Brisbane City Council has such a large variety of jobs and careers that it's hard to choose which on might suit you best. Meet some Council employees and find out what their jobs are really like.
Bus driver - Peter
'I started working for Council as a trainee bus operator in January 2006. I’d been working in sales in the motor industry for 20 years and was looking for a sea change. I saw an ad in the paper in a coffee shop one day and rang for an application kit.
The best thing about working for Council for me is the degree of autonomy it allows. Council’s requirements and expectations for being a bus operator are clear - you need to love driving and be tolerant of people. I also appreciate the scope for advancement, if you choose to pursue that.'
Environmental Engineer - Elisha
'I started at Council in a work placement capacity as part of my environmental engineering degree. So far I’ve worked on numerous projects in pollution prevention, including the Regional Air Quality Modelling Project and Brisbane Air Quality Strategy.
In 2005, I was lucky enough to take part in an employee exchange with Council’s sister city Taiwan and in 2007 was also given the opportunity to use my skills to contribute to a joint Brisbane City Enterprises/AusAID project with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Soloman Islands.
One of the best things about Council is the flexible working arrangements. I get to build a successful career and still have plenty of time to live and play.’
Technical Officer - Adrian
‘I came to Council with the help of a wonderful lady from Vision Queensland Employment Services. With her help I am now 10 years into a career with an organisation that, by my reckoning, sees people first and their disability second.
With the support of amazing colleagues I have been able to gain back what 12 years of rejection had eroded away -- my self-belief and confidence.
I am a specialist working in the area of business improvement within Council's award-winning Customer Contact Centre. I spend most of my days crafting new customer focused solutions as well as maintaining existing systems that aid the smooth running of the centre. I have also been actively involved with Council's Disability Reference Group which strives to improve the working lives of all people with a disability employed by Council.
My passion is IT accessibility and I'm pleased with the changes the group has been able to influence in this area.’
Urban Planner - Beth
‘I’ve been practising as an urban planner for nearly 10 years and have had experience in both plan making and development assessment.
In 2001 I left a large private planning firm to join Brisbane City Council’s strategic planning team. I’ve prepared many emerging community plans including Calamvale, Doolandella and Rochedale.
Now I’m working in urban renewal and am preparing the first Neighbourhood Plan for Albion, which has been designated for transit oriented development.’
Urban Planner - Timna
‘I started my planning career in Council working in a customer service role on a planning counter. Here, I decided to study planning part-time and have now worked as a qualified urban planner for Council for the last 10 years.
I started out in development assessment and then moved to Council’s Planning Appeals section where I managed the legal complexities of development cases, liaising with both legal professionals and expert witnesses.
I’m now working in neighbourhood planning, where we get to work on the ground talking to the community about development issues. I’ve worked on a number of neighbourhood plans including Wynnum/Manly, Centenary suburbs and Sherwood/Graceville. I currently share a team leader role with my job-share partner.
I think getting to work in such a variety of positions has definitely been a major reason I’ve continued my career with Council.’