Unit Manager Parks and City Forest


City of Whittlesea


Melbourne, Victoria

Salary etc:

$111,413 p.a. + super. (Band 8) Permanent, Full-time. + RDO



About Us

The City of Whittlesea is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia and as a local government organisation, we play a pivotal role in the everyday lives of our community. Our vision is to make Whittlesea 2040: A Place For All by ensuring our residents can enjoy access to local services, facilities and infrastructure. 

The City of Whittlesea Public Realm

The City of Whittlesea public realm includes a sprawling open space system of over 2,000 parks, sports and conservation reserves, waterways, urban and rural streetscapes and town centres. The City is home to a diverse City Forest including Metropolitan Melbourne’s largest portfolio of protected Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Located on the northern edge of metropolitan Melbourne covering an area of approximately 489km2, of which around 70% is rural and 30% is urban. 

The Urban Growth Boundary separates the well-established and developing suburbs to the south, and designated Green Wedge Land to the north. 

Across the City, there is a strong recognition of the Wurundjeri connection to culture, with culture being the interconnection of land, water, vegetation, and fire.

The Business and Service

It is an exciting time to be at the City of Whittlesea, with the new Council Administrators in place, and the Parks and City Forest business sitting within the new Maintenance & Operations Department. The Parks and City Forest Service oversees what is arguable, Local Governments largest open space service contracts approached through a strong partnership philosophy. We are committed to our key maintenance partners Green Life Group, and Citywide in their long-term tenure to embed technology, achieve efficiencies and innovation in our pursuit of a high-quality sustainable service.  

The Role

Reporting to the Manager Maintenance & Operations you will be part of a collegiate leadership team delivering multiple services and representing Parks and City Forest in cross-organisational forums. As the Unit Manager Parks and City Forest, you will lead a team of 14 staff with five direct reports and a substantial annual operational budget. Supported by the recommendations of recent reviews, and the new Greening Whittlesea Strategy, you are well positioned to deliver the exemplary Parks and City Forest Management Service required for the community.

About You 

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, the City of Whittlesea is seeking a highly motivated and innovative leader who has experience leading teams within public land management and environment. The Unit Manager Parks and City Forest will work collaboratively with all areas of Council, Administrators, community members, relevant external agencies and government departments and will contribute to the long term strategic and financial direction of Council. You have a collegiate leadership style whilst striving for high performance and culture within your teams.

At the City of Whittlesea, we value diversity and appreciate everyone’s strengths. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects our municipality. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people with a disability and people identifying as LGBTIQ. The City of Whittlesea is also a Child Safe employer.

Council is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that encourages employees to participate, without discrimination, in both work-related and other activities conducted within a work context, with the support of workplace adjustments. Where possible, the Council will identify and resolve potential barriers to the recruitment and employment of people with disabilities within the organisation.

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