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As a South Australian commercial and community forest manager, a position with ForestrySA can take many forms.

From forest fire management, planting and managing new forests, harvesting and marketing timber, native forest management, forest recreation management, community engagement to finance and administration, many skills are required to run our business efficiently.

ForestrySA maintains a clear focus on safety and development, supporting all staff within a team-based environment.

Team Leader Ranger

The South Australian Forestry Corporation (ForestrySA) manages sustainable commercial pine plantations in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges (MLR) and extensive native forests and recreational reserves & facilities in the MLR and Green Triangle (GT) region in South East South Australia.

A requirement has arisen for an experienced ‘hands-on’ Team Leader Ranger to supervise and proactively lead an established and capable team of Rangers involved with the management and protection of the forest reserves in the Mount Lofty Ranges (MLR) region in accordance with ForestrySA’s land management policies. The appointee may, on occasion, be required to support Ranger related operations in the Green Triangle region.

A key focus of the position is to actively contribute to and support your team to enhance the patronage and positive experience of the large number of visitors to the forest reserves in the MLR while ensuring the reserves, and the facilities provided, are adequately protected.

This is a full-time contract position reporting to the Manager, Community Services and will operate from ForestrySA’s Head Office located in the attractive Kuitpo Forest adjacent to Meadows in the Adelaide Hills.

The Team Leader Ranger will be required to contribute to and facilitate the direct interface between ForestrySA Rangers and the visiting public. There will be some expectation of irregular hours and, in particular, the performance of key tasks within ForestrySA’s well-recognised fire protection program.

The key responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Support and coordinate visitor management, community engagement and volunteer programs;
  • Contribute to the promotion and understanding of ForestrySA within the community by communicating its objectives and policies to the general public and other agencies;
  • Proactively seek improvements in current resource deployment and work practices designed to more effectively support your team, enhance efficiencies and visitor experience as the public access and enjoy the reserves;
  • Regular monitoring and assessment of campsites and facilities, building and maintenance programs to required safety standards via the effective utilisation of your team;
  • Supervise enforcement of the provisions of the Forestry Act 1950 by the team as necessary through regular compliance programs, patrols and public interaction;
  • Monitor and proactively encourage safe work practices;
  • Contribute to business plans, budget preparation and reporting requirements.

It is expected that the successful candidate will hold relevant training/qualifications and experience demonstrating a sound knowledge of public land management; community/visitor engagement practices; conservation and fire management policy and operations. Team supervision with a ‘lead-from-the-front’ style and evidence of the development, implementation and continuous improvement of operational plans and programs for pest, plant and animal control and site rehabilitation is required. A high degree of initiative, sound commercial judgement and strong communication skills are expected.

ForestrySA has engaged the services of Rae Consulting Pty Ltd to assist with this recruitment process. To apply, please submit your resume in confidence, quoting reference number R31067, to Allan Rae, Principal, Rae Consulting Pty Ltd at arae@raecon.com.au

Initial inquiries may be directed to Allan Rae on 0418 323 743.

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