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Bushfire Program Coordinator

Employer: The Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Conservation & Land Management, Environment & Sustainability, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 12 July, 2018.
Applications close: 27 July, 2018. (Expired)

  • Full-time or part-time options available for the right candidate
  • Ideally the position will be based in Sydney however this is not essential

We are pleased to invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Bushfire Program Coordinator, to coordinate and deliver our Bushfire Program.

About us

Nature Conservation Council is a movement of passionate people who want nature in NSW to thrive. We represent more than 160 groups and hundreds of thousands of people who share this vision. Together, we are a powerful voice for nature. We are focussed on:

  • Maintaining biodiversity and cultural values and increasing resilience by engaging and working with communities
  • Tackling climate change by cleaning up our dirty electricity system;
  • Ending deforestation on farms and in forests;
  • Restoring our rivers to health; and
  • Protecting the marine life in our coastal waters.

About our Healthy Ecosystems team

Our Healthy Ecosystems team works in partnership and collaboration with Government agencies, consortiums and associations to provide high quality community engagement, education and training services to communities. Our team implements coordinated strategies to improve the function of ecosystems and resilience of our landscapes.

To find out more about our work please visit

About the position

The Bushfire Program Coordinator plays a critical role in coordinating the development and delivery of our Bushfire Program in close consultation with the Healthy Ecosystem Program Coordinator and our Bushfire Advisory Committee (BFAC). There are 2 key areas of responsibility in this role:

  1. Bushfire Policy review and Bushfire Representative support which involves the following:
    1. Participate in NSW Rural Fire Service program reviews and any other agency or stakeholder-led process as required, and provide updates on relevant issues to our Bush Fire Advisory Committee
    2. Ensure our Bushfire Policy and all relevant program information is updated as appropriate
    3. Effectively oversee and support the Bushfire Management Committee representatives across NSW.
  2. Project Management, workshop coordination and organisation of our Bushfire Conference which involves the following:
    1. Facilitate community workshops, seminars and conferences on issues relevant to ecologically sustainable bushfire management throughout NSW
    2. Prepare progress and evaluation reports for funding agencies
    3. Prepare grant applications for the Bushfire Program
    4. Coordinate media and other public responses to bushfire as it relates to the environment, working with our Media and Communications Officer
    5. Support relevant bushfire knowledge exchange with our Bushfire Advisory Committee and Hotspots Advisory Committee
    6. Liaise with our Hotspots Fire Project to ensure both programs are complementary and coordinated

The ideal candidate will be able to manage both areas. However, there is flexibility to split the responsibilities into two part-time positions, so if you have strong skills in only one area and part time work suits we encourage you to apply.

About you

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Commitment to nature conservation and the principles of ecological sustainability
  • Understanding of state and local political processes
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Recognition of and respect for Aboriginal culture
  • Understanding of the non-government sector
  • Current driver’s license

Selection criteria

Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia for the period of the contract. Applicants must address both the essential and desirable selection criteria separately in their application.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of fire ecology and environmental issues related to bushfire management
  • Demonstrated experience in project management including work planning, monitoring and evaluation, budget management and grant acquittal reporting
  • Demonstrated superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in successful organisation of workshops, conferences and community engagement activities
  • Strongly developed facilitation, networking and partnership skills


  • Postgraduate or undergraduate fire ecology studies or similar
  • Experience in working with community members in rural and urban areas
  • Experience or knowledge of fire-fighting or bushfire planning
  • Experience in online platforms including EventBrite, Survey Monkey, Vimeo, Campaign Monitor, WordPress

The position will require occasional work after hours and or on weekends including travel to workshops throughout New South Wales.

A full position description is available below.

How to apply for this job

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