Executive Coordinator Natural Areas Management


City of Gold Coast


Gold Coast

Salary etc:

$150,234 - $188,229 p.a. Fixed-term, Full-time.



The Gold Coast is an outstanding global city proudly looking towards its future. We are inspired by lifestyle and driven by opportunity. Here at City of Gold Coast, our commitment to a shared set of values shapes our decisions, actions and behaviours towards achieving the City Vision and our many city priorities.

  • We aim high – we are passionate about delivering the best for our City
  • We add value – we are innovative and make the most of every opportunity
  • We work as a team – our people are great individually, but unstoppable together
  • We take responsibility – we are committed to working safely, being trustworthy and owning our actions

About the Parks & Recreational Services Branch

Located within the Lifestyle & Community Directorate, the Parks & Recreational Services Branch is responsible for planning, constructing, maintaining and conserving the Gold Coast's parks, open spaces and natural areas to enhance recreational and sporting access, active and healthy lifestyles, appreciation of our natural areas and biodiversity conservation. Within the Branch, the Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) is responsible for the day to day management and conservation of a 13,000 hectare estate with significant and diverse biological values. The unit protects and enhances conservation reserves from the McPherson Range to Southern Moreton Bay.

About the Position

This is a new Executive Position who will lead the existing Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) team as well as the newly created Bushfire Management and Risk Mitigation team in the delivery of strategic planning, operational programs, capital works and day to day operation of the City’s natural area estate. The role will be responsible for the planning and management of a significant operational budget and the delivery of high-profile and high-risk capital projects. This role oversees the management of a large multi-functional team. In addition, the position will strategically plan and prepare for climate change to ensure the City’s conservation estate can adapt and natural hazards are minimised to the greatest extent possible. The role forms part of the Parks and Recreational Services branch executive team. Management of the natural areas estate is becoming increasingly more complex. A more strategic approach is required to mitigate current and emergent risks, including Corporate risks, rockfall and bushfire and planning for the impacts of global warming.

Key deliverables of the Natural Areas Management Unit:

Effectively manage the City’s Natural Areas Estate

  • Conserve, restore and sustainably manage the natural areas estate and its indigenous biodiversity.
  • Provide specialist services and management for the natural areas estate.
  • Undertake bushfire management on the natural areas estate and coordination at a city-wide level.
  • Identify and manage risks associated with rockfall and slope stability across the estate.

Educate and facilitate

  • Play a key role in educating the Gold Coast community above nature and nature conservation.
  • Encourage community understanding and support for the City's conservation estate through education and information.
  • Facilitate and guide the expectations of the City's communities and corporate (governance) environment.
  • Provide education and nature-based recreation opportunities through the provision of appropriate visitor facilities, and
  • Provide technical planning and advice concerning the City's natural areas and conservation estate.

Preserve, maintain and where appropriate, enhance Natural and Cultural Heritage Values

  • Where appropriate, provide high-quality infrastructure for public and community recreation in the City's natural areas estate, and
  • Work with adjoining land managers to facilitate practical recreation areas and opportunities while avoiding duplication of recreation facilities and opportunities.

About You

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead teams and support staff to help ensure that they achieve their goals and gain a sense of accomplishment each day. You will have post-graduate qualifications in Environmental Science or similar and demonstrated expertise in managing a large natural estate. In addition, you will possess proven contract and business management skills and enjoy the fact that your business skills will positively impact the successful delivery of NAMU's conservation activities. We require a team player with strong analytical and problem-solving skills and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

Candidates will demonstrate a passion for the environment and our community. You will be focused on and committed to the safety of your teammates, stakeholders and park visitors.

What can the City of Gold Coast offer you?

Working for the City of Gold Coast is both challenging and rewarding. You will enjoy:

  • Working within a culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance with flexible working arrangements.
  • A friendly and supportive team where you will be recognised and rewarded.
  • Opportunities for professional development training and study assistance to enhance your career progression.
  • A competitive remuneration plus up to 12% employer superannuation contribution and options to salary sacrifice.

Date published:


Closing date:

23-Jan-2022, 10:30pm