• Work for an agency that makes a difference to Australia and for Australians
  • Opportunity to work as part of a high performing team and contribute to the high standard of service delivery at the heritage-listed Government House property at Yarralumla

Horticulture Operations Officers GHO2/3 

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About the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (the Office) is a small Commonwealth budget-funded statutory agency with staff located at Government House, Canberra and Admiralty House, Sydney.  The Official Secretary leads an organisation committed to identifying and implementing innovative ways to support the Governor-General in carrying out his constitutional, statutory, ceremonial and public duties.

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General supports the Governor-General to fulfil his duties.  This includes:

  • Management and maintenance of the official household and two official residences, Government House in Canberra and Admiralty House in Sydney
  • Planning and managing the Governor-Generals program
  • Administration of the Australian Honours and Awards system

We are seeking highly-motivated and enthusiastic Horticultural Operations Officers to work as part of the Horticultural Operations Team led by the Horticultural Operations Coordinator, as part of the Property and Services Team within the People and Services Branch. Government House is a 54 hectare property and is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage list. It comprises both heritage buildings and landscape elements including heritage gardens, significant lawns, tree plantings and a mob of eastern grey kangaroos.  The grounds consist of 10 hectares of tendered gardens, 8 hectares irrigated turf and 32 hectares of drylands with the remaining being hard landscape elements and buildings. Horticultural Operations ensure the grounds are appropriately presented to support the Governor-Generals program. Click here for a virtual tour of Government House, Canberra. 

About the Roles

The Horticultural Operations Officers work with direction from the Senior Horticultural Operations Officers on duties associated with horticulture development and maintenance, including assisting with turf management and irrigation systems depending on the priorities for the team. The successful candidates will be expected to have knowledge and experience in horticulture, gardening and/or turf, be able to work with limited supervision, work co-operatively with other team members, and display a willing attitude and proven reliability. The successful candidates will need to adopt safe work practices at all times.

The position is a varied role with a wide range of duties, and will require the successful candidates to have a high level of organisation, substantial relevant work experience, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads.


  • Under direction, undertake assigned horticultural work to agreed standards
  • Understand relevant health and safety requirements, and operate to the highest standards of safety at all times
  • Operate and maintain a wide range of plant and equipment used in landscape maintenance
  • Work effectively as part of the Horticultural Operations Team
  • Undertake duties associated with events, such as setting up infrastructure and welcoming guests.


Formal qualifications including horticulture, gardening and/or turf management with a minimum of two years previous experience is desired, however equivalent proven extensive horticultural/gardening experience will be considered. A current manual drivers license and appropriate medical clearance is required. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Practical work experience in general garden, landscape and turf maintenance, and a knowledge of weed, pest and disease identification and control methods, irrigation, nutrition and pruning.
  2. Ability to operate and maintain gardening tools, equipment and machinery.
  3. Practical working knowledge of the safety aspects associated with landscape maintenance and working outdoors.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, including a cooperative and willing attitude, proven initiative and reliability.
  5. Effective communication, interpersonal and liaison skills: the ability to deal with people at all levels, including at the most senior level. Suitable personal attributes including sound judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion, integrity, initiative, diligence, and reliability.


Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidates within the classification band, and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The salary band ranges from $53,596 to $66,298 plus 15.4% superannuation. The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General Enterprise Agreement and Determination can be accessed here.

Special Requirements

Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply, and the successful candidate will need to pass and maintain a police check and appropriate security clearance.

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a cover letter and updated resume and be sent.

A merit list will be established from this selection process, and may be used to fill future vacancies.

Referees - please provide the names and contact details of two previous supervisors as referees on your resume.  We will seek your permission prior to contacting them.

Applications Close - 20 September 2020

07/09/2020 $0 ACT 1 Trades & Services
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