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Bushcare Program Officer | Penrith City Council | Penrith, NSW

**Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 24 February**

At Penrith City Council, we’re passionate about people; in our community and in our workplace. We want you to be able to be your best self and we get that work is just one part of your life, so we’re here to support you in the moments that matter. As the winner of the 2020 Local Government Excellence in People and Culture Award, and a finalist in the 2020 Australian HR Awards, you can be confident in joining a workplace that offers truly outstanding benefits, including:

  • A range of flexible work arrangements
  • 18 weeks paid maternity leave
  • Health and wellbeing leave
  • 15 days personal leave
  • Significant financial and leave support for undertaking further education
  • Diverse salary packaging
  • And much, much more!

City Presentation delivers a range of services that provide clean, well-presented public spaces in the Penrith Local Government Area. Comprising over 200 qualified and driven staff, areas of opportunity for employment include civil construction and works, horticulture and landscaping, fleet management and workshop servicing, trades and public cleansing and maintenance.

Our team ensures that Council spaces are well maintained and always ready for use by our residents, are sustainable into the future, and significant assets, community buildings, roads, drainage, fleet, parks and open spaces provide the required level of service in a cost-effective manner for present and future residents.

In City Presentation, we seek staff who are organised, take pride in their work, and are willing to go that little bit further to ensure the little details make their work speak for itself. We encourage personal and professional development, and pride ourselves on a culture that encourages staff contribution and involvement.

We are currently seeking a Bushcare Program Officer to join our team on a full-time basis (38 hours per week) for a period up to three (3) years.

In this position, you will coordinate Council’s Bush Care program while increasing broader community involvement and understanding of natural resource and bushland management principles and practices. You will facilitate Bush Care groups, including training and supervision of volunteers, and provide guidance on best practice bush regeneration techniques and WHS practices in accordance with Council policy and relevant State and Federal legislation. The role will also include some administrative duties and weekend work.

Essential Criteria

  • TAFE Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management or equivalent
  • Significant practical experience in working with community based bush care groups and environmental groups including community education
  • Knowledge of local bushland and vegetation communities within the Penrith LGA
  • Demonstrated ability to work unsupervised
  • Comprehensive knowledge in using Microsoft Office and relevant computer skills
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Current Chemical Accreditation (AQF3)
  • Current Class C driver license
  • Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White) Card

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous Local Government experience
  • Experience in bushland management and natural resource management
  • Current Working with Children Check


Commencing salary: $71,903.00 per annum, plus 9.5% superannuation

You may be required to undertake background checks, as relevant to the position for which you have applied.

Visit careers.penrith.city to view the position description, find out more information about employment with Penrith City Council and submit your application.

In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants are required to submit comprehensive responses to the selection criteria (listed above) as a part of their initial application. Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered.

Completed applications must be received by 11.55 pm on the closing date. Please allow four weeks from the closing date for the processing of your application.

For further information about the position, please contact Justine Vella, Bushland Management Coordinator, on 4732 8088.

Council practices EEO and WHS principles.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position.

Penrith City Council is committed to ensuring the safety of our people and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of our employees are currently working remotely or in a way that is different to normal, which may impact our recruitment processes including time to respond to applicants and conducting online interviews instead of in-person. Some roles may also require temporary remote working arrangements; if applicable, this will be discussed with you at the time of interview.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.