The US Embassy has put out a call for applicants to be a Chauffeur to the Defense Attache Office.
For $49,483pa they want two years of chauffeur experience, a clean licence, and a year 12 certificate. It’s not much money for what sounds like a whole lot of work:
Major Duties and Responsibilities
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Sole driver for the principal (Defense) Attaché. Also performs various driving assignments as directed by the Defense Attaché and Operations Coordinator. With no supervision, takes responsibility for pick-up and delivery of dispatches, letters, and packages up to and including CONFIDENTIAL to/from various Australian Government/Defense agencies. Maintains schedule of events and helps U.S. Defense Attaché Office coordinate driving plans for high ranking dignitaries; responsible for arranging driving plans for spouses of visiting dignitaries, all of which are in addition to driving and escorting. Reliable and trustworthy, occasionally called upon to drive and escort dignitaries with U.S. Defense Attaché Office assistance. Ensures each of the six U.S. Defense Attaché Office vehicles are driven regularly to ensure they are safe and ready for high visibility visits where they are all used.
Auto Maintenance 25%
Solely responsible for ensuring six autos (2 vans, 1 4×4, and 3 sedans) worth over $250,000.00 AUD are kept in good mechanical condition at all times; ensuring routine preventative is performed (i.e. rotation of tires, checking oil and water levels, keeping battery water at proper level, ensuring oil is changed and autos are lubricated as required, maintains records on each vehicle and any other routine maintenance necessary); ensuring major repairs are referred to commercial company with Operations Coordinator when tired need replacing, when tune ups are necessary, and maintain records when factory vehicles and their safety during VIP visits. Ensures all vehicle logs (i.e. trip logs, motor vehicle accident forms, and petrol logs are in each vehicle). Ensure medical kits and CO2 bottles in each vehicle are complete and ready for use. Responsible for work day to ensure vehicle is ready for immediate use. Responsible for making purchases for six U.S. Defense Attaché Office vehicles (including tires, engine parts, maintenance items, etc…). Assists Operations Coordinator in FY budgets regarding automotive maintenance and fuel consumption requirements.
Cleaning and Waxing Automobiles 10%
Full detailing of vehicles – Washes and clean autos (interior and exterior) as required, but at least once a week for all 6 vehicles. Waxing each vehicle once every five weeks is required. Spraying vehicles interior and exterior wheel basis for pests from Embassy parking area.
Responsible for ordering and ensuring all six U.S. Defense Attaché official vehicles have adequate supply of petrol in tank at beginning of each day. Responsible for tracking purchases of petrol at locations other than U.S. Embassy petrol pumps and forwarding to Operations Coordinator for payment.
Represents U.S. Defense Attach Office when delivering letters of invitation to senior ranking officials of other Embassies as well as Australian Government. Assists all U.S. Defense Attaché Office members and families upon arrival to obtain drivers license, license plates, and various passes from all supporting agencies. Liaison with Federal Airports Corp., RAAF Fairbairn, Russell offices and U.S. Defense Attaché Office regarding access and pass requirements. Assists Operations Coordinator in the purchase of new vehicles by obtaining quotes on trade-ins, test driving, negotiations with dealerships on the diplomatic purchase prices of new vehicles, and ensuring good trade in value is received from various cleaners. Responsible for transporting required paperwork between Government Services Officer and Vehicle Dealership during purchases.
Anyone want to speculate what this amount of work and responsibility would be worth in the public service?