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Bushfire Knowledge And Practice Manager

Department of Fire and Emergency Services - Nambeelup, WA

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


About Us

As Western Australia’s leading hazard management agency, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life and property.

Our volunteers are the biggest workforce of our organisation and play an important role in keeping our community safe. DFES recognises the critical role our volunteers play and the positive impact they make to the community.

Supported by this extensive network of volunteers and career workers, DFES works together with the community and government to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a diverse range of emergencies.

About the location

The Shire of Murray is one of the fastest growing districts in Australia and is located under an hour from Perth. Boasting enviable natural assets and delivering a unique lifestyle for its community, the Shire of Murray continues to experience rapid growth, as new residents flock to a rural lifestyle with all the benefits of city living.

The Bushfire Centre of Excellence facility is located off Lakes Road, Nambeelup, in the Shire of Murray’s up-and-coming Peel Business Park, which is set to become an innovative business hub.

About The Role

  • Do you have experience as a bushfire practitioner?
  • Would you like to influence the bushfire management sector in WA?
  • Do you have a passion for the use and application of cultural fire?
The Bushfire Centre of Excellence is seeking a Bushfire Knowledge and Practice Manager to lead the Traditional Fire Program and experiential learning portfolios. The position will draw on practical experience and knowledge of bushfire, and identify, develop and apply this knowledge to help develop products and services for the Bushfire Centre of Excellence stakeholders.

We Are Looking For Someone Who
  • Who can use their practical bushfire knowledge and experience to help shape products and services developed by the Bushfire Centre of Excellence
  • Has a strong strategic mind-set that can grasp high-level recommendations and translate into accessible messages
  • Has excellent people development and management skills, and a collaborative and inclusive approach to achieving key outcomes
  • Can influence change by applying an adaptive management approach
As the Bushfire Knowledge and Practice Manager you will support the Traditional Fire Program by identifying knowledge and best practice from Traditional Custodians that can be shared across the bushfire sector.

You will also collect and analyse lessons identified and learnt by stakeholders across the bushfire sector, and maintain strong and productive relationships with bushfire volunteers, local communities and stakeholder groups.

As a key member of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence, you will model and foster a culture that is inclusive of the diverse range of stakeholders represented by the Bushfire Centre of Excellence.



Possession of a bushfire and/or land management qualification (minimum Certificate IV)


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, influence and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders, including in the volunteer sector, for mutual benefit.
  • Excellent human resource management and leadership skills in managing diverse teams to deliver against strategic plans
  • Demonstrated practical experience in bushfire management, and a contemporary understanding of the bushfire sector in Western Australia
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the development, implementation and coordination of projects, applying a best practice and lessons management philosophy within a large and complex sector.
  • Well-developed analytical and conceptual skills, including demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate new concepts and information, and distill and communicate key messages in written form.
  • Experience in effectively and sensitively communicating with Aboriginal Australians and/or diverse customer groups.

Nambeelup, WA

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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