Field Operations Assistant


Forestry Corporation of NSW


Barham, NSW

  • Permanent Opportunity
  • Great exposure to field operations

Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW. We manage more than two million hectares of forests for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the people of NSW and Australia. FCNSW adheres to the values of respect, innovation, integrity and wellbeing. For more information about who we are and what we do visit forestrycorporation.com.au

About the Role

We have a fantastic opportunity for a passionate Field Operations Assistant to join our team in Barham and be part of our broad Western region team managing a variety of tasks.

The role will be involved in forest works including road and recreational facilities maintenance, weed control, tree marking, forest silviculture and liaising with relevant key stakeholders across our community. The role will also operate a variety of plant, vehicles and supervise (at times) on site contractors.

The Field Operations Assistant will also play an integral and important role in the region’s fire management activities. The successful person will be required to undertake active frontline firefighting duties and be available for afterhours fire standby on a rostered basis. Full training and qualifications will be provided as part of the role.

The Location

Located on the northern side of the Murray River, the NSW town of Barham and its Victorian twin partner Koondrook, on the other side, form the commercial centre for the region's, lamb, cattle, cropping and dairy producers.

Barham is best known for its citrus groves, superb fishing and relaxing at the man-made lakes on the river's edge. The twin towns service the extensive pastoral and horticultural regions with many tourists attracted to these scenic towns.

About You

You will be self-driven, motivated with a passion and keen interest in all facets of forestry operations. You will also demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Good knowledge or keen interest in forestry operations including road maintenance and construction, tree marking, fire management, pest and weed control and recreation provision;
  • A practical knowledge and understanding or keen interest in forest silviculture and management;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and autonomously;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise conflicting demands and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to deal with various stakeholders including contractors and the community;
  • Good technical skills or willingness to learn map reading, navigation and GPS usage;
  • Current Driver’s Licence;
  • Experience or willingness to be trained in the efficient operation of plant (particularly fire tanker, truck, front end loader) and equipment (particularly chainsaw and brushcutter) is ideal;
  • Capacity and willingness to undertake fire and fuel management duties, firefighting. (Full training will be provided)

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