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Senior Planning Officer


DPIE - National Parks and Wildlife Service


Parramatta, NSW

Salary etc:

$110,745 + super

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to join National Parks and Wildlife Service, and support fire management within NSW, this could be the ideal role for you.

  • The role is located in Parramatta
  • Starting salary of $110,745 + super, the position is a contract up to 2 years
  • Great opportunity to work with National Parks and Wildlife Service

About the Role

This is a unique opportunity to support strategic fire management within NSW National Parks. The Fire and Incident Management Branch is responsible for coordination of the NPWS fire management program, in partnership with other NPWS branches.  The Planning Unit is responsible for fire management policy setting and associated publications, including Living with Fire in NSW National Parks and the NPWS Fire Management Manual.

The Planning Unit:

  • engages with fire management research partners and seeks opportunities to transition research into improved fire management by NPWS
  • has a key role in ensuring effective fire management communications across NPWS and DPIE
  • has a lead role in liaison and collaboration with other government agencies in relation to fire management policies, particularly RFS, and supports the NPWS representation on the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC).

The Senior Planning Officer has a key role in the development, analysis and review of strategic fire management planning, policies and procedures to lead and support fire management in NSW National Parks and reserves. 

In the immediate term, the Senior Planning Officer will:

  • have a lead role in advising modifications to NPWS systems and processes arising from the release of the new Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
  • develop and facilitate training for staff to ensure NPWS transitions effectively to use of the new Code
  • represent NPWS on working groups related to fire management, coordinate input from across NPWS as appropriate and prepare guidance for implementation by NPWS (eg Fire Access and Fire Trail planning and other BFCC policy reviews)
  • have a role in the analysis and review of policies, processes, procedures and programs in consideration of the recommendations of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

To be successful in the role it would be an asset to have some of the below;

  • A degree or equivalent in a related discipline such as environmental or biological sciences, forestry, planning, and natural resource management, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in interpreting and applying environmental legislation including that related to fire management.
  • Understanding of issues for fire management related to natural and cultural heritage conservation, particularly biodiversity
  • A current Australian drivers licence and willingness to travel in light aircraft. 

Agency overview

At the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) we are focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable New South Wales with thriving natural environments, strong primary industries and bustling urban centres. We are the stewards of our state’s physical and environmental assets - both natural and built - and we work hard every day to ensure New South Wales continues to flourish.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.   

Our commitment to flexible working
The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working - including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.  

Our commitment to Diversity
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disabilities.  

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