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K9 - Dog Handler

Date: 06-Aug-2019

Location: Parklea, NSW, AU

Company: Broadspectrum

The MTC-Broadspectrum Joint Venture is an exciting enterprise delivering correctional services to the Parklea Correctional Centre (PCC) in Western Sydney under a newly awarded contract with Corrective Services New South Wales. As part of the Broadspectrum family, we are one of Australia’s most diverse and inclusive employers. We promote flexible work options and a healthy work-life balance, and sponsor a number of diversity and inclusion programs within our business.

  • Lead a Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dog
  • Permanent role
  • Outstanding ongoing career prospects


About the role:

As a Correctional Officer, the Dog Handler will lead a Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dog to enhance the safety, security and good order of Parklea Correctional Centre.


Benefits of the role include:

  • 5% allowance, in addition to the annualised salary
  • Provision of a fully maintained vehicle, including all associated running costs
  • Suitable kennelling for the K9 during periods of leave
  • Costs associated with approved veterinary treatment for the K9
  • Ongoing food supply for the K9; and
  • Kennel facilities for the employee’s home 


Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct searches of inmates, visitors, staff, facilities, buildings and perimeter fences
  • Carry out internal and external patrols, either by foot or in a response vehicle
  • Maintain responsibility for the PAD dog, including ongoing obedience and skills training, kennelling, hygiene, exercise, health and welfare
  • Document and report inmate behaviour and intelligence information; and
  • Adhere to all relevant handling procedures, including evidence handling, narcotic storage, animal husbandry and operational use of K9s.


What’s in it for you:

  • An excellent opportunity to give back to our community in a rewarding way that can change peoples’ lives 
  • Support, leadership, mentoring and development in your career
  • Being a member of a highly motivated, diverse team of people who focus on excellence
  • Ongoing career experience and learning opportunities
  • Long-term, stable employment



Our people choose to align themselves with us due to the breadth of services we offer and therefore the diverse career opportunities that our people can access. We promote a collaborative working culture that is underpinned by constructive and positive behaviours.


Skills & Experience:

You will ideally be skilled in delivering positive outcomes and results in a complex correctional environment. You will be an excellent people-person with strong interpersonal and communication skills. You will have personal values that demonstrate recognition that people can change, whilst embracing diversity and having a relentless focus on delivery and doing the right thing.

In addition, you must meet the following Selection Criteria:

  • Hold a Certificate III in Correctional Practice (this is a mandatory requirement)
  • Have a minimum 2 years’ experience working in a correctional environment (previous experience in dog handling is desirable, however not essential)
  • Hold a current, full Driver’s Licence
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate excellent negotiation skills
  • Demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity
  • Be able to work individually and within a team environment
  • Demonstrate resilience and an ability to take ownership in achieving objectives
  • Be able to pass the required fitness testing
  • Be able to successfully complete and pass the required Dog Handling course
  • Be willing to travel / stay interstate to attend the Dog Handling course if required
  • Have a secure yard to house the supplied K9 (photo evidence must be provided to demonstrate the yard space)
  • Undergo a physical yard inspection (if successful at the interview stage) 
  • Be willing to make the recommended improvements to the yard (at your own cost), if required after the inspection
  • Not have any other dog residing at the address whilst in possession of an MTC-BRS K9
  • Provide 2 current referees, whom you had a direct report to
  • Pass the Corrective Services NSW Security Clearance checks.

We acknowledge the importance of our people’s diverse experiences, talents and cultures that they bring to work with them each day. Embracing Diversity and Creating Inclusion is a key component of our Talent Management Strategy. The creation of a Diverse and Inclusive workforce is central to our ability to unlock potential and enhance our success, creating a high-performance business.

Position Reference Number: 105853

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