Field Officer Enhanced Bushfire Management Program (Aboriginal Identified)

NSW Government

NSW - Other, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 05/04/2019

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Conservation & Environment

Job description:
Job Title:  Field Officer Enhanced Bushfire Management Program (Aboriginal Identified)

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: Full-time, ongoing
Location: Griffith

The Department of Planning & Environment considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Only Aboriginal peoples are eligible to apply.

  • Are you a practical and dynamic problem solver that is passionate about fostering effective working relationships to promote fire management and leadership in fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for West Branch?

  • West Branch is a diverse region that encompasses the western half of NSW. Our landscapes range from alpine forests to desert dunes. The branch features meandering inland river systems such as the Murray and Murrumbidgee supporting Red Gum reserves and internationally recognised wetlands. Large inland Mallee reserves support the conservation of endangered species and the branch boasts remote outback reserves such as Mungo NP within the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area in preserving our rich and significant cultural history.   
  • The opportunity to join the fire team for the wonderfully diverse West Branch region based in Griffith may be for you.

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.

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. Undertakes 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

  • This role is an identified Aboriginal role and therefore Aboriginality is a requirement of the job. This role is an identified Aboriginal role and therefore Aboriginality is a requirement of the job as well as cultural association/membership and understanding of Aboriginal community groups in the local area
  • Current Drivers / MR licence and ability to operate 4wd vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes/15 tonne GVM.
  • 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.

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.

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 OEH 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:

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.

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: In this role, you will work as part of the team. Please tell us about a time you worked in a team, and you suggested a change or something new to solve a workplace problem. How did you get other people to listen to and use your ideas?

Q2: This role involves firefighting. Please describe how you would use technology (such as communications, location or computing) to make sure that when you or other firefighters are in the field, you are kept safe at all times.

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 1 May 2019, 11:59 pm.

Should you require further information about the role, please contact Sheila Lee on 02 6966 8110. If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Varvara Kuraeva on 02 8275 1829.