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Snr Team Leader Atmospheric Research – NSW Department of Planning and Environment

NSW Department of Planning and Environment’

Organisation / Entity: Environment and Heritage Group
Job category: Environmental
Job location: Sydney Region / Sydney – Greater West
Job reference number: 527841
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: Environment Officer Class 13
Closing date: 26/04/2023 – 11:55 PM

Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?

Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

  • Strategic Senior Team Leader role
  • Ongoing full-time opportunity, Lidcombe location
  • Salary relative to experience, and ranges from $147,248 – $157,722 + super

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science branch is seeking to appoint a Senior Team Leader, Atmospheric Research. In this role, you will lead the design and delivery of strategic science programs with a focus on air quality and the delivery of data, information, and advice to support policies and actions in New South Wales.

About You 

As the Senior Team Leader Atmospheric Research, you will help shape and influence the strategic direction of science priorities, develop and deliver a range of high quality, cost-effective science projects with scientific rigour, develop and maintain a range of collaborative networks, and provide expert scientific advice to Department of Planning & Environment internal and external customers.

You will have strong communication skills and a record of delivery on a range of high quality, cost-effective science programs.  Your experience in project management will assist in your ability to manage budgets and assess risks related to the program, while driving continuous improvement from a high-performing team.

You will nurture and direct a talented team in the design and delivery of rigorous modelling and analysis, support continuous improvement through innovation and ensure the effective communication of insights.

 Essential Requirements and Key Knowledge

  • High-level experience in developing and leading rigorous science programs and stakeholder recognition of expertise in atmospheric research.
  • Tertiary level scientific qualifications and/or equivalent experience in a relevant scientific field.

For more information read the full Role Description: Senior Team Leader, Atmospheric Research

About Us

The Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments. We are committed to the Premier’s Priorities and welcome applications from all.

The Climate & Atmospheric Science branch work with multiple agencies within the NSW Government, in other states, and with businesses and communities to better understand our atmospheric environment and to assist decision makers dealing with the complex policy issues of air pollution and climate change.

We operate the largest and most comprehensive air quality monitoring network in Australia, with more than 90 stations across the state providing hourly updated air quality readings to the web. Our research, data, information and knowledge are pivotal to helping the NSW Government achieve its objectives of improving air quality across NSW.

We provide the NSW Government’s daily air quality forecast needed by the Government and communities to raise awareness about the prevailing air quality.

We provide the NSW Government’s flagship regional climate modelling (NARCliM) and assist stakeholders across the NSW, ACT and South Australian Governments, businesses and communities to understand climate change, climate risks and their potential impacts.

We provide the core climate science that underpins the recently released NSW Adaptation Strategy. This integrates climate impact science across multiple disciplines including natural hazards, hydrological modelling, biodiversity and landscape modelling and integrated risk management

To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role.

DPE strongly recommends all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

Applications close Wednesday 26 April at 11:55PM.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Matthew Riley, Director Climate & Atmospheric Science at

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on  (please include reference number).

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