Job Title: Field Officer
Job Grade / Classification: Field Officer Grade 1-4 (This role is for those with competencies at the Grade 3 level or above within the FO 1-4 classification)
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-Time
• Located at Taree on the lower mid north coast of NSW, known for its beautiful coastal lakes and stunning beaches. Nearby population centres include Old Bar and Forster/Tuncurry, popular with holiday-makers for their relaxed, coastal lifestyle.
• Field Officers maintain a wide variety of conservation reserves from remote, mountainous areas through to coastal wetland lake systems. National Parks in the area offer visitors exceptional recreational opportunities throughout the year and parks are busy during peak holiday times.
• The successful applicant will develop skills and experience in natural heritage such as fire, pest and threatened species conservation, cultural heritage including Aboriginal and historic heritage conservation, providing recreation services including facility maintenance and maintaining roads, walking tracks and other assets for park visitors. The role is based at Taree depot, in the northern part of Manning Great Lakes Area. The successful applicant will be required to work anywhere within Manning Great Lakes Area as far south as Myall Lakes National Park to meet operational need.
About the Role:
Undertakes construction, maintenance and improvements to park assets within NPWS parks and reserves, maintains heritage buildings and structures. Undertakes pest, weed and fire management activities including those in remote areas. Operates and maintains plant and equipment. Responds to visitor enquiries and may undertake compliance activities. Contributes to the enhancement and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage values of parks.
• A current driver’s licence and four-wheel driving certification. An MR licence is required to progress to Grade 4.
• Demonstrated ability and experience to carry out all duties safely and ability to obtain relevant SafeWork NSW certification to appropriately operate and maintain a range of plant and equipment, including but not limited to conditionally registered vehicles, watercraft, lifting apparatus and road maintenance plant as well as the ability and willingness to obtain a First Aid certificate.
• Certification, or ability to obtain certification within the probationary period (up to 12 months) in operating a chainsaw to crosscut and basic tree felling standard; ability to operate two-way radio.
• Ability to carry out frontline firefighting duties and support roles including ability to obtain and maintain certification as a crew member or higher, within the probationary period (up to 12 months), and a willingness to fly in light aircraft.
Please note: This is a physically demanding role, requiring heavy muscular activity, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles. Field Officer applicants must meet the requirements of a firefighting medical which is inclusive of a clearance to undertake frontline firefighting roles. The applicant must pass the task based fitness assessment to a moderate level within the probationary period (up to 12 months) and annually thereafter.
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster brings together the functions from the former Planning & Environment and Industry Clusters.
The new Cluster will drive for greater levels of integration and efficiency across key areas such as long term planning, precincts, housing, property, infrastructure priorities, open space, the environment, our natural resources – land, water, mining – energy, and growing our industries. In particular, there will be a redoubling of emphasis on regional NSW.
National Parks and Wildlife Service manages, conserves and cares for land in national parks and reserves. NPWS links customer, conservation and cultural outcomes in a sustainable way by building participation in the management and use of parks.
Please read the following documents prior to preparing you for application:
• Role description
• Application Guide
• Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector
Good to know:
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from Planning and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.
The NPWS is a non-smoking workplace and smoking is not permitted in national parks.
Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.
We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.
• Complete all the questions in the online application.
• With your online application please upload a current resume and cover letter briefly outlining your suitability for the role
The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)
Applications Close: Monday 2 December 2019, 11:59pm
Please note that due to the Christmas and New Year holiday shutdown period, interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in early January 2020.
Should you require further information about the role please contact Sean ORiley on 0419 753 807 or Sean.ORiley@environment.nsw.gov.au. If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Raquel Grant on (02) 9585 6705 at Raquel.Grant@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Please refer to the role description.