Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Officer

Job No: MEL559
Location: Melton

Full Time Permanent Position  

(We embrace and support hybrid and a multitude of flexible work arrangements, Part Time candidates are encouraged to apply)

Salary Range $86,169 to $93,835 per annum + 10.5% Super + RDO

 (pro rata for part time roles and + RDO for Full Time positions)

About Melton City Council

The City of Melton is a community where everyone belongs. Ours is a vibrant and diverse municipality—one of the fastest developing in Australia. Our organisation strives to provide our community with state-of-the-art amenity and facilities, engaging health and wellbeing options, and support to become active members of our Lifelong Learning City.

We invest in innovation, offering professional and personal development, and generous leave and flexibility to staff, while also fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture. You’ll be able to work close to home in a dynamic setting featuring cafes and retail options set amongst heritage buildings and open green spaces.

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a MERI Officer to join our team at Melton City Council.  If successful in applying for this role, your key position objectives will be to lead development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement processes for Council’s existing environment, sustainability, and integrated water management policies and plans. You’ll also be facilitating and delivering an engagement and consultation process across Council Departments, stakeholders and the community to guide the updating of Council’s broader environmental policy framework.

We are seeking an experienced and positive MERI Officer who can work independently and also contribute to the strong team culture.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Review and update Council’s Environment Plan and Integrated Water Management Plan.
  • Coordinate and support project performance reporting requirements.
  • Collect data to support reporting on Council’s environment policies, programs and plans.
  • Provide support to Council-wide working groups to facilitate the implementation of environment policies and plans.
  • Facilitate dynamic and effective partnerships to strengthen the capacity of Council departments to formulate their own solutions to environmental risks and opportunities.
  • Develop other environmental policies and strategies that may be required from time to time.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • A tertiary qualification in environmental management, policy development, environmental education, environmental engineering, a related field with relevant experience, or lesser formal qualification with substantial experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in meaningful consultation with internal and external stakeholders that results in the development, evaluation or improvement of policy.
  • Demonstrated high level skills in managing engagement strategies including excellent facilitation, problem solving and relationship management skills.
  • An understanding of, and interest in, environmental, sustainability, integrated water management and biodiversity issues.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to adapt communication styles to effectively engage with a wide range of stakeholders, such as internal and external stakeholders including all levels of Council employees, the community, state and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Culture and Values

Our vision for our community is to be: "A vibrant, safe and liveable city accessible to all" and that means there’s a place here for you too. Our organisational values represent us as an established growth Council and the values are reflected in everything we do; our decision-making, our actions and our service provision to the community. Council has a diverse and vibrant organisation and we’d love to have you join us to help shape a city for the future.

We are Vibrant MELTON. Our values are:

  • Motivate
  • Empower
  • Lead
  • Trust
  • Open
  • Nurture 


There are a number of great reasons why our people love working at Melton City Council: 

  • 19 Day Month
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Extensive Career Development & Leadership Programs
  • 16 weeks Paid Parental Leave
  • 3 weeks Paid Secondary Carer Leave
  • Family Room available including Breastfeeding Facilities (Melton City Council | Australian Breastfeeding Association)
  • Wellbeing initiatives
  • Subsidised Uniforms

To read more about our benefits visit


How To Apply

If you require further information about the position, please contact Dr Lawrie Conole, Coordinator Environment & Sustainability on 9747 7227 or Sarah Taylor on 9747 5294 (alternate contact between 16th to 23rd September).

To view the Position Description, click here.

Applications must include a Resume and address the Key Selection Criteria outlining your suitability to the role .

We encourage you to use the STAR approach when writing your responses to the selection criteria.

Situation (Task) – provide a brief outline of the situation or task?

Action – what did you do in response to the situation or task?

Result – what was the result of your action?

To address the Key Selection Criteria you will need to write short statements explaining how you meet the criteria, or how you demonstrate the capability. We encourage you to keep your responses concise. 

Applications submitted via email, after the closing date and/or that do not address the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Successful applicants must comply with COVID-19 Public Health Orders applicable to Local Government employees and Council’s COVID-19 vaccination policy which require employees to provide documentary evidence of their vaccination status before attending the workplace.


Applications close 5.00pm Friday 30 September 2022


To be eligible for employment at Melton City Council you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or be legally entitled to work in Australia.

We strongly encourage job applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTIQA+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

Melton City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and has Zero tolerance for child abuse. Melton City Council is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is at the centre of our everyday thinking and service delivery. Please note, we undertake several screening process to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee working with children/vulnerable people check and satisfactory criminal history record check




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Shaping a City for the future

It's never been a better time to make your home in Melton. Work with Melton City Council and you'll be able to work close to home, away from the traffic on a day-to-day basis but still within easy reach of the city for the big weekend events like the footy, the theatre, or just a night on the town.

You can have the lifestyle you always wanted in Melton with large green areas of open space, heritage listed architecture in our Town Centre, and more and more cafes, restaurants, schools and services moving in every day. It's a great place to live and an even better place to work.

Our vision for our community is to be: "A vibrant, safe and liveable city accessible to all" and that means there's a place here for you too. Our organisational values represent us as an established growth Council and the values are reflected in everything we do; our decision-making, our actions and our service provision to the community. Council has a diverse and vibrant organisation and we’d love to have you join us to help shape a city for the future.

Our future is going to be big and bright. We are set to become the fastest growing municipality in Melbourne so we're getting ahead of the game by advocating for the provision of state-of-the-art educational facilities, health infrastructure, public transport and roads. There are many exciting opportunities at the City of Melton and we'd love to welcome you to our team.

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About Us

In 2018, the City of Melton was named the fastest growing economy for over a decade.


Perks of the job

Staff at Melton City Council are committed to excellence in a stimulating, supportive and diverse work environment.

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You must address each of the Key Selection Criteria. You will need to write short statements that clearly show how your personal values, knowledge, skills and experience meet each of the criteria.