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Learning on Country Coordinator - Ramingining


Employer: Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Community Development, Conservation & Land Management, Education & Training, Indigenous, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NT

Job posted on: 10 January, 2019.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Location: Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
  • Salary etc: $80 to $87K + 12.5% Super + accommodation

About Us

The Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC) through its rangers and people with customary management responsibilities, undertakes land and sea management activities in an area of about 12000km2 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 Traditional Owners. ASRAC rangers consult and work with Traditional Owners to implement, monitor and update the Corporation’s Healthy Country Plan, which identifies 12 priorities for management that can best be summarised as: our people, our culture, our knowledge and our 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

The Learning on Country (LoC) program and the LoC Coordinator role

LoC is a culturally relevant, school-based, Indigenous ranger-facilitated program, aimed at linking Australian curriculum subjects with field-based experiential learning and data collection. It is a learning framework that utilises Indigenous land management and cultural activities as the classroom and context to deliver numeracy and literacy.

LoC is an opportunity for students to learn on country with rangers, Traditional Owners and VET trainers as teachers, promoting a space for Indigenous ecological knowledge transfer and cultural activities. These activities are then linked to the curriculum by teachers in the classroom.

Targeted at Indigenous students, particularly those that are disengaged from school, LoC provides leadership opportunities, workplace skills and employment pathways for young Indigenous people.

In Ramingining, Learning on Country (LoC) is a community driven, joint program between partners - ASRAC, the Ramingining School, and the Traditional Owners. The Learning on Country coordinator will plan and deliver this program. The role provides coordination between the partners to develop the program in Ramingining, facilitates the local steering committee and on-ground activities. The LoC Coordinator position will be supported by a local Yolngu staff member as well as support staff from the partner organisations.

ASRAC Rangers consult and work with Traditional Owners to implement, monitor and update the Corporation’s Healthy Country Plan, and this role will be key to helping deliver that plan, our monitoring and evaluation plans, and land management contracts.

Salary packaging is available.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Tertiary qualifications in land management, natural resource management or community/youth development or extensive related experience in one of these areas
  • Successful experience in a remote context, in particular the ability to share a knowledge or expertise and manage logistics
  • Demonstrated experience consulting and working with Aboriginal people in relation to cultural, land and resource management activities and projects
  • Good communication skills and competency in Microsoft Office and IT generally
  • Current licence and experience in off-road driving
  • No impediment to obtaining an Ochre card (NT) and clearance for working with vulnerable people.

Desirable:

  • Experience and understanding of the Learning on Country program and framework
  • Experience and qualifications in Training and assessment/teaching
  • Experience living and working in a remote Aboriginal community
  • 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)
  • Knowledge and experience of outstations, communities, clans and organisations in the ASRAC Area 
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