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Senior Field Supervisor (Roads & Trails)

Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Far Meadow, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Are you an experienced in the maintenance and construction of roads and fire trails in regional and remote areas? Are you looking to use your expertise and skills in the safe operation of heavy equipment and plant on challenging projects in the unique protected natural areas of NSW? Do you have a successful background in leading teams and delivering projects?

Great opportunity to join the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service!

  • Ongoing role
  • Located in Blackheath, Blue Mountains
  • Package includes salary ($86,656 - $93,044), employer's contribution to superannuation and 8.5% loading for working weekends and public holidays

About the role
This role will see you take responsibility for leading and supervising field staff and contractors operating heavy plant (i.e. graders, bulldozers, rollers, transport floats etc) to deliver effective and efficient fire trail and road maintenance programs across the Blue Mountains Branch of NPWS. The role, while based in Blackheath, will require camping or being away from home on a regular basis. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated background and industry competence in leading the safe operation of road maintenance and construction plant in logistically challenging situations.

On a day to day basis this role involves:

  • Leading and supervising a team of heavy equipment and plant operators to deliver planned projects and reactive works.
  • Co-ordinating contractors and quality control supervision of contracted works.
  • Managing and operating heavy plant safely, effectively and flexibly including in extended operations in remote areas and camping away from home.
  • Working within best practice environmental protection guidelines in sensitive natural protected areas. 
  • Budget management and undertaking procurement activities to deliver projects and source equipment and materials according to departmental guidelines so that your teams priorities are achieved. 
  • Assessing and reporting on the inventory and condition of roads and trails including gathering data, maintenance of data and reporting via on-line asset management systems. 
  • Developing and reporting on Works Programs to ensure performance goals are clearly set and monitored.

The essential requirements for the role:

  • Demonstrated experience in, or detailed knowledge of, various trade skills and experience in the purchase, management and utilisation of plant and equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience in ensuring effective planning, management and completion of maintenance programs and construction of park/recreational facilities such as roads/fire trails, walking tracks and buildings; and pest and animal control.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to operate and supervise the operation of machinery, plant and equipment for maintenance and construction work whilst complying with Work Health and Safety standards, with a willingness and ability to obtain Workcover certification if required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the Agency’s statutory obligations as they apply to conservation natural, Aboriginal and cultural heritage and resources and experience in exercising delegated authority for law enforcement.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a fire crew leadership role and incident control functions.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate and drivers licence including four-wheel driving certificate, and willingness to fly in light aircraft. 

This role includes firefighting related activities, is very physically demanding, requiring heavy muscular activity, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles. Applicants must meet the requirements of a specific medical assessment which is inclusive of a clearance to undertake the fitness test for firefighting fitness roles. The applicant must pass the task based fitness assessment to a moderate level within the probationary period (12 months). The role holder must obtain certification at the appropriate level prior to undertaking firefighting/incident control duties.

For more information about the role contact Shaun Elwood, Principal Project Manager, ph 02 4784 7348, email [email protected] or click here to view the Role Description.

How to apply
Apply by answering all pre-screening questions, submitting a current resume and a one page cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

Applications close: Sunday 16th May 2021 at 11.59pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.

Agency overview
At the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) we are focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable New South Wales with thriving natural environments, strong primary industries and bustling urban centres. We are the stewards of our state’s physical and environmental assets - both natural and built - and we work hard every day to ensure New South Wales continues to flourish.

For further information about NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service view our website

Our commitment to flexible working
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity, and delivery of high-quality services. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Our commitment to diversity
The NSW Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

Far Meadow, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency


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