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Position Vacant – Graduate / Junior Environmental Consultant in Sydney (Planning Team)

We are looking for an excellent Graduate / Junior Environmental Consultant to join our planning and approvals team in our Sydney office.
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The position

Candidates should have a background in environmental reporting or planning and a strong and genuine interest in the waste and recycling industry.

Graduate roles usually last a period of 12 months, with progression to consultant following a performance review.

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 capacities 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 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)
  • 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 in:
    • Drafting and finalising reports and management plans
    • Environmental impact assessment 
    • Submission of planning and licensing applications 
    • Compiling tenders and proposals for future work
    • 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

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 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, 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 and other software 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

Are you ready to make a difference? Apply today.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is a self-starter and wants to make a real difference improving our resource efficiency and waste management systems.

Salary negotiable from $55k plus opportunity to receive MRA bonuses.


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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