Ranger, Indigenous Identified

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Ranger, Indigenous Identified, OO3
David Fleay Wildlife Park, Gateway Visitor Centres, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships
Permanent Annual Salary $56,274 - $59,770
Full-Time Position number 75601955
Contact Miles Pritchett, Senior Ranger, Ph: 0400 984 400
Closing Date Thursday 21 October 2021
Job Ad Reference (JAR) QLD/390099/21 


The Department of Environment and Science

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) recognises the enormous value a clean environment, innovative society and economy, and vibrant culture makes to Queenslanders’ lives. As a diverse organisation, the department brings together environment, heritage protection, national parks, science and youth affairs functions to help achieve government objectives for a better Queensland.

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity. DES has a culture which values results, professional growth, workforce diversity and a healthy balance between work and life commitments. As a White Ribbon accredited department, DES actively encourages and supports its employees as individuals in an inclusive environment by embracing our differences and applying diverse and inclusive thinking to our business. DES is committed to the values of the Queensland Public Service: customers first; ideas into action; unleash potential; be courageous; and empower people.

At DES we recognise, respect and value First Nations people and cultures. We are progressing self-determination by recognising the rights and interests of First Nations people. We are investing in a culturally connected and agile organisation, with the skills and experience we need to support better outcomes for First Nations people. We are taking action in fundamental areas like employment and procurement, and by building strong and sustainable partnerships with First Nations organisations and communities. We are focused on working with First Nations people to improve service design and delivery, knowing that this will deliver better outcomes for all of Queensland.

More information on the department’s functions, focus and the type of organisation we are, can be found on the website.

Your contribution

We are looking for a highly motivated applicant who can demonstrate the desired captive wildlife husbandry capabilities to join our small and passionate team at David Fleay Wildlife Park (DFWP) located at Burleigh on the Gold Coast.

This role's focus area is to contribute, at an operational level, to the daily husbandry and welfare of the park’s wildlife species and general site maintenance, particularly demonstrated experience and capabilities in working with high-risk wildlife such as birds of prey, dingos, crocodiles or cassowaries. The Wildlife Park showcases the legacy of Dr David Fleay and many iconic threatened species of Queensland – in short, the park’s purpose is delivery of conservation education and visitor experiences that increase knowledge and understanding along with showcasing Queensland’s National Parks and the vital conservation work undertaken by the department.

This role is primarily wildlife care however, you will also deliver wildlife and cultural presentations to visitors (including school education programs) and assist with delivery of the site maintenance program. The suitable applicant should possess skills in captive wildlife husbandry, minor construction, horticulture, and land conservation.

Positions within the Gateway Visitor Centres work five days on and two days off, including some rostered weekend and public holiday work. The successful applicant(s) will work independently on a daily basis and will require great communication and time management skills. Travel to other locations may be required from time to time and may include overnight stays.

David Fleay Wildlife Park is one of two Gateway Visitor Centres, managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerships. The Centres play an important role through delivery of conservation education and visitor experiences that inspire new generations of visitors to connect, value and protect Queensland’s protected areas and the threatened species and sensitive ecosystems within. In so doing, the GVCs can affect meaningful and transformational change within the conservation arena, deliver on broader ecotourism and threatened species outcomes and provide a unique “gateway” connection to Queensland’s national parks through showcasing the role and vital work undertaken by the department to secure the future of Queensland’s protected areas and biodiversity now and into the future.

Rangers ensure that the Queensland’s national parks, state forests and reserves are protected, accessible and valued by all Queenslanders. Rangers work in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders to contribute to the land management, recreational and conservation outcomes across the protected areas which are managed by DES under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, Recreation Areas Management Act 2006, Marine Parks Act 2004, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, Forestry Act 1959 and other relevant legislation.

Rangers may work across five focus areas dependent on operational need, including Pest Management, Fire Management, Estate Management, Visitor Management and Assets and Safety. As such, Rangers may turn their hands to a wide range of jobs that can be safely undertaken by non-tradespersons.

Your role: The Ranger OO3 is a role in which you must be able to:

1. Perform wildlife husbandry, wildlife and cultural visitor presentations, general estate development and maintenance duties such as construction and maintenance of walking tracks, fencing and recreational facilities on protected areas, and cleaning and maintenance of amenities.
2. Perform estate protection duties such as assisting in cultural heritage management, fire management, pest and weed control programs.
3. Assist with law enforcement and compliance duties.
4. Perform operation and maintenance of minor plant and equipment.
5. Perform general administrative duties including the operation of computers and technology, and some basic procurement of goods and services.
6. Provide general information in relations to a wide range of queries from park visitors and other stakeholders
7. Foster a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people and actively engage through our work to contribute to better outcomes for First Nations people.

What we are looking for

We’ll assess your merit for this role by looking at what you’ve done previously – the knowledge, skills and experience you’ve built, your potential for development, and your personal qualities. The position requires an applicant who:
1. Understands the work environment and how work contributes to team goals. Follows direction provided by supervisor and asks for clarification if needed. Knows where to find information and ask questions to ensure better understanding of issues.
2. Works to agreed priorities, outcomes and performance standards either alone or as a member of a team. Reschedules and reorganises own work to reflect changes in priorities. Identifies problems and develops workable solutions.
3. Provides courteous, prompt and professional service to customers. Supports team members in achieving goals, especially during busy or difficult working periods. Willingly takes on additional duties including basic supervision when required.
4. Behaves in an honest, ethical and professional way. Actively manages own safety, contributes to and promotes safety of others.
5. Seeks to understand customer needs and responds through effective use of resources skills and techniques. Adapts communication style and approach to ensure they address the needs of different people.
6. Has basic knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of conservation and natural resource management. Understands a range of basic level trade skills with the ability to safely undertake general construction, repairs, and maintenance (where a tradesperson is not required). Understands how to use basic computer applications and equipment relevant to the job.

Every staff member is expected to role model leadership behaviours. This role requires the leadership capabilities of an Individual Contributor as outlined in the Leadership competencies for Queensland booklet.

Indigenous Identified Position
This position is designated as Indigenous Identified. Under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD), it is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is one who:

  • Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and either
  • Is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
  • Is accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community in which he or she lives.

Professional Capabilities

There are no mandatory qualifications required to undertake this position, however a formal qualification would behighly regarded, particularly within the field of captive wildlife care along with demonstrated experience in working with captive wildlife, specifically high-risk wildlife such as birds of prey, dingos, crocodiles and/or cassowaries.

It is a mandatory requirement for the occupant of this position to hold an unrestricted manual driver’s licence or be prepared to obtain a manual license if they do not. Officers are required to drive government vehicles, including four wheel drives as a part of their day-to-day and field work.

Blue Card
Gateway Visitor Centres are open to the public, including to children and young people and therefore will require a valid Blue Card with the organisation. As from 1st August legislation has a no card – no work requirement and therefore a Blue Card must be approved before commencement of work. Please refer to the Blue Card Services website (http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/) for further information. Upon appointment to the WQOO3 Ranger Indigenous Identified position requiring a Blue Card, the department will assist employees with the application process.

Medical Requirements
To enable the department to discharge its primary duty of care under section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, as far as reasonably practicable, DES provides vaccinations for those who may be exposed to vaccine preventable diseases. The appointee to this role will potentially be exposed to vaccine preventable diseases throughout the course of their work, such as zoonotic diseases, and may be required to provide either evidence of vaccination, proof that you are not susceptible to these vaccine preventable diseases, or meet the requirement by attending vaccinations arranged by DES.

Disclosure of Pre-Existing Condition
Upon written request, an applicant is to disclose prior to their engagement any pre-existing illness or injury that could impact their ability to perform duties of the role or has potential to aggravate a pre-existing illness or injury. It is important to note, that false or misleading disclosure under section 571C of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 will result in a prospective employee not being entitled to compensation or to seek damages for any event that aggravates the pre-existing injury or medical condition.

To be appointed to a position, you must be an Australian citizen, have permanent residency status or a visa permitting you to work in Australia. You are required to notify the department if your right to work in Australia ceases.

Benefits and Conditions
For a full list of benefits and conditions that come with this role please see our departmental website:

How to apply

To enable us to assess your merit, you should:

  • apply online at www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au
  • include your current resume (of no more than 4 pages).
  • provide a short statement (of no more than 2 pages) explaining why you are interested in the role and what strengths you will bring to our team with regards to the “What we are looking for” attributes and wildlife husbandry capabilities.

“How to apply” for Indigenous Identified Positions
To allow the selection panel to confirm that you are eligible to be considered for this Indigenous Identified role, the panel may either:
Accept your written assertion that you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; or Obtain from you, as part of your formal application, documentary evidence attesting to your Aboriginal and/or
Torres Strait Islander descent. Full details and a Statutory Declaration are available in the Commission Chief Executive Guideline 2/13: Evidence of Attribute - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identified Roles.
Applicants must also nominate (or provide written reference from) an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander person who can attest to their knowledge, skills or experience to demonstrate cultural capabilities as required. This person may be a community member, supervisor or work colleague.

The selection panel will assess your ability to perform the work required of the position based on your application and other selection processes which may include an interview and/or work test. Pre-employment checks, including referee checks will be conducted.

Additional Information

If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact 1300 146 370. All calls relating to the status of your application once the job has closed should be directed to the contact officer on the role description.

If you are unable to submit your application online, please contact the QSS Customer Support Team on 1300 146 370, between 9 am and 5pm Monday to Friday, to enquire about alternative arrangements.

If you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process in order to ensure you can demonstrate your ability to meet the inherent requirements of the role, please contact Miles Pritchett, ph: 0400 984 400.

Criminal history checks may be undertaken on the recommended applicant(s). A criminal conviction or charge will not automatically exclude an applicant from consideration for appointment with the Department of the Environment and Science. If information is received that may exclude you from further consideration, you will be given an opportunity to respond and your response will be taken into account in the evaluation process.

If you are the recommended applicant, you will be required to disclose any serious disciplinary action taken against you in public sector employment.
If you are the successful applicant, the department will work with you to ensure reasonable adjustments are made in the workplace to enable you to work safely and productively.
A probationary period of three months will apply to external appointees.
All newly appointed public service employees are obliged to provide their chief executive with a disclosure of employment as a lobbyist in the previous two years.
Applications will remain current and may be considered for identical/similar vacancies, provided the appointment is made within 12 months of the closing date of the original vacancy.