The role of the Standards and Technical Officer is to undertake the development and revision of environmental product standards by researching and interpreting scientific information, utilising information from other ecolabel schemes, and consulting with stakeholders and technical experts. The Standards and Technical Officer, as part of the GECA Standards Team, writes and manages related documentation and reports to support standards development. They also revise and update guidelines and policies, and support or perform other activities as required. This role will be 4 days a week as a maternity cover, moving to 3 days a week ongoing from October.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Developing and revising environmental product standards based on ISO 14024.
Researching and reporting scientific and technical information using, for example, scientific databases, other ecolabel scheme standards, and published articles and reports.
Engaging and consulting with stakeholders, technical experts, and external auditors.
Providing technical advice to other GECA staff and the Standards Committee on all aspects of the operation of the GECA scheme
Cultivate enduring and effective relationships with GECA stakeholders, such as the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN).
Creating and updating standards, guidelines and policies, such as for example Scheme Rules and Standards Development Guidelines.
Replying to standards related enquiries.
Conducting product life cycle assessments.
Other tasks as required including for example preparation of presentations.
Qualifications, Knowledge/Skills, and Personal Characteristics
Postgraduate qualification in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering or other relevant disciplines with some work experience.
A background in an ecolabelling, standards development or conformance matters is desirable.
Demonstrated research skills including critical selection and interpretation of online sources.
Profound chemistry knowledge; knowledge of hazard classification systems desirable.
Professional experience in life cycle assessment is beneficial.
Demonstrated ability to write reports of technical nature and less formal communications for e.g. consultation with stakeholders.
An understanding of environmental issues relevant to the Australian environment, particularly the built environment.
Ability to comprehend and summarise information from a broad range of technical and scientific areas related to standards categories (e.g. paper and pulp manufacturing, hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods in cleaning and personal care products).
Self-motivated with good attention to detail.
Good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, as well as good organisational and administrative abilities.
Familiarity with sustainable production for building and architectural markets, with the capacity to develop understanding in other sectors and markets, is desirable.
Understanding of Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star program is highly desirable.
How to apply for this job
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Standards & Technical Manager, Judith Schinabeck: email@example.com
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