Fire Lookout Observer (Mt Cowley)

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Emergency Management
Classification: FLO2
Work Location: Colac - Barwon area
Reference: VG/50002723FLO
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $56,044 - $56,757
Job Duration: until 31 May 2024
Attachments: Mt Cowley Fire Lookout Observer Position Description.docx (Word, 610KB)
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Contact: Lisa Welsh
0408 233 220

Position Details

Looking for an adventure-packed job that makes a real impact on Victoria's stunning landscapes?

We are seeking passionate individuals like you to become Fire Lookout Observers (FLO) in the Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) Fire Lookout network.

As a Fire Lookout Observer, you'll play a vital role in the early detection of fires across Victoria's National Parks, State Forests, Protected Public Land and select private properties. Your sharp eyes and unwavering dedication will help protect our natural treasures from devastating blazes. You'll be part of a dynamic team, interacting with departmental personnel, contractors and the local community.

Your primary focus will be detecting and monitoring fires, assessing their location, size, direction and behaviour. Your keen map reading skills and navigation expertise will be put to the test as you pinpoint ground locations, identify map references and locate fires using compass bearings and distance estimates.

Additionally, you may support emergency response and planned burning activities across multiple towers within your district.

Get ready for breathtaking views and a career-defining experience!
Mt Cowley is situated in South West Victoria over looking the beautiful Great Otway National Park.

To excel in this role, you'll need:

  • A current Drivers Licence.
  • Access to reliable transportation suitable to commute to and from various tower locations (4x4 preferred).
  • Basic administration skills such as record keeping and data collection.
  • Experience operating two-way radios and communications equipment (desirable). 
  • Map reading and navigation prowess, with the ability to identify ground locations and map references.
  • Basic understanding of fire behaviour (desirable). 

This is a casual position for the 2023/24 fire season available until 31 May 2024. Salaries commence from $56,044 to $62,098 pa plus casual loading and superannuation, subject to skills and experience.

You will be based at the Mt Cowley tower, approximately 45 kilometres from Colac.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 2 October 2023.

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form, a National Police Check and meet the medical and fitness requirements outlined in the position description.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees.

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