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Working for council

Thousands of rewarding jobs. Jobs with stories.

Meaningful, diverse and inspiring are just some of the words used to describe a career in council.

With 77 Councils across Queensland contributing around $7.4 billion to the State economy every year, there is an inspiring range of job opportunities available.

LGAQ Ambassador and league legend, Shane Webcke, discusses these options with Workforce Strategy Executive, Tony Goode.  Video link

Careers available in local government are many and varied, because each council is different. Large councils are able to provide more services, therefore they employ more staff.

One common job

Every council employs a chief executive officer. The chief executive officer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the council, and makes sure that all council decisions are carried out.

The chief executive officer also makes sure that the money the council receives and spends is accounted for, and that council records are properly maintained - this is called administration.

What other type of jobs do councils offer?

Council employs people with a variety of skills, including clerical staff, contract managers, computer operators, accountants, rate clerks and other specialists to help with administration.

Councils may also employ works staff, who are responsible for public works, such as roads, streets, bridges, parks, gardens and special projects. The manager of works advises the council on what work is needed, and is in charge of construction staff and contractors. Many councils also employ a number of other specialists like traffic and mechanical technicians.

Environmental health officers look after public health and make sure that the environment is clean and safe. Some of their duties include supervising garbage management, controlling infectious disease issues and inspecting shops and restaurants for health and safety.

Local government planners ensure that development occurs in an orderly way. For example, this may involve making sure that large factories and homes are kept in separate areas of the council region. They prepare plans setting out where particular activities can take place and they work with building certifiers, who approve building applications and check construction work to make sure that building safety rules are followed.

Looking after the community

Councils provide many community services, as well as looking after construction and the environment, and need specific staff to carry out these tasks. Some councils employ childcare workers to operate childcare centres and before/after school centres. They may also manage senior citizen centres and employ youth officers, recreation officers, librarians and community relations officers.

Not all the people working for the council work at the town hall or civic centre. There are many more people who work out in the community, like rubbish collectors, gardeners and road workers.