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Natural Areas Project Officer - Newcastle

City of Newcastle
  • Oversee the implementation of high-quality natural area and bush regeneration projects.
  • Permanent, full-time role – 38 hours per week.
  • Flexible work arrangements available, including flexitime and a 9-day fortnight.

Thriving and rapidly transforming, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second largest city and is located 160km north of Sydney. It offers the perfect lifestyle and career environment.

City of Newcastle (CN) is now seeking a Natural Areas Project Officer to join our Parks and Recreation team, supporting the wellbeing of the community through the provision of places and spaces for active and passive recreation and protection of the natural environment.

In this rewarding role you’ll draw upon your proven experience working within Conservation and Land Management to oversee the implementation of high-quality natural area and bush regeneration projects and associated works in collaboration with stakeholders. You’ll deliver a wide range of natural resource management and horticultural practices including natural areas rehabilitation works, bush regeneration, bushfire management and mitigation works, and oversee the implementation of the Landcare Program.

Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the engagement of contractors including preparation of associated documentation and administration, preparation of scope of works and vegetation management plans, engaging and consulting with local communities and other stakeholders to assist in project delivery in the city’s natural areas, including responding to customer requests and complaints, and assisting with event coordination to educate and encourage participation in bushland volunteer programs.

At CN our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include flexible working arrangements, professional development opportunities and health and wellbeing programs.

The essentials you’ll need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Conservation and Land Management or related area and/ or relevant experience deemed equivalent for the level required for the role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statutory requirements in natural areas. E.g. Local Government Act, Rural Fires Act, Biosecurity Act, Biodiversity Conservation Act, WHS and Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with volunteers with the ability to prioritise and organise tasks effectively to deliver project outcomes within timeframes.
  • Experience in the developing scope of works / action plans and Vegetation Management Plan documentation for on ground activities.
  • Experience in managing natural area projects including utilisation of contractors, supervision of revegetation/regeneration contracts, and efficient management of resources.
  • Experience in compiling grant applications, project estimates, reporting and quoting.
  • Class C NSW Driver’s Licence.
  • Demonstrated sound verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to communicate to a broad range of audiences.

Other valuable skills you may have:

  • Proven experience with computer aided drafting, GPS and GIS mapping e.g. Map info, Auto cad
  • Ability to undertake large landscape, construction works, and enhancement works including the ability to interpret landscape plans, standards and related documentation.
  • Experience in the use of corporate systems e.g. OneCouncil, Microsoft programs and WHS Management systems.

Sound like the perfect job for you? Apply Now!

City of Newcastle proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity to represent the community of our Local Government Area.

All candidates will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

To view the full position description please click here.

Remuneration: $74,383.90 + 9.5% Superannuation per annum for a 38-hour week.

Contact: Petra Freeman – Natural Areas Coordinator - 0411 722 563.

Please note, previous applicants need not apply.

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