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Bushfire Management Officer (V24/9356) - job post

Blue Mountains City Council
4.0 out of 5
Katoomba NSW 2780
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Katoomba NSW 2780

Full job description

The position has a key role in the planning and delivery of a range of works that aim to

reduce the threats associated with bushfires occurring on land managed by Blue

Mountains City Council, as per the requirements of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and the Blue

Mountains Bush Fire Risk Management Plan. This includes but is not limited to creation

and maintenance of asset protection zones, fuel management burning, fire trails

maintenance and renewal, and other risk management related tasks.

The position provides specialist advice and support to the Program Leader – Emergency
Management and may be requested to assist with other emergency management related
projects and provide operational support during major emergency incidents.


Reports to (Position Title): Program Leader, Emergency Management

Report to (Position Number): P00596

Staff Responsibility: Nil

Key Internal Relationships: Manager, Environment Branch

Emergency Management Team

Program Leader, Natural Areas Management

Principal Environmental Scientist

First Nations Team

Urban Forest Team

Compliance Team

Safety & Hazardous Materials Team

Key External Relationships: Fire mitigation contractors and other related service

NSW Rural Fire Service

Fire & Rescue NSW

National Parks & Wildlife Service

Crown Lands


  • Develop strategies, work programs and related work standards that reflect industry
best practice for the management of bushfire risk on land managed by Council.
  • Manage the process of identifying, assessing and authorising bush fire risk
management work as per statutory requirements, codes and best-practice guidelines.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and negotiate outcomes that satisfy
Council’s bush fire risk management requirements whilst minimising impacts on other
program objectives wherever possible.
  • Manage tendering and other procurement processes related to contractor-based
delivery of asset protection zones, fire trail programs and preparation of planned fuel
management burns.
  • Develop and maintain high-quality relationships with internal stakeholders, other
agencies, contractors and the public.
  • Supervise the delivery of bushfire risk management work by contractors and/or Council
staff and ensure compliance with environmental approvals and related work standards.
  • Develop estimates for works program expenditure, monitor operational budgets and
pursue opportunities for supplementary external funding when possible.
  • Attend meetings of the Blue Mountains Bush Fire Management Committee and its sub-
committees and contribute to strategic planning processes related to coordination of
bush fire risk management works across multiple land tenures.
  • Respond to community enquiries and requests in accordance with customer service
policies and procedures.
  • Forward bush fire hazard complaints received by Council to the Rural Fire Service in
accordance with statutory requirements and related timeframes.
  • Contribute to the development of asset management plans related to fire trails and
asset protection zones and maintain supporting data such as useful lives and
maintenance and renewal estimates.
  • Maintain an awareness of the broader emergency management framework, including
Council’s roles and responsibilities in emergency preparedness, response and
  • Undertake emergency management training as required to enable operation as either
a Council liaison officer to an Incident Management Team or Emergency Operations

Guiding Principles

  • We act as one organisation responding to the changing needs of our LGA and
  • We are strategy led, driven by our Community Strategic Plan with clear priorities and
  • We are service focused, and we continuously improve service provision and provide
excellent customer service.
  • We collaborate and work together to achieve our outcomes.
  • We ensure safety and well-being is at the centre of our organisation, operations and
  • We are a financially sustainable organisation, living within our means, ensuring best
value resource allocation.
  • These Guidelines complement the Council’s adopted Values of: Work Together; Work
Safe Home safe; Service Excellence; Value for Money; Trust and Respect; and,
Supporting Community.

Workplace Health & Safety

Ensure compliance with WHS obligations and responsibilities as outlined in Councils
policies and procedures and under the relevant WHS legislation. These include but are
not limited to:

  • identifying potentially unsafe situations or work practices and notifying your supervisor
or manager (or the Health, Safety Manager/Area Safety Representative).
  • never performing a task that you believe is dangerous or for which you do not have
the experience or have not received appropriate instructions and training or where the
correct equipment to carry out the task safely is not available.
  • always work in a safe manner and in accordance with safety instructions, where
  • use the work equipment supplied for the job, in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions), and any personal protective equipment, which the Council deems
necessary and has provided.
  • be safety aware and report any actions to your line manager which will assist the
Council to meet its legal workplace health and safety obligations.

You have the right to cease or direct cessation of unsafe work. In addition, you are required
at all times to comply with Councils Asbestos Management Plan and Policy.

Compliance & Risk

The role is required to ensure that Council meets its compliance responsibilities with
respect to the Rural Fires Act 1997, particularly regarding the reporting of hazard
reduction activities and referral of bush fire hazard complaints within statutory


This role is required to communicate with an array of stakeholders within the organisation

as well as with numerous external agencies and the community on complex matters. The

incumbent must therefore be able to convey key bushfire management concepts in both

written and verbal formats in a non-technical way.

Internally, this position offers specialist advice to the Program Leader – Emergency

Management and the Manager – Environment Branch. The position is also required to

liaise with other staff within the organisation to ensure awareness of planned bushfire

management work and to negotiate acceptable outcomes where conflicting priorities exist.

Externally, the position is expected to regularly communicate with the Rural Fire Service,
Fire & Rescue NSW and the National Parks & Wildlife Service, as well as other agencies
and organisations that participate in the Bush Fire Management Committee or have roles
in coordinated bushfire management.


  • The position operates with a high level of autonomy in relation to the identification of

required work, assessment, authorisation, and program delivery. This requires the

incumbent to be highly motivated, self-reliant and to possess sound time management


  • The position has a strong technical focus, requiring the need to interpret and satisfy State-

level legislation and policy relating to bush fire risk management, and to develop

strategies, processes and standards that address these requirements.

  • The incumbent must be able to maintain a high-level awareness of the operating

environment and pre-empt potential problems, and either take action to avoid them or

implement strategies to minimise their impact.

  • The community’s expectations for Council to undertake bush fire related works will always

exceed Council’s capacity to deliver, and the incumbent must be able to prioritise work to

mitigate risk in an environment of limited resources and competing priorities.

  • The incumbent will be required to resolve conflicts and negotiate agreed outcomes

between internal and external stakeholders as well as members of the community.

  • The incumbent will need to seek guidance from the Program Leader on issues that are

politically sensitive, legally complex, or require a higher level of delegated authority before

judgements are made.


  • The position is authorised to respond on behalf of Council to internal or external enquiries

but will consult the Program Leader before doing so where sensitive or complex matters

are involved.

  • The position has delegated authority to issue Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates

under s 100G of the Rural Fires Act 1997.

  • The position is authorised to take reasonable and immediate steps to rectify any risks to

health, safety and welfare.


  • A demonstrated understanding of Council’s obligations under the Rural Fires Act 1997

and Blue Mountains Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

  • A working knowledge of the NSW Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code, Bush Fire

Protection for Existing Development Guidelines and Fire Trail Standards.

  • A thorough understanding of bushfire behaviour principles and the role of fuel

management in the reduction of risk associated with bushfires.

  • An understanding of the landform, environmental and cultural characteristics of the Blue

Mountains and the risks and opportunities associated with bushfire risk management work

in this context.

  • Experience with contemporary bush fire risk management strategies, particularly

mechanical fuel management techniques and related plant and equipment.

  • An awareness of the roles that community engagement and principle of shared

responsibility play in reducing the potential impacts of bushfires.

  • Experience with large scale and/or high-volume procurement, and experience with the

management of work programs delivered by contractors.

  • Sound digital information management skills, particularly in relation to the use of spatial

data, electronic document management systems and online applications.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience in negotiation and conflict

resolution in high pressure environments.

  • Recognised qualifications in conservation and land management, natural resource

management or bushfire risk management.

  • Possession of a current Class C driver’s licence and experience with the use of 4WD


  • Demonstrated commitment to work health and safety requirements and principles of equal

employment opportunities.

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