Companion Animal Strategy and Education Officer

Job No: IWC874
Location: Subject to confirmation: Petersham Administration

Companion Animal Strategy and Education Officer


About Inner West Council

Formed from the amalgamation of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, Inner West Council is now among Sydney’s larger local government agencies looking after a vibrant community of 185,000 people living in some of the inner city’s most vibrant, creative, liveable and diverse suburbs. As we continue to deliver quality, innovative and inclusive programs and services, we would love it if you can join in our journey towards becoming the best council for our community.

Inner West Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity, Work Health and Safety, sustainability, continuous improvement and business excellence. The community is at the heart of the organisation and Council puts its ‘Values First’ with flexibility, integrity, respect and the spirit of team as a set of values and associated behaviours for all levels in the organisation. Employees are expected to demonstrate commitment to these values in performing their respective roles. In addition to these, the following criteria outline those that are relevant to this specific position. 


As the Companion Animal Strategy and Education Officer you will be responsible for undertaking a variety of companion animal related tasks, these include (but are not limited to): 

  • Develop, review and implement Councils Companion Animal Action Plan,
  • Planning, implementing, promoting and delivering companion animal policies, programs and projects,
  • Achieve high levels of consultation, stakeholder participation and new partnerships,
  • Produce and deliver training and educational materials and programs,
  • Organising and delivering Councils in park companion animal information and education stand.
  • Companion animal related work such as, assisting with animal collections (including after hours) and proactive/reactive park patrols.

Please read the Position Description to familiarise yourself with all the requirements and conditions of the role.


$79,232 pa to $89,635 pa (inclusive of loading) plus super;

Includes access to Operational Leaseback vehicle within the IWC leaseback vehicle scheme


 Access to One day off per month 

Essential Criteria

  1. Detailed knowledge of companion animal matters in the Local Government context.
  2. Demonstrated experience in the planning, compilation, production and delivery of training and educational materials and programs.
  3. A demonstrated ability to draft letters, reports, promotional materials, and other documents that are logical, concise, grammatically correct and in plain English.
  4. Knowledge of the State legislation that relates to the key accountabilities of this position.
  5. Ability to meet deadlines, to set and achieve realistic goals and establish work priorities.
  6. Working knowledge of budgets and finance.
  7. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated conflict resolution, consultation and negotiation, and customer service skills.
  8. Demonstrated behaviour consistent with Council’s Values of Flexibility, Integrity, Respect & the Spirit of Team.
  9. Willingness and ability to obtain a microchip implanter accreditation.
  10. Current NSW Class C Driver’s Licence.
  11. Knowledge of and commitment to equal employment opportunities, diversity, work health and safety, ethical practice

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Tertiary qualified with Diploma in Education.
  2. Microchip implanter accreditation.


Team Leader Companion Animal Services - Jenny Nelson on (02) 93925408

Closing Date

Sunday, 26 November 2017, at 11:30pm

How To Apply

Please ensure you read the Position Description at the link above. To apply, follow and answer the questions as required below and click on the "Next" button. On the following page you will be asked to attach your resume/CV. Depending on the criteria of the position, you may also be asked to attach your qualification(s), licences/tickets if it is required.  Therefore please make sure you have these attachments ready before you apply.

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