Op­por­tu­nity to join for­est work­force

Alpine Observer - - News -

FOR­EST Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria is now tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for 28 for­est and fire op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer po­si­tions across Vic­to­ria.

The full-time roles are di­verse, and en­com­pass for­est man­age­ment in Vic­to­ria’s state forests as well as fire man­age­ment in Vic­to­ria’s na­tional and state forests and pro­tected pub­lic land.

For­est and fire op­er­a­tions of­fi­cers work pri­mar­ily as part a team that sup­ports live­able, in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties, and thriv­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

Ap­pli­cants will work with a range of peo­ple in­clud­ing DELWP staff, con­trac­tors and sea­sonal fire­fight­ers.

Twelve po­si­tions are avail­able in the Hume re­gion.

In ad­di­tion, five of the 28 po­si­tions have been iden­ti­fied for Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Peo­ple with the lo­ca­tion of these roles ne­go­tiable de­pend­ing on the ap­pli­cants.

The FFMVic work­force is grow­ing stronger each year and saw a record 112 fe­male for­est fire­fight­ers tack­ling fires over the past sum­mer - up 29 per cent on the pre­vi­ous years.

More than 18 per cent of FFMVic’s front­line fire­fight­ers are women.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for any­one who con­sid­ers them­selves a team player and is pas­sion­ate about work­ing out­doors to help the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity, chief fire of­fi­cer Dar­rin McKen­zie said.

“Ap­pli­cants will need to be fit, and ready for plenty of out­door work which could be op­er­at­ing heavy plant one week, and re­spond­ing to an emer­gency the next week.

“These po­si­tions are re­ally re­ward­ing and pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for ca­reer pro­gres­sion in a range of dif­fer­ent roles both in field and of­fice-based roles.” Ap­pli­ca­tions close July 9. For more de­tails, go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au.

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