Specialist Environment Approvals - Traditional Owner Engagement | Iron Ore | Perth | 5:2


Posted on:  12th Feb 2024

About BHP 

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About the Role

Reporting to Superintendent Environment Approvals (Central), this role provides effective and efficient environmental support to the Environmental Approvals Team by helping to coordinate and drive the delivery of environmental approvals under the EP Act, EPBC Act and Mining Act to enable growth of the Iron Ore business.

The role requires you to work closely with internal stakeholders to determine approval requirements and to ensure the timely submission and high quality of regulatory submissions. The work also requires working closely with Traditional Owners in the field to assist and participate in Social Surroundings consultation to understand and capture the impacts on social, cultural, aesthetic and economic values - being Social Surroundings as defined in the EP Act.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating social surroundings engagements and other meetings with Traditional Owner groups.

  • Supervise and support participants during field engagements

  • Report preparation and reviews

  • Engage with and provide advice to key internal and external stakeholders

  • Undertake other work as required to support the delivery of environmental approvals

About You

To be successful in this role, you have the following skills and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental, biological, archaeological, ethnographic or other relevant field.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills

  • Demonstrated experience in working with Traditional Owners preferably in the Pilbara region of WA, in social surroundings or ethnographic consultations.

  • A good understanding of relevant state and federal environmental and heritage legislation, policies and guidance

  • Availability to travel to the Pilbara on an as needs basis

  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and use of various software packages including GIS

  • Experience in contractor management systems (preferred)

  • Sound knowledge of Pilbara fauna and flora (preferred)


You will be based in Perth, Western Australia, in the multi award winning office tower - ‘City Square’. You will have stunning river views from your modern open plan office, state of the art facilities including virtual whiteboards and video conferencing facilities. Access to end of trip facilities including bicycle racks with ample lockers, showers and change room amenities and a large outdoor terrace with barbecues. You will work across WAIOs operations in the Pilbara working closely with traditional owner organisations in the areas we operate and in the unique environments of the Pilbara IBRA

About Our Process 

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks. 

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Supporting a Diverse Workforce    

The size, stability and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a best-in-class employee share program. We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  

At BHP, we know that we are strengthened by diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to making BHP a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and be at their best every day. We are focused on creating a workforce that’s more diverse and represents the communities where we work and live. providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and recognise that true diversity includes gender, age, race, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, education levels, and many more aspects of your identity.

BHP is committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it equitable for your individual situation. If you would like to reach out to someone about your situation and our recruitment process, please email us at [email protected].

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