Senior Field Officer


NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service


Bourke, NSW

Salary etc:

$68,212 - $72,255 p.a. + super + weekend/public holiday loading (& may be eligible for remote area allowance). Ongoing. Full-time.


Job Reference Number: 00008C5V

Bourke Area has a fantastic opportunity to join the NPWS team delivering conservation and visitor programs in parks around Bourke.

  • Package includes salary ($68,212 - $72,255), employer's contribution to superannuation and 17% loading for working weekends and public holidays
  • Successful applicant may be eligible for a remote area allowance

About the role

You’ll be joining a supportive team undertaking a diverse range of tasks to enhance and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of our parks.

This may include leading a team to maintain and construct park facilities; protection of cultural sites; undertake pest and weed control programs utilising pesticides, chemicals or firearms; and assisting with fire management activities such as mowing, slashing, grading, and joining a highly trained team to implement hazard reduction burns and wildfire response.

With the support of a senior field supervisor, you’ll work closely with rangers in identifying and prioritising maintenance works.  Senior field officers are flexible and organised, and work well in a team environment or alone with minimal supervision.  At times you’ll be relied upon to also supervise other field staff and contactors.  A trade background is beneficial but is not essential.  Some travel will be involved in this role and possibly for multiple days at a time depending on work requirements.

The essential requirements:

  • Relevant WorkCover Certification, ability and experience for the appropriate operation and maintenance of machinery, plant and equipment for maintenance and construction work.
  • Current MR Drivers Licence and ability to drive 4wd vehicles, Senior First Aid Certificate, and demonstrated ability and experience in operating MR vehicles, and willingness to fly in light aircraft.
  • Certification and demonstrated ability and experience in operating chainsaw to at least cross-cut level, and ability to operate and supervise in radio usage.

The role of Senior Field Officer, including firefighting related activities, is very physically demanding, requiring heavy muscular activity, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles. Senior Field Officer applicants must meet the requirements of a specific medical assessment, which is inclusive of a clearance to undertake the fitness test for firefighting fitness roles. The applicant must pass the task based fitness assessment to a moderate level within the probationary period (12 months), and annually thereafter.

The role holder must obtain certification at the appropriate level prior to undertaking firefighting/incident control duties.

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 18 months.

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.

Our commitment to flexible working

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and 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 understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Our commitment to diversity

The NSW 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 those with disability.

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