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Sydney CBD – Sustainability Project Coordinator. Leader Property group. $80-$100,000 for a leading property group with office, industrial and retail properties, in the Australian, New Zealand’s, North American and European markets. Contact Emilie Huckel  (Reference Number EHCCCS002)

Melbourne Inner – Grants/Program Management, Sustainability Sector.
Manager with
high level stakeholder management skills and experience, particularly in the community sector required to oversee investment program designed to harness opportunities presented by Victoria’s sustainability agenda.
Apply online.

Sydney West – Sustainability Education Officer – 68k
Penrith City Council seek motivated and experienced educator with appropriate qualification in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Education, Sustainability or a related field to help develop and coordinate the delivery of a City wide sustainability education program. For more information contact Carmel Hamilton on 4732 8050. Apply online.

Far North Queensland – Sustainability Assessor
Assessors urgently required for Cairns, Townsville local areas. Professional accredited training provided, good communications and time management skills required, potential to earn 2500/pw.
Applications close 19th December.
0430 536 888 / 0408 694 808 quote reference (FNQGREEN)

Melbourne Inner – Online Education Manager  $45,000 + super
Centre for Sustainability Leadership seeks talented manager with good writing and networking skills
to help develop the educational content of media rich online education program. Applications close 10th January but 20th December is advantageous.
For more detail visit.

Sydney CBD – NSW Manager – Environment and Sustainability
“World leading engineering and development consultancy” seeks experienced manager with team leadership skills and business acumen, appropriate tertiary engineering qualification ideally in environmental management or similar to lead team of multi disciplined environmental industry professionals. Apply online or contact Liz Floyd on 02 9919 6900 quoting reference code BPNSW32164.

Hunter Valley/Central Coast – Sustainability Assessor
Full time or casual, accredited training provided, apply online.


New appointments for MWH

John Darmody
John Darmody

John Darmody has been appointed Asia Pacific Director of Strategy for MWH, a global provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services. Mr Darmody has more than 30 years of diverse engineering and management experience and most recently served as Managing Director, Australia. In his new role he will supervise key client relationships direct specific company growth initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions. In partnership with local teams across Asia Pacific, he will assist them to identify and clarify business development needs and objectives and monitor progress.

Peter Williams
Peter Williams

Peter Williams, a senior executive with the company will take over his role overseeing the operations and performance of MWH’s nine Australian offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and on Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts. He joined MWH in 2001, becoming New South Wales State Manager in 2006 and overseeing an annual budget of more than $24 million and leading 125-plus staff members. His tenure at that post saw MWH continue to grow strongly despite tough economic circumstances.

New role for Monica Vandenberg

Monica Vandenberg
Monica Vandenberg

20 November 2009 – Monica Vandenberg has taken up a role as consultant to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects as national manager – government and community relations on a part time basis after recently leaving the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council where she had been executive director since 2007. Ms Vandenberg continues to operate her company, Encompass Sustainability, which offers strategies to bring sustainability into the business planning process.

Dexus on the search path

Recruiter  Mike Skelding of Judd Farris is currently searching to fill two posts with Dexus, reporting to sustainability manager Alex McKenna. One of the jobs is as engineering manager and another is sustainability project co-ordinator, Mr Skelding said.

Mirvac and Investa

Other companies on mini recruitment drives are Mirvac and Investa, both looking for engineering/technical types to manage NABERS ratings and other technical issues.

Green home loans are not greenwash

Contrary to much negative publicity green home loans are booming and this Federal Government program is well ahead of schedule, according to Alison Carmichael, chief executive of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors.

The program sends out assessors to households to advise on energy improvements, which could range from simple behavioural change to replacing outdated equipment to the value of $10,000 in an interest free loan.

According to Ms Carmichael, whose association has the task of keeping up with booming demand to accredit assessors for the program, the program target is to provide 365,000 assessments over four years, but already 60,000 of these are completed and 78,000 are in the booking system

“There has been incredible grass roots uptake. It’s caught us by surprise, but it’s fantastic news. People are really ready for it.”

“They’re called green loans but it’s really about greenhouse gasses and energy efficiency. The emphasis isn’t really on the loan.”

The green home loans was good news for the thousands of assessors from many different fields of work, who are now embarking on the start of new sustainability related industries.

“Green loans are a bit like a nursery, like the start of a whole new industry.”

“We think that for green assessors it will broaden their experience so they can work in other [related] programs.

The ABSA has been in operation since 2003 and currently has 2170 members. It sets minimum standards for entry to building sustainability assessment with intention  to lift the standards as the industry matures.

Assessment is carried out under a national protocol but the ABSA does not receive any money from the Federal program, instead charging fees to its members for accreditation.

Negativity about the loans, – and other sustainability programs such as home insulation and solar arrays for that matter – did not always make sense, Ms Carmichael thought since early termination of programs generally signalled an early take up rather than failure, she said.

For information on the green home loans see or

New jobs for Gabrielle Kuiper and Amanda Steele …and a whole lot of networking going on…

Dr Gabrielle Kuiper
Dr Gabrielle Kuiper

5 November 2009 –Gabrielle Kuiper has joined the huge Government land agency VicUrban as environment director. She was recently sustainability manager with property group Investa, a role she held for two-and-a-half years. Previously Dr Kuiper has held roles at Clarendon Homes and run her own consultancy, which worked with local government and companies such as GHD.

Dr Kuiper was the first PhD student with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney in 1997-2002 “before it was fashionable”, she recalls.

In her “spare” time, Dr Kuiper, who hails originally from New Zealand, has contributed to publications such as New Matilda on environmental issues and integrated transport [see and is an occasional lecturer in sustainability, including developing a course titled”‘Making Sustainable Places” at the University of Western Sydney with Professor Peter Phibbs and Dr Alison Ziller.

TFE looks forward to learning more about Dr Kuiper’s influence on VicUrban in the coming months.

Stockland embraces CSR

Amanda Steele and son Ned

Stockland’s new national sustainability manager, commercial, Amanda Steele, has only held the reins of this newly created position for a few weeks but she is relishing the prospect of extending the corporate social responsibility experience to the commercial property world, especially in shopping centres, where a there is continual interaction with community and community issues.

She’s well-armed for the job; Ms Steele has held senior sustainability roles at Suncorp, Insurance Australia Group and Sydney Water. At IAG she was responsible for work that led to the company being recognised as a leader in sustainability by international organisations such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the United Nations, Ethical Investor and the Davos Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable organisations.

Even more pertinent in today’s complex world of business and its intertwining with government and political imperatives will be her background with the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership under John Howard, which sought to encourage and facilitate individual and corporate social responsibility and  which included members such as the Prime Minister, David Gonski and the late Richard Pratt.

Over a coffee at Stock Home, Stockland’s swanky sustainable pad in Castlereagh Street in Sydney, Ms Steele told TFE of the formative moments that cemented her career choice. One was meeting Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, where Ms Steele worked as a student. Roddick, she says, was an engaging woman possessed of a “wicked” sense of humour, who encouraged staff to spend part of their paid work time on community issues. Ms Steele’s choice was a community investment scheme for abused youth.

Another influence was attending a climate change presentation by Al Gore in 2007, an event that had the audience “mobbing the stage” and in tears, including Gore’s wife, Tipper.

No wonder Stockland thought Ms Steele was a good catch.

Raring to go

Thomasen Leahy has been appointed sustainability consultant with Adaptation Environmental Support after two years with RARE Consulting group. Ms Leahy said she completed degrees in economics and science, specialising in sustainability, before joining RARE. Lisa Tarry Turning Green handled the placement.

Green skills initiative

The Melbourne based WPC group has embarked on a project that involves year-long training of people for greens skills work in government and not-for-profit organisations in a range of sustainable initiatives such as land conservation, the water industry, green building plumbing or electrical skills and sustainable horticulture.

The plan is for an uptake of more than 140 positions a month for a limited period to a total of more than 600.

Networking and getting ready for action

Lisa Tarry of recruitment consultancy Turning Green says it’s been a big year for networking in the sustainability sector — plenty of drinks; new groups forming, government-sponsored and non-government alike — and the green development industry has been stoking the fires of goodwill, waiting for the tide to turn.

“It’s all about networking; loads of functions and lots of goodwill gatherings,” she says.

“A year ago everyone was terrified of doing anything. They had their their purse strings tightly closed.

“It’s been a year of up-skilling and gradually the cloud has lifted and it’s a steady path through to Copenhagen …Obviously the decoupling of the emissions trading scheme with a renewable energy target was a significant milestone, but then a lot of jobs around are ground level jobs such as a solar-panel installers and grid workers. Quite base-level roles.”

At the corporate end there is also evidence is that the tide is turning and demand for green jobs and green services is building, she says. ASX-listed companies are hiring some in-house staff and, for now at least, outsourcing the overflow of work.

“They can’t cope with the amount of work they have, so they will outsource extra work to consultants,” Ms Tarry says.

On the candidates sides, competition for in-house positions with the best companies is fierce. “Applications are running at about 70 to 80 for each position,” she says.

That doesn’t mean others are missing out. They are registering the surge in outsourcing work and teaming up with like-minded people to form small consultancies.

“I’m seeing a lot of candidates register with me and then drop off to start their own company or getting together with other consultants to start companies.”

JOBS ON OFFER (archived)


Home Sustainability Assessors urgently sought to conduct local assessments, accredited training provided, $50-55ph. Contact:


Chief Executive Officer for a not-for profit, public company in the environmental standards area. Revenue from licensed products exceeds $1.5 billion, and the company faces rapid growth in demand from producers and an urgent need to resource the ongoing success of the program.  [mmmm wonder who that could be?] Contact Lisa Tarry at stating salary expectations and availability by 30th November 2009.

Sydney – Environment and Sustainability Manager – $150-180k

Client ‘recognised for their world leading environmental & sustainability achievements in the infrastructure field’ seeks applicant with tertiary qualifications in Environmental Management or Engineering combined with min.  10 years experience in Environmental Management with at least 5 years experience in the construction industry to provide technical direction and support to projects in relation to legislative approvals and compliance, audits of projects across the business and assistance with tendering proposals.

Contact Dean Woods at 02 9037 0410 or

email quoting Ref No. DW499.


Experienced landscape architect with three years experience, for client celebrating 30 years of landscape architecture practice this year and an office situated next to a formidable deli whose coffee and cakes will provide excellent sustenance for your innovating brain cells. Oh and the client also has a wealth of experience and knowledge  to pass onto the successful candidate. Current interstate and local workload includes landscape planning, design and construction projects for a broad range of private and public clients including master plans, education sites, highways, business parks, health and aged care facilities and residential estate development. Contact Lisa Tarry, Managing Director, Turning Green Consultants or on 0400083205.

Adecco buys Judd Farris

21 October 2009 – Judd Farris, the recruiter making inroads into the property sustainability field has been taken over by the huge Adecco group, but local executives say little change is expected in the Australian operations.

Adecco paid around $A128.253 million (EUR 782m) for MPS, which bought Judd Farris only two years ago. The acquisition propels Adecco to one of the biggest recruitement groups  in the world.

Judd Farris director, Clive Brown told The Fifth Estate the deal was not expected to change the Judd Farris operation or branding.

“What normally happens [with Adecco] is they retain the brand; they keep the brand and the management structure.”

So far, very little was known about the intentions of the new owner. “The deal doesn’t take effect until mid January,” Mr Brown said.

Meanwhile, activity in the recruitment of sustainability personnel for the property industry, handled by Mike Skelding, had this week taken a jump, Mr Brown said.

New manager for GBCA

Adam Beck has jumped ship from Arup’s sustainability team in Brisbane to take on the plum job of Queensland and Northern Territory manager for the Green Building Council of Australia.

Beck has all the credentials: he is a Green Star Accredited Professional, has worked on several projects seeking Green Star certification, has been a member of the Green Star Faculty team for several years and presented the Green Star Accredited Professional course.

Moving out of the state managers role is Andrew Aitken, who will now take on the role of Director – Green Star.

Choosy candidates

Mike Skelding of Judd Farris has three senior roles to fill in the property sustainability area with pay packages of between $160,000 and $200,000 a year and bonuses of up to 25 per cent. But the recruitment game can be tricky in this fast moving industry.

The quality of candidates is “superb”, says Skelding, but a “major problem” for him is that they can get quite choosy.

“They want to work for a company that has an excellent ethos but the senior roles in those companies are very much taken care of.

“Talking purely from the candidates side, they have quite a fixed idea of the companies that they want to work for and those companies generally have their structure in place because they have had quite some time to do so and because they are leaders in the sustainability field.”

One of Skelding’s roles is as senior associate for a management consultancy firm dealing with climate adaptation, one is for a national real estate sustainability manager position and another is for an engineering firm.

“They’re quite specialised roles,”  Skelding says, but the industry is developing so fast not every client is even totally sure what they need.

“On the national sustainability role, a couple of clients have a clear idea of what they’re looking for and a couple of clients move the goal posts every couple of weeks on what they can actually do with sustainability.”

Several are questioning whether it’s time now to prepare for the carbon pollution reduction scheme or wait and risk getting left behind their competitors, he says.

CBRE goes Green Star

The agents too are starting to ratchet up their sustainability credentials. In the case of CB Richard Ellis, it claims to be the first office leasing team in Sydney to earn Green Star Accreditation, with four of its members crossing to the light side. They are Mark Clapham, Jenine Cranston, Lynda Patmore and Stuart McSorley who passed the Green Building Council exam this month.

CBRE senior director, office services, Mark Clapham said building owners were increasingly focused on firms that could deliver “green” outcomes.

“It’s become increasingly important for leasing agents to really understand what goes into the Green Star rating of projects,” Clapham said.

“We believe that our leasing team is now much better armed to provide our clients with a more comprehensive service by really understanding what goes into the make-up of their buildings. We are seeing tenants shift from having a basic interest in bricks and mortar to a genuine support for environmentally inspired office space with employers recognising that environmentally sustainable offices provide tangible benefits and can play a role in the attraction and retention of staff”.

NABERS is recruiting

13 October 2009 – NABERS,  the energy and water rating system, run through the NSW government,  is gearing up for more work with two new jobs on offer to bolster its Sydney team currently at 13.

On the cards are the mandatory disclosure rules next year, a new retail tool and a new tool on data centres.

The two positions, one permanent and one for three years, are called Clerk Grade 9/10 but don’t be fooled by the title, they are actually quite highly skilled technical positions and require people with at least five years or so of experience with energy and water use assessment in the commercial built environment. The salary package range is between $85,650 and $94,384 (it is the public service)

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October 5, 2009 – The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has appointed Ian Porter as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining the ATA, Porter was the Executive Director of Sustainability Policy with the Victorian Government, and responsible for the landmark policy documents Victorian Greenhouse Strategy (2002) and the Greenhouse Challenge for Energy (2004).

In 2007, he moved to the Nous Group where he led the climate change department, working with the public and private sector to develop policy and respond to major challenges in the fields of climate change and energy.

BOVIS LEND LEASE has nearly completed sustainability training for 1600 of its staff delivered with the assistance of consultancy Carbon Systems. There are several stages for the program with the next component to be delivered on line.

STOCKLAND is about to appoint a new sustainability manager understood to be for its commercial division, but the name of the lucky candidate is still under wraps.

JUDD FARRIS – knows how to win kudos for its move into the field of sustainability recruitment, where competition is about to intensify as demand starts to outstrip supply.  At Thursday’s special breakfast in Sydney to hear Al Gore ambassador – and occasional columnist for TFE – Simon Carter on the latest (dismal) science of melting glaciers and rising temperatures was a Who’s Who of senior property people from most of the leading property companies and financiers – among them Nicholas Wolff of Frasers and Peter Barnes of the Commonwealth Bank.


State manager – carbon consulting

Sustainability and carbon management consulting group seeks state leader to provide specialist consulting advice and project delivery services within the fields of carbon and greenhouse gas assessment, risk profiling, offset strategies, ongoing carbon management plans and legislative/reporting controlsPrevious management level experience, an established network of Western Australian private and public sector contacts, a science and/or Engineering discipline and more than five years consulting advice considered advantageous.

Contact: John Revie on 0420 970 334 or at


Sustainable transport planner, local government

“Progressive, forward thinking” council seeks planner to assist in development, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change programs to promote sustainable travel. Tertiary qualifications in a transport or environmental discipline and experience in sustainable transport, community development and behavioural change essential

Contact: Natalie Dukes on +61 3 9866 7500


Sustainable resources engagement officer – Blacktown

“Large and diverse community” seeks applicant with tertiary qualifications in an environmental, educational or a related field to design, implement and evaluate a range of projects, strategies and policies relating to Council’s resource management programs.

Enquiries: Nicole Greenwood on (02) 9839 6279

Melbourne –and Sydney

Senior environmental planner $150,000 – $130,000

Applicant with 7+years environmental experience in EIA/EIS reporting related to large scale infrastructure projects including municipal water/wastewater and strategic planning/engineering/science degree sought to deliver EIA/EIS reports and co-oridinate and manage large-scale water supply projects. Three similar positions available in Sydney

Contact: Felicity McManus on612 9467 6767 or 0415 256 507 and

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