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Manager - Arid Edge Environmental Services - Alice Springs

Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc.


Arid Edge Environmental Services is seeking a environmentally motivated individual to provide landscape design consulting services and manage diverse projects within a dynamic team. Arid Edge Environmental Services is an environmental services social enterprise providing design, landscaping, consulting and project management services to clients across urban, remote and indigenous communities in central Australia.

This position will be responsible for delivering Arid Edge’s existing projects in the area of landscaping, landscape design, conservation land management, remote food security and consulting; as well as managing day to day operations of Arid Edge’s operations and diverse team of designers, horticulturalists, rangers and community development workers.

This is a twelve month fixed term position. Renewal of contract will depend on the candidate securing sufficient fee-for service contracts to support the on going running costs associated with this position.

Essential Selection criteria

  • Qualifications in a relevant area, either: Environmental Science, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Management/Project Management, Community Development, Landscape Architecture/Architecture, Horticulture, or similar.
  • Minimum 5 years experience working in either Conservation/NRM, Landscape Architecture/Architecture, Landscaping/Horticulture, environmental consulting, indigenous development or similar.
  • Experience in managing a small enterprise, including administration, logistics, client relations, scheduling, quality control and compliance.
  • Strong project management skills including planning, contract negotiations, client relations quality control, cost control, sub-contractor management, casual staff management, meeting deliverables and risk management.
  • A current manual drivers licence and an appropriate level of health and fitness to meet the rigours of remote field work including driving long distances in a 4WD vehicle, changing tyres and lifting up to 20kg.
  • A Construction Safety Induction Card (White Card) and NT Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card) or the willingness to secure these.

Desirable (non-mandatory)

  • Experience working with indigenous people and in indigenous communities is highly desirable.
  • Experience in client consultation and participatory community consultation methods is desirable, particularly in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Knowledge/qualifications or professional experience in any of the areas of: international development, construction industry, landscape construction, urban sustainability, food security, permaculture, climate change adaptation or cross cultural work in indigenous communities
  • Experience working in, designing for and delivering projects in remote central Australia, or similar remote, arid locations.
  • Experience in GIS data collection and mapping (QGIS, Arc GIS and Google Earth).
  • Any of the following licences or competencies:
    • First Aid Training
    • 4WD vehicle operations/recovery

About Arid Edge Environmental Services (AEES)

Arid Edge Environmental Services is a environmental services social enterprise established by the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs in 2013. We provide design, landscaping, consulting and project management services to a wide range of clients across central Australia in the areas of sustainable landscapes, conservation/land management, food security and climate change adaptation.

Arid Edge specialises in techniques and design solutions appropriate to the arid zone. We place particular emphasis on water efficiency, irrigation efficiency and water harvesting/ reuse, as well as dry lands horticulture and permaculture for landscaping, land management and food production.

Arid Edge seeks to meet the vision of the Arid Lands Environment Centre for “healthy futures for arid lands and people” through a social enterprise model that engages partners on a commercial level as well as through a community development framework, and seeks where appropriate to use profit motive as an engine for positive environmental and social outcomes in Central Australia.

Arid Edge Environmental Services is a trading name of the Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc. All profits go to the Arid Lands Environment Centre.

For more details see www.aridedge.com.au.

Direct queries to

Sophie Elmouttie, ALEC Operations Manager business@alec.org.au, using the subject line: Manager - Arid Edge - Alice Springs enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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