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Position Vacant – Environmental Planner in Sydney

We are looking for an excellent Environmental Planner with at least 2-3 years experience to join our planning and approvals team in our Sydney office.
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The position

To join and support our growing consulting team, we are looking for an excellent Environmental Planner to join our Sydney office. Candidates should have a background in environmental planning and a strong and genuine interest in the waste and recycling industry.

What you can expect

You will support our Sydney office’s dynamic and multidisciplinary team of professionals, including engineers, scientists, economists, planners, lawyers, social scientists and educators in the delivery of quality project outcomes for our clients. You can expect to be working in a team on projects for the private and the government sectors. You can expect to deliver projects including development applications, Environmental Impact Statements/ Statement of Environment Effects, Waste Management Plans, stakeholder management, and client liaising. 

You can also expect to be challenged – we work in a fast-paced environment and often there are many balls to juggle.

You need to be resilient, flexible and able to prioritise and multitask as the role entails:

  • Research (e.g. Into legislation, technology types)
  • Data collection, analysis and reporting 
  • Leading or assisting bid managers to compile bids and proposals for future work
  • Development of project management skills
  • Working with stakeholders and communities to gain greater understanding and deliver the best outcomes for them

Key capacity and skills


  • Degree in Environmental Science, Urban Planning or relevant degree in Science or Environment
  • Min. 1-2 yrs. experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and/or Development Applications
  • Understanding of Planning Policy and Regulation 
  • Interest in sustainability and waste management
  • Profound and professional communication skills
  • Very strong report writing skills
  • Ability to work in an innovative manner 
  • Ability to work in a team

Experience in aspects of waste management (preferred


The main responsibilities of this role include:

  • Assisting the planning team in:
    • Environmental impact assessment 
    • Submission of planning and licensing applications 
    • Compiling tenders and proposals for future work
    • Drafting and finalising planning reports and waste management plans
    • Research (e.g. Into legislation, waste management, site characteristics or management of potential impacts)
  • Participating in other project activities including but not limited to:
    • Working in the field under the supervision of a project manager or audit supervisor
    • Attending meetings and taking notes
    • Developing and sharing expertise in the areas of environmental reporting and waste management
  • Working with the broader MRA team to:
    • Assist with time-sensitive projects or proposals
    • Assist with research and business development for waste and recycling

As an MRA team member you will be expected to:

  • Use your project work as an opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the waste industry (through background reading, reading current publications, attending relevant seminars etc. where advised)
  • Attend fortnightly team meetings
  • Show a positive attitude to taking on work
  • Be a self-starter and enthusiastic to learn
  • Be able to work independently

Method of working

You will gain experience across all the units within MRA. You will be required to undertake this work through:

  • Liaison with MRA staff either over the phone or face to face or via email
  • Summarising qualitative and quantitative research in text documents
  • Writing, editing and formatting documents in Microsoft Word
  • Use of Excel to assist with project management and calculations
  • Active participation in project activities

What MRA can offer you

  • Early progression to project management and client liaison
  • Competitive salary with room for progression
  • Excellent experience to assist with career progression
  • Opportunity to learn from industry experts
  • A committed, professional team environment
  • A career in sustainability

Are you ready to make a difference? Apply today.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has some experience, is able to work independently and who wants to make a real difference improving resource efficiency and waste management systems.


For further information and confidential discussion, email Doris McDonald-Seaton on [email protected] or call our office on 02 8541 6169.


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