Fire Lookout Observer - Blue Mount & Mt Lonarch (2 positions)

Assist in the early detection of fires in Victoria’s National Parks, State Forests, Protected Public Land and some private land.
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Land Management
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Ballarat - Central Highlands
Reference: VG/50821111/50920280NOV
Closing Date: 05-Dec-2022
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: until 31 May 2023
Attachments: FLO1-2 Fire Lookout Observer-Blue Mount & Mt Lonarch PD.docx (Word, 178KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sam Biggs
0438927827 or

Position Details

Fire Lookout Observers (FLO's) form part of the Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Fire Lookout network based at over 60 locations across Victoria. Each position is a key contributor to the ongoing effectiveness and output of the Fire District and has involvement with departmental personnel, contractors and other Fire Lookout Observers. Interaction with members of the community is also a key function of FFMVic.

As a Fire Lookout Observer, your main responsibility is the detection and monitoring of fires to determine location, size, direction, fire behaviour and monitoring planned burning operations. Work is often carried out at heights in isolated locations.

The successful applicant may be required to operate from a number of tower locations within a district for both emergency response and planned burning activities.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Basic administration skills such as record keeping and data collection.
  • Experience operating two-way radios and communications equipment is desirable.
  • Map Reading and Navigation: Has proven knowledge and experience in map reading including the ability to pinpoint a location on the ground and identify the corresponding map reference. Has the ability to locate fires using compass bearings and distance estimates is desirable.
  • Basic understanding of fire behaviour is desirable.

It is a mandatory requirement to hold a current drivers licence and have access to reliable transportation suitable to commute to and from various tower locations, including 4x4 where required.

These are casual positions for the 2022/23 fire season available until 31 May 2023.

Positions are available at the following locations:

  • Blue Mount tower, position number 50821111, located approximately 7 kilometres from Trentham.
  • Mt Lonarch tower, position number 50920280, located approximately 25 kilometres from Beaufort.

Salaries commence from $54,945 to $60,880 pa plus casual loading and superannuation, subject to skills and experience.

To be considered for these positions, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter stating which location/s they wish to be considered for and summarising their skills and relevant experience (no longer than 2 pages).

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 5 December 2022.

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. Recruitment is subject to the prospective employee confirming their vaccination status as up to date or providing evidence that they are medically exempt.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period.

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

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