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Investigator (Natural Resources)

Organisation/Entity: Natural Resources Access Regulator
Job Category:
  • Investigation | Assessment Officer
  • Investigation | Technical
  • Environmental | Licensing
  • Environmental | Field Officer
Job Location:
  • Regional NSW
  • Regional NSW / Bathurst & Central West NSW
  • Regional NSW / Dubbo & West NSW
  • Regional NSW / Riverina & Murray
  • Regional NSW / Tamworth & North West NSW
Job Reference Number: 516518
Work Type: Full-Time
Total Remuneration Package: Clerk Grade 7/8
Closing Date: 25/07/2021 - 11:55 PM


  • Opportunity to provide compliance and oversee governance of the community’s fair and equitable access to water  
  • Two x Ongoing permanent Clerk Grade 7/8 – Location Dubbo, Orange or Tamworth
  • One x temporary role until 30 June 2022, Clerk Grade 7/8 – Location Dubbo or Orange
  • 35 hours per week with salary starting from $97,443.00   

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently seeking 3 x Investigators (Natural Resources) to join the Natural Resources Access Regulator to ensure that water laws are enforced so that communities and the environment get their fair share of our state's water resources.  


About the role


The Investigator (Natural Resources) undertakes a range of compliance-related activities, including inspections and investigations, and provides technical and educative advice to enhance compliance standards in accordance with Natural Resources Access Regulator Act 2017 and natural resources management legislation including the Water Management Act 2000.


Providing technical and educative advice to landholders, water users and industry participants, the I Investigator  will investigate and resolve breaches of legislation in accordance with policies and operational guidelines by preparing Notices, PINs etc. to correct non-compliance issues; and providing recommendations for targeted enforcement action or referral to external agencies in response to more serious breaches, such as alleged criminal matters (e.g. NSW Police Force, Local Government, etc.)


There are three investigator roles currently available. One ongoing role is based in Tamworth. There are two additional roles, one ongoing and one temporary, based in either Orange or Dubbo.


To learn more about the roles, click here to view the role description.


About You


There are a number of key factors that will determine your success to include:


Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in one or more relevant fields such as Natural Resource Management, Science, Law or Forensics, or equivalent experience.


Capacity to undertake investigations and experience in interviewing witnesses and suspects and in applying knowledge of investigative methodologies, rules of evidence and court procedures and take full accountability for the accuracy and timeliness of inspection reports, evidence collection, and related documentation.


Ability to provide timely and accurate technical advice compliance issues and inspection processes; complex or extraordinary matters may be escalated to the Manager Compliance Investigations or another specialist role within NRAR.


Please note this role will require travel to a range of locations to engage with stakeholders and to complete inspections, therefore a current and valid NSW Drivers Licence is imperative. This travel can involve overnight stays away from home and on occasion may include a number of nights.


About Us


The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster was formed in 2019. The Cluster drives greater levels of integration and efficiency across key areas such as long-term planning, precincts, housing, property, infrastructure priorities, open space, the environment, our natural resources – land, water, mining – energy, and growing our industries. There is a strong emphasis on regional NSW.


The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) Act 2017 enacted by the NSW Parliament in November

2017 provides for the establishment of a new independent water regulator in NSW focused on establishing best practice water regulation underpinned by ethics, good governance and stakeholder engagement to deliver effective and reliable water regulation for the people of NSW.


Applying for the role


Applicants must address their suitability by supplying an updated copy of their resume and a brief cover letter. Applicants are also required to address the following targeted questions in your application form (no more than one page per question).


Q1. Describe a time where you led a complex investigation into an alleged or identified breach of natural resource management legislation. What actions did you take to lead the investigation and ensure its completion? Outline the key steps in the investigation and how you ensured a successful result.


Q2. Provide an example of a time when you had to influence and negotiate to achieve an investigation outcome. What was your approach? What was the outcome?


Join a passionate and dedicated team of professionals who take immense pride in supporting the Government’s commitment to community’s fair and equitable access to water.  


For further information, please contact Tim O'Connell on 0409 154 285 or timothy.oconnell@nrar.nsw.gov.au.


Applications close on Sunday 25 July 2021, at 11:55pm


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.


Our commitment to flexible working:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity, and delivery of high-quality services. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.


Our commitment to diversity:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recognises that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.