Area Manager - National Parks & Wildlife Service


DCCEEW - National Parks & Wildlife Service


Merimbula, NSW

Salary etc:

$139,787 - $161,663 p.a. + super & leave loading (Clerk Grade 11/12). Ongoing, Full-time.



Do you want to work to make a difference for NSW?
Working to protect the state’s environment and heritage

About the role

Key leadership role with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, delivering conservation programs, visitor services and infrastructure management as well as leading a large team and working with diverse stakeholders across national parks and reserves in the Sapphire Coast Area of the NSW Far South Coast.

This pivotal and rewarding role is responsible for translating conservation and park management strategies into operational outcomes. As one of 4 Area Managers working closely with the South Coast Branch Director, you’ll be integral in helping to lead the protection and conservation of some of the most precious national parks in NSW.

Key program areas managed by the role include:

  • fire planning, preparedness and response
  • visitor safety and management
  • environmental assessment and conservation planning
  • threatened species conservation
  • feral animal and weed control
  • Aboriginal community engagement and cultural heritage management including joint management
  • asset management
  • historic heritage conservation
  • finance management
  • systems management

About you

We are looking for an experienced strategic, relatable leader with a strong collaborative nature and operational acumen, to successfully lead a large team, including field staff, rangers, project, administration, and visitor services staff who work across different locations including Merimbula, Eden, Bournda and Bombala. You will be a highly skilled communicator, who can effectively lead change and deliver high performance.

Essential requirements

  • Extensive experience managing diverse, dispersed and multi-disciplinary teams in a dynamic and changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver a diverse range of park management operations and visitor services aligned to strategic organisational outcomes and competence in incident management planning and control
  • Extensive experience and proven ability to exercise sound judgement in working in a senior function including the provision of advice on management of various issues and provision of high-level support
  • Proven ability to work in collaboration with local communities and key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal communities to deliver cultural and environmental outcomes; and/or demonstrated ability in working with Aboriginal boards and committees under joint management arrangements
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence

Effective 1 January 2024. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).

What we can offer you

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is a great place to expand your career and grow your skills and knowledge.

  • Accrued days off in addition to Annual Leave
  • Corporate wellbeing programs, including the Fitness Passport
  • Learning and development opportunities, including in-house training.

What we do

DCCEEW strongly recommends all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DCCEEW supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments.


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