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Senior Environmental Scientist Or Planner - Approvals

SMEC - Geelong, VIC

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  • Global engineering consultancy with great career opportunities
  • Opportunity to work on iconic projects and a variety of interesting projects both locally and internationally
  • Melbourne or Geelong location

Delivering exceptional outcomes starts with having exceptional people.

SMEC provides unique opportunities to work on iconic industry projects with experienced colleagues and leadership teams. Our diverse workforce of professionals are highly respected experts in their fields. Challenging boundaries, they look beyond the project scope to help shape a better future.

Leveraging our 70-year history, we provide technical expertise and advanced engineering services to resolve complex challenges within road, rail, airports, hydropower, solar, environmental services greenfield communities, geotechnics and tunnelling.

Diversity is in our DNA, with over 16,000 people working across 40+ countries, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace and promoting an empowering culture.

Every employee plays a key role in shaping our business and is driven by teamwork, progressive thinking and creative ideas. We are committed to providing platforms to enable our people to engage in the business, deliver value to clients and develop their careers.


At SMEC, we understand that our continued success is the result of building long-term client relationships. We listen and understand the specific needs of our clients and deliver a complete value chain of services to provide sustainable solutions across major infrastructure projects worldwide.

Infrastructure is evolving, and by combining digital technology with extensive expertise and detailed understanding of local conditions, we can deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that balance the competing demands of the environment and local communities with economic viability.

Our journey of growth is only beginning, and we look forward to strengthening our already established capabilities, entering new markets and offering more effective solutions across infrastructure developments worldwide.

The Role

We are currently seeking an experienced Senior Environmental Scientist or Planner with a strong background in environmental approvals to join the team based in either our Melbourne or Geelong offices.

With 5+ years’ experience, you will manage and assist in delivering complex environmental planning and assessment projects with key clients across Victoria.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead engagement with relevant regulatory authorities and project stakeholders.
  • Manage subconsultants contributing to approvals documentation.
  • Prepare detailed reports and submissions for clients and regulators.
  • Author and/or contribute to project referrals under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Victorian Environment Effects Act 1978.
  • Author and/or contribute to Environment Effects Statements.
  • Win environmental approvals scopes of work with external clients.
  • Assist internal teams at SMEC with the environmental approvals on various infrastructure projects.

Ideal applicants will have/be:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Science/Planning or similar.
  • 5+ years' experience within a similar role.
  • Experience in gaining environment approvals and statutory approvals for projects in Victoria.
  • Experience working within a consultancy environment.
  • Proven project management and client relationship management capability.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and written.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Experience working with government clients preferred.

SMEC is a growing organisation that has a genuine commitment to diversity, flexible work arrangements, CSR and improving the world we live in.

SMEC is proud to have been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in Australia as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. This citation recognises our active and ongoing commitment to achieving gender equality across our business, and recently we have worked to drive key improvements in flexible work practices, parental leave policies and learning and development programs. Take a look at our benefits:

When you join SMEC, you will have the opportunity to embrace your creativity and drive change across the business.

Working with clients and partners, you will be part of an organisation that helps to shape our communities, industries and the global landscape.

Our strong capabilities in local markets and expanding presence in global markets has provided new and exciting opportunities for our people, our employees enjoy a consistent flow of significant projects, end-to-end responsibilities and are motivated by meaningful work.

Wrap up

As an inclusive and growing organisation, SMEC is committed to building a global community of talented professionals and thought leaders.

We recognise the value and importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace and look for people with different backgrounds, skills and expertise to drive innovation and shared learning across our growing global network.

Learn more about SMEC:

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. To apply, click on the "Apply Now" link below and follow the prompts.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Teresa Chan –

To find out more about SMEC, please visit our website at

All recruitment activities go through our Resourcing function and currently, this role doesn’t require agency input. Please do not forward resumes directly to SMEC employees/managers; we do not accept unsolicited resumes and are not responsible for any associated fees.

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