Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Salary: $114,928 – $123,710 pa. + super
Fixed-term, full-time position available immediately up until April 2025
VRN: 57356

This position sits within the Volunteers and Visitor Experience Team (VVE), which is the section of Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) that facilitates volunteers to assist across the estate, builds partnerships to foster nature-based tourism, and coordinates estate-wide visitor experience and interpretation programs

PCS manage an extensive suite of natural land tenures in the Australian Capital Territory including national parks and reserves. The region is a growing mecca for mountain bike riding, outdoor events, horse-riding, remote area hiking and other nature-based activities. The ACT is shifting its public service image and driving unique opportunities for competitive tourism product development.

We are seeking an experienced project and policy manager to lead the development, approval, implementation, and management of a framework to facilitate and regulate nature-based activities and business opportunities across the PCS managed estate. This framework should foster and guide activities that are environmentally sustainable and commensurate with global, national, and local agreements, policies, management plans and initiatives.

The Commercial Tourism – Project and Policy Manager is responsible for the management and development of an appropriate commercial tourism framework and associated ventures within PCS estate, with support from the Commercial Tourism Manager.
This includes managing the Nature Stays portfolio of properties, compliance frameworks such as relevant Plans of Management, the Nature Conservation Act (2014), the Public Unleased Land Act (2007) and the Emergencies Act (2004), in addition to developing stakeholder relationships with industry, government, and community, to seek out, identify and develop tourism opportunities and challenge solutions for the Commercial Tourism Stream of VVE.

Eligibility/other requirements


  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to – Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration (act.gov.au)
  • Be prepared to wear a uniform; and
  • Possess a manual drivers’ licence.

Highly Desirable:

  • Tertiary qualifications relevant to natural or cultural resource management and/or recreation or tourism management in protected areas are desirable but not essential.
  • Experience in visitor experience development and management of activities in protected areas.

Note:  This is a temporary position available immediately up until April 2025.

An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months.

How to Apply

Please submit a written application addressing the Selection Criteria limiting responses to 350 word per criteria, along with your current curriculum vitae, listing two referees and their contact details.

Applications should be submitted online.

For further information contact: Lisa Testoni on Lisa.Testoni@act.gov.au or 0422 069 693.

Applications close: Monday, 4 July 2022.