Planning Officer

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Loddon Mallee Region - Negotiable
Reference: VG/50926138
Closing Date: 20-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: Until 03 September 2024
Attachments: 50926138 - VPS 3 - Planning Officer - DAP.docx (Word, 608KB)

Contact: Trent Nelson

Position Details

As part of DEECA Bushfire and Forest Services Group, Forest and Fire Operations Division, the District Cultural Burn Planner will be based within Loddon Mallee Region – Murray Goldfields District.

You will play a key role in the development and expansion of the Cultural Burn Program across the Murray Goldfields District.

This will include engagement with local Traditional Owners, preparation of burn plans within agreed standards and implementation of traditional/cultural burns on the ground.

You will also engage with District and DEECA Regions staff to ensure the successful delivery of the Cultural Burn Program.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of forest and fire management in Victoria including the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of engagement with Traditional Owner groups in Victoria.
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with Aboriginal people and the ability to communicate sensitively on cultural safety matters.

This is a fixed term position available until 03 September 2024. The work location for this position is flexible within Loddon Mallee with hybrid work arrangements available.

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 Thursday, 20 June 2024.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check. 

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

This position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required for appointment to this position. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

We recognise the significant responsibility to enable self-determination, be accountable to Traditional Owners and provide opportunities to strengthen First Peoples' connection to Country. We are committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued, and able to celebrate their culture, and spiritual and belief systems.

For general information about Aboriginal Employment at DEECA, please contact

We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

For further information including the position description, key selection criteria and to apply visit

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