Vacancy Details

Open Space and Recreation Planner

  • Salary Range Band 7 $101,791 - $113,909 plus 10.5% Super
  • Full time, 2 year temporary position
  • Located at St Kilda Town Hall with flexible working arrangements possible.

About the Organisation 

The City of Port Phillip is an inner-city council with around 1000 employees who deliver more than 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses and visitors. These range from childcare and immunisations, to libraries, management of parks and open space, rubbish collection, road maintenance and more. City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation.

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced Open Space and Recreation Planner who can develop and implement a detailed open space and recreation delivery plan for Fishermans Bend to provide Council with a clear longer-term view of open space priorities and the preferred staging and location of new sport and recreation facilities to address the needs of the growing Fishermans Bend community.

The role would join our Open Space team and work closely with internal and external stakeholders to gain outcomes for open space and recreation in Fishermans Bend. The role would suit someone who understands open space and recreation planning, is experienced in developing delivery plans and is responsive to the needs of the community.


  • Develop and implement a detailed open space and recreation delivery plan for Fishermans Bend 
  • Identify the transitional key moves across existing and proposed open spaces 
  • Align the work with core Council strategies 
  • Reconcile the service planning and key moves with the Fishermans Bend Taskforce, to inform Council’s advocacy position to the State and Federal Government
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the precinct planning, infrastructure and design projects led by the State Government and Council incorporate the Council and community priorities for public open space 
  • Prepare reports to Council as required on policy, planning and operational issues 
  • Identify external funding and grant opportunities 
  • Develop and deliver engagement and communication plans and respond to customer enquiries and complaints relevant to this role.  

Skills and Experience 

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline such as sport, recreation or leisure planning, urban planning, urban design or a closely related discipline or lesser formal qualifications with extensive experience in open space or sport and recreation planning.  
  • Government experience in the development, implementation and review of open space or sport and recreation planning.
  • Experience developing strategic documents, project management and the delivery of integrated outcomes. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and highly developed interpersonal and liaison skills. 
  • High level analytical and conceptual skills in solving complex problems relating to the planning for, and management, of public open spaces or sport and recreation facilities. 
  • Demonstrated experience and high-level ability to mediate and liaise for positive outcomes with a range of community and political stakeholders with conflicting interests. 


People enjoy working at the City of Port Phillip because we are a welcoming, healthy and inclusive workplace.  We offer a vibrant and diverse work environment where our employees can develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community. 


  • We offer a workplace which accommodates your working style and needs. 
  • Be supported and empowered by a leadership team that is community focused, with a strong desire for change and a culture that encourages teamwork and innovation.
  • Training and development opportunities, study assistance, flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, an active social club, a health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Security Requirements and Professional Obligations      

Pre-employment screening will apply to all appointments.  

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of mandatory qualifications/registrations/licences,
  • Sufficient proof of their right to work in Australia, and                                                       
  • Sufficient proof of their identity. 
  • Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination or valid medical exemption in line with City of Port Phillip Vaccination Policy 
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider.
  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check (employee type with City of Port Phillip registered as the organisation).  

How to Apply


All applicants must provide a Cover Letter in response to the key selection criteria located on the last page of the position description. The Cover Letter should be no longer than 2 pages and include each heading in the Key Selection Criteria.

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Claire Ulcoq, Coordinator Open Space, on phone 0481 396 662 or email 

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 11 June 2023. 

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability.

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact David Crichton (Recruitment and Employee Experience Lead) on phone 0466 859 533 or email: