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Chief Executive Officer

Employer: Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Conservation & Land Management, Executive & Senior Management, Indigenous, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Darwin

Job posted on: 10 August, 2018.
Applications close: 31 August, 2018. (Expired)

  • Contract term: Up to 3 years full time
  • Reports to: Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation Board of Directors
  • Location: Darwin, and the Arafura Swamp Ranger station – Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
  • Remuneration: $120,000 neg + Superannuation, company vehicle for work associated use, salary sacrifice arrangements are available
  • Start date: For immediate commencement

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC)

The Corporation, through its Rangers and people with customary management responsibilities undertakes land and sea management activities in an area of approximately 12,000 km2 surrounding the Arafura Swamp. The work of the Rangers is critical to the on-ground implementation of ASRAC’s land management strategies on behalf of landowners.

ASRAC Rangers consult and work with Traditional Owners to implement, monitor and update the Corporation’s Healthy Country Plan 2017-2027 which identifies 12 priorities for management that can be summarised as: our people, our culture, our knowledge and our country (swamp, saltwater, freshwater, woodland, jungle, and rock country).

The health of country and cultural knowledge and practice will be maintained or improved by:

  • Managing fire effectively by prescribed burning and wildfire response
  • Conducting feral animal control in line with landowner expectations and requests
  • Mapping and managing weeds, with emphasis on early interventions preventing weed spread
  • Conducting flora and fauna surveys to inform management of habitat condition
  • Protecting and documenting cultural sites and supporting and conserving cultural practices
  • Working in collaboration with other indigenous ranger groups and local organisations
  • Supporting people to get out onto country and transfer knowledge
  • Providing visitor management, emergency response, including rescue and recovery
  • Undertaking other land management activities as required by landowners and the ASRAC Board

ASRAC employs 25 full time, part time and casual staff and manages a budget in excess of $3 million per annum.

ASRAC has a contract to deliver a range of land management outcomes through Working on Country (WOC) program.

ASRAC is contracted to ALFA (NT) Ltd to undertake fire management.

ASRAC is funded to build a crocodile hatchery and growing facility in the 2018-19 period.

The CEO will be responsible for the delivery of the Healthy Country Plan and support the Board to effectively govern the organisation and ensure that strategic and operational goals are achieved. 

The CEO will ensure the capacity of the organisation to deliver on WOC, NTG, ALFA (NT) Ltd and other contracts.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:


  1. A demonstrated understanding of the administrative and operational requirements for effective management of an Indigenous Land Management agency and the governance of an indigenous not-for-profit corporation
  2. Demonstrated successful experience in conservation management including:
    1. High level planning aimed at problem solving and identification of work priorities;
    2. Knowledge of natural and cultural heritage principles;
    3. Financial management;
    4. Interpreting a range of legislation and polices relevant to planning and conservation; and
    5. Dealing with issues arising from working on Aboriginal lands in a very remote location.
  3. Demonstrated ability to successfully purchase and install infrastructure, plant and equipment, and maintain it.
  4. Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills including a demonstrated ability to provide advice to, consult with, and effectively facilitate communication amongst Aboriginal people, the scientific community, government agencies and other external bodies.
  5. Demonstrated effective human resource and team leadership experience, including facilitating change in the workplace and being an effective team leader.
  6. Sound knowledge to apply and promote the principles of workplace participation and work health and safety in the workplace.


  1. Experience living and working in a remote Aboriginal community
  2. Working knowledge of Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976, Native Title Act 1993, Aboriginal Land Act NT (1978), Sacred Sites Act (1979) and the Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999)
  3. Knowledge and experience of outstations, clans, organisations and communities in the Arafura Swamp area
  4. Strong understanding of the biodiversity in the Arafura Swamp Land Management area and surrounds

Fundamental Requirements: 

The CEO will be expected to:

  • Hold a current driver’s license
  • Drive a 4WD vehicle
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness
  • Meet requirements of the Arafura Swamp Rangers Employee Code of Conduct
  • Have no restrictions on holding corporate licenses or signing NT and federal funding contracts
  • Spend at least 7 days out of every 28 within the Arafura Swamp Rangers area until housing is available in Ramingining
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