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Join our Operational Officer (OpO) Program

Participating in our Operational Officer (OpO) program is a great way of helping to protect the community and support our volunteers, while enjoying a career in the NSW RFS.

The OpO program is a unique opportunity for NSW RFS employees to gain experience in a wide range of activities in district and regional roles, as well as other specialised sections across the organisation.

With three levels of Operations Officer, unique employment opportunities exist for candidates to continue to develop and promote within the service.

OpO is designed to give candidates greater opportunities and to progress to their full potential, employees will have the opportunity to rotate through different locations (for no less than two years in each location), and through a wide range of activities. This will give experience in areas such as coastal, mountainous and western areas and may also include operational roles in Regional locations, Headquarters or Operational & Mitigation Services.

The program is designed to give employees experience in a wide range of activities undertaken in different places and to develop the full range of skills needed to protect the community and support our volunteers.

Training will be provided in areas such as prescribed burning and media liaison, as well as many other roles including undertaking Intelligence, Planning and Logistics roles during major incidents.

Operational Officers in the fieldWhy join our OpO program?

  • You are looking for an exciting and challenging role with the NSW Rural Fire Service
  • You want to learn more about all areas of the NSW RFS through a unique employment opportunity
  • You want to help members of the community
  • You want to assist with major operations

How does the OpO program work?

  1. Read through the candidate information pack
  2. Complete the online application on I Work For NSW.
  3. Candidates short listed – suitable candidates invited to attend Capability Assessment
  4. Candidates that demonstrate appropriate level of capability through the Capability Assessment process invited to undertake a two week live-in training and induction program
  5. Referee checks undertaken
  6. Successful candidates advised of placement in talent pool
  7. Talent pool active for 12 months during which time offers of initial assignment may be made
  8. Complete the structured training program following acceptance of an initial assignment

Candidates will be ranked based on their performance throughout the recruitment and induction process to inform their initial assignment. Once completed and after the initial assignment (which is no less than two years), employees will be provided with the opportunity to be rotated to a new location for their next assignment.

Where can I apply?

You can apply through the I Work For NSW website, however if you register your interest we will keep you updated with dates as the program progresses throughout the year.

You can register to be notified when the next round opens by completing the form below or you can email our recruitment team at

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You can also check the website for other roles which may be available from time to time.