Project Manager’s Assistant – Ecology Team – Parramatta NSW

The opportunity!

We are seeking an experienced Project Manager’s Assistant to partner with our project manager to support the delivery of a major biodiversity project and to provide project support to our NSW ecology team.  

The role is based in Sydney, working from our Parramatta office. 

The position is a full-time position reporting to the Ecology discipline manager at our Parramatta location.

In this role, your principal responsibilities include:
  • Partner with the project manager to provide project management assistance, including the tools, resources and advice to support a large complex project through to completion.
  • Support the project manager to ensure the project logistics are properly scoped, implemented and delivered on time, budget and to required quality specification.
  • Provision of efficient logistical support, creating, implementing and monitoring project plans against time, cost and quality requirements.
  • Undertake research, for project biodiversity offset database, creating or preparing application and other documentation, liaising with clients and stakeholders (predominantly over the phone), and providing regular reports.
  • Building and maintaining supportive relationships with the NSW Ecology team managers, senior staff, and key stakeholders.
  • Support the project manager to establish partnering relationships with relevant external sub-contractors, supporting logistics, communications, cost control, quality and delivery.
  • Separate to the project support: assist the Offset Director in managing all aspects of the Company’s biodiversity offset credit database including periodic reporting functions; and
  • Other related project management assistance tasks as required.
Key requirements to be successful:
  • Degree qualified, or equivalency.
  • At least 2+ years’ experience in a project management assistant role, or relevant similar role.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, incorporating verbal and written communication, negotiation, analytical, relationship and resolution skills.
  • A strong work ethic and demonstrated project management skills, a track record of working collaboratively in a team environment to deliver high quality services.
  • A willingness and inherent skills to interpret then apply your understanding of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act), the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) and accompanying regulations as required to manage a large and complex database of offset credit information.
  • Strong computer literacy and proficiency with the MS Office suite.
  • The ability to work semi autonomously without constant direct supervision.
Desirable experience:
  • An interest in Biodiversity or Natural Resources Management would be advantageous.
  • A positive, can-do attitude, a supportive and team focused outlook and a strong desire to empathetically support team members.
  • Willingness to understand and apply learnings of complex NSW legislation and guidelines.
  • Proficiency in database use is desirable, but training will be provided to candidates without experience.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, prioritise tasks effectively, and to be flexible and adaptive.
Great conditions and salary on offer:
  • Senior support is available to ensure you can grow in your role with us. 
  • Anniversary awards scheme. 
  • Generous employee referral program. 
  • Professional learning and development.  
  • Employee Assistance Program.  
  • Mentoring program.  
  • Flexible working options. 
  • Paid maternity leave policy. 
  • Community fundraising events and a vibrant culture.   
  • An attractive salary and allowances will be offered in line with your level of experience.  
About us:

Niche Environment and Heritage is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy specializing in ecology and biodiversity, heritage management, environmental management and approvals and environmental offsetting. Established in 2009, Niche has successfully delivered more than 2300 projects to clients across Australia. Our 60+strong team includes ecologists, botanists, archaeologists and environmental scientists. 

Niche is a vibrant, flexible and well organised business that prides itself in caring for and supporting our staff. We have an excellent safety culture and trust our staff to make the right decisions to deliver projects from end to end.  Our diverse and cross-discipline capacity provides the opportunity to work on a multitude of interesting projects across eastern Australia.  

How to apply:

If you are interested in this fantastic career opportunity, please submit your application including a resume and cover letter addressing the key requirements via the Apply Now button by close of business on 22 April 2021. Our recruitment process includes behavioural and medical testing. 

All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence. Niche is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where diversity is embraced, and we encourage qualified candidates of all differences to apply. You must have the right to work in Australia to be considered for this role.