First listed on: 08 April 2024

Environmental Compliance Specialist

If you're ready to dive into a role where your expertise makes a tangible difference in protecting our water resources and ensuring compliance with regulations, then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for!

Who is WaterNSW?

WaterNSW is a statutory corporation owned by the NSW Government that plays a critical part of the water supply chain in NSW - supplying two-thirds of water used across the state. But we are more than a system operator. We are catchment protectors and water quality experts. We are a mission-driven organisation that is committed to our role as custodian of land and water resources.

Why we are recruiting

WaterNSW is looking for a passionate and motivated Environmental Compliance Specialist to join the Catchment Protection team and play a pivotal role in upholding environmental regulations and safeguarding water quality and WaterNSW assets.

Our perks and benefits

At WaterNSW we believe that our employees should be as well taken care of as our critical natural and man-made assets, which is why we offer a load of benefits including:  

  • Salary range starting from $144,550 + 11% Super
  • Flexible working and choice of location (subject to availability)
  • 9-day fortnight at full pay
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave  
  • Option to purchase additional 4-weeks annual leave
  • Salary sacrifice and packaging
  • Professional development and educational assistance  

What’s in it for you?

This offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Regulatory Innovation: Develop and implement contemporary regulatory practices within the policy framework to enhance environmental outcomes.
  • Legal Liaison: Assist Legal Counsel in court matters, leading preparations for complex prosecutions to ensure swift resolution of breaches.
  • Advisory Networking: Provide expert advice on regulatory issues, maintaining a network with relevant agencies for effective compliance.
  • Risk Prioritisation: Coordinate and apply intelligence-based risk assessment to prioritize actions for protecting water quality and catchment health.
  • Proactive Approach: Identify, recommend, and implement proactive measures to address poor environmental performance across various sectors.
  • Procedure Development: Develop and maintain Rules of Evidence procedures and access consent policies in alignment with legislation.
  • Training and Education: Deliver environmental compliance training and education, offering guidance to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Policy Enforcement: Enforce legislative policies and procedures, recommending appropriate action for breaches.

What we are looking for:  

  • Qualifications: Hold a degree in environmental science, engineering, planning, or relevant field, or possess equivalent knowledge and demonstrated experience in environmental compliance activities and pollution investigations.
  • Authorised Officer: Possess or have the ability to become one.
  • Driver's Licence: Hold a current NSW Driver's Licence.
  • Certification: Possess or have the ability to gain a Certificate IV in Government (Investigations or Statutory Compliance).
  • Knowledge: Demonstrate extensive knowledge of environmental issues related to water and wastewater, pollution, land management, and environmental planning.
  • Experience: Have a minimum of three years' experience in environmental enforcement or compliance positions, with expertise in leading and conducting investigations.

How we will support you: 

At WaterNSW, we balance flexibility – and the way we work – with the needs of the business, our teams, and us as individuals.

When it comes to working in an office, we work in a hybrid way. If you’re required to be in the field or on site, the benefits of flexibility can be achieved in other ways, such as through a condensed work week.

We are proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities for women.Visit our WORK180 page to access our benefits and career development opportunities 

More about our team/ culture:

No matter how or where you work, safety is the number one priority. This means the physical and mental safety of you, your colleagues, and the public.

For more information, please reach out to: Talent Acquisition Partner Azmine Amer at

Please note applications for this position will close on 29 April 2024.

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