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Working for the department
The Department of Environment and Science recognises the enormous value a clean environment, innovative society and economy, and vibrant culture makes to our lives. As a diverse organisation, the department brings together key areas of work to achieve our objectives for a better Queensland. By working for DES, you’ll be one of 3,000+ employees across the state helping to ensure our environment, science and arts enrich Queenslanders’ lives now and into the future.
Careers with us
If you’re highly motivated, results-oriented and committed to the management and protection of Queensland’s unique landscape, waterways and national parks and forests, a career with the department may be for you.
From corporate offices in and around Brisbane or in our network of offices in centres throughout the state, you will work in an organisational culture which values results, professional growth, workforce diversity and the balance between work and life commitments.
We employ people in a wide range of disciplines, including:
- environmental science/management
- urban and regional planners
- policy development
- conservation and land management.
By planning for, allocating and managing our natural resources in a way that considers social, economic and environmental outcomes, we can support economic growth and maintain our natural heritage for today and tomorrow.
The department is committed to providing excellent client service, solving problems proactively, and working in partnership with governments, business, industry, and the community.
Roles and classifications
The department employs people in different roles, according to the type of work they undertake:
- Administrative (AO)—People in these positions usually undertake agency administration, human resource management, finance, customer service, development and implementation of policy, information and advisory services.
- Professional (PO)—People in these positions require a degree qualification (or agreed equivalent). The duties of the position include a combination of practitioner and/or specialist responsibilities, or an identifiable specialisation/management in a profession.
- Technical (TO)—People in these positions require a diploma, advanced diploma (or agreed equivalent). The duties of the position include a combination of practitioner and/or specialist responsibilities, usually providing assistance to people in the PO stream.
- Operational (OO)—People in these positions work in various functional areas, with a range of specialist skills. Most OO roles in our department are in our conservation areas such as threatened species.
Each role has a classification level represented by numbers (e.g. AO2, AO3, AO4 etc) with the higher number representing a higher-level role, and higher pay. Each classification has a salary range made up of four to six increments (or pay points). People are appointed to a pay point based on experience, skills and educational qualifications.
You can ask for further information on salary during the recruitment and selection process.
Benefits and conditions
Employees of the department enjoy a range of benefits, excellent working conditions, and flexible working arrangements that give them the opportunity to manage their career to suit their lifestyle.
- a 36.25 hour week (a 38 hour week applies to some specific roles)
- generous leave entitlements—4 or 5 weeks paid annual leave depending on location
- reasonable adjustment for people with disabilities
- an environment that supports family commitments, including 14 weeks paid maternity leave
- an option to purchase additional leave
- competitive salaries and generous superannuation entitlements
- locality allowance for those who work in particular regional locations
- potential recognition of prior service (long service and sick leave entitlements) from previous government or educational institutions
- annual salary increases based on performance until the top of the salary range is reached
- opportunities for training and professional development
- a safe and healthy workplace
- the opportunity for salary packaging
- relocation assistance (conditions apply)
How to apply
In endeavouring to recruit the most suitable person for the job, the department advertises permanent and temporary vacancies and, as in all public sector departments, makes appointments based on merit.
Temporary and permanent vacancies are advertised: