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There are currently 2 jobs listed by Sydney Living Museums


Organisation/Entity: Sydney Living Museums
Job Category:
  • Horticulture/Landscaping
Job Location:
  • Sydney Region
Job Reference Number: 00006WBC
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: $75,413. Package includes salary ($66,198 - $68,032), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: 0409 093 144 - Stephen Goldsworthy
Closing Date: 27/03/2019 - 11:59 PM


Organisation: Sydney Living Museums, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Office of Environment and Heritage
Location: Various locations – Sydney
Job Grade/Classification: Horticulturist/Trades Officer Level 6 - $75,413. Package includes salary ($66,198 – $68,032), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. 


This recruitment activity is conducted in accordance with Rule 26 of the Government Sector Employment Rules 2014 in relation to the employment of eligible persons. This role is targeted for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and people with refugee status. This role is open to all applicants; however, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and refugee candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Sydney Living Museums (SLM) is committed to providing a flexible and inclusive workplace culture that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe, respected, valued and heard regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or ability. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ communities, from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Our commitment is demonstrated through workplace diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and initiatives.

SLM provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community. We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and hidden impairments disabilities. SLM will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process where required. If you have an intellectual, speech or vision impairment  or are hard of hearing and have access requirements that require reasonable adjustment in the assessment process, or require access to information about this vacancy in a different format, please call the Head of Human Resources on 02 8239 2366.


About the agency
Sydney Living Museums is a leading government agency in Australia with responsibility for conserving, managing, interpreting and activating places and sites of local, national and international significance. Established in 1980, our collection includes the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, Australia’s oldest surviving government building through to the twentieth century Rose Seidler House, which marks the arrival of the modernist movement to Australia. The collection is unlike other museums in that the significance of each is in the whole, and not just in the parts. The awareness of place frames each narrative. Our audiences are local, regional, national and international. Sydney Living Museums is a state cultural institution, reporting to the Minister for the Arts.


For more detailed information on the operations and activities of Sydney Living Museums click here.


About the role
This role supports the conservation and maintenance of the gardens and grounds across Sydney Living Museums’ sites and Heritage & Collections Division projects to conserve; develop and present these gardens and landscapes to the highest standards for the access, interpretation, enjoyment and education of visitors in accordance with the philosophies and agency’s corporate plan.

Applying for the role
To apply you will need to submit the following:

  • A current resume with two referees
  • A covering letter 1-2 pages in length
  • And respond to the 2 targeted questions (no more than 20 lines per answer). Your responses to the targeted questions should be submitted online during your application and not included in the covering letter.


Job notes:

  • This role will operate across various sites across Sydney.
  • Candidate’s progressing to the final stage of the recruitment will be asked to provide details of their licences and qualifications as identified in the essential requirements of the role.


Employment Status: Ongoing full-time (38 hours per week)
Contact: Stephen Goldsworthy on 0409 093 144
Closing date: 11.59pm Wednesday 27 March 2019


For more information click here for the role description and candidate information guide.


To be eligible for an ongoing role in the NSW Public Sector you need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. For temporary and casual roles you need to hold a valid visa giving you permission to work in Australia as required by the role. Where successful refugees will be appointed to the role based on their visa conditions. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a criminal record check with NSW Police.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 12 months.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.


Essential requirements the role holder needs:

  • Appropriate trade qualifications and 2 – 3 years post-qualification work experience in a public garden with high presentation and horticultural standards.
  • TAFE qualifications in Horticulture and/or equivalent.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and proven experience in pest and weed control, including safe use and application of hazardous chemicals.
  • Experience in a wide range of horticultural duties including arboriculture, soft and hard landscaping incorporating gardening practices, techniques and rationale, plant recognition, cultivation and propagation and turf culture.
  • Ability to safely use, maintain and make minor repairs to electrical, mechanical and other gardening equipment.
  • Possession of a valid NSW driver’s licence with the licence to operate manual vehicles.
  • Possession of and EWP competency ticket/licence and first aid certificate.
  • Knowledge and implementation of Workplace Health and Safety and safe manual handling practices.
  • Ability to manage lifting, carrying, standing, kneeling and moving around heritage sites, both internal and external environments is a genuine workplace requirement.
  • A medical assessment is required for this role consisting of a general health check, hearing and if required a spirometry test.

Key Application Responses

Targeted Questions:

  1. Provide an example of how you have been placed in a Horticultural garden predicament “fault in plant choice, garden design or irrigation problem” that needed immediate attention, without any contactable supervisors for assistance. Explain what the situation was, how the problem happened, what your involvement was with regard to rectifying the problem and why you chose the particular approach to solving the problem.
  2. Provide an example of how you adapt modern gardening practices to preserve and maintain plant collections in a historic garden.