Job

Ranger Team Coordinator

An opportunity exists with the Ngaanyatjarra Land & Culture Program for a Ranger Team Coordinator to join our team based on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, WA. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated person, to live and work in the Western Desert supporting Ngaanyatjarra people to look after and manage country.

As part of the Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture Program, the Coordinator will work with the Rangers (employed under the Commonwealth funded Indigenous Ranger Program) to implement the Ngaanyatjarra Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) Plan that covers 9.8 million ha of desert country. The Ngaanyatjarra IPA Plan has a strong focus on supporting Ngaanyatjarra people maintain their connection to country and on Indigenous knowledge/ practice for the protection of environmental values. The plan recognises the importance of economic development for the well-being of communities. The role also involves assisting Ngaanyatjarra Rangers and senior knowledge holders to undertake cultural heritage protection and other fee for service activities in relation to land access issues in the region. 

 

About the role

The successful candidate will be prepared to undertake the following duties and possess the following qualities for this role:

  • Support Ngaanyatjarra people to look after and manage country and support engagement with the Land and Culture program.
  • Facilitate and support Traditional Owners/ Community in the continuity of inter-generational transfer of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice.
  • Provide on-ground support, primarily to Indigenous Rangers, employed under the Ngaanyatjarra Ranger Project and Traditional Owners to deliver Land and Culture program objectives.
  • Facilitate the implementation of yearly Ranger team work plans, including logistics (planning and conducting regular field trips to remote area locations) procurement and administrative requirements.
  • Facilitate delivery of a range of field activities including cultural heritage management, threatened and pest species management, fire management, capacity building, rockhole cleaning and visitor and tourist management.
  • Assist the Ranger teams in the development of annual work plans and delivery of reporting requirements, in line with funding agreements.
  • Work collaboratively with Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture program staff to undertake land access activities including fieldwork and other research associated with Native Title issues. Assist in Anthropological work at the direction of the Principal and Senior Anthropologist.
  • Work collaboratively with other Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture program staff to implement the program’s land and cultural heritage management projects, including managing grants and project budgets reporting and acquittals.
  • Collect and manage Geographic Information System (GIS) data
  • Maintain ongoing accurate records of project activities.
  • Provide field support to other Land and Culture staff.
  • Provide support to feral camel management activities of the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company
  • Attend to the general maintenance and upkeep of vehicles and equipment used in fieldwork.
  • Prepare project plans, reports, funding applications, budgets and financial acquittals as required.
  • Communicate project outcomes to a wider audience.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Qualifications in relevant field: Anthropology (highly desirable); Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Agricultural Sciences or extensive relevant experience including logistical support for land management/ heritage projects (especially in remote environments); bore and machinery maintenance.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities and knowledge/ understanding of the challenges affecting Western Desert Aboriginal people.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to live in a remote Aboriginal community.
  • Ability to work independently and in small teams; ability to prioritise & plan flexible & creative work programs.
  • Practical aptitude for technical manual tasks and a demonstrated ability to pass skills on to others.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to write reports and/ or deliver presentations for a range of audiences and to communicate effectively with a range of indigenous and non-indigenous audiences.
  • Good word processing and spreadsheet skills.
  • Current driver’s license and Working with Children Check or ability / willingness to obtain these. 
  • Willingness to undergo a full medical as this position requires a high level of fitness to perform the role.

Benefits

The position has Base Salary range between Level 4.2 of $74,462.09 – Level 5.3 of $86,766.76 commensurate with skills and experience.  

Superannuation guarantee (9.5%) and additional allowances apply including Remote Allowance, Relocation Allowance and annual airfare.

The position will receive 4 weeks annual leave (with 17.5% leave loading), 3 weeks Additional Leave (one week to be taken every three months) as well as 1-week remote leave accrued annually.

Ngaanyatjarra Council is a public benevolent institution (PBI) for income tax purposes, making available excellent salary sacrifice arrangements.

A fully furnished house in community is provided including utilities and access to work vehicle.

 

How to apply

Please apply with your Resume, providing contact details for two referees that may be contacted as part of the shortlisting process after interview, and a Cover Letter, addressing the Selection Criteria, to:

Andrea Broderick

HR Officer

Ngaanyatjarra Council

andrea.broderick@ngcouncil.org.au

Phone: 08 9363 1805

If you would like to join our team then we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Applications must address the Selection Criteria

Alternatively should you like an application package, please contact our Human Resources Department 08 9363 1805