Rural Services Officer - Tara, Queensland

Toowoomba & Darling Downs
Government & Defence
Government - Local
Full time
Posted 14d ago

About Council

A region the size of Tasmania, just 2.5 hours west of Brisbane and an easy drive from the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, the Western Downs has a growing population of over 34,000 people.

The region’s diverse economy, vibrant active communities and the extensive infrastructure and multi-billion dollar energy investments are ensuring that the Western Downs continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Western Downs Regional Council is one of only a handful of Council’s in the state of Queensland to be debt-free.

Council is very proud of this immense achievement which it had been working towards since 2015, proving itself to be one of the most financially prudent Councils in Queensland.


About the Role

Based in Tara, you will operate from within the Planning & Environment Department, to deliver effective rural services to the community, including plant and animal pest control management, the maintenance of stock routes and the control of wandering stock.

Reporting to the Rural Services Supervisor, you will:

  • maintain an effective system of Stock Routes throughout the region and arrange maintenance when required;
  • respond to straying stock and taking necessary action;
  • conduct coordinated Wild Dog Baiting Programs;
  • conduct inspections for pests and noxious weeds throughout the region; and
  • maintain a high level of liaison with landholders and the community, providing advice in relation to animal and noxious weeds.


About you

The successful applicant will be a practical and solutions-focused individual with the following:

  • well-developed oral and written communication skills to facilitate effective communication and education of stakeholders and landholders;
  • a certification to use Fluoroacetic acid (1080) for baiting purposes;
  • a licence in Agricultural Chemical Distribution and Control, and a licence to use firearms in Queensland;
  • a Power of Entry certificate or willingness to obtain; and 
  • a current 'C' class Queensland Drivers Licence.

Where a candidate does not possess all of the requirements, the applicant needs to be able to demonstrate equivalent related experience and be willing to complete relevant certificates within an agreed timeframe. 

Applicants must be fully vaccinated (received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration or as determined by Queensland Health (Public Health Direction)), or be able to provide evidence of any contraindication in accordance with the Public Health Direction, or be willing to be fully vaccinated before commencement. You agree that you will comply with Council's COVID-19 Vaccination - Organisational Policy.


What we offer:

  • Access to Corporate Health Plan
  • Access to free Employee Assistance Program & confidential counselling
  • Health & Wellbeing program
  • Salary Packaging available - Motor Vehicles, Superannuation, Remote Area Housing (Rent), Fuel, Gas and Electricity
  • Locality allowance
  • Job security in a local government position
  • Living & Working in the Western Downs 


If you are looking for a diverse role where you work both autonomously as well as collaboratively with landholders and stakeholders, this role is for you.  TOGETHER WE MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE.


WDRC require each candidate for this position to complete a Pre-Employment Questionnaire (see attached). Please upload your completed questionnaire in the qualifications section at the time of submitting your application to be considered for this position. 


Applications close at 5.00pm AEST on Thursday 2 June 2022.


Additional Information

The recruitment process may include candidates completing a pre-employment health declaration and you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol testing.

Applicants for this position agree to WDRC conducting an independent employment check with your current (or most recent) employer prior to your formal appointment to the advertised position.

WDRC reserves the right to close or withdraw vacancies before the advertised closing date, or extend the closing date, without prior notice.

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