First Nations Fire Officer

Job Description

First Nations Fire Officer

The Gladstone Region is a dynamic Central Queensland coastal region that provides an enviable lifestyle and economic stability for more than 63,000 residents. Gladstone Regional Council is committed to a dynamic, proud and diverse future for the Gladstone Region that focuses on working together to balance our region’s lifestyle and opportunity. Our success is built on a foundation of safe, engaged, high performing talent and teams and a values-based culture centred around our SERVICE principles.

Council is offering a 2-year full time government funded First Nations Fire Officer to contribute to Councils success. This is a maximum term position until 31 March 2024.

The purpose of this position is to support Council’s commitment to bushfire mitigation and land management utilising First Nations land management techniques. This role will be responsible for the planning and delivery of land management including the application of cultural burns on Council controlled land, in partnership with First Nations stakeholders.

This newly created First Nations Fire Officer position will facilitate the incorporation of cultural knowledge and natural resource management practices with respect to the mitigation of bushfire risk on Gladstone Regional Council (Council) managed bushland reserves. As either trustee or owner, Council manages approximately 10,000 hectares of land comprising over 1,000 lots throughout the Gladstone region.

This position will be a First Nations led program that aims to establish a cultural approach to land and fire management on Council. The position will be responsible for supporting the development of appropriate documentation including procedures, risk assessments etc to embed cultural land and fire management within the organisation. The First Nations Fire Officer will have the delegated responsibility for planning and lighting fires on Council managed land and will re-activate cultural burning practices throughout the region. The position will be responsible for the engagement and supervision of Traditional Owner and Indigenous Ranger groups to assist in the delivery of the cultural burns when required. The position will apply both contemporary and cultural land and fire management practices to achieve the desired outcomes and will be responsible for monitoring and site assessment, supervising fire crews, engaging with the community and will be expected to work in collaboration with all affected stakeholders.

It is essential that the incumbent hold a Minimum qualification in QFES Rural Volunteer Learning and Development Framework (VLDF) Firefighter Minimum Skills (FMS) or equivalent and a current drivers licence.

About the Role

The First Nations Fire Officer be responsible for the safe delivery of cultural burning practices to improve environmental and cultural outcomes on Council managed land.  This will include establishing procedures and risk assessments, undertaking site inspections and documenting findings, establishing cultural burn plan specific to the site and delivery of the cultural burn.  As a government funded project, ongoing monitoring and documenting progress will be required to ensure milestone reporting is met.  This position will work in collaboration with Traditional Owners and other Fire Agency organisations.   

Stakeholder engagement will be undertaken throughout the region through attendance at Area Fire Management Group meetings, fire planning meetings throughout the region and Reconciliation Action Plan meetings.
The delivery of at least two workshops and social media campaigns aimed at building the social capacity and trust and understanding of cultural land management practices and bushfire mitigation throughout the region

We are seeking

  1. Someone who identifies as belonging to one of the four local Traditional Owner groups Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng or Taribelang Bunda. however, all other First Nations people are eligible to apply.
  2. Minimum qualification in QFES Rural Volunteer Learning and Development Framework (VLDF) Firefighter Minimum Skills (FMS) or equivalent and 2 years of knowledge and experience in cultural land and fire management techniques. Including the operation and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and PPE.
  3. Knowledge and experience in conservation and land management including first nations cultural burning.   
  4. Must have the ability to be able to work outside the normal hours for, as required

What’s on Offer -

  • Salary of $82,817.17 plus superannuation
  • Working hours of 7am-4pm on a 9 day fortnight
  • We are fortunate to live in an attractive, growing region and proud to provide opportunity for personal growth and career development for our employees.
  • We offer opportunities to grow your career within a progressive local government organisation and work in a high performing team that values your contribution.
  • You will be rewarded with a competitive salary including generous superannuation and a flexible roster that supports a generous work-life balance.
  • We offer a range of employee benefits including free physiotherapy, support services and discounted health cover and fitness memberships. 

Recruitment Process

Stage 1 – Apply prior to the close date

Please submit your application via the link below. Applications received after the close date will not be accepted.

Stage 2 – Participate in an Interview

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in Gladstone during the Week commencing 13-17 June.

Stage 3 – Pre-employment checks –

Gladstone Regional Council conducts pre-employment assessments as part of its recruitment process. These will include

  • reference checks,
  • photo identification,
  • pre-employment medical, including drug and alcohol testing,
  • National Police check
  • documents checks

Council is committed to connecting with the Gladstone Regional community which values diversity and inclusion and encourages you to bring your whole self to work.  First Nations people are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date

12 noon Friday 3 June 2022