Field Officer General Operations (Aboriginal Identified)

NSW Government

NSW - Other, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 02/11/2018

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Conservation & Environment

Job description:
Job Title:  Field Officer General Operations (Aboriginal Identified)
Job Grade / Classification:  Field Officer Grade 1-4
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Byron Bay
Eligibility: OEH considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under Section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.  Only Aboriginal peoples are eligible to apply.
OEH is seeking an Aboriginal person with knowledge and cultural association with the local area and the local Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) People.
Agency overview
The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.
The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.
The Department’s two related agencies - the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Office of Local Government - support the conservation and protection of the environment and an effective local government sector in NSW. Several other entities associated with the Department include the Environment Protection Authority, statutory trusts responsible for zoos, parks and gardens, independent assessment and planning bodies, and development corporations.
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.
About the Role
Undertakes basic maintenance and cleaning of assets, park facilities and infrastructure within NPWS workplaces, parks and reserves including basic maintenance of walking tracks and trails; undertakes weed and fire management activities; operates and maintains minor plant and equipment and provides initial response to visitor enquiries. Contributes to ensuring OEH obligations and aims are met through the enhancement and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage values of parks. Performs works programs to ensure that the public has access to appropriately maintained and safe recreational facilities.
Essential requirements 
  • This role is an identified Aboriginal role and therefore Aboriginality is a requirement of the job.
  • The role in Byron Bay has a requirement for cultural association. Details of these requirements can be found where you lodge your application for the role.
  • Current Drivers licence and ability to obtain 4wd certification within the probationary period (up to 12 months).
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to carry out all duties safely and ability to obtain relevant Safe Work NSW certification to appropriately operate and maintain minor plant and equipment along with an ability and willingness to obtain a First Aid certificate.
  • Certification, or ability to obtain certification within the probationary period (up to 12 months), to operate a chainsaw to crosscut 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 within the probationary period, and a willingness to fly in light aircraft.
Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:
Job Notes
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.  
This is a physically demanding role, requiring heavy muscular activity, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles. 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 NPWS is a non-smoking workplace and smoking is not permitted in national parks.
To Apply
Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.
Q1. Why do you want to work as a Field Officer with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service?  What skills and personal qualities can you bring to the role?
Q2. What is your experience in working with machinery used for maintenance?  What is your experience or interest in working in a role with a customer focus in an outdoor, physically challenging environment?
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.)
Our commitment to diversity
The Department of Planning and Environment values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.
Applications Close: Monday, 26 November 2018 at 11:59pm
Should you require further information about the role please contact Sue Walker (02) 6639 8300 (; if you have any queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Soraya Kauhiva (02) 9585 6861.