Field Officer EBMP

NSW Government

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 07/11/2018

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Conservation & Environment

Job description:

Job Title:  Field Officer

Job Grade / Classification: Field Officer Grade 1-2

Employment Type: Full Time, On-going
Location: Nowra or Eden 

  • The positions are South Coast Branch Position based one in Nowra and one in Eden. The successful candidate will be required to travel as part of a small team throughout the Branch to conduct works at times being accommodated or camping away from home.
  • The Field Officer 1/2 EBMP is required to be very physically fit, and have or obtain within 12 months crew member equivalent bushfire qualifications and MR truck licence. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in geographically remote locations and be willing to fly in light aircraft.
  • The role is a challenging and physical one which requires the development of range of practical skills, fire management skills and minor plant operation skills (chainsaws, brush cutters, etc.), and the ability to work closely with a range of other staff from NPWS and other agencies.


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 (EOH) 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.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is a part of the Planning and Environment Cluster. It aims to enrich life in NSW by helping the community to conserve and enjoy our environment and heritage. For more information go to


National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) 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.


Primary purpose of the role:

As part of the Enhanced Bushfire and Management Program (EBMP) field team, the role is primarily involved in bushfire fuel reduction activities, by both mechanical means and prescribed fire and, during periods of high bushfire activity, may be required to participate in bushfire suppression or other bushfire response functions. The role also participates in advanced firefighting duties.

Undertake maintenance and improvements to park infrastructure (facilities and grounds) including buildings, roads, fire trails and fencing in accordance with EBMP Programs.  Facilitate visitor relations and law enforcement activities.


Essential requirements:

  • Current Drivers licence and ability to drive 4wd vehicles up to 4.5 tonne/15 tonne GVM within the probationary period (up to 12 months). Applicants must obtain MR licence.
  • 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 minor 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 or 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 crew member within the probationary period (up to 12 months), and a willingness to fly in light aircraft.
  • Ability to work closely with a range of other staff across NPWS and other agencies, and be comfortable working in geographically remote locations to conduct works.

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. Candidates must meet the requirements of a firefighting medical which is inclusive of a clearance to undertake frontline firefighting roles. The candidate must pass the task based fitness assessment to a moderate level within the probationary period (up to 12 months) and annually thereafter.

A Working With Children Check is not required for this role.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:


At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.


We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing 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. 


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. Please do not address these in your cover letter.


Q1. Please describe your experience working in a small team environment. What factors were necessary for the success of team? How did you effectively communicate and work collaboratively with other staff and the public in order to complete the work?


Q2. The position will require you to undertake preparation works for Hazard Reduction burning and mechanical fuel reduction in remote areas at times operating minor plant and equipment and supporting operators of heavy plant. Describe your experience in safely conducting works supporting the operation of heavy plant (e.g. skid steer loaders, bull dozers, tractors, etc.) and operating minor plant and equipment (4x4 vehicles, chainsaws, brush cutters, pressure washers and hand tools, etc).


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: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 11:59pm


Should you require further information about the role please Simon Conaty on (02) 6496 2651; if you have any queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Soraya Kauhiva on (02) 9585 6861.


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