Applications are invited for the position of Natural Areas Weeds Officer with Council's Natural Areas and Biodiversity Unit. As part of an experienced team managing bushland reserves and natural assets, you will be involved in the control of weed infestations to enhance the health and resilience of bushland areas and wildlife habitat. You will work in a range of environments including bushland, riparian corridors, coastal areas, roadside verges, and public open space. The role also undertakes revegetation management, mapping of priority weeds, enforcement of the Weed Management Act 1999, and the provision of weed management advice to the community.
Experience in weed control techniques is essential, including herbicide application (high volume and backpack) and manual control techniques using hand tools, chainsaws, and brush-cutters. The role would suit a person with a strong interest in conservation who can assess weed infestations and identify common native plants.
The salary range for this position is $58,813 to $60,015 per annum, plus 12.5% employer superannuation and a 9-day fortnight.
To be considered for this role, you must address the following selection criteria in your application:
- Demonstrated experience in weed control techniques including spraying herbicide using vehicle mounted pressurised applicators and backpack units, cut and paint and drill and fill.
- Experience in the operation of appropriate plant and tools employed in weed and vegetation management activities.
- Competent knowledge of risk management and work health and safety requirements in manual labour, chemical handling and herbicide application contexts.
- Competent knowledge of weed identification and control methods for a range of environmental and alert listed weeds as well as weeds declared under the Weed Management Act, 1999.
- A basic knowledge of the native vegetation of southern Tasmania to competently identify the more common species.
- The ability to efficiently assess and prioritise weed infestations on both Council and private land in the context of Council's Weed Management Strategy, enforcement priorities and the Weed
Management Act 1999.
- The ability to communicate effectively with other employees, contractors, and members of the public in the resolution of routine matters.
- Competent computer skills, including the use of MS Office, Geographic Information Systems and associated field data collection applications.
- White Card - General Induction for Construction.
- Unrestricted driver's licence.
- Provide First Aid or the ability to acquire this accreditation.
- Chem Cert accreditation in the following units of competency:
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals.
- AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases or the ability to acquire this accreditation.
- Traffic Management - Control traffic with Stop Slow Bat and Implement Traffic Management Plan or the ability to acquire this accreditation.
- Chain Saw licence (Trim and Cross-Cut), or the ability to acquire this accreditation.
- Relevant vocational qualifications, such as a Certificate III or IV in Horticulture or Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
- ChemCert accreditation in the following units of competency, or the ability to acquire this accreditation:
- AHCCHM404 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals.
- AHCCHM405 Plan and implement a chemical use program.