Open Space & Recreation Planner

  • Full Time
  • Willoughby, NSW
  • $106,159.23 - $114,443.40 AUD / Year

Website Willoughby City Council

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Open Space & Recreation Planner to join our team at Willoughby City Council!


About us

When you join Willoughby City Council you join a close-knit team with a big impact. We are dynamic, diverse and future-focused. We value team players who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. We serve the community and make it our job to make people’s lives better. It’s all in a day’s work.

You’ll have the freedom to grow in your career alongside likeminded people who will support you every step of the way. You’ll be part of our transformation as a Council and shape the future for the residents of Willoughby. And you’ll do it all from a thriving hub in Sydney, in the culturally-rich area we are so proud to call home.


About you

You’re looking for a role with purpose, one where you can make a meaningful difference.  You have so much to offer.  And we can see that.  As much as you bring to the table, we provide you with the support you need to accelerate your career growth.

We are constantly evolving… and that change brings with it new directions, skillsets and thinking for you to embrace.  Through collaboration and projects across the organisation, you will have incredible opportunities come your way. How far you take them, well, that’s in your hands.

No two days are the same at Willoughby City Council. In our Community, Culture & Leisure team, you’ll need a broad set of skills and an eagerness to learn.  As a customer-facing team member, you’ll respect the diversity of our community and be committed to leaving things better than you found them.

Collaboration is how we do things.  We work together and always share our achievements.  The work we do is important.  And as a member of our team, you’ll wear that with pride.


About the role

The Open Space and Recreation Planner’s primary purpose is to develop policies, strategies and management plans through a place-based approach which promotes community connection, resilience, health and wellbeing. You will lead community engagement initiatives in the development and maintenance of open spaces, parks and recreational facilities and collaborate with various stakeholders to enhance the quality of life for Willoughby City Council residents and promote sustainable recreation opportunities.



  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in public open space management or other related discipline or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in open space planning, including developing and implementing strategies, policies and plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective community consultation and customer experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Highly developed research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to write reports, policy documents and presentations.


How to apply

Apply now to join us at Willoughby City Council where you can add value and be valued for the meaningful work you do.

When you work at Willoughby Council, you will work with a diverse group of like-minded people who have people and the community at the forefront in everything we do. Check out our employee benefits on our careers page to see:

Where you can look after yourself and your loved ones
Where you can enhance your wellbeing
Where you can grow, develop and be part of a team

Enquiries: Stephen Alderton – Open Space and Recreation Team Lead – 02 9777 7978.

Applications must address all of the key responsibilities outlined in the Position Description.

Please note being fully vaccinated for Covid-19 is a requirement prior to commencement of employment with Willoughby City Council, except where a medical contraindication certificate is provided.

Successful candidates may be required to undertake pre-employment screening including police and qualification checks.

Applications close: 11.30 pm, Sunday 19/05/2024

Please note recruitment activity may commence before the closing date.

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