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Area Planning & Fire Behaviour Officer

NSW Rural Fire Service - Newcastle, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


  • Ongoing roles x 4
  • 35 hour work week
  • RFS Level 8/9
  • Locations: Glendenning, Albury, Tamworth, Cameron Park

For over 100 years, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has been a vital part of the community, working hard to protect life, property and the environment from bush fires. We are the world’s largest volunteer firefighting service, with over 76,000 members, proudly built on a strong tradition of service, trust, resilience, respect, and teamwork.

To hear more about the RFS, click here.

About the role

The Area Planning & Fire Behaviour Officer provides planning support, expert advice and analysis to bush fire hazard mitigation activities and firefighting operations. The position will work with the Manager Community Risk to provide advice and support to districts to develop the various plans that are used to manage bush fire related risks. 

The successful candidate will be required to provide advice and analysis to Districts and Incident Management Teams. They require the ability to assist in the development of suppression strategies, public information and the readiness of the organisation.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in understanding fire behaviour and utilising predictive tools, be passionate about delivering extraordinary services that make a positive and demonstrable difference to the community, and have an understanding and strong appreciation of a volunteer-based service.


  1. Glendenning (Area Command Greater Sydney)
  2. Cameron Park (Area Command Hunter)
  3. Tamworth (Area Command North Western)
  4. Albury (Area Command South Western)

For more specific details please refer to the role description.

Essential requirements

  • A Diploma in a relevant discipline or equivalent expertise.
  • Current RFS PBP certification or equivalent expertise.
  • Relevant Incident Management Qualification(s).
  • Current RFS RFI and ASA certification or equivalent expertise.
  • During periods of major fire activity, the incumbent will be required to support operational management activities consistent with their skills and background.
  • Current Driver Licence and ability to travel on a regular basis.

Key knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding fire behaviour and utilising predictive tools.
  • An appreciation and understanding of the issues that affect a volunteer organisation and the complexities that surround volunteer management.

We are looking for a candidate who can: 

  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively at an advanced level.
  • Develop and review policies and procedures
  • Provide innovative and creative solutions to complex issues
  • Think and solve problems

We offer:

  • Flexible work practices, including a 35 hour work week
  • Great team environment and collaborative workforce
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Attractive salary, superannuation and leave entitlements
  • Working for a highly regarded emergency service

For further information, please review the role description or contact Simon Davis on 0429 399 934.

Applications Close: Sunday, 16 May 2021, 11:59pm

Applying for the role: 

To apply for this role, you will need to submit an online application via http://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/, which includes responding to the targeted questions, and attaching the following PDFs:

  • A cover letter (maximum one A4 page)
  • A resume (maximum four pages) which clearly details skills, experience and capabilities required for this role as per the role description. Please include two current referees. 

Click here for further information on applying for a role in the public sector.

Job Notes

  • Prior to applying for this role candidates should download the Role Description. Candidates must demonstrate in their application how they meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements.

  •  The NSW Rural Fire Service is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible workforce which reflects the community we serve. We 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.

  • Relevant criminal history, referee checks and prior employment checks will be conducted on recommended applicants.

  • A talent pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The talent pool may be available to hiring managers across the state over an 18 month period.

Relevant Information: 

NSW Public Sector Capability Framework

NSW RFS Code of Conduct and Ethics

Vacancy Reference: 21/28

Key Application Responses

Applicants should respond to all questions on the online application form which will include the following targeted questions.

Targeted Questions:

  1. Please provide an example of when you worked as part of a team to deliver a project. Include details on how you ensured agreed outcomes were delivered on time and within budget. (maximum 500 words)
  1. Provide an example of how you have applied fire behaviour science to a project you have delivered. Describe the situation, action undertaken and any recommendations made. (maximum 500 words)

Newcastle, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency


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