Vegetation Management Officer

Located at District 17, Horsham (Ararat or Ballarat will be considered)

Full time, Ongoing

PTA 4 $84,409.86 pa (plus 10.5% superannuation)

Job Details
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Department: Country Fire Authority
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Horsham
Reference: VG/1694710
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD Vegetation Management Officer 2023-01.pdf (PDF, 286KB)
Key Selection Criteria

Contact: Katrina Cuskelly

Position Details

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is one of the world's largest, and most highly regarded, community-based emergency services organisations. We are proud of the work we do in protecting lives and property, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   CFA strives to be a values-based organisation and an organisation of choice for volunteers and employees, where people with a variety of skills, experiences and backgrounds all add value through the roles they perform.

About the Role:

The CFA vegetation management program aims to reduce the risk and severity of bushfires through fuel management and building capacity and capability of volunteers, staff and the community. As the Vegetation Management Officer located at District 17 Horsham, you will take responsibility for the following;

  • Develop works plans through input into the Joint Fuel Management Program (JFMP) with key stakeholder groups for regions to identify and prioritise treatments to reduce bushfire risk.
  • Assist in the review, development and implementation of linear breaks
  • Initiate and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Managing consultation processes and engagement with community, stakeholders and other government agencies. Collaboratively providing ecologically sustainable, culturally sensitive and risk-based vegetation management solutions
  • Provide technical knowledge and authoritative expertise
  • Manage inspections with CFA brigades with intention to develop suitable treatment plans ensuring appropriate processes are followed, approvals are in place and effectively utilising agreed systems
  • Work collaboratively with communities and other stakeholders to deliver accurate, timely and specialised vegetation management and fire prevention advice
  • Communicate legislative requirements, CFA policies and guidelines to relevant stakeholders
  • Monitor and review the implementation of treatment plans for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are completed in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with legislation, policies, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Allocate tasks, provide guidance and support to the Vegetation Management Support Officers to facilitate the delivery of the vegetation management programs
  • Supervise contractors undertaking vegetation management works or site preparation tasks
  • Undertake roles in post fire rehabilitation work as required by Region and District.

About You:

  • Tertiary qualification and/or demonstrated know ledge and understanding of legislative, environmental and technical issues relevant to vegetation management
  • Strong communication skills coupled with comprehensive administrative skills
  • Strong accuracy and attention to detail, taking responsibility for written advice and plans, prepare reports, presentations also overseeing procurement/contracts
  • Demonstrated experience to assess vegetation management risks, develop appropriate mitigation plans and facilitate implementation of those plans
  • Demonstrated Stakeholder management skills with ability to develop, build and maintain partnerships
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Focussed and organised with ability to work with limited supervision
  • Collaborative in the approach working with diverse communities and volunteers

This position does require travel (driver license) depending on requirements within the region.

The preferred work location for this position is District 17, Horsham, however this role will focus on the West region of Victoria and there is the potential to work from the Ballarat, Ararat or Horsham CFA District offices. CFA offer flexible work arrangements within the region.

Your application:

When applying for a position with CFA, the key to progressing in the selection process is the quality of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you have the qualifications, experience, key attributes and skills required for the position.

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Submitting your application:

When you click the 'apply' button you will be taken to the online application form. Here you will be asked to provide personal and contact details and respond to employment-related questions.

Pre-employment checks:

Offers of employment will only be made to candidates who:

  • Can provide acceptable evidence that they meet full vaccination status (includes booster dose).
  • Successfully complete a National Police History Check and Working with Children Check

CFA is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and safe volunteer and work environment. Our aim is to have a volunteer and paid workforce that reflects the community it serves.  First Nations people, women, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 

Applications close: 11:59pm 31st Jan 2023

If at any stage of the recruitment and selection process you require an alternative format to the application material or reasonable adjustment to the interview arrangements, please don't hesitate to contact the person listed on the ad or alternatively, email

To comply with Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working in emergency services must be fully vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 and are required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status. To support your application, and to be compliant with any public health orders in place at the time of, and during, your employment, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of full vaccination (boosted) against COVID-19.

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