First listed on: 19 May 2022

Nature Reserves Officer

  • Two new roles – Permanent Full-Time
  • Retain, protect and enhance Biodiversity and Natural Landscapes
  • Attractive remuneration package, including 9 day fortnightly


Create our future together at the City of Greater Geelong

At City of Greater Geelong, we are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong on Wadawurrung country such a great place to live, work and study.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary, sustainable office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our team at the City of Greater Geelong.

Our Community is made of diverse people from all walks of life, and it’s important to us that our workforce represents and celebrates this strength.

We encourage great people from all backgrounds to join us. We encourage authenticity, because inclusion makes us stronger. 

If you’re excited about working together to create a Clever and Creative Greater Geelong, and joining a workplace where all people can thrive, then hit apply – we’d love to meet you!

We particularly welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

About the Role

In this hands on role you will be an active member of the Environment and Biodiversity team, responsible for ensuring that biodiversity and natural landscapes are retained, protected and enhanced through nature reserve management This will be achieved through the delivery of on-ground bush land maintenance and restoration activities within Council’s nature reserve’s network including bush land, waterway, coastal and roadside reserves.

You will supervise external contractors for the efficient planning, programming and delivery of on-ground environmental works and work with Friends groups.

There are two (2) Full Time – permanent positions available.

  • Ensure native vegetation, retention, protection, enhancement, and re-vegetation, with a goal of improving the extent and quality of habitat and biodiversity values (flora and fauna).
  • Assist the development and review of Council’s programs related to nature reserves.
  • Work collaboratively with the Environment and Biodiversity Team to deliver on ground programs in nature reserves.
  • Assist in the preparation of master plans and conservation management plans.
  • Develop and assist in programs that actively encourage community education and involvement in protecting the biodiversity values within the municipality.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will enjoy working outdoors and have experience in plant identification, fauna and natural resource management and bushland restoration techniques. You will be comfortable with engaging and communicating with a diverse range of people and overseeing the work of external contractors.

  • Knowledge of the principles of natural resource management and bush land restoration in a range of ecological vegetation classes
  • Oversee contractors undertaking maintenance and improvement works within environmental reserves.
  • Collaborate with Friends groups to support the delivery of community programs in the reserves.
  • The ability to undertake manual work including lifting, working on rough and sloping ground, working in outdoor conditions, carrying and use of hand tools and powered equipment (brush cutters, chainsaws, mowers etc.).
  • Qualifications in a relevant field and/or experience in natural resource management or bushland restoration.

If this sounds like the role for you, then click apply now!

A career with us

Our employees connect with us from across the Greater Geelong region and beyond. We’re also committed to supporting better accessibility for our customers and our people.

We encourage you to talk to us about any adjustments or additional support you may require during the recruitment process, as well as how this role can be flexible for you. 

All employees who may attend a worksite or any face-to-face work-related activity will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

We offer

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (16 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • corporate membership rates at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities
  • career development opportunities.

Applications and Enquiries

Click the Position Description link to view more information about this position.

Applications close 11:55pm Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Position Description

Enquires: Matt Wills – Nature Reserves Planner | 5272 5069 |

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