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Reference Number 18394
Position Full Title Senior Open Space Planner
Employment Type Permanent
Parks and City Greening
Location Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street
Position Summary

Class 6 - $111,875 plus 10% Superannuation


We are the City of Melbourne, a City of possibility and place to be bold and inspirational. 

We are rapidly transforming to meet the evolving challenges faced by a global city. With a vision of being a leading organisation for a leading capital city, our mission is to create positive impact for our community.  Each day, we work with passion and purpose so that together we achieve incredible things.

Together we Make the Difference 
How this position will Make the Difference to City of Melbourne…

As the Senior Open Space Planner you will be responsible for developing master plans, policies and strategies to ensure the city’s open space network continues to enable an inclusive, resilient and liveable city.

You will bring a high standard of critical and rigorous analysis of proposals and reports related to open space network outcomes, including city-shaping precinct planning for urban renewal areas and sensitive management of Melbourne’s significant heritage landscapes.

The ideal candidates would have a background in a similar role or related field and sound knowledge in project management for medium to large, complex projects.

You can bring… (Selection criteria)

  • Ability to demonstrate and display City of Melbourne Values – accountability, integrity, courage, respect for self and others, and striving for excellence.
  • A tertiary qualification in Recreation, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Natural Resource Management, Horticulture, or equivalent.
  • Relevant professional experience and applied knowledge of open space planning.
  • Highly developed analytical and lateral thinking skills and demonstrated experience in solving complex problems relating to open space networks, Crown land management, parks and gardens or environmental management.
  • Highly developed project management skills and demonstrated experience in managing projects within timelines and budgets.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills with an ability to represent Council in public forums and to negotiate win-win outcomes.
  • Ability to select, supervise and monitor the performance of consultants undertaking the preparation of reports and other projects.

By joining us, you will become part of a remarkable team who work in a constructive and inclusive culture to shape the future of this city.  Together, we champion difference, celebrate achievement and recognise positive impact.

To view the physical requirements of this position, please see below under Position Information.  

It is a mandatory requirement of the City Of Melbourne for all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

How to apply…

As part of the online application form you are required to:

  • attach your resume
  • attach a separate cover letter, addressing selection criteria (no more than 2 pages)

Please address your covering letter to Fiona Finlayson | Manager Open Space Planning and Green Infrastructure | Parks and City Greening -

Applications will be accepted up until 11:45pm 26 January 2022.

For those interested in working with us, the City of Melbourne offers a great range of benefits.  If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact

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City of Melbourne is proud to be a workplace that champions diversity. Our commitment is for our people to be safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best.  As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from people regardless of their gender identity and expression, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability and age. We look for the right values, skills and knowledge to build our capabilities so that we can best deliver for our community.



Closing Date 26/01/2022
Position Information
Inherent Physical Requirements profile - Type 2.pdf Open
PD_Senior_Open_Space_Planner_class_6.pdf Open
Application Guide Adobe PDFView Guide
Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEDT) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.