Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?
Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

Love the great outdoors?  National Parks Field Officers are on the front line in national parks across NSW.  We’re keen to hear from you if this sounds like your ideal role!

  • Temporary role for up to 12 months located in Dubbo
  • Package includes salary ($63,934 – $68,090) employer’s contribution to superannuation and 17% loading for working weekends and public holidays.
  • Field Officer Grade 1/4 is for candidates with competencies at the Grade 3 level or above within the Field Officer 1/4 classification
  • Applicants should have a Cultural association with the Tubba-Gah (Maing) Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation values.


The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under Section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.  Only Aboriginal peoples are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to Aboriginal people with a cultural association to the local area.

About the role
Field officer teams are the boots on the ground and undertake a diverse range of tasks including the construction, maintenance and improvements of NPWS parks and facilities.  They undertake pest and weed control programs, utilising pesticides, chemicals and firearms.  They assist with fire management activities, by joining highly trained teams to facilitate controlled hazard reductions and to response to wildfires.  Key to the role is operating and maintaining minor plant and equipment.  If you enjoy working hands-on in the field to enhance and preserve the natural and cultural heritage values of the parks, this could be the role for you.

Applicants should have a Cultural association with the Tubba-Gah (Maing) Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation values.

National Parks is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all identified people to apply for this position.  Click here to hear from some of our female Field Officers about a career with NPWS.

Essential Requirements

  • This is an identified role under Section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and as such Aboriginality is an essential requirement of the role. Aboriginal identified positions are developed where Aboriginal identity, cultural knowledge or connections are a genuine aspect of the role. Positions are specifically noted under the provisions of the NSW Anti-discrimination Act (1977) for Aboriginal people who meet the following criteria:

o    is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
o    identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and
o    is accepted as a such by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

  • Applicants should have a Cultural association with the Tubba-Gah (Maing) Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation values.
  • Current Drivers / MR licence and ability to operate 4wd vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes/15 tonne GVM.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to carry out all duties safely and ability to obtain relevant SafeWork NSW certification to appropriately operate and maintain a range of plant and equipment, including but not limited to conditionally registered vehicles, watercraft, lifting apparatus and road maintenance plant as well as the ability and willingness to obtain a First Aid certificate.
  • Certification, or ability to obtain certification within the probationary period (up to 12 months) in operating a chainsaw to crosscut and basic tree felling standard; ability to operate two-way radio.
  • Ability to carry out frontline firefighting duties and support roles including ability to obtain and maintain certification as a crew member or higher, within the probationary period (up to 12 months), and a willingness to fly in light aircraft.


This is a physically demanding role, requiring heavy muscular activity, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing, and driving a variety of vehicles. Field Officer applicants must meet the requirements of a firefighting medical which is inclusive of a clearance to undertake frontline firefighting roles. The applicant must pass the task based fitness assessment to a moderate level within the probationary period (up to 12 months) and annually thereafter.

A Working With Children Check is not required for this role.

For more information about the role contact Fiona Buchanan, Manager, Central West Area, Park Operations, ph 0459 810 557, email fiona.buchanan@environment.nsw.gov.au.  To view the role description: Field Officer 1/4

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.  You can also register to our mailing list to receive fortnightly updates with the latest roles being advertised or contact the Aboriginal People & Culture team for support via the online form.

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 31st October 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.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?
Contact our Aboriginal People & Culture team if you need further information or assistance in applying. DPIEAPC@dpie.nsw.gov.au

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks


We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on Diversity@DPIE.nsw.gov.au  (please include reference number).

About us
The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment’s (DPIE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

NPWS is part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. We are focussed 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.

NPWS manages more than 870 national parks and reserves throughout New South Wales, covering over 7 million hectares or 9% of the landmass of NSW. We carry out plant and animal conservation, sustainable tourism and visitation, research, education, volunteering programs and more.

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.