Civil Engineering Designers | Career Expanding Opportunities

Job No: PEAK336
Location: North Queensland

  • Rare Opportunities to Start or Enhance your Career in Civil Design
  • Report to a Leader who will expose you to all aspects of design
  • Attractive Salaries + Super + 5 weeks’ Leave + Relocation Assistance

Dunk Island. Mission Beach. You could have a great lifestyle and live and work in paradise. Work with a collaborative leader and accelerate your career in civil design!

About the Region

Running from Cairns to Cardwell, the Cassowary Coast is one of the undiscovered gems of Queensland - a quiet stretch of coastline bordered by the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Mission Beach (one of four separate towns spread along a 14km stretch of palm-fringed beach) is at its heart. While most of the coastal lowlands has been cleared, there are still plenty of natural places to explore - from isolated tropical beaches to Queensland's two highest mountains, the mist-shrouded Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker. 

The Cassowary Coast is named after the distinctive and endangered flightless bird which inhabits the region, and it covers an area of approximately 4,700 square kilometres. Mission Beach is one of the most important remaining homes of the endangered cassowary.

The region is a mix of town, rural and coastal communities boasting beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and scenic mountains. There are over 3,500 businesses operating in the area, with potential for new business growth and development in all the towns and communities. The most recognisable industries linked to the region are tourism and primary industries. The Cassowary Coast is Australia's premier banana-growing region and a well-known cane-growing region.

Essential services are readily accessible. The estimated resident population is 30,000.

The Cassowary Coast is well connected to other parts of the nation via the Bruce Highway which passes through many of the region's townships. The Palmerston Highway provides connectivity with the Tablelands region and is its major goods transport route. The region can also be accessed by sea through the commercial port at Mourilyan Harbour, by air through one of three aerodromes, and by rail.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has embarked on a program of transformation and renewal to realign the business of Council with the Council’s vision. There is significant community expectation on the Council that services and service delivery is reviewed and provided in a manner that results in best value for ratepayer dollar. The Council has a program of priority projects to transform organisation culture, the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and regional growth and development. The CEO is leading this program of transformation with the leadership team and key to this is a transformational change in the way services are provided to the community. This includes leading the development and implementation of a complete customer service methodology and a comprehensive planning and scheduling program to reduce reactive maintenance and produce quality, consistency and certainty in service provision to the community, resulting in a best value outcome for the provision of services.

The Council is on the cusp of an exciting program of economic activation across the region. Together with their focus on organisation development they will ensure that capability maximises community and regional achievements.  There couldn’t be a more exciting time to join and play a role in leading and managing a range of communication initiatives.

Underpinning their philosophy and the exciting opportunities ahead, Cassowary Regional Council is proud to provide its employees with excellent employment conditions and benefits that encourage employees to manage a healthy family/work life balance.

These benefits include:

  • Generous leave with up to 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • Long Service Leave which may be available pro rata after seven years of service
  • Parental Leave
  • Generous Superannuation Plan through LGIA or options to exercise choice impact
  • Personal Leave (Sick/Carers) 5 days above the Fair Work standard - 15 days per year
  • Learning and Development opportunities
  • Reimbursement of some professional registration fees for selected roles
  • Employee Assistance Program also available for family members
  • Generous Salary Sacrifice opportunities
  • Flexible working schedules (determined by operational requirements) 

The Roles

Lead Designer - This key role is responsible for the preparation of designs, drawings and estimates for new and renewal infrastructure projects. You will be exposed to a wide variety of projects in both size, scale and technical scope ensuring the opportunity to diversify your skills and experience across different civil projects. This will include the delivery of quality design and documentation for projects across roads works, stormwater drainage, water supply and sewerage reticulation and other municipal engineering works.

As a collaborative team environment, your ideas will be shared, learning is encouraged and supported, and you will have the opportunity to innovate across design processes. In this dynamically changing world, there is a focus on developing new technologies and efficiencies to deliver optimum outcomes for council.

Junior Civil Design Draftsperson - You have an interest in civil design and the ability to quickly learn and provide drafting support to senior designers. You could be studying at TAFE, a final year student or recently been a Trainee Civil and Structural Drafters/Designer.  Regardless, this is a rare opportunity to kick-start your career with a diverse Council and to work for a Manager with extensive experience who is dedicated to the development of his people and their careers.

About You

Irrespective of which role you are interested in you will have a positive attitude, accept constructive criticism as part of learning and embrace developing your capability around delivering quality design outcomes, and to providing a level of customer service that meets business and community goals and expectations.

Importantly, you act with integrity, respect, and courage, showing care for the people you work with and the community you represent.

Why These Roles?

  • Council’s Principal Designer is passionate about the development of his team and will provide ongoing opportunities for networking, training, rotations, mentoring, and exposure to different business areas and career paths.
  • Entry-level drafters/designers will be actively involved in a variety of challenging projects that will develop your technical and professional skills. Long-term career prospects include supervisory and management responsibilities, or technical specialisation depending on your interest.
  • For the Lead Designer managing a significantly diverse portfolio will undoubtedly set you up to realise your future career/leadership aspirations. You will be dealing with all levels of stakeholders across Council and the Community and work in a team that has a strong vision of what can be achieved and who will value your ideas and support you.

If you are not a local and a ‘sea change’ is something you have been looking for this could be your chance to enjoy life some work/life balance and all the benefits of living in a coastal location. Alternatively, it may represent a move for those already in FNQ who are keen to accelerate their career.

The organisation is very ‘family-friendly’ and flexible hours and working arrangements are genuinely supported by management. 

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Cassowary Coast Regional Council, exclusively on these positions. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in the recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for these positions, please read the information above carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

Applications will close on Monday 1st March at 10pm.  Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time. 

For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall, Principal Consultant Recruitment, Peak Services on 0438 943 854.

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