Principal Environmental Planner / Scientist

ID 2023-6372
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Posted Date
6 months ago(12/12/2023 12:32 AM)

Job Description

Principal Environmental Planner / Scientist


Are you a highly experienced Principal Environmental Planner / Scientist with a proven track record of delivering environmental approvals and do you want to be part of an experienced Environmental Approvals team, working on a diverse range, interesting, complex and challenging projects in NSW and across Australia?


If you have the drive and desire to enhance your career with a company focused on connecting the best people to the best work, then we want to hear from you.



The Company 


Kleinfelder Australia is an environmental consulting firm providing professional and technical services for land contamination and remediation, environmental planning and approvals, geotechnical engineering, ecology, heritage services, land rehabilitation, bushfire planning and design.


Kleinfelder Australia, as part of the global Kleinfelder Group, an environmental, engineering and science-based consulting firm, can utilise the experience of over 3,000 employees globally. With almost 100 staff operating across Australia, we deliver our projects with local and international experience across multiple disciplinary lines.

As our success and growth continues across New South Wales an opportunity has arisen for a competent and suitably qualified Environmental Approvals Specialist to join our thriving Newcastle team. In this role you will be undertaking a variety of environmental approvals and compliance projects, working closely with our team of ecological, geotechnical and contaminated land specialists. The market sectors we work across are diverse and comprise a range of private and public sector clients.


Along with a competitive salary, Kleinfelder provides a diverse and inclusive work environment amongst a team of dedicated and pragmatic environmental experts. While providing technical leadership, client management and driving the growth within the established NSW EMAC team, you will be part of national consulting firm with the opportunity to develop your career.



The Opportunity


The role will involve using your high-level technical skills and knowledge on a wide variety of projects for both private and public sector clients including:

  • Full time role, however, consideration will be given to part-time working arrangements. We offer flexible working patterns and reward schemes for our staff.
  • Be the technical lead for the Environmental Management and Approvals team in NSW.
  • Coordinate the day-to-day management of clients, project teams and specialist sub-consultants.
  • Provide direction to more junior planning/approvals staff to deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • Ensure production of high-quality technical reports including environmental impact assessments and management plans to a broad range of clients across the private sector and at all levels of government.
  • Represent Kleinfelder at an industry level by participating in external forums and have, or be working towards, membership of a professional institution.
  • Work competently and safely by complying with relevant H&S requirements, including internal Kleinfelder and external client procedures.


You will have demonstrated experience in the technical delivery of a variety of environmental impact assessment (EIS, SEE, REF) projects across a range of market sectors, such as Defence, Renewable Energy, Urban Development, Infrastructure, Mining and Aggregates, Education and Health. Applicants should possess an in-depth knowledge and practical application of NSW Planning and Approvals legislation and be experienced in the coordination of sub-consultants and management of projects through the approval process. Experience in environmental compliance, management plans and reporting, in another relevant environmental field, will also be considered if suitable experience in environmental management and approvals can be demonstrated.


Desired Attributes/Credentials

  • Recognised tertiary qualifications in environmental science, environmental management, urban planning (or equivalent).
  • Minimum 12 years' of experience in environmental consulting.
  • Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (REAP) accreditation is a requirement.
  • Demonstrated experience in client and project management across a range of environmental projects of sufficient complexity and scale.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and spend short periods away from home, if required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and coordinate multiple project teams engaged on approvals and compliance projects to deliver to deadlines and within budget.


What Kleinfelder can offer


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of large and complex site assessment and remediation projects for a growing client base including, Government, major oil companies and operators of large industrial facilities. 

Kleinfelder offers many benefits to ensure your professional development & well-being; these include but are not limited to:

  • Highly competitive salaries and extra leave benefits such as:
    • Paid Parental Leave,
    • Purchase extra annual leave per year,
    • Australia day public holiday swap,
  • Formal mentorship and training programs (Graduate & Project Manager),
  • Friendly and supportive team environment,
  • Flexible work arrangements available (e.g., hybrid working),
  • Paid overtime, (as per the Kleinfelder Overtime Policy),
  • (e.g., Employee Assistance Program),
  • Professional career and technical development programs incl, study assistance with external and internal learning,
  • Opportunities to participate Corporate Social Responsibilities (volunteering, charity community support),
  • Service recognition and reward programs including bonuses,
  • Professional membership support.

Kleinfelder prides itself with being an equal opportunity employer where we value and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals from all cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be part of our organisation and apply.


If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for, and require any further information, please email our HR team:

To be eligible for this position you must have unrestricted legal work rights to work in Australia.

Kleinfelder will be managing this process and applications from third party recruiters will not be accepted.


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