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Reference Number 12914
Position Title Curator Botanic Areas
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Botanic Visitor Centre
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 6.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 6.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 9 day fortnight 
Position Summary

Curator Botanic Areas

Reference Number: 12914
Salary Range: $84,243.60 - $89,672.50 per annum
Location: Botanic Visitor Centre
Closing: Monday 14th October 2019

We offer the following benefits: 

  • 9 Day Fortnight
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development 

Primary objectives of the position:

  • Strategic management of botanical collections within the Council’s Botanic Areas to ensure they are relevant to Collection policy.
  • Ensure presentation of Botanic areas meets the highest level of horticultural standards –world-class facility.
  • To drive a strategic approach to maintenance across Botanic Areas by developing initiatives that promote a more consistent standard of service and using methods that are based on industry best practice.
  • Ensure quality control of Botanic Areas’ operations by leading, providing technical advice, monitoring, supervising, programming and coordinating field works.
  • Develop the potential of staff to achieve high levels of industry standards, specifications, training, knowledge and technical expertise.
  • Provide an outstanding level of customer service to internal and external customers in accordance with the service standards set by Cairns Works.

To be successful in this role you will require:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Botany/Horticulture
  • Current Queensland C Class Driver’s Licence.
  • Highly developed skills and proven success in the management of Botanical Gardens and the Operations of such a facility.
  • Highly developed skills and proven success in Garden Design Horticultural practices in Tropical Gardens.
  • Highly developed organisational and decision making skills including a demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organise and coordinate a multitude of diverse and complex tasks and projects.
  • Highly developed knowledge of tropical flora taxonomy, pest, disease and weed management practises specifically related to the Cairns Botanic Areas.

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria you must go to our website:

How to Apply:
Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 
As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:
To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa


Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have tertiary qualifications in Botany/Horticulture?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Essential: Do you have highly developed skills and proven success in Garden Design Horticultural practices in Tropical Gardens?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 14/10/2019
Position Description
VRN12914 - WS3221 Curator Botanic Areas - External Information Kit.pdf Open
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.