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Team Leader - Womens Rangers - Wadeye

Thamarrurr Development Corporation

Thamarrurr Development Corporation (TDC) located in Wadeye, NT, is seeking a Team Leader – Women Rangers to join our dynamic Sea and Land Rangers team.

The Thamarrurr Rangers are based in Wadeye and look after the natural and cultural values of a large area of traditionally owned lands in the Western Top End of the Northern Territory. We are responsible for around 18 000km2 of land and over 200km of coastline in the remote area between Cape Scott and the WA border. Our team is comprised mostly of Traditional Owners from the region and we are answerable to the local Indigenous community in all our activities.

Our responsibilities include the culturally appropriate management of fire, feral animals and weeds on the land and we play a compliance role in monitoring recreational and commercial fishing in our sea country. We also facilitate access and help to protect sacred and cultural sites in the region. All our activities are guided by the aspirations and values of the Traditional Owners.

We employ 14-18 local Rangers and a small number of support staff. As part of the Thamarrurr Development Corporation, we benefit from the behind the scenes support of a bigger organisation.

The women’s team is very well established, having been continuously running for over 10 years. Some of our female staff have been with us for this entire time and have a great deal of experience in their roles.

The Women’s Ranger Team Leader is required to be hands-on to support, empower and oversee the female rangers in completing their daily duties. The core role is to support daily planning, organisation and completion of ranger responsibilities and assist in reporting on all jobs in a variety of formats (tablet apps, Excel spreadsheets, written reports etc).

Over time the role may expand to play a role in supporting the Land and Sea Manager with longer-term strategic planning and for extensive reporting responsibilities.

If you love working closely with the local Aboriginal people, have an affinity for land care and conservation, seeking a mostly alfresco work environ and relish the day-to-day challenges of a varied range of duties, then this position will tick your boxes!

Main duties include:

  • Build and manage productive and positive working relationships with community members, traditional owners, and in particular, the women rangers, TDC staff, internal & external agencies, including Fee-for-Service contracts, research, community and funding groups
  • Empower and support women’s rangers to carry out their daily tasks in a safe, effective, outcomes –focussed manner and in line with TDC policies and social, cultural and ranger expectations
  • Support the planning, organisation and implementation of core natural resource practices and management
  • Support and lead community-based initiatives relating to waste reduction, revegetation, cultural and educational programmes
  • Undertake monitoring, analysis and reporting of land and sea management projects to all relevant stakeholders
  • Be prepared to travel regularly around the Thamarrurr region including overnight camping where required
  • Support ongoing ranger development and capacity through coordinating formal and informal supports

To be successful you’ll have:

  • Sound knowledge of land management, including those pertaining to management of fires, pest/feral animals, weed eradication, marine debris management, illegal fishing
  • Physical fitness and capability to work outdoors
  • The ability to use and maintain relevant machinery and equipment, including boats, trailers, 4WD vehicles, quad bikes
  • Ability to respond appropriately, respectfully and sensitively with members of the Aboriginal Community, government organisations and other partners
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, leading and supporting a team
  • Excellent time management skills, the ability to use initiative to problem solve, and work under pressure with little or no supervision
  • Solid skillset in the use of various computerised recording and reporting systems
  • Resilience, patience, cheerfulness and a willing “can-do” attitude


  • Competitive salary and generous leave entitlements
  • Full time, fixed term contract 30th June 2021
  • As we are a Not-for-Profit organisation, salary packaging to pay benefits and living expenses from pre – income tax is available
  • Relocation/repatriation expenses for travel and personal effects, if recruited externally
  • Subsidised, fully furnished double accommodation available, with quarterly electricity subsidy offered
  • Excellent fishing and outdoor activities on your doorstop
  • Be a part of a welcoming, busy community

Essential Licences/ Clearances:

  • Hold a current Class C NT driver’s Licence
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Northern Land Council Work Permit
  • Ability to obtain Police Clearance
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Working with Children Clearance (Ochre card)

A full Position Description is attached below.

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