Invasive Species Officer


Invasive Species Officer
Permanent, Full – Time, 70 hours per fortnight
Salary Range: $76,798 - $89,252 per annum + super (subject to skills and experience)

About us

Stretching from Palm Beach to Manly, the Northern Beaches boasts more than half of all the beaches in Sydney and a population of more than 266,000.

Living on the Northern Beaches means checking surf conditions from the office and taking your children to the beach after school. It’s about busy sportsfields, bush walking and bike trails on the weekend. It’s an active lifestyle with clean waterways, beautiful wildlife and vibrant events backed by great services and infrastructure.

Northern Beaches Council is committed to delivering the highest quality service, valued and trusted by our community.

Why work for us!

There aren’t many employers who offer career and lifestyle in a single package, but Northern Beaches Council does. We offer job opportunities in a range of fields, with a range of lifestyle benefits and a values driven culture. Develop your career with people passionate about making a difference in our community.

The Business Unit

The Natural Environment & Climate Change (NECC) Group manages complex environmental and engineering programs and projects to achieve quality outcomes for the residents and environment of the Northern Beaches. The Natural Environment & Climate Change Business Group delivers the strategic and operational management of:

  • Bushland protection and restoration including threatened species and invasive species management and the control of bushfire risk
  • Catchment, waterway and coastal management including ecological, risk and restoration programs
  • Strategic environmental systems & programs, development assessment, climate change adaptation/resilience and corporate sustainability
  • Environmental education, volunteering and engagement
  • Development engineering including subdivision works, development approvals, co-ordination of s94 works delivery and certification of development works
  • Stormwater asset maintenance and renewal
  • Floodplain risk management

The Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to Coordinator Invasive Species, the Invasive Species Officer is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of control programs for weed and vertebrate pest species within the Northern Beaches Council area which includes:

  • Communicating Council’s responsibilities under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Undertaking delegated functions of a local control authority in relation to weed management under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Preparation and supervision of contracts for weed and vertebrate pest control
  • Supporting the team in the development and delivery of relevant strategic plans
  • Proactive engagement with the community and meeting the requirements of Council’s Customer Experience Strategy

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake weed inspections and educate landholders and businesses on their duties under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Undertake inspections of sites and weed pathways, such as roads and creek lines, which may be at risk of weed incursion
  • Prepare documentation and undertake compliance activities under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015
  • Undertake weed control activities on land managed by Council
  • Assist with the mapping of priority weed species and entering data into the NSW Biosecurity Information System

*** Whilst this position description covers the key areas of responsibilities, this list is not exhaustive. Day to day tasks and responsibilities may vary and be in addition to those listed above (reasonably and within the limits of individual skills, competence and training.

Selection Criteria

  • Certificate III or higher qualification in Conservation Land Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Management or related tertiary qualification
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in managing weeds across an urban bushland context including the ability to identify weed species relevant to the Northern Beaches
  • Demonstrated experience working within a high performance team, and helping to create a strong customer focus
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising effectively with internal and external customers and stakeholders, including members of the public
  • Demonstrated experience in resolving issues through discussion and negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Understanding of NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 in relation to weeds and vertebrate pest species
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues and information

Please refer to the Position Description for further information including a full list of Selection Criteria.

How to apply

  • Apply online and upload the following information
    • A current Resume
    • A covering letter (maximum 2 page) outlining systematically, addressing the selection criteria listed within the position description.
  • For further information please contact Sean Granger on 02 9976 1751 during business hours
  • Applications close Monday 26 November, 2018

Please click here for the Position Description

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