Careers with us

Interested in working with OEH?

Working with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is about more than just a job. It’s about helping to protect and enhance the natural and cultural assets that make NSW a great place to live, and making a difference to the communities we serve.

What we do

OEH is an agency in the Planning and Environment Cluster. It is responsible for protecting and conserving the natural environment, built heritage, and Aboriginal country, culture and heritage.

OEH supports the Premier, the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Heritage in caring for and protecting NSW’s environment and heritage. This includes developing and leading policy and reform in environmental regulation, sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection and Aboriginal cultural heritage. OEH supports the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy in NSW.

OEH has 6 main divisions:

  • The iconic NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) proudly manages 7.1 million hectares of national parks and reserves, an area larger than the state of Tasmania. NPWS employs a range of dedicated people including park rangers, field officers, scientists and administration staff to deliver on conservation and land-management goals as well as outstanding visitor experiences. NPWS is currently making changes to the way its workforce is structured, including creating a number of new roles that will be advertised across 2018 to enable more people to join NPWS and learn from experienced staff, so it’s a great time to start your career with us.
  • The Heritage Division provides an integrated approach to conserving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage and works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.
  • Our Policy Division provides policy advice to the Minister and OEH executive and drives the development of strategic policy. It leads OEH’s engagement in whole-of-government policy formation, Cabinet processes, legislative reforms and intergovernmental affairs.
  • Regional Operations delivers services, programs and grants to support land use planning, threatened species, native vegetation, education, community engagement, energy efficiency, volunteering, environmental water management, coast and flood protection, compliance and enforcement, climate change and private land conservation.
  • The Science Division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision making, regulation and service delivery.
  • Strategy and Performance leads the development and implementation of strategic planning, corporate reporting and all aspects of program development, implementation and monitoring across a portfolio of complex programs and projects. It also oversees the strategic corporate communications function, provision of ministerial support and services and delivery of strategic advice to the Chief Executive.

As well as supporting these 6 internal functional areas, OEH provides services and other support and, in some cases, staff to the Environment Protection Authority and to our portfolio partners.

Grow your career

OEH can offer you many different careers with the opportunity to develop professionally. We’ll invest in you. At OEH, your ideas are valued. You will work with a very friendly and diverse group of people and you will benefit from their views and experience. It’s a dynamic environment that offers opportunities to learn and innovate, and we are committed in supporting you in your learning and career development.

Continual learning and development is a key part of enjoying what you do and moving forward in your career. The Public Service Commission’s performance management framework encourages managers and employees to meet regularly to discuss progress, capabilities, ambitions and development opportunities. Together, we can identify the capabilities you need to get to where you want to go, and put a plan in place to develop these capabilities.

How to apply

NSW Government jobs, including OEH jobs, are advertised on the I Work for NSW website. You can view our current vacancies there.

Applying for a government job is not the same as applying for jobs in the private sector, and the process includes a number of defined steps. You will have a much better chance of getting an interview if you follow those steps.

The best source of information on how to apply for NSW Government jobs can be found on the Public Service Commission (PSC) website. When a government job is advertised, a role description is provided which explains the function of the role and details a number of capabilities and associated behaviours that are needed for the job. These are based on the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework, which is explained in detail by the PSC.

For information about applying for government jobs online, see the NSW Government jobs website, I Work for NSW.

Some of the great work OEH does

OEH manages a broad range of responsibilities and services. These videos provide a glimpse into the work we do.

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Page last updated: 12 July 2019