Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting nature in Victoria. Our vison is that Victoria’s most threatened native plants and wildlife are protected for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with private landholders, government, organisations, Traditional Owners and businesses to help restore, protect and manage biodiversity on private land.
Our team is made up of passionate people who work with communities throughout Victoria and take practical action to care for and nurture nature. Together, we can make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment, would you like to join us?
The role of Lawyer (Environment, Conservation, and Property Law) is responsible for delivering knowledgeable environment, conservation, and property law advice. The role will be based out of our Melbourne office (hybrid working model, subject to negotiation) and will report to the Legal Counsel. The role will be supported by a full-time Senior Conservation Paralegal and part-time Legal Administration Officer, both of whom report to the Legal Counsel.
- Assisting with the drafting and execution of conservation covenants, land management agreements, letters of approval (contract variations), and other routine agreements
- Ensuring the efficient project management of covenant documentation and the timely registration of covenants at the Land Titles Office
- Providing legal advice and support to the organisation (e.g. conservation covenants, biodiversity offset agreements, land management and restoration agreements, land acquisition and land disposal agreements, etc.)
- Representing Trust for Nature in negotiations with landholders or purchasers to reach agreement on conservation covenant design issues
- Advising on the legal implications regarding policy initiatives, as identified by the Policy Advisory team
- working collaboratively with external law firms providing services to Trust for Nature
- Assisting with Trust for Nature’s negotiations with external stakeholders, including the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)
- Assisting in the preparation of papers for the Board of Trustees and its sub-committees on legal matters
Key Selection Criteria
- A law degree and currently admitted (or eligible for admission) to practice law in Australia, with 1-3+ years of experience in a relevant area of law
- High-level interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders, and specialist knowledge needed to negotiate innovative and appropriate solutions to complex issues
- Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently and in a collaborative, small-team environment
- Demonstrated understanding of Trust for Nature’s objectives and values and an enthusiasm to work in an organisation committed to preserving biodiversity values on private land
We are searching for someone who is self-motivated and who also thrives in a small team environment. The successful applicant will be knowledgeable in environment, conservation, and property law.
They will bring with them:
- Current admission (or eligibility for admission) to practice law in Australia
- Experience working outside a law firm environment (preferred)
- Demonstrated skills working effectively in a public sector environment or a not-for-profit organisation (desirable)
- Experience in independent management of complex or sensitive legal matters
- Project management expertise, including reporting on key milestone achievement, a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail
This role has a full-time base salary of $90,936 – $103,175 pa (pro-rata FTE 0.4 of $36,374.40 – $41,270), plus 10.5% superannuation. Please note that this is a 24-month fixed-term contract position, based in Melbourne. A hybrid working model is possible, subject to negotiation.
Please send in a cover letter along with your resume and responses to the key selection criteria of the advert to email@example.com. Applications will close on Sunday, 25 September 2022. We intend to move quickly with this role and will be reviewing applications as they are received.
For more information about this role please refer to the position description.
Trust for Nature is committed to building an inclusive workplace and we strongly encourage job applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Please note, a National Police Check is required to be conducted as part of the selection process. Our practices are inclusive and based on equal opportunity principles. A positive result from a police check would only preclude employment in certain circumstances.
If you need further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Lawyer (Environment, Conservation, and Property Law).