29 Sep 2021

Fire Lookout Observer Poley Tower

for Melbourne Water – Melbourne

Job Description

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Operations and Maintenance, Other, Property

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

Reporting to the Supervisor you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

The Role

Melbourne Water are recruiting a casual Fire Lookout Observer to work during the six month fire season. This role will based at Woori Yallock. As the Fire Lookout Observer you’ll be responsible for maintaining a constant scan and view of the seen area to ensure there is no evidence of fire within the vicinity.

Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents.

We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water both professionally and personally rewarding.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse grounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Fire Lookout Observer Responsibilities:

  • Work independently and in conjunction with other Fire Lookout Observers to ensure the early detection of smoke from unplanned fires.
  • Using the camera feed from Poley tower, maintain a constant scan and view of the seen area as well as constant radio and telephone listening watch. It may require the observer to locate a feature, identify the corresponding map reference and provide specialised knowledge on the local area in which the tower is located.
  • Provide situation reports to the MW Fire Duty Officer via radio/phone as required on the prevailing weather conditions at their location, and any relevant changes in weather conditions (storms, fronts, lightning) that occur. Report immediately any dramatic changes in weather; e.g. temperature, relative humidity and wind.
  • Being advised by the Fire Duty Officer of start and close-down times for Poley tower.
  • Advising the Fire Duty Office of any break in surveillance (e.g. toilet breaks) that requires leaving the spotting post and confirming when at station.
  • Giving a group call for each tower on opening and closing.
  • Participate in activities associated with fire readiness, suppression, planned burning and other emergency response and recovery operations appropriate to role, training and accreditation.
  • Maintain Occupational Health & Safety standards within the workplace through compliance with organisational and industry standards and participate in workplace OH&S processes.
  • Actively participate as a Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) team member to ensure that program objectives are met and that tasks carried out in a safe, effective and efficient manner.
  • Actively participate in training programs required for the role; Position specific requirements include:

o Hold a current Drivers Licence

o Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work visa for the employment period.

o Meet the “Category H – Office” medical and fitness requirements. This requires passing the DELWP firefighter medical assessment at least every two years

o Pass a National Police Check as part of the selection process.

o New recruits will be required to undertake the following training:

  • Basic Wildfire Awareness Training
  • DELWP Tait radio awareness course

If smoke or a fire is detected:

  • Determine the bearing from your lookout remotely, using the web based camera system.
  • Estimate the distance from your lookout remotely, using the web based camera system.
  • Look for any ground clues or topographical features that help locate the fire.
  • Judge smoke behaviour (i.e. direction, strength, colour, inversions).
  • In some cases additional information must be sought from other fire lookouts before making the smoke report. This should be done quickly via individual or group call.
  • Report the above information to the MW Fire Duty Officer (confirm that arrangements have been made through the MW Fire Duty Officer for notification of DELWP/CFA).
  • Report on smoke column and other fire behaviour characteristics as the fire develops. Observe, play or share relevant video and still imagery recorded by the system.
  • If the fire is within the CFA area, advise ESTA on ‘000’ emergency number, unless the fire to your knowledge has already been reported.
  • Maintain a log of all radio and telephone conversations, and
  • Contact the MW Fire Duty Office if there is any change in smoke behaviour/colour or weather conditions.

How to apply

Please note that this role is based at Woori Yallock. Should you wish to apply for this casual role, please click on the “apply” button and complete the online application form.

Closing date: Sunday 24 October 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment is required for this position.

How to Apply

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Job Locations: Melbourne.
Job Categories: Defence & Emergency Service and Other.
Job Tags: full time jobs for 50+, jobs for 50+, jobs for mature age, jobs for mature age workers, jobs for older workers, older workers, and older workers jobs.
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