Apprentice Field Operator (Bridge Carpenter)

Clarence Valley Council

Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can grow and develop while having the benefit of living in an idyllic North Coast location? Here at Clarence Valley Council, we strive to be a progressive employer that offers a rewarding and flexible work environment. Our vision is to create a community full of opportunity and our workforce is where we start to achieve our community aspirations.

Located in the Northern Rivers of NSW, we cover 10,441 square kilometres with the three major community hubs of Grafton, Yamba and Maclean. We are one of the biggest employers in the Valley and can offer you a rewarding career and a new lifestyle. Our goal is to be the employer of choice in the Valley, creating opportunities for those who live here already and for those who want to move here.

We are in an exciting period of transformation with a focus on employee engagement, satisfaction and delivering exceptional services and facilities for the community.

So come and join the team while enjoying all that Clarence Valley has to offer you and your family.


Learn more about living in the Clarence Valley here.

What you need to know…

  • temporary full time -76 hours per fortnight
  • location – Koolkhan
  • 9 day fortnight
  • full payment of course fees
  • following the period of the apprenticeship, the apprentice may be considered for the permanent position of Field Operator (Bridge Carpenter)
  • access to fitness passport

About the role

Are you interested in becoming a Bridge Carpenter?  We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated person to commence a 3 year apprenticeship with our team of bridge carpenters. The role involves a great variety of work including inspection, maintenance and construction works on over 280 timber and concrete bridges within Council’s road network.

Apply to join Clarence Valley Councils Civil Services section for the opportunity to kick off your bridge carpentry career in a beautiful and geographically diverse area of the Northern Rivers.

Download the position description here.


Adele McGeary, Bridges Engineer on (02) 6640 3552

Closing date

Tuesday 11 April 2023 at 11.30 pm (NSW time).

Other important information

This position is located at Council’s Koolkhan Depot, however, this may change should business needs identify other work locations to be more appropriate to deliver our services in the future.

The successful applicant will be required to attend a block release at TAFE for 1 week a month so you will need to have a driver’s licence or the ability to arrange travel to and from TAFE each week

A probation period applies to this position.

How to apply:

  • All applications must be lodged online via Council’s website
  • Attachments such as certificates and licences must be combined into one document before you attach them to your application.
  • For further information about the selection process including tips on how to address the selection criteria please refer to the Careers page on the Clarence Valley Council website. 

For this application you will be required to supply a resume and relevant certificates and licences.


Council is an EEO employer and First Nations people are encouraged to apply.

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