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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

Vacancy: Ranger (full-time, identified Indigenous position)

Want to enjoy workdays on the world’s most beautiful harbour? Are you a ‘people person’ with a passion for excellence in customer service? The Harbour Trust is seeking a full-time ranger to join their ranger team and work across our sites. This is an identified Indigenous position for a candidate with the ability to work rotating shifts, including weekends, at all Harbour Trust sites.

Reporting to the Head Ranger, the successful candidate will be a public-facing ambassador for the Harbour Trust and will ensure the safety of the members of the public who visit our iconic sites as well as the security of our parklands and properties.



Some of the specific duties of this role include (but are not limited to):

  • providing advice to the public and tenants concerning Harbour Trust regulations and enforcing these when necessary;
  • undertaking regular patrols and inspections of all Harbour Trust buildings, parklands, tracks and roadways;
  • preparing reports on site any site irregularities and issues to public safety that may require attention;
  • responding to and providing assistance with any emergency situation;
    coordinating, directing and liaising with Harbour Trust security contractors;
  • providing support on traffic management issues; and
  • maintaining an accurate diary of all duties, recording all incidents and preparing written reports to the Head Ranger.

The successful candidate will have experience in customer-facing roles, ideally within a hospitality, travel or tourism context. Given the nature of the role, a high level of personal fitness is desirable.

The successful candidate will have the ability to quickly obtain a thorough understanding of the Harbour Trust’s Regulations. Knowledge and experience pertaining to Sydney Harbour would be an advantage. Knowledge of local, state and federal legislation and awareness of legislation regarding heritage-listed assets would also be highly regarded.

Most importantly, the successful candidate will have highly developed communication skills and the ability to interact in a confident and positive way with colleagues and members of the public. You will respond well to high pressure situations and be able to negotiate satisfactory outcomes when solving problems or facing conflict situations.

Knowledge and experience pertaining to Work Health and Safety and the ability to implement Government policies on Workplace Diversity will be essential in this role.

Although not essential, the following would be highly regarded:


  • Current First Aid Certificate (or willingness to obtain one)
  • White Card (Construction)
  • RSA
  • Boat Licence

A current driver’s licence is also required and a Federal Government Australian Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check will be conducted before commencement.  This position is offered on a full-time basis. Applications should be forwarded to Applications close on the 2nd October 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Vacancy: Town planner

The Harbour Trust is seeking a town planner. In addition to two to three years’ post-graduate experience as a town planner, the ideal candidate would have an outcomes-oriented attitude, excellent client liaison skills and a passion for working in a high performing environment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Prepare plans, strategies and policies as required by legislation or other statutory frameworks.
  • Assess development proposals in accordance with relevant legislation and plans.
  • Monitor Trust plans and planning approvals to ensure that statutory requirements and approval conditions are complied with.
  • Plan for and implement solutions to planning, environmental and operational issues.
    Provide general planning advice to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Analyse relevant legislation, plans, policies etc to ensure that the Trust complies with all its statutory obligations.
  • Identify relevant issues that need to be considered, and undertake research into matters where further information is required.
  • Prepare and conduct tendering processes, and manage private consultants, when needed for specific projects, within agreed timeframe and budget .
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, both internal and external to the Trust.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and outside consultants and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Planning
  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation
  • Ability to critically analyse and formulate a position
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with capabilities in negotiation, representation and liaison.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with stakeholders
  • Experience in developing reports utilising desktop publishing.

A Federal Government Australian Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check will be conducted before commencement. This position is offered on a full-time basis for a 12 month term. Applications should be forwarded to Applications close on the 2nd October 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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