Within the Public Sector, there are many different departments and divisions that require very specific knowledge and skills. Which is why at Public Sector People we have a number of consultants who specialise on recruiting for these particular areas- whether Finance and HR or Construction and Engineering. By focusing on one or two disciplines, our consultants can absorb and develop an extensive knowledge on the market and know what organisations are looking for when hiring new talent. Our consultants can then utilise this knowledge to ensure their candidates have the best and most-up-to-date information when applying for roles as well as guiding them to roles that will best match their needs.
One of our key consultants for the Planning and Environment industry is Emma. We’ve provided a little more information on what Emma does at Public Sector People below; how she manages the recruitment process, the relationships she builds with both clients and candidates and the current roles she has available.
Can you explain your role at Public Sector People?
Part of the team at Public Sector People, my role is to manage the recruitment for Planning & Environment roles in Victoria.
What are the types of positions you recruit for?
I recruit for Planning & Environment based roles, typically for contract positions within local council across Victoria. Some of the roles I recruit for are Statutory Planners, Strategic Planners, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Planning Compliance Officers and more recently I have been recruiting for Environmental Health Officers too!
What are the types of candidates you ideally look for to fill these roles?
In the current market, ideally we are looking for someone who has previous Local Government experience so that they can hit the ground running when being onboarded remotely. For planners, we are seeking those who are experienced with the Victorian planning scheme and can work autonomously. One positive from Covid is that candidates now have the opportunity to work with councils that they could not have feasibly commuted to before, now that they can work remotely, they can gain experience in areas of Victoria they would not have otherwise.
For active jobseekers, what are the key things your successful applicants have in common ?
Flexibility, reliability, and experience! As a contractor in this market, candidates need to be a bit more flexible with their expectations. Yes, a 12-month contract might be the preference, but if you are not currently working, it does not make sense to turn down a 3 month contract in the hopes something better may come along. Otherwise, you may find yourself out of work for too long.
The ability to manage your own time effectively and use your initiative. As you will be onboarded remotely, you can’t walk up to someone in the office and ask them a question but you can jump on Microsoft Teams and ask. You need to want to make it work and do your best, take pride in your work.
Our Contractors are a reflection of our team at PSP, we need to trust that they will show up when they are supposed to, look after council equipment and do the work they are hired to do. Local government is a small industry, and to be a successful contractor you need to put your best foot forward with everyone you deal with.
What commitment will you make to the active job seekers you choose to work with?
I am open and transparent with those who work with me, I will provide as much insight into each role and team as I can. I am more interested in building long-term relationships than getting a quick win. Often, I will ring people to tell them about jobs I have seen advertised that are not through PSP because I know it's an area they may be interested in. If one of my contractors decides to pursue other opportunities that are not through me as an agent, I will fully support them and their best interests. Ultimately, I want people to feel that they can approach me with any issue without fear of me trying to push them into an opportunity or role that isn’t right for them.
Why is the aftercare stage so important in the recruitment process- especially within urban design and planning?
As we have learned from Covid, things can change very quickly. The purpose of the aftercare stage is to check in and make sure everything is running smoothly. If the workload is manageable, if the person has been inducted correctly, if they feel like they are getting the support they require, if they are enjoying the role, etc. We don’t place people in roles and then leave them to it, we make sure the roles were as originally described and the candidates are getting the support they need.
How do you conduct the aftercare process in the roles you recruit for?
We speak to all our contract staff fortnightly, however, I am always a Call/text/email away if anything urgent crops up. I make a conscious effort to respond as quickly as possible to any of our contractors so they can trust that I will action anything they need ASAP. Oftentimes the aftercare process becomes more of a conversation about how we are coping with lockdown, who is baking what, what’s new on Netflix and little about work actually gets discussed.
We also send out surveys throughout all parts of the recruitment process, so that we can learn from any feedback and improve. The surveys are anonymous but the responses demonstrate that we are doing the right thing by our candidates and clients alike.
Senior Landscape Architect
Contract Type: Contract
Job Summary: A busy metro council is looking for a Senior Landscape Architect to work on the design and delivery of parkland and streetscape upgrades, on a contract basis until June 2021.
Senior Strategic Planner
Contract Type: Contract
Job Summary: A metro council are looking for a Senior Strategic Planner to translate the planning scheming into the new format required by Smart planning program as part of a six-month contract. The successful applicant would also be working on planning scheme amendments and managing the exhibition and assessment of submissions.
Environmental Health Officer
Contract Type: Contract
Job Summary: A local council in the South Eastern suburbs are looking for an Environmental Health Officer to competently complete registered premises inspections whilst communicating with local proprietors in a professional manner.
To find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to Emma for a confidential chat about the job market within the public sector and her upcoming opportunities within urban panning and design, you can contact her at:
Public Sector People are currently recruiting four Public Health Officer roles for a Melbourne council based in the CBD. You will be working a four on / four off rota and be responsible for surveilling, investigating and enforcing compliance of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and industry guidelines within high risk industries. You will be inspecting premises to ensure they are complying with any Covid restrictions in place. The role is initially a three month contract but very likely to be extended. You will receive a week of training and onboarding. This is a role with the most prestigious council in Melbourne and an excellent opportunity for a Public Health graduate, a compliance and/or enforcement officer. You will be paid $35 - $40 plus super. Selection Criteria An interest in Public Health Strong verbal communication, you will be working in a community facing role. Comfortable working Four days in a row / four days off and then four night shifts. Available to start mid- August. Please apply using the relevant link with an update resume. For a confidential discussion regarding this role, contact Emma Murphy at PSP on 03 8533 3111.
Public Sector People are currently recruiting an Environmental Officer for a Water Authority on a contract basis. The Environmental Officer works within the Environment team, assisting the team’s role as a business advisory service and with delivering ongoing improvement in environmental management and compliance. The Environmental Officer provides integral support to the Manager Environment & Climate Adaptation and Environmental Advisor roles. This role is suited to a graduate who has had some professional experience, e.g. a student placement or internship and who is ready to build on their experience. Key Responsibilities and Duties Administer key water quality monitoring programs, including Blue-Green Algae, the MID Nutrient Monitoring program, Regional Environment Improvement Plan and other environmental monitoring programs. Assist with the organization's obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003, including ongoing implementation, annual reporting and stakeholder liaison. Providing support for environmental services to business units, including project environmental management, environmental incidents and environmental auditing. Selection Criteria A degree in an appropriate field (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management etc) Understanding of natural resource management principles and concepts, in particular as they relate to the management of water resources. Competent in the use of the Microsoft suite of products. Additional knowledge of software such as GIS will be highly regarded. Benefits Immediate start. Full time role Location is negotiable Opportunity to build your experience within a Water Corporation. Please apply using the relevant link with an update resume. For a confidential discussion regarding this role, contact Emma Murphy at PSP on 03 8535 3111.
Public Sector People are working with a metro council in the Western suburbs on the recruitment of a Senior EHO. You will be able to demonstrate your excellent industry knowledge and previous experience working for a Local Council as an EHO. You will be able to competently complete registered premises inspections whilst communicating with local proprietors in a professional manner. This is a contract role running through to the end of the year and paying $46p/h + super. We also have roles across a number of councils in metro and regional Victoria, if this role isn’t suitable for you but you are available for contract work on a full-time or part-time basis please contact us or apply following the link and we will reach out. You will be working on Customer complaint investigations Public Health and Wellbeing Act inspections Food Act inspections Pandemic Team support Health promotion support and program implementation and development Customer engagement and setting expectations Requirements include: Suitable qualifications – Bachelor of Applied Science or Health Science (Environmental Health) – or recognised equivalency Recent public sector experience as a practicing Environmental Health Officer, or membership with Environmental Health Australia Current Victorian driver licence. Previous Local Government experience as an EHO. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other Environmental Health roles within public sector, please contact Emma Murphy on (03) 8535 3111 | Emma@publicsectorpeople.com.au.
PSP are working with a metro council in the East on the recruitment of a Senior Urban Designer. Joining a newly established design team, you will be working on broad and varied projects, this is the opportunity to champion better design outcomes and generate rich placemaking initiatives in a large LGA. You will be working on major activity centres, revitalization of public spaces and have a strong focus on community engagement and consultation. This role is suited to a Senior Urban Designer who is passionate about making a difference through place-based human centred design. Can offer a contract or permanent arrangement, depending on your preference. Open to full-time or part-time hours. Requirements include: Qualifications in, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or related discipline, and strong experience in the delivery of related programmes of work. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp (or equivalent related graphic and 3D modelling packages), and sound understanding of Local Government Skills in working with consultants, leading a team and engaging with internal stakeholders, government and industry bodies and the community. Benefits include: Flexible working hours Hybrid model remote and office based arrangement Can offer contract or permanent role Band 7 remuneration For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are seeking a Senior Strategic Planner for a growth area council in the South East of Melbourne. This role is within the City Planning & infrastructure team, you will be responsible for conducting research and consultation, managing projects and developing strategy policies for significant land use, built form issues, corporate and community planning and organisation-wide issues. You will be primarily working from home, open to part-time applicants. This is an initial three month contract with opportunity to be extended. $50 - $55 p/h + super. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Experience with developing land use and development strategies, assessing and administering planning scheme amendments. Demonstrated experience in project managing development/contribution plans, and representing Council at Planning Panels would be an advantage For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below. .
PSP currently seeking a Band 6 Landscape Architect (2 days) to work for a Northern metro council for an initial 6 month contract period. This council have an increased volume in projects and there is plenty of opportunity for this role to be extended or to transition into a permanent capacity. Reporting directly into the coordinator of landscape and design, you will develop innovative and sustainable landscape architectural solutions for both private and public realms, within established, renewal and urban growth areas ie. transitioning urban design from a planning phase into implementation phase. You will manage complex projects and project teams involved in concept and design development, consultation, preparation of contract documentation including cost estimates and specifications, tendering of construction works, site supervision and project management. This may also require managing external consultants, including project scoping, technical brief preparation and procurement. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or other associated profession. AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign proficiency Demonstrated experience in design development and project management with proven skills in delivering project outcomes within specific timelines and within allocated budgets. Benefits include: Secure a long term contract Add to your portfolio with experience in a growth are council. $60 - $65 per hour, two days per week. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at PSP on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are currently working with a council located in Melbourne’s Inner-Metropolitan area to a recruit a Band 6 and a Band 7 planner for 3 month contracts (very likely to be extended). Your core function will be to manage a caseload of applications and produce the delegate reports. You will be dealing primarily with Clause 54s, Clause 55s, 5-6 storey apartment blocks and liquor licences. Due to a substantial increase in applications our client requires you to assist one of three planning teams, ensuring that applications are being serviced and producing reports in an effective and efficient manner. This is a Senior role and we are seeking an experienced planner, ideally with previous experience in inner urban Melbourne. You will be using Trim, Pathways and Trapeze. Flexible hours, part-timers encouraged to apply. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Experienced Local Government planner. Ability to work autonomously and manage your time efficiently. Benefits include: Gain valuable experience in an Inner-Metro Council as a senior team member. Competitive hourly rate offering $55 - $65 p/h + super Immediate start Will be WFH/office based as Covid restrictions allow. Flexible hours, happy to accommodate 3 - 4 days per week. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.
Public Sector People are seeking a Landscape Architect for a council based in Melbourne’s CBD. Working in the City Design branch, this is council’s centre of excellence for design. It includes Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture and Industrial design teams. In this rile you will be responsible for planning, organising and delivering landscape architecture projects on time, to budget and within the scope and quality in project briefs. Responsibilities are across the full project development lifecycle from concept through to delivery including project scope and specifications, procurement/tendering, managing consultants, contractors and stakeholders (internal/external) to achieve the successful delivery of key milestones and high quality design outcomes. The successful candidate will have public sector experience and strong design and documentation experience. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other associated profession. Three years’ plus experience in a Landscape Architecture role, ideally within the public sector. Strong design and documentation experience Benefits include: Flexible working hours. Contract through until December. Work for a council renowned for its focus on achieving good quality design outcomes. Mixture of WFH and office based working. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please contact Emma Murphy at Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111. Alternatively, please e-mail your current resume in Word format using the link below.