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Technical Officer – Parks and Gardens

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Job Ref:  ZZ0345
Employer:  Noosa Council
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Tewantin QLD 4565, Australia (Show on map)
Salary and Benefits:  LGOA Level 5 ($74,475.11 - $77,652.53) annually plus Council benefits of annual leave loading and superannuation. Note applications are generally appointed at the starting range of the specified salary.

Technical Officer – Parks and Gardens

Noosa Council 

Are you looking to live and work in one of Australia’s premier locations and help achieve Noosa Council’s vision of “Noosa Shire – different by nature”?

Noosa Council is located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Covering an area of 871km2 Noosa has a proud history of preserving its natural environment and is recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The region offers pristine beaches and a unique mix of country and coastal living making it one of the best places in Australia to live and work.

Council's vision is underpinned by our Council's beliefs. When working towards our Noosa Vision 2037, Council will focus on:

  • Respect: Respect for the diversity of opinions and beliefs in our community
  • Inclusion: Access to participatory and democratic processes
  • Responsiveness: As a Council, being connected with our community
  • Authenticity: Understand our history and learning from our past. 

Noosa Council is a supportive and passionate team built around openness and informality. The staff have together defined how they want to operate as a Council. These values include:

  • Community: Working hand in hand with our community
  • Innovation: Striving for better ways to do things
  • Sustainability: Managing environmental, social and economic resources for the future

About The Role

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and highly motivated Technical Officer - Parks and Gardens to join the Civil Operations Branch at Noosa Council.

The successful applicant will implement the planning and delivery of projects relating to landscaped areas, tree management, the Noosa Botanic Gardens and other parks across the shire.

The position will provide technical advice to members of the branch, other areas of Council and Council’s external customers in relation to parks, landscaping and arboriculture activities. Further the incumbent will coordinate the planning, scheduling and technical aspects related to reactive and programmed maintenance of trees and landscaped areas across the Noosa Shire.


  • Implement Councils parks, landscaping, and Botanic Gardens plans to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Contribute to the coordination of Council’s Parks infrastructure and landscaping teams through developing work plans, facilitating projects, providing technical advice, monitoring progress and identifying workforce planning opportunities.
  • Liaise with external agencies and other areas of Council with regard to arboriculture, parkland and public garden planning and management.
  • Coordination and delivery of policies, guidelines and decision making framework in accordance with Standard Procedures and Council values.
  • Work closely with other Parks and Gardens staff to ensure an integrated approach across the team.
  • Coordinate the planning of maintenance works to ensure compliance is achieved regarding tree works across the shire including roadways, parks and landscaped areas.
  • Audit and inspect parks, gardens and landscaped areas and compile short and long term operational plans to maintain these areas. Provide the lead in compiling strategic and operational maintenance plans, budgets and schedules for trees, reserves and landscaped areas maintenance activities.
  • Collect and interpret data and provide mapping solutions relating to trees, parks and landscaped areas.
  • Assist with the implementation of regulatory requirements regarding trees in roadways, parks and landscaped areas throughout the shire.
  • Assist in the preparation of workplace health and safety audits and/or preparation of briefs for external auditors to identify safety issues.
  • Project manage specific activities that relate to trees, reserves and landscaped areas. This includes engaging and managing contractors.
  • Such other relevant duties as required from time to time which would generally fall within the scope of this position.


Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in parks and gardens maintenance activities including an understanding of arboricultural issues and park, playground and public space compliance requirements.
  • Experience in developing works programs including budgets, program implementation and monitoring activities to ensure successful delivery of parks and landscape maintenance.
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and investigative reasoning skills with proven ability to analyse data and make recommendations gathered from investigations.
  • Proven ability to supervise and motivate others to achieve the required outcomes.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills to meet conflicting priorities, goals and objectives.
  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to network and build effective working relationships to understand business needs and workplace activities.
  • Demonstrated skills in the use of a range of programs including MS Word, Excel and Project.

Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in GIS and spatial data management.

Essential Qualifications, Training and Licences 

  • Formal qualifications in one or more areas of arboriculture, horticulture, environmental management, landscape design, systems management or equivalent.
  • Driver’s Licence – “C” class.

Desirable Qualifications, Training and Licences 

  • Project management qualifications or training.

How To Apply 

You must apply for the position via Council's website if you wish to be considered.

Applications close 5:00pm (AEST), Monday 23 July 2018.

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