Numbat keeper at Perth Zoo
Numbat keeper at Perth Zoo

DBCA is an agency with diverse roles and responsibilities. It employs about 1650 people.

These include permanent staffers, contract employees, casual and seasonal workers, and trainees. They work in cities and towns, as well as in some of the most remote areas of the State. Approximately three-quarters of the workforce is employed in country areas.

DBCA operates from offices in Perth, nine regional and nearly 20 district centres, as well as from other locations. Staff work in the field, offices and laboratories, and on a range of programs and projects dealing with parks, fire protection, plants, animals and people.

Why work for us?

DBCA, one of Western Australia's largest state government agencies, provides exciting and challenging career opportunities in biodiversity conservation and park and natural resource management. We employ people with world-class scientific, policy, land and marine management, visitor services, research and educational skills.

The department's functions include biodiversity, parks and fire management. Responsibility for managing Rottnest Island, Perth Zoo and Kings Park has been added since its formation on 1 July 2017.

In addition to the attractive salary and opportunities to contribute to biodiversity and environmental conservation initiatives, the department offers incentives including:

  • a salary packaging scheme
  • flexible working arrangements
  • well-established learning and development programs
  • comprehensive health and lifestyle programs
  • subsidised corporate wardrobe
  • a National Park Entry Pass
  • opportunities to work at iconic locations throughout Western Australia

DBCA:

  • is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Indigenous Australians, young people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and women to apply for positions
  • promotes flexible working arrangements
  • has a strong commitment to the employment of Indigenous people. It aims to have 7 per cent of its workforce made up of Aboriginal people. This is a Government priority in terms of reconciliation and providing long-term, secure employment for Indigenous Western Australians. Our Aboriginal employment strategy recognises that achievement of departmental responsibilities, functions and objectives can be attained and enhanced by the participation and contribution of Aboriginal people
  • supports its staff with comprehensive training, safety and support programs, and career development opportunities. It promotes continual improvement, teamwork and flexibility within its workforce
  • has a comprehensive and inclusive trainee and employment scheme
  • is a Registered Training Organisation, which means staff and trainees can gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of certified trainers and obtain Technical and Further Education qualifications
  • is a highly sought after employer, receiving employment applications from around the world, from people who are qualified in a variety of disciplines, for a variety of positions

Additional agency-specific employment information is available from the websites of Perth Zoo, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and Rottnest Island Authority.

Job vacancies

Unsolicited job applications are generally not accepted. All Government jobs are placed on the WA Government Jobs Board, where you can also find information about careers and working for the state government. Jobs may be advertised in other relevant online and print media.

There is no particular time of the year when recruiting takes place.

The application process

The department strongly encourages you to submit your application electronically through the WA Government Jobs Board, however, we do accept hard copy applications.

Download the department's job application kit, Code of Conduct and Australasian Fire Authorities Council Interim Medical Guidelines below.

Public Sector Standards

The Public Sector Standards in Human Resource Management in Human Resource Management are available from the Public Sector Commission website. They apply to decisions relating to employment, performance management, grievance resolution, redeployment, termination and discipline.

Want to know more?

Contact the Recruitment Coordinator - People Services Branch:

  • Phone: (08) 9219 9822 [International +61 8 9219 9822]
  • Fax: (08) 9334 0478 [International +61 8 9334 0478]

Registering with the WA Government Jobs Board

Employment opportunities with the Government of Western Australia are listed on the WA Government Jobs Board. When you register with this site an email will be forwarded to you automatically whenever a position of potential interest to you is advertised.

How to register on the WA Government Jobs Board

  1. Go to the WA Government Jobs Board at jobs.wa.gov.au.
  2. Select Search for Job Vacancies on the WA Government Jobs Board.
  3. Select Email Me Job' from left menu.
  4. Register by accepting the conditions.
  5. Complete the New Account Details and Save (a password will be sent to your email address - this may take a few minutes).
  6. Select Login from the left menu, and complete your email address and password details.
  7. Select Profile under My Jobs.
  8. Select Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions from the Agency search box (and select options from other search boxes such as OccupationSalary Range to further define positions of potential interest to you), and Save.

Now that you are registered, an email will be sent to you whenever a job of potential interest to you is advertised. You can access and download any of these job vacancies plus supporting information, and even submit your application online via the WA Government Jobs Board.

To view vacancies after registering

  1. Go to the WA Government Jobs Board at jobs.wa.gov.au.
  2. Select Login from left menu and complete email address and password details.
  3. Select My Jobs from the left menu for a list of all current job opportunities of interest to you.

For more information on, or to apply for a particular position, click on the position title.

Work experience

The department receives many requests from people wishing to work with the department in a voluntary or work experience capacity.

Work experience programs for individuals may be limited to one or two weeks depending on availability and demand.

For work experience as a volunteer, contact the volunteer coordinator in the area you are interested in:

Educational work experience programs

Most, but not all secondary schools operate a work experience program run by the Department of Education. This program is funded, administered and evaluated by the schools and all students are insured for workers compensation by the Department of Education. Work experience in some operational areas of the department may be arranged as follows:

National parks

Working with a park ranger in one of Western Australia's national parks.

  • Perth metropolitan area – the closest national parks are Yanchep and John Forrest. Contact the ranger in charge.
  • Outside metropolitan area – a list of postal addresses for all national parks can be obtained by contacting DBCA general enquiries.

Wildlife protection and animal care

Work experience is not offered in this area of work. Wildlife protection and investigation work is often confidential and/or risky. No work experience is available in animal care.

State forests

If you are interested in working with a forest ranger, in a forest district responsible for the management and control of State forests or plantations, or with any Forest District Manager, see the Parks and Wildlife Service locations page for addresses, telephone numbers and fax numbers.

Science and Conservation  

Work experience may be offered within Science and Conservation, although places are limited. The department has research centres or laboratories at Kensington (including the WA Herbarium), Woodvale, Dwellingup, Manjimup and Busselton. Applicants can contact their nearest centre for information.

Page reviewed 24 Jul 2019