12 Jan 2019

Full-Time Fire Planning Officer – Newcastle

Office of Environment and Heritage – Hunter Region

Job Description

Are you looking for a dynamic Hunter Region role utilising your skills in fire management, hazard reduction, planning and training coordination?

Job Title: Fire Planning Officer
Job Grade / Classification: Clerk Grade 7/8
Employment Type: Full Time, Temporary
Duration: March to September 2019, with possible extension
Location: Newcastle

About the role
Provide fire planning activity leadership with the NPWS operational branches including preseason bushfire planning and preparedness, prescribed burn operations plans, annual hazard reduction works planning, reserve fire management strategies and Bush Fire Risk Management Plans.

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 the 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.

Essential requirements:
Relevant qualifications and/or experience in fire and land management practices, with proven experience in delivering program outcomes and project management.
Demonstrated experience in fire planning and delivering business change results.
Willingness to work weekends and after hours as required and the ability and willingness to participate in the management of wildfire and other emergency incidents.
Current Australian drivers licence and willingness to fly in light aircraft.
Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application
Role description
Application Guide
Applying for a role in the NSW public Sector

Job Notes
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future ongoing and 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. Do not address these in your cover letter.

Question 1. Please describe a time when you encountered an unexpected setback when working towards a challenging goal.
What was the source of the setback, and why was it unexpected?
What strategies or resources did you use to overcome the setback?
How did your persistence impact your achievement?

Question 2. Please describe a time when you had to work with someone (internal or external to the organisation) whose perspective was very different from your own.
What was the nature of your differences?
Why did you need to work effectively with this person?
What strategies did you use to ensure you could work effectively with them?
What did cooperation achieve that you might not have accomplished on your own?

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: Monday 28 January 2019

Should you require further information about the role please contact Richard Colbourne 0419 157 179 if you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Kylie Isted (02) 9585 6856.

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Location Central & North Coasts – Newcastle & Hunter Valley-Newcastle, Hunter & Region
Work Type Full-time
Number of Positions 1
Total Remuneration Package: $116,918. Package includes salary ($94,782 – $104,918), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact Richard Colbourne – 0419 157 179
Closing Date 28-Jan-2019
Job Category Conservation
Organisation Office of Environment and Heritage

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