Expression of interest - Project Firefighter - Designated Aboriginal positions

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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: See Advertisement
Work Location: VIC - various
Reference: VG/EOI-PFF-DAP2024
Closing Date: 30-Jun-2024
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: Minimum 22 weeks
Attachments: DEECA Project Firefighter Designated Aboriginal Position Description 2024.docx (Word, 1.28MB)

AboriginalityForm.docx (Word, 766KB)

Contact: Cindy Mills
0412 331 653 or

Position Details

Express your Interest early to work on Country as a Project Firefighter in a designated Aboriginal position for the upcoming fire season.

Are you wanting to work and learn on Country?

We have challenging and rewarding opportunities for mob who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to join our operational teams. Each year we employ field based seasonal Project Firefighters to assist with planned burning and the prevention and suppression of bushfires in parks and forests. Our department values the knowledge, contribution and lived experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders contribute to caring for Country. Aboriginal employees are supported, connected, and developed with the assistance of DEECA's Aboriginal Employment and Development Team. Employees can join the Aboriginal Staff Network (ASN). The ASN hold forums, workshops and development sessions to assist staff on their journey at DEECA. 

Our Project Firefighter positions would suit people who:

  • have a high level of fitness
  • are sound decision makers
  • are community minded and looking for a unique challenge.

The location and duration of positions will depend on the role/roles available at the time taking into account the location of your primary residence and/or willingness to relocate. Positions are seasonal generally commencing from November for a minimum period of 22 weeks.

Salaries commence from $56,044 to $65,221 + superannuation subject to your skills and experience.

You don't need any previous work experience to submit an expression of interest, training will be provided in various skills including:

  • forest fire management activities
  • 4WD course
  • chainsaw

You will need:

  • confirmation of Aboriginality (attached)
  • a current manual drivers licence for appointment (Conditions A, I & V not acceptable for employment) OR be willing to obtain a manual drivers licence prior to commencement.
  • meet the “Category B-Firefighter Arduous” medical and fitness
  • be 18 years or older as of 1 October 2024
  • a satisfactory National Police Check
  • a Declaration and Consent form relating to previous employment

How to express your interest:

Please submit an up-to-date resume outlining your skills and relevant experience (2 pages maximum) and complete the questionnaire as part of the online application form. For a confidential yarn, please contact Cindy Mills, Advisor Learning and Development as part of the Aboriginal Employment and Development team on 0412 331 653 or at

Cindy or one of our hiring team will be in touch to assist and support you during the expression of interest process and work through the mandatory and pre-employment screening requirements with you in readiness for appointment to a Project Firefighter position.

To ensure you are considered for the upcoming fire season, please express your interest by 30 June 2024.

For further information about the position, please refer to the attached PD.

Other relevant information:

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

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

Thesepositions are 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 these positions. 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.

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