Coordinator Environmental Education and Recreation

Come join us in leading the delivery of high-quality environmental education and recreation programs

Permanent Full-time

Closes in 6 days


Sun 30 June 2024


Environmental Operations




Permanent Full-time

$128K – $145K Total Remuneration Package

$114K – $129K Base Salary

Location: Sunshine Coast region (various locations)

Vacancy No: 5127

Permanent - Full-time

Applications close: Sunday, 30 June 2024 11:59pm AEST

Why work with us?

At Council, we’re proud of our region. We collaborate with community to achieve truly sustainable outcomes, enhance our enviable lifestyle, and create award-winning places and spaces that are uniquely Sunshine Coast. So, if you love it here as much as we do, and you want to shape our region for the future – you’ll want to join our team!

With the vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region - Healthy, Smart, and Creative, council is at the forefront of delivering a number of region-shaping projects that will see the region become a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity, along with opportunities and a lifestyle for all to enjoy.

About the Role

We care about our people and our place and we work together with our community, to create award winning spaces, and deliver services to enhance our lifestyle and improve our region.

Sunshine Coast council’s Vision is Australia’s most sustainable region. Our focus is to enable an outstanding quality of life for our residents with an accessible, well-built environment. This motivates us to think about the way we work and the impact our decisions have on our community and environment.

As one of the fastest growing regions in Australia (and a delivery partner in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games), we’re excited about the opportunities this will bring for our growing community.

The Environmental Operations Branch is responsible for the preservation, management and enhancement of council’s diverse range of environmental and  nature-based recreation assets and in partnership with our community, the rich biodiversity of the region’s landscapes.

The Coordinator Environmental Education and Recreation will be someone who can plan for and manage the forecast growth in demand for access to Council’s Environmental Visitor Centres, nature-based recreation precincts and regional nature-based recreation offerings across the Sunshine Coast region, including our future Parklands Olympic mountain bike venue and world-class nature-based recreation precinct.

You’ll be a natural leader, who has the ability to lead  strategic planning, business development and delivery of world-leading environmental education and nature-based recreation precincts, assets and programs.

Someone who can collaborate with relevant team members, key stakeholders, our community and visitors to enhance and expand environmental education and engagement outcomes to help deliver on Council’s vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region.

You’ll be adept at leveraging business and community partnerships, and commercial opportunities to attract investment and funding to support the delivery of world-class, fit-for-purpose, innovative and sustainable nature-based recreation, education and engagement outcomes.

Plus you’ll enjoy all of the lifestyle benefits the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

About you

As a Coordinator in Environmental Education and Recreation, you will be degree qualification and/or extensive demonstrated experience in a leadership capacity in Nature-Based Recreation, Ecotourism, Business Development, Environmental Education, Community Engagement and/or Environmental Science, or related disciplines. Post graduate qualification desirable. 

You will have demonstrated understanding of the international, national and regional economic, environmental, social and cultural opportunities associated with environmental visitor centres and nature-based recreation precincts and delivering world-class environmental education, recreation and visitor engagement experiences.

You possess a natural flair in community and industry engagement, partnership development, business development, and leveraging significant funding and investment to support environmental visitor centres and nature-based recreation facilities.

As a requirement of this role, you will have demonstrated understanding and associated application of relevant government policies, strategies, legislation, codes of practice, safety standards, and best-practice risk management, associated with environmental education and nature-based recreation facilities and programs. 

You will have to demonstrate a high degree of initiative and strong decision-making skills with proven ability in contemporary project management practices, financial management, business development, change management and human resource management.

It is essential for you to have strong interpersonal and communication skills with a particular emphasis in the areas of advocacy, liaison, consultation, building effective relationships and teams, negotiation, conflict resolution and assertiveness, with the ability to meet changing organisational needs within a diverse and political environment.

Given the nature of role there may be some requirement for employees to undertake work outside of normal office hours.

As such, appointment to this position is subject to completion of a pre-employment medical assessment.

Our Culture & Employee Benefits

Council is committed to creating an inclusive, culturally diverse, healthy, skilled and dedicated workplace culture. As an employee you will enjoy a range of benefits and working styles to suit you:

  • Wellbeing: Your wellbeing is important to us therefore we offer a number of different initiatives such as discounted health related memberships, fitness passport, employee assistance program and development opportunities. 
  • Flexibility: We know it is important to balance life and work, therefore we offer flexible working including a hybrid WFH model that helps you be your best.
  • Extras: Those extras make a difference therefore we offer salary packaging options on novated leases, superannuation, smartphones and devices. We also pay you 17.5% leave loading and generous Superannuation where council will contribute 12% Superannuation in addition to your 6% superannuation contribution.

How to apply

Your written application should include:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter demonstrating your ability to fulfil the mandatory and desirable requirements on the Position Profile. Keep the key responsibilities in mind when addressing this criteria; and
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.

Once you have these two documents ready, click ‘Apply Now’ and follow the prompts to complete your application.

Further Information

Helpful information to assist you in completing your application is available on the Sunshine Coast Council website.

To learn more about Council’s vision and projects, you can view the Corporate Plan 2023-2027.

For specific enquiries contact Adam Connell during business hours on 0409 754 202.

We're working hard to create an inclusive workplace that reflects the diverse community we serve. If you require adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please reach out to the Recruitment Team [email protected].

At Sunshine Coast Council, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background including First Nations, disability, religion and sexual orientation. To deliver the best service to our region we want a workforce that reflects the diverse community that we serve. Sunshine Coast Council strongly encourages all suitable applicants to apply for this role.

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