Manager, Environment and Sustainability

Townsville, Australia
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Manager, Environment and Sustainability is responsible for developing and implementing environmental and sustainability initiatives and strategies as well as growing the University’s sustainability profile within the wider community. These initiatives include the University’s sustainability program, TropEco. The Manager, Environment and Sustainability has a key role in environmental management, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation and energy and water consumption. With assistance from the Grounds team, the Manager Environment and Sustainability develops a strategic approach to showcase and maintain the University’s landscapes and realise campus master plans.

The Manager, Environment and Sustainability will consult widely and form strong links with staff at all levels of the University, external agencies, community groups and government entities in relation to environmental activities including management of large group of student interns and volunteers. The incumbent leads high-level landscape management, planning and implementation, provides advice on environmental issues to inform campus planning decision-making, and to academic staff undertaking environmental initiatives on campus.

The position holder is responsible for the development and maintenance of Natural Asset Management Plans, acts as a champion for achieving carbon neutrality, and actively promotes achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by development and implementation of the University’s Sustainability Action Plan.

Division of Services and Resources

The Division of Services and Resources comprises a number of Directorates and Offices, including Financial and Business Services; Estate; Human Resources; Planning, Performance and Analytics; Technology Solutions; and the Health, Safety and Environment Unit, whose activities foster and promote innovation and best practice in the delivery of its services and provide the frameworks and support to assist the Academy and Service Divisions achieve their goals and objectives.

The Division is responsible for overall strategy in relation to: planning, performance and budgeting framework; strategic procurement; financial and human resources; technology solutions services; business intelligence and statistical reporting; strategic commercial activities, including in relation to the Controlled Entities, the Discovery Rise project and Retail outlets; quality enhancement and policy framework; capital infrastructure planning and maintenance and delivery of capital projects for technology solutions and the Estate; health and safety management and compliance; provision of campus services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, security and student accommodation.

The Division has a strong customer service ethic and continuous improvement culture. We are receptive to new ideas and ways in which we can enhance our delivery of services for the University.

Estate Directorate

The Estate Directorate delivers a comprehensive estate management service in support of the University’s teaching, learning, research and engagement goals.  The Directorate achieves this through the provision of master planning, space optimisation and timetabling, development and construction, campus services, asset services, infrastructure services, energy management and sustainability.  The continuous improvement in the delivery of these services is essential for the provision of an engaging and safe environment for the University community to live, study, work and play.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Plan and deliver the TropEco sustainability program and provide strategic direction and actions to realise JCU’s environmental and sustainability goals and objectives.
  2. Provide advice and undertake actions in response to environmental issues that arise at University sites.
  3. Provide advice to the University on environmental standards and legislation, particularly potential impacts as changes arise and ensure understanding and compliance with environmental reporting requirements.
  4. Liaise with University stakeholders on environmental and sustainability activities and develop mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Develop and/or update relevant policies and procedures and plans to ensure environmental compliance at all JCU sites.
  6. Develop and implement resource reduction strategies across all University sites, including educational tools and initiatives that provide advice on energy, water, waste, biodiversity and sustainable transport management to staff and students, and ensure effective monitoring and evaluation.
  7. Provide strategic leadership to the Grounds teams to ensure that grounds activities align with the campus master plans and are completed in a sustainable and environmentally appropriate manner.
  8. Implement and update the Waste Reduction Management Plan and associated actions and manage the University’s waste contracts to ensure continual improvement in waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs. Implement the Natural Asset Management Plans across campuses.
  9. Manage JCU utility accounts for accuracy and usage and ensure JCU tenants are charged for utilities accurately and in a timely manner.
  10. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and Divisional attributes.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found within the Enterprise Agreement.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Manager, Environment and Sustainability is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Manager, Environment and Sustainability is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Manager, Environment and Sustainability is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to attend out of hours events as needed.
  • It is a requirement of this position to travel between campuses and remote sites from time to time.
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current Queensland drivers licence.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Degree qualification in environment and/or landscape management or other relevant field with extensive experience in environmental and grounds management or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training, and or/experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience in managing a team including students and volunteers to deliver environmental and sustainability engagement activities within a large organisational environment.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge and proven experience in the development and implementation of environmental management plans, policies, procedures, systems and initiatives.
  4. Demonstrated high level communication skills, including the capacity to prepare and deliver formal presentations and influence an audience, the ability to compile and present technical and other reports, funding submissions, project reports and education material.
  5. Demonstrated high-level knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, maintaining current knowledge of Environmental Acts, Regulations, Codes and Standards and environment and sustainability principles.


  1. Qualifications or experience in energy, water and waste auditing.
  2. Experience in communicating, implementing and managing organisational environmental and sustainability programs.

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