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Heavy Plant Operator / Labourer

By May 10, 2024No Comments

Come and work as a vital member of our Works team here at Mareeba Shire Council, located within an easy one-hour drive from Cairns offering a regional lifestyle with all its benefits in relatively close proximity to Cairns.

The Role:

Our Heavy Plant Operator / Labourers operate and maintain a wide variety of Council plant which can range from heavy plant such as rollers, excavators, loaders and in particular backhoes as well as job trucks and slashers and perform labouring duties and manual handling tasks as required.  Maintenance of a safe working environment and correct manual handling techniques are a vital requirement of this position.

Our Heavy Plant Operator / Labourers are required to work in a variety of locations across the Shire including works programs that involve working and camping in remote locations for specific periods of time.

The position calls for physically demanding work to be undertaken in a hot and humid climate on a daily basis.  As such, our Heavy Plant Operator / Labourers must be physically fit and able to efficiently and consistently undertake these tasks.  This includes a requirement to maintain their weight at or below the Safe Working Load (SWL) for the machinery and equipment they will be required to use or operate.

What we are looking for:

  • You will be a competent and safe plant operator who works to exact specifications in civil construction environments
  • You will have a mechanical aptitude which allows you to recognise faults in heavy plant and apply the correct maintenance or identify the correct repair action to be taken
  • You will be a results-focused individual with a strong work ethic who enjoys contributing to a team environment with both team members and supervisors
  • You will have sound written and verbal communication skills and be able to follow instructions
  • You will have the physical ability to undertake manual handling and labouring tasks for extended periods in hot and humid conditions

The role is physically demanding and requires you to be physically fit and will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a pre-employment medical assessment.

What we can offer you:

  • Permanent, full-time position
  • LGEA Level 5 – $58,240 per annum
  • Mareeba Allowance of $1,651 per annum and other Award allowances as applicable
  • Work/life balance – 9-day fortnight
  • 5 weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Up to 12% employer superannuation contributions
  • Lifestyle benefits such access to a Fitness passport
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrificing options


Please send the following documents to

  • Short cover letter (no more than 300 words)
  • Your current resume
  • Completed Employment Application form

Applications Close: Sunday, 26 May 2024  

For further information about this position contact William Morgan, Foreperson Construction & Maintenance, on 0409 064 278 (during business hours only).

Mareeba Shire Council is committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity and workplace diversity. We encourage a diverse workforce reflective of our community to better meet the needs of our customers.