Forest Fire Operations Officers

Overview

Forest and Fire Operations Officers (FFOO) are field staff who deliver forest management activities in Victoria's state forests and undertake fire management and firefighting activities in Victoria's national parks, state forests and protected public land.

Team members operate within work centres and are responsible for implementing a wide range of operational tasks and fire prevention activities. There is a strong focus on emergency response and may involve deployment across the state for both emergency response and planned burning activities.

There are different levels of FFOO ranging from entry level to experienced supervisors. On the job training will be provided; please check the position descriptions for details on what is required at each level.

Over 130 FFOO positions being advertised. Locations and links see below. Parks Victoria also have six positions available.

General enquiries: 136 186

FFOO Role Handbook (PDF, 169.0 KB)
Candidate Guide - How to apply (PDF, 172.2 KB)

Job links

Positions available:

Band 2 Forest and Fire Operations Officer (base level) deliver forest management activities and support bushfire response in a broad range of operational tasks and fire prevention activities.

Band 2 Forest and Fire Operations officer: Designated Aboriginal Position (DAP) work on country to deliver forest management activities and support bushfire response in a broad range of operational tasks and fire response and prevention activities.

Band 3 Forest and Fire Operations Officer: Field Team Lead are involved in the planning, directing and delivery of a broad range of operational forest management tasks and fire prevention activities.

Band 3 Forest and Fire Operations Officer: Plant Operations work with and operate trucks and heavy plant such as tracked dozers, graders, wheeled tractors and skid steers to support operational forest management tasks and fire response and prevention activities.

Band 4 Field Operations Supervisor are responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and implementing works programs including contributing to staff performance and development planning.

Available Locations

The locations can also be found in each relevant position description including contact details.

Workcentre Location

Band 2

Band 2 DAP

Band 3 Team Leader

Band 3 Plant Operations

Band 4 Field Operations Supervisor

BARWON SOUTH WEST

Barwon Downs (Otways)

2 fixed term

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

Gellibrand (Otways)

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

PARKS VICTORIA

Anglesea (Otways)

6 (advertised through Parks Vic)

Casterton (Far South West)

2 fixed term

Dartmoor (Far South West)

2 fixed term

1 fixed term

Heywood (Far South West)

1 ongoing

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

GIPPSLAND

Erica (La Trobe)

3 fixed term
1 ongoing

Noojee (La Trobe)

4 fixed term
1 ongoing

1 fixed term

Dargo (Macalister)

1 fixed term

Heyfield (Macalister)

4 fixed term
1 ongoing

1 fixed term

Yarram (Macalister)

2 fixed term

Bendoc (Snowy)

3 fixed term

1 fixed term

Cann River (Snowy)

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

Orbost North (Snowy)

1 fixed term

1 ongoing

1 fixed term

Bairnsdale (Tambo)

2 fixed term

1 fixed term

Nowa Nowa (Tambo)

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

Swifts Creek (Tambo)

1 fixed term
1 ongoing

1 fixed term

1 ongoing

1 fixed term

GRAMPIANS

Beaufort (Midlands)

4 fixed term

Daylesford (Midlands)

4 fixed term

1 fixed term

Sebastopol (Midlands)

4 fixed term
1 ongoing

1 fixed term

Cavendish (Wimmera)

3 fixed term

Edenhope (Wimmera)

3 fixed term

1 ongoing

Horsham (Wimmera)

1 fixed term

HUME

Benalla (Goulburn)

2 fixed term

Mansfield (Goulburn)

2 fixed term

1 fixed term

Alexandra (Murrindindi)

2 fixed term
1 ongoing

1 fixed term

Broadford (Murrindindi)

2 fixed term
1 ongoing

Marysville (Murrindindi)

1 fixed term

Toolangi (Murrindindi)

1 fixed term
1 ongoing 

 

Bright (Ovens)

2 fixed term

Ovens (Ovens)

3 fixed term

1 fixed term

Corryong (Upper Murray)

3 fixed term

Mitta Valley (Upper Murray)

4 fixed term

Tallangatta (Upper Murray)

1 fixed term

LODDON MALLEE

Mildura (Mallee)

1 ongoing

Avoca (Murray Goldfields)

1 fixed term

Bendigo (Murray Goldfields)

2 fixed term

1 fixed term

Castlemaine (Murray Goldfields)

1 fixed term

Cohuna (Murray Goldfields)

3 fixed term

1 fixed term

Heathcote (Murray Goldfields)

1 fixed term
1 ongoing

Macedon (Murray Goldfields)

1 fixed term

Maryborough (Murray Goldfields)

1 fixed term

Rushworth (Murray Goldfields)

2 fixed term

St Arnaud (Murray Goldfields)

2 fixed
1 ongoing

PORT PHILLIP

Knox (Metro)

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

3 fixed term

1 fixed term

1 fixed term

Powelltown (Yarra)

3 fixed term

1 fixed term

2 fixed term

Seasonal Project Firefighters

Seasonal Project Firefighters complement our permanent firefighting staff and are responsible for bushfire suppression and prevention activities including planned burning. Many project firefighters return from previous years, bringing with them valuable skills and experience. All firefighters are trained comprehensively before being involved in fire operations.

Positions are available each year (generally between November and April) and include:

  • firefighter (includes designated Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people positions)
  • rappel crews (specialist firefighting roles performed in remote locations)
  • fire support officers (predominantly administrative roles).

General enquiries: 136 186

Project Firefighter Brochure (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Project Firefighter Brochure - Designated Roles of Aboriginal People (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Apply now

Apply now to becoming a seasonal project firefighter with Forest Fire Management Victoria.

Apply now

Fit for Emergency Medical Assessment (Project Firefighter and Forest and Fire Operations Officer)

Firefighting roles are physically and psychologically demanding.

Project Firefighters Field staff must meet our highest medical standards:

  • Category A Firefighter – Rappel
  • Category B Firefighter – Arduous

If you are considering applying for either a Forest and Fire Operations Officer or a Project Firefighter position, and would like to discuss your health or medical suitability for a role, please contact our medical provider:

Corporate Health Management(CHM)
PH: 03 9941 3155
E:
healthforlife@chm.com.au

Watch the videos to know more

Watch these videos before completing applications so you know exactly what to.

Medical and fitness assessment

What to expect in your spirometry (breathing) test

Page last updated: 16/07/21