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Career Opportunities

Do you want to work for an employer dedicated to creating and maintaining extraordinary places on the world’s best harbour?

Then consider working for the Harbour Trust. By striking a balance between innovation, environmental protection, community expectations and heritage conservation, we seek to leave a lasting legacy for all Australians; namely, a network of vibrant public domains where visitors can enjoy unique experiences.

Career opportunities with our organisation include positions in environmental management, marketing and communications, planning, project management, business development, and property management.

As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

Note: The Harbour Trust does not accept unsolicited employment applications. When a job vacancy becomes available, it will be listed on the job board below or advertised on online job marketplaces, either by the Harbour Trust or by appointed recruitment agencies.

See also: About the Harbour Trust and Volunteering for the Harbour Trust

Director Assets and Parklands

The Director Assets & Parklands has a strategic role in the planning, management and safe operation of the Harbour Trust’s built assets and lands. They are responsible for the delivery of capital projects, long-term asset management plans, lifting the asset condition across the life cycle of the Harbour Trust’s built assets, the efficient operation of the management of the maintenance program for all Trust buildings and associated assets.

In addition, they are responsible for the maintenance and management of the lands. They are also responsible for the Ranger program. This role is part of the Harbour Trust’s Executive assisting in formulating the strategic and operational plans of the Trust.


Role accountabilities



  • Manage and coordinate capital projects as required by the Executive Director, in accordance with the Corporate Plan. These will range from large multi-year site based programs to smaller asset renewal projects.
  • Work effectively with PCG and working groups to ensure the team provides governance, reporting, and stakeholder management.
  • Maintain an overview of the Harbour Trust’s planned and current infrastructure and development projects and initiatives.

Facilities Management


  • Determine equipment and infrastructure needs to effectively meet Trust business and operational requirements.
  • Develop strategic business cases for consideration by the Executive Director and/or the Harbour Trust regarding effective facility development, utilisation and logistical issues.
  • Undertake or oversee risk assessments relating to business, operations, safety, and fraud associated with business activities and projects.
  • Ensure safety arrangements associated with business activities and properties are in place.
  • Develop and oversee all facility maintenance programs, negotiate with contractors and ensure contractors are held responsible for quality service delivery.
  • Consult with external organisations and determine the resources required to support equipment, safety, technical staff and maintenance at all Harbour Trust facilities.
  • Develop effective and attainable work programs to improve and/or maintain facility standards.
    Identify external best practice relevant to business activities to ensure the Harbour Trust achieves its Corporate Plan objectives in the most cost efficient and effective manner.

Contract Management – Project and Facilities Management


  • Provide high level professional and expert technical advice, reporting and assistance to the Executive Director and play a focal role in the development and delivery of well-planned and resourced capital investment program, strategic procurement and business reforms
  • Oversee the procurement and management of a range of contracts (from various trades through to landscape maintenance, waste management, and utilities), within the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (and associated Harbour Trust rules and delegations), modelling good business practice and the highest levels of standards in probity, governance and site management
  • Lead the management of asset related programs and projects in consultation and consideration of diverse stakeholder expectations, ensuring delivery to time, quality and cost targets with minimum impact to business operations and revenue

Budget Management


  • Develop and manage budgets and resources to ensure effective delivery of goals and objectives of the Harbour Trusts business plan.
  • Review and approve, within delegations, cost control reports, cost and revenue estimates, and staff and facility requirement forecasts.
  • Liaise with the Executive Director and Director Strategy, Finance and Commercial on all budget and significant expenditure matters.



  • Oversee the activities of the Harbour Trust Rangers with the view to maximising visitor experience while balancing the need for regulatory compliance & revenue activities;

Stakeholder Management


  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with internal stakeholders, Government departments, agencies and the community to enhance the goals and objectives on the Harbour Trust.
  • Liaise with third party organisations that utilise the Trust’s facilities to ensure standard operating procedures are followed.
  • Using a partnership approach, establish and maintain productive working relationships with clients, suppliers, contractors and all stakeholders.
  • Lead and direct the functions of the team, including effective management of staff and resources; and the development and implementation of strategies to improve work practices, systems and processes to ensure the delivery of high quality services and outcomes.
Selection criteria



  • Tertiary qualifications in project management, engineering, architecture or similar
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in a senior management role with a sound knowledge of asset management, construction and logistics management issues and development processes.
  • Ensure compliance with WHS legislation and the Harbour Trust WHS Management System, maintain a safe work environment by monitoring and managing safety issues associated with asset maintenace and renewal, and parkland operations.
  • Demonstrate leadership, influencing, negotiating and change management skills with the ability to effectively manage the Projects, Rangers and Site Services teams.
  • Extensive experience in strategic and corporate planning and implementation
  • Ability to build strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage staff, utilising participative management practices and develop a supportive management style, to achieve desired outcomes and undertaking regular progress reviews and plans for improvement.
  • Demonstrate developed forward planning, analytical and strategic thinking skills, setting priorities, planning workload, meeting deadlines and achieve the objectives of the department.
  • Prepare reports, policies and procedural documents and generate workable solutions to complex problems and systems issues.
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills as well as a high level of planning and organisational capability.
  • Ability to work autonomously and be flexible in meeting deadlines and managing competing priorities.
  • Ability to successfully handle complex information, communication and the control systems required to meet the Trust’s business environment.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage diversified priorities across multiple locations.
  • Project management experience



  • Knowledge of construction and facility management issues and development processes
  • Understanding and appreciation of heritage and environment issues


Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia is essential, and a Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.

Applications close on Friday 13th December 2019 and should be forwarded to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Current vacancy: Development Adviser – Part Time (2 days p/w)

Reporting to the CEO, ideally the Development Adviser will be a senior consultant with their own established Company structure. It is anticipated that this role will be a 6 month term role which is additional to our current resourcing level.


Key responsibilities

The role will involve driving the establishment and implementation of two key projects (Platypus Stage 2 and Headland Park 10 Terminal) in their initial phase including:

  • Seeking approval and implementing a new PCG structure for the projects
  • Lead and be accountable for the projects
  • Resourcing the project and developing the relevant documentation
  • Establishing PCG Meeting schedule, update and document meeting guides
  • Collaborating with Strategy team to formalise and document new PCG agenda template
  • Collaborating with Program Manager and Strategy Officer to determine and document milestone plans for both projects
  • Directing the strategy, tone and content for the 10 Terminal program including upcoming EOI
  • Directing the strategy, tone and content for the Platypus Stage 2 program
  • Chair a weekly Program / Projects check-in
  • Direction and task supervision for Program Manager (direct report)
  • Prepare and present reports to the Executive and Board of Trustees

This role will require a minimum of 15 years’ experience, preferably in commercial development. Relevant experience in property development, placemaking, construction, program management also highly regarded.

This role will require fixed attendance in the office one day per week, with flexibility regarding availability on other day/s. A Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.

Applications close on 23rd December 2019 and should be forwarded to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Current vacancy: Senior WHS Manager (12 Month Term)

Reporting to the CEO, the key focus for the Senior WHS Manager will be responsible for WHS matters across the across various Harbour Trust sites and areas of WHS risk. It is anticipated that this role will be a fulltime 12 month term role which is additional to our current resourcing level.

This is a senior role however will require a “hands on” approach. With relevant formal qualifications in WHS your ability to effectively communicate, problem solve, and build credible relationships at all levels within the business will be critical to your success. As important will be confidence in your own ability, a strong customer service focus, goal orientation and motivation.

Key Responsibilities

This role will have overaching responsibility for WHS across the Harbour Trust. This may include:

  • Undertaking risk assessments on all public spaces to identify possible risks and putting in place controls to mitigate against those risks.
  • Responding to WHS issues raised by staff, contractors, volunteers and the public
  • Review of the emergency management plans and evacuation plans for currency and consistency, particularly in relation to the size and scope of events being held on Harbour Trust sites.
  • Conducting training in relation to emergency management plans
  • Providing assistance with the roll-out of new online WHS IT System.
  • Supervise a review of the corrective actions register against previous audit recommendations
  • Consolidate and review of the internal information/processes in relation to asbestos management for compliance
  • Review of the Events Safety Management System Documentation and develop an agreed process on what aspects are reviewed by WHS and what are reviewed within the Events team.
  • Working closely with the Manager, Volunteers review and update the volunteer safety management system
  • Conduct internal checks on compliance in key high risk areas.Together with the WHS Officer, conduct further training on the WHS Management System, in particular in relation to incident
  • reporting, incident investigation and incident corrective actions.
  • In conjunction with Site Services, monitor fire safety compliance and develop fire safety schedules for each of the sites.
  • Preparing and presenting reports for the Executive, Harbour Trust Board and Departmental Portfolio Audit Committee.
Success criteria

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Approximately 10 years’ experience in a Senior WHS role ideally in construction, property or facilities management or parkland operations
  • The ability to build a strong safety culture and influence safety behaviour at all levels of an organisation,
  • Tertiary qualifications in WHS
  • Relevant training experience
  • Current driver’s license
  • Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia

A Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.

Applications close on 18th December 2019 and should be forwarded to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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