Sustainable Business Officer

Job No: NSYD213
Location: North Sydney

Temporary Contract until end of June 2026 

Salary from: $85,605.17 to $102,219.43 pa + 10.5% superannuation + $1,000 pa transport allowance 

35 hours per week with access to flexi time 


North Sydney Council administers the North Sydney local government area on Sydney’s picturesque lower North Shore. Our 400 employees look after 77,000 residents spread across 10 square kilometres of land on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour providing spectacular harbour views, beautiful parklands and a bustling CBD.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic individual to drive sustainable business practices and performance through Council’s sustainable business engagement programs, including the Better Business Partnerships (BBP) program and the CitySwitch Green Office program. As one of the founding partners of both programs, North Sydney Council is seeking a passionate candidate to champion sustainable business outcomes in the North Sydney Council area.

Working collaboratively with BBP and City Switch program staff in other Council areas to achieve regional outcomes, this position will be responsible for engaging current and new businesses within North Sydney to reduce their environmental footprint. This will include better waste management practices, reducing single use plastics, and implementing energy and water efficiencies. The position will also work with commercial building owners and managers to achieve better sustainability outcomes within North Sydney’s commercial building stock, including through Council’s Environmental Upgrade Program.

This is a temporary opportunity until the end of June 2026, with the possibility of being extended. 



  • Tertiary qualifications in sustainability/ environmental studies/ environmental management/ environmental education/business/ property management/ or extensive relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical advice on business sustainability.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering educational content in a sustainability context.
  • Proven ability to collate, analyse and report on sustainability data.
  • High level of communication, interpersonal, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Ability to use various computer applications such as word processing and spreadsheet applications effectively, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint.
  • Demonstrated experience in Project Management including ability to deliver projects on time and on budget, and be able to balance and respond to competing priorities.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a busy multi-disciplinary team.
  • Willingness and ability to work outside normal business hours.
  • Current NSW Class C driver’s licence and ability and willingness to drive.


  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining productive relationships with individual businesses, commercial building managers, commercial strata organisations and business stakeholders.
  • Experience with undertaking energy and/or water and/or waste audits.


Why work at North Sydney Council?

We're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams are reflective of the communities in which we operate, and we value the unique contribution each member makes to the North Sydney Council. The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing.

North Sydney Council as an employer offers excellent employee benefits such as:

  • Easy accessibility to work with spectacular harbor view work locations
  • Access to Fitness Passport 
  • Excellent work life balance with a 35-hour working week for indoor workers or fortnightly RDO’s for outdoor workers
  • Flexible working hours with access to Flexi time
  • Freedom to direct contributions to any compliant superannuation fund
  • Health and Well-being programs for all employees such as Yoga, Pilates, Kick Boxing
  • Access to employee recognition and reward program
  • Weekly fruit baskets
  • Free access to counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Free financial advice by a certified Financial Planner
  • Monetary Transport allowance
  • Invitations to Local Govt events, training and planning sessions
  • Access to corporate social events at picturesque harbour locations


How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and answer the selection criteria questions below. 


To view the Position Description, Click Here 


Closing Date: 23 September 2022 - 11.30pm 


North Sydney Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity in order to  provide a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. North Sydney Council  also adheres  to the principles of a child safe organisation and is committed to the care and protection of all children and young people. We strongly encourage candidates from wide-ranging backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply.

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Privacy Acknowledgment

North Sydney Council is collecting personal information from you as part of the recruitment and selection process. Council is committed to protecting your personal information and our policy on privacy and personal information represents local government best practice. North Sydney Council is an agency under definition of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

Council will also comply with the Health Privacy Principles in the following ways:

  • Your vaccination status will only be used for business purposes and for application as required under Council’s COVIDSafe Plan/s.
  • To ensure accuracy, Council will only accept information regarding your vaccination status from you.
  • Your vaccination status may be shared with other Council Officers for work purposes such as ensuring compliance with the Covid Safe Plan, ensuring compliance with legislation and for the allocation of work tasks and locations.
  • Your vaccination status will be held in Council’s HR System. This will be recorded in a similar way to how we record other information such as medical certificates.
  • Where Council does not know your vaccination status you may be required to comply with certain restrictions that apply at the time and as required by Council Policy or COVIDSafe Plan.

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About Us

With a cohort of approximately 400 permanent (full time and part time) employees, we consider ourselves not too big, not too small - just right! At North Sydney Council we're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams value the unique contribution each member makes, and genuinely strives towards making North Sydney Council a fun place to work! The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing. Our commitment to our staff at North Sydney Council is: To optimise employee performance in an enjoyable, safe, fair and equitable workplace