Career Opportunities

Phone 4044 3310 or contact via email or

Cairns Regional Council is proud to offer a wide range of career opportunities to current and new employees. Some of the opportunities available are:


Council offers cadetships in engineering and design. Cadets receive financial support to gain a tertiary qualification complemented by the real world, practical on-the-job skills and experience.

  • Annual scholarship payment
  • Reimbursement of FEE-HELP
  • Paid casual employment during semester breaks
  • Reimbursement of one economy return airfare from the place of study within Australia to Cairns per annum to be utilised to undertake vacation employment during the mid-year and/or Christmas-New Year university break.


Full-time and school-based apprentices complete their trade with a trade qualification complemented by the real world, practical on-the-job skills and experience.

Apprenticeships offers 

  • Certificate III Electro Technology Systems Electrician
  • Certificate III Plumbing
  • Certificate III Engineering – (Fabrication Boilermaker)
  • Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical (Diesel Fitting)
  • Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitting and Turning)
  • Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical (Small Engines)
  • Certificate III Carpentry


Certificate I, II and III level traineeships complemented by the real world, practical on-the-job skills, and experience. Traineeships offered include:

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Horticulture
  • Civil Construction

Work Experience

Phone 4044 3044 or contact via email

Work experience opportunities within Council are available all year round and across all areas of Council. Contact Human Resources to enquire about participating in work experience at Council.


Council Workplace Tours

Schools can participate in group tours of our worksites to introduce students to the wide array of vocations at Cairns Regional Council.

Career Information/Employment Expos/ Work Readiness Programs

Contact the Human Resources Department to arrange for Council representatives to attend and participate in your school’s career, employment and work readiness sessions.

Employee benefits

There are generous employee benefits and career development opportunities. Enjoy an exciting and rewarding career with excellent working conditions and benefits including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Generous superannuation
  • Relocation expenses
  • On-going personal and professional development opportunities
Last updated: 06 November 2017