Plant Operator - Backhoe

A rare opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced Backhoe Operator, to join our Civil Operations team, based at the Paget Depot.

Working under the supervision of a Leading Hand/Supervisor, your main responsibility is to carry out labouring and plant operation duties associated with the maintenance and construction of road and drainage assets, or other associated civil infrastructure.

Essential Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

  • Current General Construction Safety "White" Card
  • Current QLD Manual Car ‘C’ Class Open Driver’s Licence
  • Current QLD Heavy Rigid Truck ‘HR’ Class Licence or ability to obtain
  • Current Certificate of competency to operate backhoe and other plant equipment
  • Current Traffic Controllers Ticket
  • Experience in operation of heavy mechanical plant, in particular backhoe
  • Extensive experience in construction/maintenance of roads and drainage infrastructure

Salary & Benefits Package:  

  • $51,139 - $52,245 base salary + allowances / overtime as applicable
  • Choice of 4 or 5 weeks’ annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Up to 18% superannuation contribution (conditions apply)
  • 9 day fortnight roster
  • May be eligible for salary sacrificing options
  • Membership to lifestyle benefits program including corporate discounts
  • Study and assistance programs for career development
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program


For a Position Description and information on how to apply please visit

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and a brief statement addressing the selection criteria. The selection criteria can be found on the last page of the Position Description, available to be downloaded from the vacancy on Council’s website.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, where all applicants are treated with fairness and respect and have equal access to all opportunities available. At Mackay Regional Council, diversity is about creating a respectful and inclusive workplace that recognises the unique contributions and perspectives of our employees, working together to deliver extraordinary results.