Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

The role is part of a small OO3 Ranger team and is based at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, located at The Gap, Brisbane, however travel to regional centres and other offices may be required from time to time and may include overnight stays. The successful applicant will work independently on a daily basis and will require excellent communication and time management skills.

Job details

Temporary until 24 October 2022 (with possibility of  extension)
Type of appointment Flexible Full-Time
Position number
The Gap, Brisbane
Annual Salary $57,670 - $61,262
Closing date
Contact person
Lisa Owen
Contact details
PH: (07) 3164 3605
E: [email protected]
Job ad reference


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. DES encourages and supports its employees as individuals in an inclusive environment by embracing our differences and applying diverse and inclusive thinking to our business. We also work to create a culture free of gendered harassment and violence against women. As a White Ribbon accredited workplace, we actively create awareness of the issue of domestic and family violence, as well as do what we can to prevent it and support those that have been affected. 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

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is one of three Gateway Visitor Centres, managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerships. The Centres aim to support Queensland’s ecotourism aspirations, enhance exciting visitor experiences, build public advocacy, and provide a gateway connection to Queensland’s national parks. Partner Centres include David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast and Mon Repos Turtle Centre at Bargara in Bundaberg.

This role's focus area is to contribute, at an operational level, to delivery of visitor education programs, including school groups and holiday programs. The position is also involved in daily wildlife husbandry, welfare and conditioning along with general site maintenance. Daily tasks includes coordinating school and holiday program bookings, promotion of educational programs, wildlife husbandry and conditioning and general administration duties including recording of wildlife welfare data. Experience in visitor management, presentations, wildlife husbandry and maintenance is highly sought after. The successful applicant will work independently on a daily basis and will require excellent communication and time management skills.
The position works five days on and two days off, across a seven day operation, and therefore includes regular rostered weekend and public holiday work. The role is part of a small OO3 Ranger team and is based at the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, located at The Gap, Brisbane, however travel to regional centres and other offices may be required from time to time. This is likely to include overnight stays.

Rangers may work across five focus areas dependent on operational need, including Pest Management, Fire Management, Estate Management (including natural and cultural resource management), Visitor Management and Assets (including wildlife) 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 will:

  • Perform 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.
  • Perform estate protection duties such as assisting in cultural heritage management, fire management, pest and weed control programs.
  • Assist with law enforcement and compliance duties.
  • Perform operation and maintenance of minor plant and equipment.
  • Perform general administrative duties including the operation of computers and technology, and some basic procurement of goods and services.
  • Provide general information in relations to a wide range of queries from park visitors and other stakeholders
  • 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.

This position requires:

  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.


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 licence 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.

Mandatory requirements

There are no mandatory qualifications required to undertake this position, however formal qualifications would be highly regarded.

Blue Card

Gateway Visitor Centres are open to the public, including children and young people, seven days a week and therefore the role will require a Blue Card. As from 1st August legislation has a no card – no work requirement and therefore a Blue Card must be approved before work commencement.  Please refer to the Public Safety Agency Blue Card website (http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/) for further information.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination

To be eligible for appointment to this position, you must provide evidence that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are considered fully vaccinated when you have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. You will need to provide a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate as proof that you are fully vaccinated or submit a request for exemption due to medical contraindication.


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: https://www.des.qld.gov.au/our-department/employment/why-work-with-us/information-for-applicants

How to apply

To enable us to assess your merit, you should:

  • include your current resume (of no more than four pages).
  • provide a short statement (of no more than 2 pages) explaining the capabilities and experience you would bring to the team in the context of the duties outlined under your contribution.  

Applying online through the Smart jobs and careers website www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au is the preferred means to submit an application. To do this, access the 'apply online' facility on the Smart jobs and careers website.  You will need to create a 'My SmartJob' account before submitting your online application.

By applying online you can track your application through the process, maintain your personal details through registration and withdraw your application if required.

If you experience any technical difficulties when accessing www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au please contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).  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 do not have internet access and are unable to submit your application online please contact the QSS Customer Support Team on 1300 146 370, between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, to enquire about alternative arrangements.

Late applications cannot be submitted via the Smart jobs and careers website, so please allow enough time before the closing date to submit your application.  If approval has been granted by the Selection Panel for a late application to be considered, please contact the QSS Customer Support Team on the number above to arrange this.

Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

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 need any additional support or adjustments during the recruitment process to help you demonstrate your ability to meet the inherent requirements of the role, please contact Lisa Owen on 07 3164 3605.
  • 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.