Job Title : Senior Legal Officer – Litigation Job Grade / Classification : Environmental Officer Class 11 Employment Type : Ongoing and temporary roles available Location : Parramatta / CBD (satellite office) / Flexible work arrangements available Environment Protection Authority – Senior Legal Officer • Provide expert legal advice and conduct litigation regarding environmental regulatory laws. • Engage with key internal and external stakeholders. • Work in a high performing team of expert lawyers. About the Environment Protection Authority The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State‘s primary environmental regulator. The EPA works to protect the community and the environment as a leader, partner and protector. With a vision for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business, the EPA believes healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing liveability. The EPA leads in protecting the air, waterways and land to ensure a healthy community for the future; works with communities, government and business to reduce impacts on the environment; and holds people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement. For more information on the work we do at the EPA, go to www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment About the role and the team The EPA’s Litigation Team is a high performing group of specialist in-house lawyers who prosecute and defend EPA cases in Court and who provide legal advice to the EPA across all areas of its work. The Team has multiple legal roles available at the Senior Legal Officer (Environment Officer Class 11) level. Reporting to a Principal Legal Officer, you will prepare and conduct litigation for the EPA to enforce environmental laws, support the development and administration of environmental legislation and provide advice, training and education to EPA staff. A talent pool from this process may be used to fill additional roles at the same level within the next 18 months. Key accountabilities The key accountabilities relevant to the role include but are not limited to: • Prepare and conduct complex prosecutions and civil enforcement litigation to address contentious, long-term and emergent issues and to enforce and support the administration of environmental legislation. • Prepare and conduct complex cases defending the administration of environmental laws to maximise positive environmental outcomes. • Provide high quality legal and policy advice to stakeholders on complex litigation issues to ensure the effective resolution of legal issues. • Participate in the delivery of legal and investigative education seminars and training programs. • Develop and maintain cooperative, productive and professional working relationships with key stakeholders. To be successful , you will be a mid or senior level lawyer, with strong litigation experience. In addition, you will ideally have knowledge of the legislation administered by the EPA, legislation relating to criminal and civil enforcement, and knowledge of environmental principles and practices and exposure to the complexity of the environmental debate. You will have strong attention to detail and excellent organisational and stakeholder management skills and experience in the provision of complex legal advice at a senior level. You must be admitted or immediately eligible to hold a practising certificate in NSW. Essential Requirements • Admitted or immediately eligible to hold a practising certificate in NSW. • Considerable experience and well developed skills in conducting high level litigation. • Extensive knowledge of the legislation administered by the EPA and of criminal and civil enforcement of those laws within NSW. • Knowledge of environmental principles and practices and exposure to the complexity of the environmental debate. • Experience in the provision of complex legal advice at a senior level. Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application • Role Description. • Application Guide . • Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector. Job Notes A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers across NSW Public Sector agencies over a 18-month period. To Apply • Click the APPLY button at the end of this advertisement. • Provide your personal information as prompted. • Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages). • Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role. Our commitment to diversity and flexibility The EPA strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible. Applications Close: Sunday 7 February 2021 at 11:59pm Should you require further information about the role or additional information prior to making an application please contact Caterina Giglio – caterina.giglioepa.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9995 6187 Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application Responsibilities Please refer to the role description.