Scientific officer - EDO NSW

Scientific officer

We are seeking to employ an in-house Scientific Officer to expand the range of advice we can provide to our team of solicitors and clients. You will work closely with the Scientific Director to provide advice on a wide range of scientific issues and the environmental impact assessment process in relation to projects around Australia.

Applications close 9am, Monday 2 December 2019.

Selection Criteria:

  • A degree in science, natural resource management or a related discipline.
  • At least 2 years professional experience in science, natural resource management or a related discipline.
  • Excellent research, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated science communication skills with an ability to distil complex scientific and technical information into plain English for a range of audiences including lawyers, community members and scientists.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, including team members in remote areas.
  • Demonstrated time management skills with the ability to manage and meet competing deadlines.
  • An interest in a wide range of scientific and technical issues, and in working on issues to support public interest environmental outcomes.


  • Experience in environmental impact assessment and/or environmental investigation activities.
  • A well established network of scientific contacts.
  • Experience in engaging with community organisations.

Location: Negotiable.

Hours: Part-time, 3 days per week.

Contract and Salary: $80,000-$88,000 per annum pro rata, depending on experience. This position is a 12-month fixed term contract (possible extension based on funding).

Applications should be submitted via email to with ‘Application for position of Scientific Officer’ in the subject line.

Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information, contact Megan Kessler, Scientific Director on 02 9262 6989 or via email at

Applications close 9am, Monday 2 December 2019.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified people are encouraged to apply.


Duty Statement – Scientific Officer

EDO seeks to serve the needs of the community through its various functions – namely, legal advice and representation, policy and law reform, community legal education and scientific advice.

EDO operates a Scientific Advisory Service to facilitate the provision of scientific advice to the community and to build the capacity of the community to participate in environmental decision-making. The Service comprises in-house scientists, a register of experts willing to provide assistance on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in a variety of fields, and a Technical Advisory Panel, which provides strategic advice to the in-house scientists.

1)        Provision of Advice

The Scientific Officer will work with the Scientific Director to provide prompt and accurate scientific advice to EDO solicitors, clients and the community. This includes:

  • Providing scientific advice on proposed developments or activities prior to decision making. This mainly involves advice on the impacts of proposed developments and the adequacy of environmental impact assessment reports and assisting clients to obtain scientific input into submissions to decision-makers.
  • Providing scientific advice on approved developments or actions. This mainly involves advice on whether conditions of approval adequately address environmental risks and/or whether development is complying with conditions of approval and environmental legislation.
  • Supporting EDO’s community education by writing fact sheets on a range of scientific issues; writing plain English educational materials; and preparing articles for EDO publications.
  • Providing scientific advice on policy and law reform issues including contributing to written submissions on discussion papers and draft legislation and contributing to proactive policy work.
  • Supporting the International Program by contributing to requests for assistance through the international program and contributing to scientific and technical aspects of international work.

2)        Coordination and Maintenance of the Expert Register

The Expert Register is an integral part of the Scientific Advisory Service. Where appropriate, EDO refers requests for scientific and technical assistance to members of the Register, who provide assistance on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. This role supports the in-house scientific expertise of EDO. In conjunction with the Scientific Director, the Scientific Officer will be responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the provision of advice from members of the Expert Register, or other experts from outside the Register, including for court cases, community engagement and education and policy and law reform work.
  • Maintaining and actively expanding the Register as required.
  • Providing services to members of the Register and the Technical Advisory Panel.

3)         General

All staff have a responsibility to:

  • Develop and maintain a good knowledge of the role and policies of EDO.
  • Represent EDO in a positive and effective manner.
  • Attend and contribute actively and constructively at staff meetings.
  • Seek opportunities for personal and professional development, particularly related to the specific areas of responsibility.
  • Assist in organising and supervising volunteers and interns.
  • Respond to requests by clients and fellow staff in a knowledgeable, professional, constructive and polite manner.
  • Provide accurate and timely data on activities for communications, reporting and fundraising purposes.

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