Fire Management Officer – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park


The Organisation & the Team

Parks Australia looks after Australia’s natural treasures and is part of the federal environment portfolio. We support the Director of National Parks to protect six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australian Marine Parks.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located in the heart of the central Australian desert. The dual World Heritage-listed park is managed jointly by Anangu Traditional Owners and Parks Australia.

The Natural and Cultural Resources team is a small section of the park responsible for the planning, implementation and management of a range of cultural heritage and natural resource management programs and projects, as well as the Mutitjulu Community Ranger Program.

The Role & Duties

An exciting opportunity is available at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Natural and Cultural Resources team for a motivated and innovative individual. As Fire Management Officer, you will work closely with Anangu Traditional Owners and the team to lead UKTNP's fire management activities.

Your duties will include;

  • Plan, coordinate and implement the Park's fire management program
  • Develop fire management strategies that engage traditional knowledge and skills
  • Respond appropriately to wildfire incidents
  • Facilitate regular training for the UKTNP firefighting crew
  • Provide technical advice and reports as required
  • Assist with cultural heritage and natural resource management programs

The Opportunity

  • This is your chance to work in a World Heritage listed location and contribute to one of the country’s longest standing joint management partnerships

The Ideal Candidates Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in leading fire management programs.
  • Strong leader who is a dynamic and innovative team player.
  • Effective in a small, diverse, cross-cultural and multi-lingual team.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with traditional owners.



  • Australian Citizen is required unless otherwise agreed in writing by the delegate. Please note that you may be asked to provide evidence of Australian Citizenship.
  • Undergo a Satisfactory National Criminal History Check (prior to engagement)
  • Satisfactorily complete a Probation Period of Six Months (if engaged as an ongoing or on a non-ongoing basis for 12 months or longer)
  • If a security clearance is required the successful applicant must obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance level for the duration of their employment in the position.
  • This position is an ‘Identified’ position which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The Occupant of the position is required to work to an agreed performance development plan, participate in training activities, wear a uniform and work consistent with operational requirements and conditions within the Enterprise Agreement.
  • Drive a 4WD vehicle and hold a current drivers licence.
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Firefighting and Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS) qualifications or the ability to obtain them
  • Undertake duties in light aircraft in remote areas including helicopters.

Highly desirable

  • Tertiary qualifications in natural or cultural resource management, environmental science, fire management or equivalent.
  • Experience, skills and/or qualifications in ArcGIS
  • Pitjantjatjara and/or Yankunytjatjara language skills.


The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement at

How to apply

To obtain more information about the position please contact Tegan Sharwood on 08 8956 1105 or [email protected]

Applications close: 11.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

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