09855, several

Senior Field Officer - Fire, Forests and Roads
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 26 June 2019

Classification: General Service Officer Level 7
Salary: $61,688 - $65,144
Position No: 09855, several
Directorate: Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development
Advertised (Gazettal date): 06 June 2019
Contact Officer: Christopher Troth on christopher.troth@act.gov.au or (02) 6207 5452

Details: This is an exciting opportunity for people who are keen to play a vital role in providing bushfire protection to the ACT by joining the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) as a member of our seasonal fire crews. These highly sought after positions offer a rare chance to work across the PCS Estate, from the backfences between the suburbs and our Nature Parks through to the wilderness areas in Namadgi National Park. PCS is a Branch within the Environment Division that is responsible for the sustainable management of approximately 70% of the ACT including our national parks, nature reserves, commercial softwood forests and rural lands, including management of Namadgi National Park, Canberra Nature Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Googong Foreshores, water catchment areas and commercial pine plantations. The Parks and Conservation Service implements a broad range of natural and cultural resource management programs both on and off reserve that support sustainable environmental conservation land management and heritage outcomes. The management of bushfires is a core function of the Parks and Conservation Service across the land that it is responsible for. The Fire, Forests and Roads Section of the Parks and Conservation Service has a number of temporary and seasonal vacancies for appropriately skilled people looking to be part of a team implementing bushfire management programs across the ACT. This will include fuel management activities, firetrail and infrastructure construction and maintenance, fire tower operations and fuel hazard assessments as well undertaking bushfire standby and suppression as required. Full training will be provided to the right applicants. The Bushfire Seasonal Fire Fighter programme was introduced by the ACT Government in response to recommendations from the McLeod Inquiry into the 2003 Canberra Bushfires. The seasonal fire crews perform a critical role in the ACT Government’s ability to effectively implement bushfire mitigation strategies as well as whole of government bushfire suppression capabilities. The ACT Public Service is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to apply.
Eligibility/Other Requirements: Applicants must hold a registration under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011. Bushfire crew member qualifications or higher, and willingness and ability to carry out frontline firefighting duties and support roles. Be currently able and prepared to undertake and maintain the Arduous level of the national fire fighting task based assessment (fire fitness). Possess a current manual driver’s licence.
Note: These are temporary positions available from September 2019 for up to three years with the possibility of extension. Subject to approval by the Fair Work Commission, PCS expects to be able to offer contracts up to three years under new clauses in the ACT Public Sector Infrastructure Services Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021. Under the anticipated agreement, seasonal employees employed may be employed for a three year period on a temporary basis under which they work for certain periods during consecutive seasons (the “active employment periods”). An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only. An information night will be held at Stromlo Depot at 500 Cotter Road on Wednesday 19 June 2019, please RSVP to Chris Troth via email on Christopher.troth@act.gov.au for further information and to register your attendance. To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the selection criteria and any eligibility requirements specified in the position description. Applicants should note that our seasonal field crews work in a variety of environments and terrains and the roles are strenuous and physically demanding requiring lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles, often in remote locations. All applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to successfully complete the nationally recognised arduous task based fitness assessment as part of the selection process, and annually thereafter. Any employment offers will be subject to applicants passing a pre-employment medical and a police check. Applicants must be prepared to work a shift roster, weekends, public holidays or evening shifts at any site on an “as needs” basis and be prepared to wear a uniform. In addition, applicants may be required to work from helicopters.
How to apply: Please email to jobs@act.gov.au: an Application Coversheet, a written application addressing the Selection Criteria limiting responses to 350 word per criteria, along with your current Curriculum Vitae, listing two referees and their contact details. Late applications will not be accepted.

Career interest categories:

Environmental Care and Sustainability
Trades, Maintenance and Horticulture