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Project Officer - Forest and Fire Risk Assessment

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Location: 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne
  • Salary: $68,884 to $83,640 + Superannuation
  • Critical role in the delivery of high-quality forest and bushfire risk analysis services
  • Draw on your expertise in forest and fire management, as well as your GIS and computer modelling skills

Apply your skills to this high profile, forward thinking state government department. 

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Project Officer is a member of the Forest and Fire Risk Assessment Unit within the State-wide Policy and Planning Division. The Forest and Fire Risk Assessment Unit utilises world leading modelling and risk analysis tools to support strategic and operational forest and fire management planning, decision-making and community engagement. 

This position will consider a range of forest values and management objectives, such as the conservation of forest ecosystem values (including ecological values and others), the protection of life and property from bushfire, and others.

The successful candidate will fulfil a critical role in the delivery of high-quality forest and bushfire risk analysis services. As part of this, you will work with internal stakeholders (including decision-makers, technical and policy experts, and regional practitioners) to ensure the consistent, integrated and efficient delivery of forest and fire management risk analysis services across the Forest, Fire and Regions Group. 

Further, you will also contribute to the integration of research and recent technological innovations into risk assessment methodologies, thereby helping to ensure that forest and fire management decision-making is backed up by the best available science and information. 

Ideally, we are looking for someone with solid GIS and computer modelling skills coupled with expertise in forest and fire ecology or bushfire science. Natural resource management qualifications are also sought. Recognising that success is in the detail – your attention to detail skills will be utilised daily, and you place a high premium on being accurate.

You are a great collaborator and communicator – you work well with others and are able to communicate professionally and comfortably with all levels of the organisation and across all occupations. You will be relied on to manage your own workload; you are a self-starter and take initiative, with the ability to be focused and ‘keep your finger on the pulse‘ of the various projects that will occur simultaneously. You take full ownership, do the research, and follow each task through to completion.  

Being extremely organised you are relied on to successfully deliver yours and the team’s objectives and you are flexible enough to understand that when yours and the team’s priorities change – you can change gears and transfer your energy onto the new priorities. This style of work comes naturally to you – you do not get flustered, distracted or overwhelmed; and you are able to stay on course in busy, high pressure work places.  

This role will suit a person who comes to work, rolls up their sleeves and is happy to respond to the work that comes in on their desk and adaptable to the team’s needs.

This is a fixed term position available until 30 June 2020.

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