First listed on: 31 December 2020

Senior Sustainable Development Officer

About us
We are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong such a great place to live.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our diverse and inclusive team.

About the Role
In this role you will be working in the Sustainability and Environmental Planning team where you will have input into land use and development strategic planning processes and respond to planning referrals.  You will provide policy and technical advice on a range of sustainable design issues with a focus on achieving a sustainable built environment.  You will also work closely with council staff, consultants, industry groups, developers and contractors to meet statutory planning requirements.

This is a temporary full-time position for 17 months.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Assessing and providing advice on strategic planning projects and statutory planning development proposals in relation to the built environment and sustainable design.
  • Undertaking site inspections of development applications and ensuring compliance with required planning provisions and relevant planning permit conditions.
  • Providing pre-application advice to council staff and development industry on best practice sustainable design.
  • Providing staff training in relation to Ecological Sustainable Design and environmental legislation.
  • Supporting the implementation of council’s Sustainable Building Policy and new Greenstar building inductions and staff training.

About you
To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications and experience in the following disciplines; sustainability, ecological sustainable design and/or planning.
  • Sound knowledge of Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) and Greenstar assessments and the Victorian Planning System within local government.
  • Experience in undertaking site assessments to ensure development applications meet planning permit requirements and/or legislative requirements.
  • Ability to work effectively with a large range of internal and external stakeholders.

As a member of our team, you’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • discounted memberships at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities
  • career development opportunities.

Applications and Enquiries
Click the APPLY NOW button below to submit your application or find out more about this opportunity. 

Enquiries: Burke Renouf | 03 5272 4877 | 

Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 20 January 2021.


City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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