Program Manager – Environment

South West NRM is seeking an exceptional Program Manager – Environment to join our growing team. Working closely with the Sustainability & Environment Lead and project staff, this leadership role will contribute to the organisation’s development and delivery of programs for threatened species, environmental conservation and natural resource management. 

The role 

This position forms part of the Operations Team responsible for driving the business forward. The Program Manager will work closely with the Sustainability and Environment Lead and the Executive Team, and provide direction and guidance to project team members. The role requires someone skilled in grant writing, developing innovative concepts for investment for threatened species and environmental conservation and agility in approach to capitalise on opportunities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop project concepts for investment in environmental conservation including threatened species, threatened ecological communities or other environmental conservation priorities identified by government, research and stakeholders within the region and beyond
  • Assist in identifying new funding opportunities and developing new programs or work through grants, philanthropic or other funding sources
  • Provide high-level advice, expertise and support to Executive Team and other stakeholders with regard to the management of programs
  • Manage and provide direction to up to three project staff members plus casual field staff
  • Develop monitoring and reporting frameworks under the Australian Government’s MERI framework as well as internal reporting frameworks
  • Maintain stakeholder relationships at a local and regional level relevant to the program theme
  • Continually improve the way we work alongside Aboriginal communities of the South West
  • Manage project budgets and allocate resources appropriately to achieve the required program outcomes and timeframes
  • Responsible and efficient procurement.


Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking an environmental specialist who’s energised by the challenge of driving positive change for environmental outcomes in the region, who would relish the responsibility of a key role in the successful growth of South West NRM and who has the desire to contribute to our purpose of building healthy and productive ecosystems. An inquisitive mind, comfort with organisational change and willingness to mentor team members is essential. 

You will:

  • Hold a tertiary qualification in Environmental Management, Biological Science or associated degree.
  • Have advanced project management skills and demonstrated experience in implementing formal project management methodologies.
  • High level of knowledge and demonstrated experience in working on NRM-based projects related to environment, conservation biology and natural resource management.
  • Personnel management skills, abilities, and experience, including the ability to supervise and/or mentor a multi-disciplinary workforce and contribute to the professional development of staff.
  • Experience in grant writing and developing investment concepts for funding.
  • Financial acumen to scope and pitch investment concepts.
  • Contribute to building a positive team spirit for the South West NRM team by establishing and maintaining effective, supportive and cooperative working relationships.
  • High-level written communication skills with proven ability to prepare submissions and reports to stakeholders including government (EPA, DWER, DBCA).
  • Ability to prepare budgets and monitor and manage financial performance.
  • Ability to understand and apply legislation and regulations.
  • Skilled in compliance oversight of procurement and contract management.
  • The ability to build strong relationships, to inspire, influence, empower and enable others.
  • Confident use of initiative; the ability to recommend innovation and smarter ways to do things.
  • Willingness to occasionally work extended hours to accommodate workload and deadlines and work out in the region including overnight stays.


The package 

  • This is a full-time role with a 2 year contract and the option to extend, located in Bunbury.
  • A salary range of $100,000 to $115,000 pa.. based on relevant experience and qualifications, plus 11% superannuation.
  • There is a work-from-home option for 2 days a week with flexible hours.
  • Fifteen days personal leave p.a.


How to apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the role to Jodie Rowell, [email protected], by 5PM 22 September 2023.

Applications will be assessed as received and interviews scheduled accordingly.Aboriginality is preferred for this position (refer Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA), as amended).


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