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Want to work for an employer dedicated to creating and maintaining extraordinary places on the world’s best harbour? Consider working with the Harbour Trust...

The Harbour Trust's sites are rich in history, link us to our complex past, and provide continuing connections. They are Country – the interconnected layers of water, land and air that, for First Nations Peoples, hold cultural practices, community and a sense of worth. They tell stories of colonisation and dispossession, of convict incarceration, of nineteenth and twentieth century military and defence roles, and speak of the enterprise and industry of the modern nation, and of the contemporary communities they have become.

The Harbour Trust’s mission is to bring to life our natural and cultural heritage and provide a lasting legacy for all Australians through conservation, remediation and the adaptive reuse of places in our care, and our vision is to create and share extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour and amplify their stories.

Following a recent review and legislative changes, the Harbour Trust has now been confirmed as the custodian of these important sites in perpetuity, and over the next three to five years will be progressively transforming them into ‘must see’ destinations, where people will learn more about their history and significance.  These public spaces and parklands are becoming vibrant communities with major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation and tours, together with residential and business tenancy.

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

Senior Planner (full time - ongoing)

Role overview

This role’s main purpose is to assist the Director, Planning in providing the Harbour Trust with a range of planning activities to meet legislative compliance.

The role will suit a highly experienced person with relevant qualifications in town planning or a related field, with at least four years practical experience. This is a unique opportunity for a planning professional to be involved in a wide range of planning practice, and involves a mixture of on site and office-based work across Harbour Trust sites. This permanent role offers full time 37.5 hours per week. Part-time hours (such as four days per week) may be considered.

This role requires you to be a personable and collaborative team player, capable of working in multidisciplinary teams with the ability to influence and promote a positive workplace culture.



Role accountabilities 
  • Assess applications for permits granted under the Harbour Trust’s Regulations (including for complex development proposals and liquor permits).
  • Liaise with internal multidisciplinary teams and external stakeholders to deliver projects at various levels of complexities, timeframes, and scales.
  • Interpret and apply Harbour Trust legislation, plans and policies and make recommendations to ensure the Harbour Trust complies with all its statutory obligations.
  • Prepare and interpret submissions, reports, policies, and other forms of correspondence to support the provision of timely and accurate planning advice and information.
  • Prepare and conduct tendering processes and manage private consultants, when needed for specific projects, within agreed timeframe and budget.
  • Plan for, and implement solutions to operational and environmental issues (such as parking management, new signage etc.).
  • Meet your obligations in relation to your responsibilities towards working safely at the Harbour Trust.
  • Mentor and guide junior employees within the Harbour Trust.
  • Other duties as required.

Selection criteria 

Essential (Qualifications, attributes, skills and knowledge)

  • Experience in development assessment and/or strategic planning and plan preparation, including current knowledge of relevant planning and land-use legislation.
  • Experience in preparation of reports and submissions.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise, time manage and manage workload with competing demands.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the capabilities in negotiation, representation and liaison
  • Ability to adhere to Government policies on Workplace Diversity, Workplace Participation and Work Health & Safety as they apply in the workplace.
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Willing to undertake a Police Check
  • Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia

 

Qualifications

Tertiary qualifications in planning or related fields and a minimum of four years relevant experience.



How to apply

Applicants should send their resume and covering letter to employment@harbourtrust.gov.au by COB 10 February 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Salary range for the role is $111,586-$123,987 per annum (or pro rata for part-time hours), plus superannuation.

Graduate Planner (full time - two year fixed term)

Role overview

The role will suit a recent graduate (or a person awaiting graduation) in a tertiary course in town planning or a related field. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in a wide range of planning practice and involves a mixture of on site and office-based work across Harbour Trust sites. This role requires you to be a personable and collaborative team player, capable of working in multidisciplinary teams with the ability to influence and promote a positive workplace culture.



Role accountabilities 
  • Assist with a range of planning support activities including assessing development proposals to ensure compliance with relevant Harbour Trust and legislative obligations.
  • Provide informed customer service, advice, and solutions to internal and external stakeholders on a range of planning issues and priorities and refer more complex matters to senior team members.
  • Assist with analysis of relevant legislation, plans, policies etc., and keep abreast of changes in legislation to ensure that the Harbour Trust complies with all its statutory obligations.
  • Liaise with internal multidisciplinary teams and external stakeholders to assist in the delivery of projects at various levels of complexities, timeframes, and scales.
  • Assist with analysis and preparation of research briefings, submissions, reports, policies, and other forms of correspondence to support the provision of timely and accurate advice and information.
  • Assist with preparation of tendering processes and managing private consultants when needed for specific projects within agreed timeframe and budget.
  • Assist with planning for, and implementing solutions to operational and environmental issues (such as parking management, new signage etc.)
  • Meet your obligations in relation to your responsibilities towards working safely at the Harbour Trust.
  • Other duties as required.

Selection criteria 

Essential (Qualifications, attributes, skills and knowledge)

  •  Recent graduate, or awaiting graduation, in a tertiary course in town planning or a related field
  • Experience in preparation of reports and submissions
  • Strong oral and writing skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge or experience of the cultural heritage of Sydney Harbour and its environs
  • Ability to adhere to Government policies on Workplace Diversity, Workplace Participation and Work Health & Safety
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Willing to undertake a Police Check
  • Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia

Desirable 

  • Experience in development assessment and/or strategic planning and plan preparation, including knowledge of planning and land-use legislation that is relevant to the Harbour Trust
  • Demonstrated abilities in negotiation, representation, and liaison
  • Current Drivers Licence

Qualifications

Recent graduate, or awaiting graduation, in a tertiary course in town planning or a related field.



About you

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference to some of Australia’s most important heritage sites.

This is a temporary (two years) full time (37.5 hours per week) position. Part-time hours (such as four days per week) may be considered.

You may be a recent graduate or currently undertaking relevant tertiary qualifications in planning or a related field. Appropriate leave will be provided to meet study commitments.



How to apply

Salary range for the role is $74,553-$80,453 per annum, plus super for a planning graduate.

Applicants should send their resume and covering letter to employment@harbourtrust.gov.au by COB 13 February 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Casual Tour Guide and Education Program Guide

Role overview

The Harbour Trust engages casual Guides to tell the history and significance of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust’s sites at Cockatoo Island and Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney. 

The demand to deliver these stories is now increasing and we would like to invite interested professionals to apply for either the Tour Guide and/or Education Program Guide roles.

General Tour Guide

General Tour Guides deliver tours to the general public, families, and special interest groups. To be successful in this role you will need to have experience in tourism, heritage or museum guiding or demonstrated experience in teaching.  Your availability to work weekends is necessary.

Education Program Guide

The Education Program Guide is responsible for communicating the history and significance of the Harbour Trust sites (predominantly Cockatoo Island) to schools and other educational institutions. Education programs are linked to NSW Syllabus and Australian Curriculum Outcomes and are developed to ensure student engagement, connection, and historical learning.

Programs are developed and delivered in education Stages. Content and communication (ideas, vocabulary, and questioning) within the programs are specific to each stage. Applicants for the role of Education Program Guides will need to have experience in the delivery of school education programs either in the classroom or in the museum and heritage sector. Education Program Guides should be experienced in adapting engagement strategies, within content parameters, to ensure best education practices.

To be successful in this role you will need to have qualifications in school education, museum and heritage studies or experience in related fields.  Education Program Guides conduct tours Monday to Friday, primarily on Cockatoo Island.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the Harbour Trust as either a casual General Tour Guide or casual Education Program Guide, please include in your covering letter what interests you about sharing history and its stories with the public and outline your previous experience. Please note, these are two distinct guiding roles and there is no cross-over between the roles. Applications and resumes are to be submitted to employment@harbourtrust.gov.au.

This is a talent pool and as such, applications will be reviewed as positions become available. Applications for this pool will remain open until 31 June 2023.