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:
About Baw Baw Shire Council Located adjacent to Melbourne, Baw Baw Shire is one of Victoria's fastest growing municipalities with freeway and V/Line access into Melbourne's CBD and suburbs. This allows easy access to training, seminars and conferences in the city, without diminishing the direct impact that comes from working within a close-knit rural community. To learn more visit www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au About the Role As a peri-urban council, Baw Baw Shire offers a diverse range of applications for a planner to gain experience with, rather than the typical rescode applications. This will provide you a really broad technical knowledge early on in your career. Joining Council’s Statutory Planning Team, you will be providing specialist advice, process planning permit applications and supporting the team with the daily operational requirements. We are seeking a team member who is looking to gain experience, willing to develop and build on their knowledge and skills within Statutory Planning. Someone who has a strong customer focus with the ability to provide sound planning outcomes for our Shire. You will be provided with ongoing training and development in this role and empowered by the leadership team to grow and develop in your role. About the Successful Candidate The successful applicant will hold relevant qualifications and have demonstrated experience in a similar role. If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, we want to hear from you! Further Information and How To Apply To apply, please email email@example.com to receive a copy of the comprehensive PD. To complete your application, please click below to submit a current copy of your resume and a covering letter. For a confidential conversation, please contact Emma Murphy on 0412 786 746. Applications for the role will close on July 22nd, 2022 at 12:00PM
About Baw Baw Shire Council Located adjacent to Melbourne, Baw Baw Shire is one of Victoria's fastest growing municipalities with freeway and V/Line access into Melbourne's CBD and suburbs. This allows easy access to training, seminars and conferences in the city, without diminishing the direct impact that comes from working within a close-knit rural community. To learn more visit www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au About the Role The Coordinator Statutory Planning is critical member within the Planning and Development directorate leadership team, responsible for coordinating a team of Planners to manage assessment of Council’s diverse development applications. You will play a lead role within the directorate and the community educating all users about the planning system, both internally and externally. You will be confident and committed to leading a group of planners and providing for great planning outcomes for the Baw Baw community. This will involve a focus of an enhanced customer experience when delivering the statutory planning service. You will have the support of senior management and the Executive Leadership team to elevate the profile of the Shire’s Statutory Planning Service and implement a wide range of improvements. This is a 12 month contract to cover Maternity Leave. Baw Baw are operating on a hybrid working model and offering flexible working arrangements. This is an opportunity for a Principal Planner to step up into a formal leadership role. About the Successful Candidate Extensive experience in Statutory Planning is essential Tertiary qualifications in land use planning or other relevant field combined with extensive and relevant work experience. Demonstrated experience delivering effective results with significant applications. Excellent analytical research and investigative skills Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills Proven understanding of service delivery principles and effective means of delivery. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in the organisation at a senior level. Further Information and How To Apply To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to receive a copy of the comprehensive PD. To complete your application, please click below to submit a current copy of your resume and a covering letter. For a confidential conversation, please contact Emma Murphy on 0412 786 746 or Marcel Lafontaine on 0423 668 753 Applications for the role will close on July 22nd, 2022 at 12:00PM.
Public Sector People are seeking a Landscape Architect for a metro Council. This is a 12 month contract with a busy council in Melbourne’s East. Reporting into the Coordinator of Design and Construction, you will be responsible for the full project lifecycle of streetscape, playscape and sportsground projects. You will be managing design, documentation, community consultation, tendering of works and delivery of projects. This is a 12 month contract and council are operating on a hybrid model with two to three days in the office and the rest from home. Suitable for a Landscape Architect with public sector experience or 2-3 years’ experience in the private sector and wanting to transition into public sector. Requirements include: A tertiary qualification in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, or other associated profession. Project management experience with delivery of playscape and streetscape projects. Experience managing full lifecycle of projects. Benefits include: Immediate start. Flexible working hours. $50 - $65 p/h, depending on experience. 12 month contract. 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 working with a council in Melbourne’s North East suburbs on the recruitment of a Planning Investigations Officer. An average day will include investigation of planning complaints, conducting on-site inspections to ensure compliance with permit conditions and gathering information / evidence for enforcement purposes. Our client is looking for previous planning enforcement experience within Local Government. Planners who have enforcement experience are also encouraged to apply. Requirements include: A full valid Victorian Drivers licence. Ability to gather evidence and conduct investigations to achieve planning compliance, including for prosecutions and enforcement orders where required Ability to listen and to communicate effectively with all relevant stakeholders to handle stressful situation in relation to development disputes Benefits include: Gain valuable experience in a busy Victorian council. No two days the same, this role promises a varied workload and opportunity be a part of a face-paced and dynamic team. Competitive hourly rate on offer. For a confidential discussion regarding this position and other opportunities within Metropolitan and Regional Victoria, please 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 council, in the North who are seeking a senior planner for a contract role. This growth area council require a planner to support the team during periods of upcoming leave and secondments. The contract is currently for a three month period, but extremely likely to be extended. This council are undergoing massive growth and this is a great opportunity for a planner seeking exposure to growth area planning. Can offer full-time or part-time hours, this council generally keep their contract staff on, so likely this will tun into a long term opportunity. Requirements include: Tertiary qualification in Town Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Planning or related discipline. Experienced planner who is self-sufficient and has experience operating at a minimum Band 5 level. Local Government experience, ideally within Victoria. Benefits include: Work in a council undergoing substantial growth with a variety of planning issues to challenge you. Attractive hourly rate - $50 - $65 p/h +super Flexible working hours available. Hybrid model with 2-3 days working from home. 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 currently working with a council located in Melbourne’s Inner-Metropolitan area to a recruit a Senior Statutory planner to cover a period of leave. 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. This is an initial three month contract role, but with an increased workload and anticipating upcoming leave periods it is highly likely the contract will be extended beyond this. This is a hybrid working environment, the team work two days a week in the office. This is a centrally located council, easy accessible on public transport. 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. Depending on experience, hourly rates range from $55p/h - $65p/h + super. Immediate start. Open to flexible hours. 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 metro council in the South Eastern 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 covering a period of leave for two months. This contract will start on 1st of July so suitable for any EHOs with a contract coming to an end in June. Open to a Band 5 or Band 6 EHO and will pay $45 - $52p/h plus super. 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.