First listed on: 07 April 2021

PN553 Coordinator Maritime Incident Response


The Position

We are seeking an experienced natural resource manager or incident management professional to manage responses to maritime and other incidents within the World Heritage Area. This includes (but is not limited to) oil spills and pollution, vessel groundings and sinking, and extreme weather events. These activities are often performed in partnership with several other government agencies. This position is part of the Reef Joint Field Management Program (the Program) for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA). The Program undertakes many key functions within the GBRWHA. Activities are delivered across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Commonwealth, including Commonwealth islands), the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (State) and island national parks (State), which together comprise the World Heritage Area. The Program is jointly funded and managed by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

The position plays an important role in the management of best practice vessel salvage, oil spill response and other incident management activities as well as site remediation to facilitate recovery of the values of the GBRWHA. The position provides environmental advice within the agency and to partner agencies during incident management. The position plays a key role in the Program’s maritime incident response operations. The position will be required to participate in the on-call roster and some response activities may require work away from the office, on weekends, public holidays or potentially some after hours activities.

The Person

The suitable candidate will be agile and adaptive in the way they work, open to change and willing to explore innovative ways of working. When you work for us, you understand that leadership exists at all levels and you display this at all times. You work collaboratively to deliver results and display the personal drive and integrity expected of an Australian Public Service (APS) employee.

  • You are a natural problem solver, a doer and are known for seeing things through.
  • You have skill sets and expertise in marine environmental management, ideally with a thorough understanding of the values of the Great Barrier Reef and how incidents may impact the environment, culture and use of the Marine Park.
  • You will have experience in procedure development and implementation, ideally in maritime incident management.
  • You thrive under pressure, have an eye for detail and don’t get flustered when faced with competing priorities.
  • You are adept at building and maintaining effective working relationships across agencies and role levels.
  • You enjoy being part of a cohesive team.

Preparing your application

The full position description can be found at

Your application must include:

  1.  a completed Applicant Details Form
  2. your ‘pitch’
  3. proof of Australian citizenship,
  4. a current curriculum vitae (resume) that includes
    • an outline of your career history
    • qualifications and/or formal/informal training relevant to the position
    • contact details for at least two recent referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor. 

Applications should be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘PN553 Coordinator Maritime Incident Response’.

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