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Regional Maintenance Officer - Kimberley

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

~ A unique opportunity to help shape the future of private sector conservation in the Kimberley ~

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at30sanctuaries 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.

AWC is seeking an experienced Maintenance Officer to oversee the maintenance of infrastructure, plant and equipment, electrical, plumbing and gas works in the North West (NW) Kimberley region.

The successful candidate will have wide range of experience in the trade of construction, plumbing, or electrical- ideally in rural and remote settings. Skills in metal fabrication, and mechanical (diesel) will be looked on favourably. It is crucial that the Regional Maintenance Officer is entirely capable of working autonomously and with a wide range of people including operations managers, land managers, scientists, volunteers, visitors, AWC indigenous rangers and be committed to helping AWC develop and implement a new model for conservation.

This is a unique opportunity for a practical, hands-on, easy-going person with a broad range of skills to dedicate their time, passion and abilities and become an integral part of a team protecting the spectacular Kimberley landscape and its threatened wildlife. You will have the opportunity to explore this magnificent part of the Kimberley and every day you will awaken to an experience like no other. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner/manager of land for conservation in Australia managing 30 sanctuaries, including 7 properties in the Kimberley region.

Mornington Wilderness Camp (MWC) is one of the Kimberley’s highest rated destinations, known worldwide for its scenery (sandstone escarpments, ancient gorges and vast savanna woodlands), its wildlife (Gouldian Finches are one of 200 bird species) and the integration with a working conservation project. Attracting 4,500 visitors each year, MWC offers safari tent accommodation, 30 site campground, a licensed bush restaurant and a range of tours/interpretative products. AWC also operates Charnley River Wilderness Camp in the central Kimberley, with a spacious 60 site campground and a small range of tours on offer.

The position would be based predominantly at MWC while the visitor season is open March-November. For the remainder of the year the position may require frequent travel across numerous AWC Kimberley properties. At times you may be required to travel to other AWC properties across Australia to provide assistance. The role of the NW Maintenance Officer is a fulltime position on site. However; a rotational roster to accommodate travel and a home base in Broome or Derby is negotiable.

The NW Maintenance Officer reports directly to the Kimberley Wilderness Camp Operations Manager. Your responsibilities will include- but are not limited to:

  • Mornington Wilderness Camp seasonal setup and pack down operations.
  • Directly in charge of and responsible for delegating specific tasks and responsibilities to the seasonal MWC Grounds Keeper Assistant.
  • Maintenance of grounds and lawns (restaurant, safari tents, campgrounds, staff accommodation and surrounds; workshop etc) including mowing, watering, weeding and pruning.
  • Infrastructure works; construction and repairs.
  • Building maintenance including carpentry, plumbing (septic) & painting.
  • Some mechanical repairs, including changing/repairing car tyres.
  • Maintaining supply of essential services (waste, electricity, water & gas).
  • Acquiring quotes and purchasing materials for various projects (under authorization of Camp Manager)
  • Supervising the activities of contractors and AWC employees on specific projects.
  • Logistical services (i.e. supply town runs to Derby, approx. 5 ½ hours away via Gibb River Road).

You will require:

  • Proof of trade/experience (ie; tickets, licenses and referees)
  • Demonstrated practical skills in relation to asset and infrastructure repair & maintenance across a broad range of trades.
  • Ability to use a wide range of plant and equipment.
  • A strong work ethic and an ability to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team in a remote setting.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks in an efficient manner, use initiative, work unsupervised and take ownership of your role.
  • Manual driver’s license, medium rigid truck license, experience operating agricultural machinery (such as trucks and tractors) and 4WD’s.
  • The ability to “self-start” and work flexible hours as required.

The Mornington Wilderness Camp operates on a seasonal basis requiring the Maintenance Officer to be on-site for approximately 9 months (March –November). Throughout this period the offer includes basic single accommodation, shared bathroom facilities, cooking facilities or the option of chef cooked meals at a staff discounted rate. In consideration of harsher weather conditions; the wet season (November-March) may see a required relocation for this position.Relocation will be discussed prior, with appropriate lead time.

Enquiries to:

Chloe Kobel, Wilderness Camp Manager | Chloe.Kobel@australianwildlife.org or;

Fiona Tran, HR Advisor | Fiona.Tran@australianwildlife.org using the subject line: Regional Maintenance Officer - Kimberley enquiry via EthicalJobs

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