The Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) invited members of the community to apply for the position of Chairperson for the Murrumbidgee Environmental Water Advisory Group (EWAG). Applications closed 5 March 2021.
The Murrumbidgee EWAG provides advice to the Department on the use of water for the environment in the Murrumbidgee Valley for water-dependent ecosystems. An EWAG may include water managers, recreational fishers, conservation groups, landholders, Aboriginal people, independent scientists and a number of partner agencies.
The successful applicant will ensure that decision-making processes are robust, and that established EWAG Terms of Reference, codes of conduct and other protocols are followed. The chairperson should make best use of the committee's knowledge, skills and experience to assist environmental water managers with annual watering priorities, adaptive management and implementation of the NSW Water for the Environment program.
Specific capabilities included:
- Exhibit goodwill and support an inclusive and collaborative approach
- With the Department, manage probity, conflict of interest and the integrity of group processes
- Maintain an impartial reference-point for robust and respectful debate
- Communicate effectively, including the ability to listen attentively to others, absorb alternative points of view and facilitate a consensus view
- Analyse information and arguments, think critically and objectively about a complex problem and articulate a concise summary
- Employ appropriate interpersonal skills
- Have relevant experience leading boards or committees
- Have regard for Aboriginal people, culture and communities
- Lead the group to achieve its purpose and objectives by providing quality advice to the Department
The successful applicant will be appointed for a term of up to 3 years. The EWAG is expected to meet on 4 occasions annually (in varying regional locations) with additional field trips conducted on occasion. Please note that this is a non-salaried position. Chairs will be compensated for their time and expenses, in line with NSW Government guidelines.
The Department is committed to the principles of the Equal Employment Opportunity, Work Health and Safety, Cultural Diversity and Ethical Work Practices and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.