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:
PSP are currently seeking an Open Space Planner for a metro council in the Eastern suburbs. This is a part – time (22.5 hours) contract until November while the role is recruited on a permanent basis. Reporting into the Coordinator of City Design, the purpose of the position is to manage and review the Open Space Strategy, identifying the open space, recreation, sporting and land development needs for the community over next 15-20 years. Prepare strategies, planning policies, develop concept and masterplans for open space projects. Preparation of reports, project briefs and tender documentation. At a strategic level, the Open Space Planner is tasked with the delivery of contemporary master plans, policies and strategies for the open space network within council. You will be actively collaborating with the community and external stakeholders. This role would suit an Open Space Planner, Strategic Planner, Landscape Architect or an Urban Designer. Duties include: Preparation, review and update of strategies, policies and strategies relating to the open space network Developing, implementing, and delivering open space initiatives with appropriate community consultation. Participate in the preparation of the capital works program including developing business plans, project scope and budgetary estimates for urban design and public space projects. Benefits include: Part-time contract – 22.5 hours Contract until November, role will be recruited permanently. Competitive hourly rate. Varied projects, opportunity to develop skills in open space strategy. 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 Landscape Architect for an Inner-Metro Council. This is a short term contract role. This council are located in the south east suburbs. Reporting into the Landscape Coordinator, you will undertake design and landscape plans, concept plans, working drawings and develop and produce streetscape designs. The successful candidate will ideally have local government experience and have previous experience managing external contractors/consultants. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other associated profession. Project management experience including liaison with an array of Council divisions, coordinating several conflicting and competing requirements. Proficiency and recent experience using AutoCAD software. Benefits include: Immediate start. Flexible working hours. Hourly rate - $45 - $55 p/h. Be part of a prestigious inner-metro council and add interesting projects to your folio. 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.
Public Sector People are currently recruiting a Band 5 planner for a metro council, in the eastern suburbs. This is a contract role for a band 5 urban planner. You will be dealing with phone and counter duty, processing extensions of time request, secondary consents, condition 1s. This is an opportunity to build on previous student placement experience or suitable for someone who has had some planning administration experience in a local council. This will be a mixture of working from home and remote working. Requirements Include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Or in the process of completing a tertiary qualification. Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written. Any professional experience in public sector or private practice. Benefits Include: Three month contract, with opportunity for this to be extended. Get a foot in the door with a metro council with a great culture. Immediate start. $35 - $40 p/h + super Please apply with your most recent CV. 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.
Public Sector People are working with an inner metro council on the recruitment of a Strategic Planning Coordinator for a contract role of at least six months. In this position you will lead and coordinate a team of strategic planners, providing professional guidance, advice and mentoring whist ensuring Council’s strategic planning program is carried out effectively and efficiently. You will be responsible for management of the Planning Scheme, strategy and policy development and stakeholder management. This is an opportunity for someone in a principal role ready to step into a coordinator role, or for someone who wants to move into an inner metro council. Hourly rate is negotiable. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team Highly developed strategic, project planning and project delivery skills, with proven capacity to champion, guide and implement complex major projects Relevant qualifications in in Planning, Property Management, Economic Development, Commerce (or related discipline) and experience in a complex planning environment is essential. Benefits include: Take the next step in your Planning Career! Flexible working hours, combination of office and remote working. Six month contract, but opportunity for a contract extension. 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 working with a progressive inner metro council on the recruitment of two Band 5 statutory planners for contract roles. The opportunities have arisen due to some vacancies and needed while permanent recruitment takes place . The Urban Planning Unit, receives a high volume of multi dwelling developments, phone enquiries and ancillary task associated with planning permits. The roles will include being rostered on the phone for general enquiries. Depending on experience, may include drafting delegation reports, processing extension time requests, property enquiries and amendment applications. Competency with Clause 54 and 55 of the Planning Scheme will be highly regarded. This is a fantastic council to join from both a cultural perspective and for career development. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Local Government experience, ideally within Victoria. Excellent customer service skills and ensure a great experience for applicants. Benefits include: Build on your experience in an inner metro council. Flexible working arrangements Start ASAP For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other planning 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 recruiting a Principal Strategic Planner for an inner metro council South East of the CBD. This is a 6 to 12 month contract and 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 working on major projects, including a large structure plan for local activity centres. The working balance is three days in the office and two days from home. The offices are located right beside a train station and serviced by a number of train lines. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Demonstrated experience in Strategic planning in a local government context. Experience at a Band 6 level at a minimum, will be able to work autonomously and with limited supervision. Benefits include: Opportunity to be involved in major projects for an inner council. Flexible working arrangements Competitive hourly rate Long term contract. 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 recruiting a Senior Strategic Planner (Band 7) for a busy growth area council. This is a fixed term contract through until 30th June 2022, you will be employed directly by council and have all the benefits of a permanent position. You will play a pivotal role in the strategic planning team, project manage and co-ordinate the review, monitoring and development of existing and new precinct structure plans, urban design frameworks, local policies and other strategic projects. You will be joining a team of eight who foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork. You will be supported by management who will provide the tools you need to succeed and empower you to grow and develop. You will be exposed to working and leading the large and varied projects that a fringe council can offer. Did you enter Urban Planning to drive and create change? This role offers you the opportunity to do just that, and right at the coal face. Requirements include: A recognised tertiary qualification in Town Planning or a related discipline. Substantial and demonstrated experience in a broad range of strategic planning projects and policy development including a demonstrated knowledge of planning issues associated with growth areas. Experience in undertaking community consultation on a range of strategic planning projects. Benefits include: Opportunity to drive change in a busy fringe council. Flexible working arrangements. Choose what works for you! Fixed term contract until at least June 2022, likely to go beyond. Join a team committed to developing and empowering their staff. Band 7 salary This could suit a Band 6 planner seeking a step up, or an experienced planner who wants to be involved in a leading role. 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 working with an outer ring metro council to the East who are currently recruiting two Senior Statutory Planners for a six month contract. You will be working on a varied caseload, commercial, residential, heritage, rural and some major projects. This is a great opportunity for a statutory planner who wants to gain some exposure to major developments. This council are very flexible and would consider fully remote working or 1-2 days in the offices, depending on your preference. Will also consider a strong Band 5 planner who wants to step into a Band 6 role. This council are fully digital, have a great culture and provide ongoing support to their planners. If you are available for contract work but prefer to only do report- writing (in business hours) please also apply. You must be based in Victoria as you will need to collect equipment, etc. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Must have experience working in Local Government in Victoria. Excellent time management and customer service skills. Benefits include: Progress your career within a metro council. Metro council with a mix of rural and urban issues. Will consider flexible/Part time arrangements. Competitive hourly rates, secure a six month contract. 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 working with a regional council in the Gippsland region on the recruitment of a Band 6 EHO for a permanent role. The purpose of this role is to undertake all relevant statutory functions and ensure that the relevant requirements of the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008, Food Act 1984, Environment Protection Act 1970, Tobacco Act 1987 and Residential Tenancies Act 1997 are complied with, as well as relevant statutory functions of other statutes, or programs, that are so delegated by Council. This is a permanent Band 6 position, salaried at $81,648 - $88,160 + Super. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent industry knowledge and previous experience working for a Local Council as an EHO. Flexible working arrangements are available, but you will need to spend some time in the office/local area. This is a great opportunity for an EHO ready to step into a Band 6 role or someone who is seeking a lifestyle change. Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health) or equivalent. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, relevant legislation using an outcome focussed and risk-based approach. Ability to investigate and gather evidence to identify contraventions of relevant legislation and take appropriate enforcement, and other action, to achieve compliance to minimise risk. Demonstrated commitment to a team philosophy and a willingness to participate in continuous improvement of work practices. High level of problem-solving skills, policy development and decision-making skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of customers and willingness to negotiate solution focused outcomes. A current, valid Victorian driver’s license 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.