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Assistant Sanctuary Manager - Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 30sanctuaries in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.

AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by:

  • Operations -delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
  • Science -delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
  • Fundraising -mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.

OneAWC is defined as ‘a cohesive, engaged, collaborative, high performing group guided by strong, effective leaders. A group of people who all understand AWC’s mission, vision and their role in contributing to the achievement of mission and vision, all connected and working towards a common purpose, guided by a set of shared values’. The delivery of AWC’s mission is highly reliant on all AWC working collaboratively with each other.

In south-east Australia, AWC owns and manages six wildlife sanctuaries: Newhaven, Kalamurina, Yookamurra, Dakalanta, Buckaringa and Scotia. Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the heart of Australia and protects a vast area of desert on the shores of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Kalamurina covers a remarkable 679,000 hectares at the intersection of three of Australia’s central deserts: the Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert, the Tirari Desert and Sturt’s Stony Desert. Kalamurina remains a stronghold for several threatened and declining mammals including the Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial.

AWC is seeking an experienced Assistant Sanctuary Manager to work collaboratively with the Sanctuary Manager in a range of land management, asset and infrastructure programs.

The Assistant Sanctuary Manager works in consultation with the Sanctuary Manager to coordinate and undertake daily operational tasks associated with managing and maintaining a wildlife sanctuary. Within AWC, the Operations and Science teams work in an integrated manner to design and deliver conservation and land management and to measure and report on ecological health as part of the national AWC approach to conservation. The position will be expected to build and maintain professional working relationships with the other science staff in the SE region.

The role of the Assistant Sanctuary Manager also includes a broad range of tasks extending to asset and infrastructure maintenance. As such, a broad knowledge and experience of trades, practical skills in relation to asset and infrastructure repair and maintenance, and the ability to use a wide range of plant and equipment is essential.

The successful candidate will be capable of coordinating multiple projects and work with a range of stakeholders including scientists, students, volunteers, visitors, contractors, neighbouring landholders including indigenous communities and government, and will be committed to helping AWC develop and implement a new model for conservation.

The successful applicant will be a very practical person with a passion for saving Australia’s wildlife and landscape, will be well-organised and have sound knowledge of and be able to demonstrate experience in the delivery of land management programs for conservation including fire management, weed and feral animal control.

The Kalamurina Sanctuary Manager and the Assistant Sanctuary Manager roles would be suited to two individuals known to each other as the provided on-site accommodation is a shared arrangement.

Based at Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, this is a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation, and contribution to the future of wildlife conservation in Australia.  

A detailed position description can be viewed below or at: www.australianwildlife.org/work-with-awc/careers/.


Joe Schofield, Regional Operations Manager (South-east) | josef.schofield@australianwildlife.org, using the subject line: Assistant Sanctuary Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs

To submit an application, visit our job board by clicking Apply Now below, select the relevant job vacancy, click ‘APPLY’ and complete an application form.

Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description on our website or the attachment.

Please note:

  1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
  2. If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.
  3. Any application submitted to AWC will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, available at www.australianwildlife.org/privacy. By providing us with your contact details, your consent to receive communications and direct educational material will remain current until you advise us otherwise.

To learn more about AWC’s sanctuaries, please visit our website: australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/.

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