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Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies


Love the Outback and enjoy variety at work?  This role is an amazing opportunity to work within National Parks and Wildlife Service in a Ranger position.  This is the ideal role if you have a genuine interest in contributing to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage values of parks.


  • Ongoing position
  • Bourke location
  • Package includes salary ($64,971 - $100,353), employer's contribution to superannuation and 17% loading for working weekends and public holidays


About the role
Rangers provide effective management of natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage by undertaking, coordinating and supervising projects, environmental assessments, visitor and stakeholder liaison, and field-based activities including bushfire management and law enforcement. 


The role involves a diverse range of work and you’ll be relied upon to utilise your strong project management skills to plan and implement a range of initiatives such as ecological and wildlife management, contracts and ecological data management and facilitating weed and animal pest control.  This rewarding role is suited to those who are comfortable working with competing priorities in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to effectively liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders.


Bourke is a vibrant Outback community, on the banks of the Darling River.  Up for the challenge?  If this role interests you, it would be worth visiting the NSW National Parks Web site – https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/gundabooka-national-park


Essential requirements

  • A degree or equivalent relevant to the field operations of the Agency. 
  • The role is physically demanding and the requirements of a specific medical will need to be met (includes a task based physical assessment), with a clearance to undertake the firefighting task based fitness test which must be met to at least a moderate level.
  • Current Driver’s Licence and ability to operate four-wheel-drive vehicles.
  • Required to obtain certification at the appropriate level prior to undertaking firefighting/incident control duties. 
  • Willingness to fly in light aircraft and preparedness and ability to be involved in incident management duties including firefighting.


For more information about the role contact Melissa Hams, Manager Area, Bourke, Park Operations, ph 0429 722 765, email [email protected]  To view the role description:  Ranger


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.  DPIE expects all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so. 


Applications close:  Monday 10th January 2022 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?


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 [email protected]  (please include reference number). 


If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.


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.



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