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Careers at Council

Hornsby Council staff

Why join Hornsby Shire Council?

If you want to work in a dynamic, fair and flexible environment and play a part in making a real difference to people’s lives, joining Hornsby Shire Council might be the right career move for you.

We are an employer of choice and take pride in our values and work collaboratively in serving our community. A job at Council could mean you make a difference in our community, work to protect and enhance the environment or gain skills that are in demand nationally and internationally.

Hornsby Shire forms part of the Northern Suburbs, being located approximately 25 kilometres north of Sydney CBD.

The Shire is bound by Wisemans Ferry and the Hawkesbury River to the North; Cowan Creek to the East; the M2 Motorway and parts of Ku-ring-gai Council area; City of Ryde and City of Parramatta to the South; and the Hills Shire to the West. We are known as the ‘Bushland Shire’ with 70 per cent of our local government area characterised by bushland comprising national park, major waterways, natural reserves and rural landscape. Of the remaining land, 10 per cent is zoned and used for urban purposes, 15 per cent is used for rural purposes and 5 per cent is for open spaces.

Our community values the variety of landscapes throughout the Shire, which is shaped by our natural environment, population growth, housing and employment opportunities. The Shire continues to change, evolve and grow to cater to the changing needs of the community.

Some of the major challenges ahead include climate change, traffic congestion, economic and technological changes, the rate of population growth and the social makeup of the community. These challenges are not unique to our area and all of Sydney is under pressure to address them.

Hornsby Shire Council is made up of two units and four divisions:

Strategy and Place Unit, which includes Place Management, Strategy, and Communications and Engagment.

Risk, Audit and Business Improvement Unit, which includes Internal Audit, Business Improvement, and Risk and Insurance

Corporate Support Division, which includes Finance and Asset Management, People and Culture, Information, Communication and Technology, Land and Property and Governance and Customer Service.

Community and Environment Division, which includes Community Services, Libraries, Natural Resources, Parks, Trees and Recreation, and Waste and Cleansing.

Planning and Compliance Division, which includes Strategic Land Use Planning, Hornsby Town Centre, Development Assessments, and Compliance and Regulatory Services.

Infrastructure and Major Projects Division, which includes Major Projects, Design and Construction, Traffic Engineering, Asset Management and Maintenance, and Aquatics and Leisure Centres.

For more information, see the Management page or download the Organisational Structure - 33kb.

We know that life isn’t all about work, so we gear our culture towards work-life balance and are proud to offer a range of benefits. These include:

  • Flex time/rostered days off.
  • Competitive salaries, Employee Recognition and Rewards Scheme and motor vehicle novated leasing for staff.
  • Access to a range of health and well-being programs including discounted gym and swim membership, Employee Assistance Program, Fitness Passport, free flu injections and more.
  • Generous leave provisions including Long Service Leave after 5 years.
  • Up to 18 weeks Parental Leave.
  • Personal development benefits ranging from apprenticeships, career development, study assistance and training programs.
  • An active social club with diverse activities.

Hornsby Shire Council’s values underpin everything we do. They give all our staff a shared vision of who we are and what we stand for as an organisation.

Our core values are:

Service - We provide a helpful and efficient service. We are local and know the neighbourhood.

Trust - We are fair and reasonable. We are mindful of the best interests of all stakeholders in the decisions we make.

Respect - We listen and encourage open and transparent communication. We are respectful of all views.

Innovation - We are resourceful and incorporate sustainable work practices. We seek to be innovative and to do things better across all facets of our operations.

Hornsby Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer. We aim to ensure that fair, equitable and non-discriminatory consideration is given to all applicants, regardless of age, sex, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexuality, transgender, carer’s responsibility, race/ethnicity or religious background. If you are selected for an interview, please advise us if you have any special requirements to assist you in attending the interview.

Councils for Gender Equality - Bronze AwardHornsby Shire Council is proud to be a recipient of the inaugural Bronze Award in the prestigious national 50:50 Vision Councils for Gender Equity Program through the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA).

The Bronze Award reflects a demonstrated commitment to improving and increasing gender equity within the local government workforce.