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 working with a regional Council located North Melbourne. A Band 5 Statutory planner is required for a period of at least three months while they manage an increase workload. It is likely the role will go for longer due to the volume of work. This is a supportive team and suitable for someone early in their planning career as you will get exposure to a variety of planning issues. You will be working across a range of applications, farming, commercial, residential infill and subdivision, heritage and environmental. This role is suited to candidates who have previous public or private sector experience withing planning. This is a regional council and they have their team back in the office, will be a hybrid model with some days in office, some days from home. Great opportunity for a planner early in their career, keen to develop public sector experience. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Some exposure to Victorian Planning Scheme. Available for a full time contract, five days a week. Benefits include: Three month contract, with potential for extension. $35 - $45 p/h dependent on experience. Regional councils offer a range of applications and candidates benefit from increasing their skills across the board. 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.
PSP are working with a busy, growth area council on the recruitment of a highly motivated and emerging design manager for a newly created role. Drawing on your design, preconstruction project management and well developed client and stakeholder engagement skills, this is an outstanding opportunity to drive the design and development of council’s forward pipeline of growth area Community Centres, and the renewal of Centres in established areas. With a focus on the delivery of high quality, sustainable and user responsive design outcomes you will forge effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, manage design timelines, prepare functional briefs and site masterplans, and appoint the architect and technical consultants to design and document these important community facilities. Key Skills The successful candidate will have qualifications in Urban Design or Architecture Project management in a community or capital projects setting Development facilitation Exceptional stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills Benefits Work within a team that can offer ongoing support and development. Can offer a permanent arrangement or an 18 month contract – depending on your preference. Flexible working arrangements. Hybrid office and working from home model. Opportunity to transition into a public sector role. 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 working with a local council in the South Eastern suburbs on the recruitment of two Environmental Health Officers. Environmental Health Officer 1 The Environmental Health Officer will be an intensive program of conducting Risk Based Food Safety assessments at predominately Class 2 and maybe 3 registered food businesses. This position will be for 9 weeks. Environmental Health Officer 2 The Environmental Health Officer will be managing a part-time area and conducting additional assessments to make up Full time capacity at least until the end of the 2021 year. They will be predominately be conducting Food Act activities including Assessments, New business applications ect, but will also need to be able conduct inspections and investigate matters under the PH&W Act. This position will be at least until the end of 2021. 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.
Public Sector People are currently working with a regional Council located North West of Melbourne. A Band 5 or Band 6 Statutory planner role is available on a contract basis until the end of 2021, although it is very likely the role will be extended. This is a small team of planners in a beautiful location in Victoria. You will be working across a range of applications, farming, commercial, residential infill and subdivision, heritage and environmental. Ideally, the successful candidate is competent managing a caseload of 25-30 applications. However, we will consider candidates who have had six months’ Local Government experience and have experience with secondary consents, extensions of time and are comfortable with phone and counter duty. Open to part-time and full-time arrangements and can offer fully remote work or a hybrid working from home and working from office model – flexible to suit your situation. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Six months experience working under the Victorian Planning Scheme. Local Government experience Benefits include: Immediate contract, with potential for extension. Attractive hourly rate. Regional councils offer a range of applications and candidates benefit from increasing their skills across the board. Remote working and flexible working arrangements. 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.