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Environmental Officer

Office of Deputy-Director General; Environmental Services and Regulation; Brisbane City

Are you enthusiastic, have a passion for the environment and interested in being an Environmental Officer (PO2) for the Department of Environment and Science (DES)?

If yes, we want to hear from you!

Job details

Position status Permanent,Temporary
Position type Flexible-full-time,Full-time
Occupational group Primary Industry & Environment
Classification PO2
Workplace Location Brisbane Inner City,Cairns region,Toowoomba region,Moreton Bay - North,Moreton Bay - South,Townsville region,Mackay region,Rockhampton region,Gold Coast,Sunshine Coast,Ipswich region,Central West Qld,South West Qld
Job ad reference QLD/381829/21
Closing date Ongoing
Job duration Ongoing
Contact person Starsky Lino
Contact details Email :
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Environmental Officers work within the Environmental Services and Regulation (ESR) division of DES.  The division provides targeted, consistent and transparent regulation that facilitates sustainable development in Queensland. ESR proactively manages and monitors environmental risks through a modern and innovative regulatory framework that includes assessment, compliance, investigation and enforcement programs. ESR also provides extensive frontline services both centrally and regionally.

All Environmental Officers, regardless of classification level or position title provide a range of services under relevant legislation including the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995, Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and a range of other related legislation.

Environmental Officers within ESR will undertake either assessment or compliance activities. Assessment officers will be located in one of our specialised business centres which focus on a particular sector – minerals mining, coal mining, petroleum and gas, or industry and development – and will carry out assessments of the environmental risks associated with applications. Compliance officers will be located in one of our 13 offices around the state from which they will respond to incidents and complaints, visit high-risk sites to check on businesses environmental performance and help license holders understand their environmental obligations.

Our opportunities

This continuous applicant pool is an opportunity to submit an application and your up-to-date CV for temporary and/or permanent Environmental Officer (PO2) positions that may become available in the ESR division, across the state. Your preferences (location and assessment or compliance function) and application pack will be provided to hiring managers for vacancies which may be temporary or permanent in nature.

Note – this will be our first and preferred method of recruitment for Environmental Officers within ESR. However, from time to time, individual advertisements for specific roles within ESR maybe advertised separately.

How to apply

To be appointed to an Environmental Officer (PO2) role in the professional officer stream, candidates must have a university degree (undergraduate and/or postgraduate) from a recognised tertiary institution in environmental management; chemical, forensic, physical, geological, hydrological, environmental, applied and biological sciences; environmental engineering.  Other closely related disciplines may be considered.

If you are interested, please review the Position Description and ‘How to apply' and apply online at

Ensure you complete the ‘questionnaire' which allows you to identify your preference for location and function (assessment or compliance)

Further information

  • For further information on the department, you can visit our website at

  • Continuous Applicant Pools will be established for three (3) different roles; Environmental Officer (PO2), Senior Environmental Officer (PO3) and Principal Environmental Officer (PO4). You will need to apply for each role, if you are interested in more than one. 

  • For specific questions about the role, please email Ensure your email includes;

    • Your name and email address

    • Position title your are enquiring about

    • Preferred location and function (compliance or assessment)

  • Registration does not guarantee you an offer of employment.

  • Please note that applications will be valid for six (6) months, however you are welcome to update or resubmit your application at any time.  


Further information

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Last updated
26 May 2021

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