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National Programs Manager


Who we are

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife is Australia’s foremost philanthropic partner for national parks, especially in relation to acquiring land to add to the public national parks estate. Since 1970, the Foundation has funded on-ground projects to benefit the conservation and appreciation of Australia’s national parks and wildlife. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and is an independent, non government charity. The Foundation supports projects that include:

  • Land conservation of national parks and other high value conservation lands
  • Wildlife research and threatened species recovery
  • Cultural heritage conservation in parks for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sites

The Foundation is a national organisation. In NSW, it works in partnership with the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, and other state agencies, researchers and conservation groups responsible for national parks and wildlife conservation.

The job

The Foundation is offering a rare opportunity to join their team in the influential role of National Programs Manager. You will be responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing projects and grant programs, from end-to-end. This will include undertaking robust project management, and innovative research, program design, implementation, compliance and reporting for grant activities.

You’ll have responsibility for delivering, managing and coordinating grant requirements to increase conservation works and iconic projects on both public and private lands. You’ll be leading the Programs team, including two Project Managers looking after existing projects, and building the Foundation’s already rich networks.

The Foundation will need you to run projects autonomously, show your natural flair for fostering strong relationships, lean heavily on up-to-date research to inform decision-making and to collaborate generously and effectively with a range of stakeholder partners.

Who you are

You are likely to be tertiary qualified, perhaps in environmental science or conservation and land management with post-graduate experience in a similar role. You’ll carry intelligence, positivity and integrity in roughly equal measure and be blessed with strong communication skills and a passion for the environment. Most importantly, you’ll relish using your communications and network-building skills to engage with a diverse and complex range of stakeholders.

Your location is secondary to your ability to make things happen, though there is a practical preference for someone located in NSW. Occasional interstate travel should be expected.

So, what’s in it for you?

This is a full time role, offering some flexibility in hours to suit your needs, a salary that genuinely reflects your experience and skills and the chance to join a progressive, successful not-for-profit who are making a profound difference to Australia’s national parks and to the protection and conservation of our native habitat and species.

What next?

If this sounds like the right opportunity, we’d love to hear from you.

For a confidential conversation you can call Nick Slape on 0411 267 720 or email your application to nick@altopeople.com.au, using the subject line: National Programs Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

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