Position Details
Bushfire And Biodiversity Conservation Officer
Fixed-Term Full Time - Ending - 15/02/2023
Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast Certified Agreement 2019 - Level 6 Step 1 - Stream A, Division 2, Section 1


City of Gold Coast

 The Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia with a diverse population, combining exciting challenges with the kind of lifestyle few cities can boast about.

 At City of Gold Coast, our commitment to a shared set of values shapes 'How We Do Things' – 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 the values of conservation reserves that extend from the McPherson Range to Southern Moreton Bay.

 About the Position

The position of Bushfire and Biodiversity Conservation officer is within NAMU’s natural areas planning team. The position is responsible for the management and delivery of a variety of natural area management projects and services. Specifically, the position will lead and contribute to the delivery of bushfire monitoring, conservation management projects, fauna monitoring and baseline flora and fauna projects. In addition, the position also provides professional natural area/ecological advice and support both within NAMU and to other branches/directorates within the City of Gold Coast.

 Key deliverables of the position: 

  • Manage the delivery of bushfire monitoring projects, notably projects that examine the impact of wildfire and hazard reduction burns on flora and fauna species and communities.
  • Oversee conservation management projects as determined by natural area management plan actions and inter directorate initiatives (e.g. priority species program actions).
  • Management of an ongoing Corchorus cunninghamii population enhancement project
  • Coordinate an ongoing kangaroo monitoring project at Coombabah Lakelands conservation area
  • Coordinate the prioritisation of natural area management plan actions. This includes collating and updating of a master spreadsheet of management plan actions. Advise NAMU teams of any relevant actions and required timeframes
  • Provide wildlife management advice and support to NAMU’s operational team and other areas of the organisation as required. Specific actions will include the ongoing monitoring and assessment of flying fox roosts within City managed lands and monitoring of artificial Osprey nesting platforms.
  • Provide technical advice and information in relation to wildlife management matters to divisional councillor, mayoral and customer contact requests
  • Provide technical input to the development of interpretative signage and educational material for natural areas.
  • Undertake stakeholder review of conservation focused documentation produced by the Parks and Recreational Services branch and other directorates within the City.

 Position requirements: 

  • Simultaneously manage multiple natural areas management projects, this will include projects delivered by external consultants and project resourced internally. Participation in the field will be required for some projects
  • Provide technical ecological/natural area management advice to help ensure that the City’s natural areas achieve the best conservation outcomes.
  • Responsible for procurement and financial reporting in relation to assigned projects

 About You 

  • Possess a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field such as Environmental Science, Natural Resource management, Ecology or Equivalent Knowledge
  • Have excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills, with high level project management skills and the ability to plan and manage budgets for natural area management projects
  • Have experience in the undertaking of natural area/ conservation management projects and/or ecological research projects
  • Are passionate about achieving best practice conservation outcome for the City's conservation estate

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 9 day fortnights and 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;

See what other benefits the City can offer you here: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/council/council-jobs-222.html

How to Apply 

As part of your application, you will be asked to answer screening questions and submit a copy of your resume and a 1-2 page cover letter. In your cover letter, please detail how your experience aligns with the key deliverables of the position and briefly explain why you believe you will be the most suitable person for the role.

The Selection Process

As part of our selection process, you may be required to undertake a one way video interview via SparkHire, and a face to face interview or virtual interview via Mircrosoft Teams or Skype. You may also be required to undertake police checks, employment history checks, qualification checks and drug and alcohol testing in accordance with Australian Standards and Council's procedures.

Please note applications for all of our vacancies close at 10.30pm on the listed closing date


Essential: Do you have a current valid C class License?
Essential: Do you possess a Degree in Ecology, Environmental Science or similar discipline? please provide details.
Essential: Can you demonstrate more than 3 years’ experience in leading and supporting the delivery of natural area/conservation management and/or ecological research projects
Essential: Do you have more than 3 years’ experience in managing project budgets and timeframes. Please provide details
Essential: Do you have experience providing both verbal and written technical ecological advice and information to a variety of stakeholders (e.g. members of the public, senior management and divisional councillors). Please provide details
Desirable: Do you have a formal project management qualification (Cert 4 or higher)
Desirable: Do you have experience dealing with wildlife management matters
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