Forest and Fire Operations Officer - Designated Aboriginal Position

Change or grow your career as a Forest and Fire Operations Officer. Develop with on the job training, learning about the culture of the place you live.
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Land Management
Classification: AWU2
Work Location: Gippsland - East Gippsland
Reference: VG/50941757
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $55,396 - $58,353
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Application Form - AWU 2 FFOO DAP.docx (Word, 80KB)

DELWP Aboriginality Form July 2021.docx (Word, 157KB)

50941757 AWU2 Forest and Fire Operations Officer-DAP PD.docx (Word, 184KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Matt Long
0427 801 323

Position Details

A challenging and rewarding opportunity for those that identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to join our operational teams in delivering forest management in Victoria's state forests and to undertake fire management and fighting activities in Victoria's national parks, state forests and protected public land. DELWP value the knowledge and contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make on country. DELWP support our aboriginal employees to connect through regional networks, and contribute, learn and achieve as part of our workforce.

Forest and Fire Operations Officers operate within workcentres and are responsible for implementing a wide range of operational tasks and fire prevention activities. The main purpose of these roles is to assist more experienced employees in a broad range of activities in order to learn and understand processes and priorities. 

Positions have a strong focus on emergency response and may involve being deployed across the state for periods up to 7-days, for both emergency response and planned burning activities. These activities require a high level of fitness, as the work environment is often steep and remote from vehicles.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal cultures and societies and ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people is desirable.
  • Experience working in bushfire response or forest operations is desirable.
  • Understanding of application of safe work practices including awareness of regulations and codes of practice and safety documentation systems is desirable.

Applicants must hold a current manual Drivers Licence (conditions A, I & V not acceptable for employment).  

This is a fixed term position available for 12 months. The location for this position is Negotiable within the Tambo District.

To be considered for this position, you will need to:

  1. Download and complete the attached Application Form - Band 2 FFOO DAP in MS Word demonstrating that you meet the mandatory requirements and selection criteria.
  2. Complete the confirmation of identity verification form (Aboriginality form).
  3. Click apply now, complete the online application, attach your application form, your resume, your confirmation of identity verification form and submit your application.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 6 December 2021.

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.

Successful applicants will be required to successfully complete the DELWP General Firefighter accreditation.

This position has been approved for Australian Aboriginals and/or Torres Strait Islander People. This is a designated position under the ‘special measures' section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a completed Aboriginality form.

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 DELWP, please contact

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