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Position Vacant: Junior Environmental Consultant – Waste Management Planning

We are looking for a junior Environmental Planner to join our planning and approvals team in our Sydney office.
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The position

To support our growing consulting team, we are looking for an excellent Graduate / Junior Environmental Consultant to join our planning and approvals team in our Sydney office to assist with waste management planning projects. Candidates should have a background in environmental reporting or planning and a strong and genuine interest in the waste and recycling, and/or development industries.

What you can expect

MRA’s success has been built on the skills and experience of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, which includes engineers, scientists, economists, planners, lawyers, social scientists and educators. The team shares a common focus, delivering quality project outcomes for our clients. This focus has meant that MRA maintains a position at the forefront of Australian waste and recycling management practices, working on key and innovative projects. You will join a dynamic team, working closely with our Managing Director and staff on projects for the private and the government sectors.

Key capacity and skills


  • Degree in Environmental Science, Urban Planning or relevant degree in Science or Environment
  • Experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and/or Development Application submissions
  • Interest in waste management planning, sustainability and the environment
  • 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)
  • Understanding of Planning Policy and Regulation (preferred)


The main responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the planning and approvals project managers on consultation and development of waste management plans, including:
    • Consulting on local development controls and waste management guidelines
    • Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste management across development projects, including:
      • Classification of waste material expected to be generated during construction activities;
      • Estimated quantities of material during excavation and construction activities; and
      • Identification of appropriately licensed waste contractors and facilities to manage demolition, excavation and construction waste, with a focus on maximising resource recovery potential.
    • Operational waste management for ongoing operation for development projects, including:
      • Classification of waste material expected to be generated through typical operational activities;
      • Estimated waste generation;
      • Waste infrastructure and design advice;
      • Waste equipment and infrastructure;
      • On site waste management practices aimed at reducing waste to landfill and maximising resource recovery; and
      • Access and collection.
    • Drafting and finalising waste management plans and reports
    • Compiling tenders and proposals for waste management planning projects
    • 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 note taking
    • 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
  • Training will be provided

About you:

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, subject to your availability (and university commitments if relevant)
  • 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 Microsoft Excel to assist with project management and basic calculations
  • Active participation in project activities

What MRA can offer you

  • 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, environment and planning

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 Zoe Watkins at or call our office on 02 8541 6169.


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