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Water Policy Officer - Broadford


Employer: Evans Faull
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Conservation & Land Management, Environment & Sustainability, Indigenous, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional VIC

Job posted on: 23 May, 2018.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Full time role - one year fixed term
  • Broadford location
  • Possibility of flexible working arrangements
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people encouraged to apply 

Our client, the representative organisation of the Taungurung traditional owners of a large area of central Victoria, is seeking to recruit a Water Policy Officer to join their small staff team based in Broadford. The role will provide a link between government and the Taungurung Nation and will ensure that Taungurung aspirations with regard to water access and management issues are fully respected in all relevant policy development.

 The main responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing advice to the CEO, the Board and to the Taungurung people on opportunities, challenges and issues related to the management of waterways within Taungurung traditional country
  • Liaising with government departments and agencies in relation to Taungurung values and aspirations in relation to water and to best practice in engaging with the Taungurung Nation
  • Developing partnerships with government, including Catchment Management Authorities, Water Corporations and DELWP, with a view to maximizing benefits to the Taungurung Nation
  • Seeking out and documenting information on the cultural significance of key waterways and the associated environment from a Taungurung perspective
  • Producing high level written policy advice that will assist both government and the Taungurung Nation in relation to the management of waterways
  • Preparing relevant funding submissions and assisting with related projects and events 

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of Victorian Government water policy and be able to articulate the way in which Taungurung values and aspirations might be brought to bear upon government policy and practice. You will have a real commitment to capacity building and ‘water literacy’ amongst Taungurung people and an ability to relate well to Taungurung people in the diversity of their circumstances. You will have strong written skills so as to be able to give clear written expression to the water-related interests of the Taungurung people. You will also need to be able to work well with the TCAC staff team, and with a range of different stakeholders.

This role does not require extensive experience with either government or Indigenous people though, both would obviously be highly desirable. We are looking for someone with commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to travel to Broadford - and, at times, throughout Taungurung country - on workdays, although some flexibility around working from home can be negotiated. The capacity to engage with traditional owners, with government and with a range of stakeholders and to commit to writing the outcomes of that engagement will be important. You will need to be able to work proactively with a high level of initiative and relative autonomy, whilst still being subject to management direction.

(This position is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and, while it allows for one year's employment, there may be a capacity to offer an extension beyond the initial year).

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