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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

Current vacancy: Event General Hand

The Event General Hand will provide operational and logistical support to the Harbour Trust events team. The type of events that this role will be exposed to include those organised by the Harbour Trust, Partnership Events and Events organised by third parties on Harbour Trust sites.

This role has two focus areas:


  • The safe operation of events on Harbour Trust sites
  • Managing Cockatoo Island specific logistical elements of barging.
Key responsibilities

Some of the key responsibilities of this role include:


  • Acting as a support contact on events and programs. Provide logistical support and on the ground knowledge for the coordination of contractors, event organisers and third party suppliers in relation to events. Manage Harbour Trust event furniture, fittings and equipment ensuring that they are delivered to venues on time, stored safely and securely and that the equipment is kept clean and in good repair.
  • Managing the ‘on the ground’ logistical requirements for the running of events, ensuring the protection of Harbour Trust heritage assets and public safety. Facilitate “on the ground’ repairs, maintenance and upgrades in line with event/activation schedule and WHS requirements. This includes working with site services and entering all work orders into the online system, Pinnacle.
  • Conducting rigorous venue inspections pre event, during event and post event reporting on status of venue and logging work orders online.
  • Ensuring all venue spaces are kept clean presentable and safe. Assist with the installation of temporary event and visitor experience wayfinding signage.
  • Completing a Site Safety Checklist prior to each event, and filing in appropriate Event job file in a timely manner.
  • Conducting inductions with all event staff prior to them coming to the site, document and file all inductions.
  • Providing input into the Event Risk Assessments and support the Event Planning Team with Site Risk Assessments.
  • Assisting in ensuring event organiser is complying to agreed licensee agreement during bump in, event mode and bump out.
  • Being an ambassador for the Harbour Trust and maintain stakeholder relationships, with good customer service and hospitality focus.
  • Overseeing the safe work of event staff and contractors, ensuring compliance with the Trust’s WHS policies and procedures, including Food and Beverage safety supervision.
  • Reporting potential breaches of WHS legislation, regulations and internal policies and procedures by staff and Contractors to the Harbour Trust WHS Officer and appropriate Executive Officer of the Harbour Trust.

The ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Have demonstrated practical experience in event support in a variety of environments, (ie. indoor, outdoor, post-industrial spaces, heritage buildings) and a practical aptitude with a broad range of trade skills.
  • Be physically fit and capable of performing safe manual handling tasks over extended periods.
  • Be able to demonstrate their capacity to work in a small team structure with the ability to work unsupervised at times.
  • Be highly organised, display initiative, work to established times and be able to follow directions / instructions.
  • Have an excellent level of attention to detail with a proactive approach to resolving practical and logistical problems.
  • Be able to 'get on' with the people that make up our small team and be willingness to display a 'can-do' team attitude.
  • Have a working knowledge of managing risk in public spaces and Workplace Health and Safety requirements.
  • Have competent skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook are also required.

A current driver's licence, motor vehicle and Australian Citizenship (or the ability to work in Australia) are essential for this role. Meanwhile, a NSW Boat Licence, Forklift Licence and White Card would be highly regarded. A Federal Government Police check will be conducted before commencement.

Please address the selection criteria as listed above in your application. Applications should be forwarded to Applications close 21 February 2020. Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

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