of Masterplans
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to undertake field work as required
  • Desire for continued professional and career development
  • Current drivers licence

Desirable the following additional skills would be advantageous:

  • Accreditation as Certified Practising Planner and or eligibility for membership to the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Experience in or knowledge of State and Local Government practices relating to development assessment
  • Certification as a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP)
  • Certification as CEnvP-IA (Impact Assessment) and NSW REAP (Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner)
  • General knowledge of the Building Code of Australia
  • Diverse knowledge of a range of environmental disciplines, such as: noise assessment, air quality and odour assessment, surface water and groundwater, soils and contaminated site management, greenhouse gas assessment, ecological assessments, and archaeological and heritage assessments
  • Experience in the preparation or assessment of Development Applications in relation to the industrial or mining sectors, including potentially hazardous development
  • Current drivers licence

About the Position

Type: Permanent : full time or part time (3 days a week or school hours) – you decide!
Reports to: Manager – Environment
Location: Emergent Group Headquarters Newcastle is preferred, but we remain open to other options. Flexible work practices apply for this role.
Salary: Will be negotiated depending on your experience

Benefits of Working Here

Advitech provides high-level engineering and environmental services, advice, and management across sectors. We believe it’s our people that set us apart from the competition. We seek passionate and qualified professionals who share our commitment to helping our clients achieve their operational goals.

When you work for an Emergent Group company you become part of a team of people committed to applying science and technology solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

We do our best to maintain a healthy, collaborative and friendly work culture, where individuality and difference are respected and all voices are heard.

The wellbeing of our people is our top priority. We offer great benefits including flexibility of working arrangements and career development opportunities.

To Apply

If this sounds like your next role, send us your resume and a cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements for this position.  Only candidates with existing eligibility to work full time in Australia can be considered for this role at this time.

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to prepare and submit your application. As a Circle Back Initiative Employer we are committed to reviewing and responding to every applicant. We don’t just contact the short-listed candidates, or leave you wondering.

Position Reference # 2023_A12

More Information

For more information regarding this position, call us on 02 4924 5400.