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Development Engineer - 12 month parental leave backfill (Graduates encouraged to apply) - Readvertised

Job No: BYR691
Location: Mullumbimby, NSW

Live and work in an area that offers pristine beaches, diverse lifestyles, a magnificent natural environment and a subtropical climate. 

Byron Shire Council is focused on partnering with our community with a demonstrated high performance, collaborative culture where we value our employees.

As an employee you would partner with an organisation that is taking steps in all areas to reduce our carbon emissions and be an innovative and sustainable council.

We provide a rewarding and flexible working environment and celebrate our values of:

  • We lead with enthusiasm and purpose
  • We are open, honest and respectful
  • We foster well-being and creativity
  • We achieve our goals and succeed together

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity then this may be the role for you. We have passion and enthusiasm and are looking for like-minded people to join us on our journey. 

We are looking for:

Byron Shire Council is currently seeking a Development Engineer (Graduates are encouraged to apply). 

If a graduate, this role is a great opportunity to undertake development application assessments relating to engineering matters and to assist Development Engineers to provide specialist advice to development control in accordance with legislation, local environmental plans, development control plans and policies aligned with Council’s and the community’s priorities.

If an experienced engineer, this role is an opportunity to provide specialist engineering input to development control in accordance with legislation, local environmental plans, development control plans and policies aligned with Council’s and the community’s priorities.

About you:


  • Degree in Civil Engineering completed in the past 12 months, or currently in the final year of study.
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of Civil Engineering and desire to learn.

Experienced Engineers:

  • Tertiary qualifications in engineering, or a related discipline, and equivalent demonstrated experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of planning and development, and associated infrastructure requirements.
  • An understanding of all relevant legislation including the Roads Act, Local Government Act, Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, State Environmental Planning Polices, and associated regulations.

We offer: 

  • A 12 month term contract (parental leave backfill) from May 2023 until May 2024 (35 hours per week)
  • Flexible working arrangements (work from home option up to 2 days per week post onboarding can be negotiated)
  • Salary and Conditions will be in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award with an appointment at a salary for Graduates in the range of $1,211.50 to $1,403.70 per 35 hour week (dependent upon skills and experience) and for Non-Graduates a salary in the range of $1,449.90 to $1,679.93 (dependent upon skills and experience). 
  • Work with an experienced team

Other benefits include:

  • 10.5% superannuation 
  • Training support
  • Flexible work hours
  • Employee Assistance Program (4 sessions per year)


This position is based at Mullumbimby however Council can require you to work from other work sites as required for operational reasons.


Jeff Begovic, Team Leader Development Engineering Services, Phone: (02) 6626 7034. 

Closing date:

10pm (NSW time), Sunday 28th May. 

Previous applicants need not apply. 

Position Description:

Download the Graduate Development Engineer Position Description

Download the Non-Graduate Development Engineer Position Description

We believe in diversity, inclusion and equality and are committed to ensuring that our workplaces are a reflection of our community. We recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion brings, and in turn encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply for our vacancies.

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working – including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.

We strongly encourage applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed above, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication. 

Pre-Employment Screening Process:

Reference Checks: Referees will preferably be your current or most recent supervisor and must be able to comment directly on your abilities in a work situation. If you have any objection to this action, your concerns should be raised in your application and be discussed with the Selection Panel.

Functional Health Assessment: If applicable, the functional health assessment evaluates your physical and functional capacity against the physical demands necessary to safely perform the job for which you have applied. 

Background Screening: Background checks verify the information you have provided in your application, and where applicable, also check for relevant criminal history. Checks may also include, for example, a confirmation of your employment history, qualifications/tickets and working with children clearance.


Scout Talent has released an improvement to the candidate application experience through the 'Save Application' Feature. As a candidate you can start an application and progressively update the application until they are ready to submit.

You can start an application on the go, from anywhere and return to finish your application via the automatic follow up email when you have time and the required information at hand. 

You must use your own email address and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with Council.

Being mindful of diversity and inclusion we have provided 2 options to apply for the position.

Option 1 - Written Application

You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document, and then COPY and PASTE into the fields below.  

Step 1: Fill out our online application form below. Once you have completed all the questions, click 'Next'

Step 2: Attach your resume/CV and a cover letter (optional). Once you have attached your document/s click 'Next'.

Step 3: Please review your application and confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to send your completed application.

 You will receive an email to confirm your application has been received. 

Option 2 - Audio File Application

Step 1: Scroll down and review the Questions that you are required to answer. 

Step 2: Record an audio file of your responses and save the file (the file must be in an MP3 format and less than 50MB). Please note that all questions with a drop box or a check box as well as the reference checks details can not be answered via audio file and must be completed below.

Step 3: Fill out the Personal Details section and the questions that can not be completed by audio file on the application form below. For all of the Questions where you are responding via audio file, type the response “audio file”.  Once you have completed all the questions, click 'Next'

Step 4: Attach your resume/CV, a cover letter (optional) and your audio file.  Once you have attached your documents click 'Next'.

Step 5: Please review your application and confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to send your completed application.

You will receive an email to confirm your application has been received. 

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