Position Details
Natural Areas Planning Officer
Full Time
Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast Certified Agreement 2019 - Level 6 Step 1 - Stream A, Division 2, Section 1
$81,622.99 to $86,863.94
9 (Nine)

To our valued community; As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to impact our community and daily lives, we want to assure you that we are monitoring developments very closely and taking all appropriate action. Keeping this in mind, please be aware that our recruitment process, while going ahead, may take longer than average and we ask that you remain patient during these prolonged periods


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 Coasts parks, open spaces and natural areas. Enhancing recreational and sporting access, active and healthy lifestyles, appreciation of our natural areas and biodiversity conservation. 


The Branch of 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 values that extend from the McPherson Range to Southern Moreton Bay.



About the Position


The successful incumbent will provide professional and technical advice to the Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure that ecological restoration and management actions are prioritised and return on investment maximised across the City. The position will also investigate and identify areas suitable for a range of restoration projects, including large scale offset, revegetation and assisted regeneration projects and will be responsible for developing best practice ecological restoration plans and monitoring programs across a range of vegetation types and habitats. The position will be required to manage and implement ecological restoration projects through associated contracts, service providers and budgets.



Key deliverables of the position:

  • Prepare best practice ecological restoration plans for the management of the City's natural area estate.
  • Apply conservation planning tools to allocate resources efficiently across the City's conservation network to help ensure that return on investment can be maximised.
  • Interpretation of environmental legislation and consideration of environmental impacts of proposed activities.
  • Manage and implement ecological restoration projects through associated contracts, service providers and budget.
  • Demonstrated advanced project management skills to deliver complex projects on time, to a high standard and within budget.
  • Demonstrated ecological and conservation land management skills and experience
  • Prepare correspondence and documentation as required, including briefing notes, contract specifications, project terms of reference, quote kits and Council agenda items.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

About You


The ideal candidate will be an  experienced ecologist or conservation land manager and a great team player with a demonstrated ability in restoration ecology and a sound knowledge of the practical and operational actions needed to deliver successful ecological restoration projects. Candidates will possess superior planning, budget management and financial reporting skills with the ability to provide advice on complex projects, programs and resources effectively in a conservation land management environment. You will have strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.


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 nine 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 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. In addition, you will also need to address screening questions, please provide a written response to each question. It is suggested that you may wish to write approximately 2-3 paragraphs for each screening question.



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 hold a current C Class Drivers Licence?
Desirable: Do you possess qualifications in Ecology, Environmental Science, Conservation and Land Management or similar discipline? If you do not have qualifications, do you have the equivalent experience and knowledge to perform the positions requirements? Please provide details.
Desirable: Do you have a minimum three years experience in managing on-ground Ecological Restoration projects? Please provide details
Essential: Do you have demonstrated project management experience delivering multiple complex projects in short timeframes? Please provide details
Desirable: Do you have experience in managing the delivery of environmental monitoring programs including design and implementation? Please provide details
Desirable: Do you have experience in the use of GIS Mapping software such as ArcMap or similar? Please provide details.
Michael Duncan
Darren Roche
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