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Land and Environment Projects Officer - Cairns

Carpentaria Land Council

About us:

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) was established over 35 years ago in Burketown to represent the rights & interests of Traditional Owners. Our members are drawn from nine language groups whose traditional lands & waters are located in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. As the recognised Native Title Service Body for the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria region, CLCAC performs statutory functions in accordance with the provisions of the Native Title Act 1993. An elected Board determines the Organisation’s priorities and monitors the progress of native title applications and oversees operational activities and general governance.

CLCAC supports native title, PBC economic development & ranger programs in Burketown, Normanton & Mornington Island. We have a new exciting opportunity to join our organisation.

The Opportunity:

This position sits within the CLCAC’s Land and Environment Unit. The purpose of the position is to assist in the development of an Indigenous Ranger Unit to be based in the Waanyi Region. The position will initially work directly with the Regional Ranger Coordinator to establish the Unit.

Following establishment of the Ranger Unit, the position will work alongside the Ranger Coordinator to support the activities of the Waanyi Rangers by assisting the Ranger Coordinator in the development and implementation of strategies, programs and projects.

The ideal applicant for this role will be someone with relevant tertiary level qualifications and who is dynamic; relationship and outcome focused; has excellent written and oral communication skills and is willing to work in a remote setting if required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

In consultation with the Ranger Coordinator, you will be required to:

  • Assist with the planning and development of suitable infrastructure and the identification and procurement of vital resources for the Waayni Ranger Program;
  • Actively seek out funding opportunities and assist with the development of funding applications for the establishment of a new ranger program;
  • Assist in the development of Land Management and Pest Management plans for the Waanyi Ranger Program to pre-ranger / Traditional Owner consultation stage;
  • Assist in the development of draft annual work plans for the Waanyi Ranger Program inclusive of the integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge with contemporary environmental management;
  • Assist with the recruitment, mentoring and development of the Waanyi Ranger program;
  • Assist in continually developing innovative strategy and programs that enhance Indigenous land and sea management and drive community development outcomes;
  • Assist in developing the capacity of the Waanyi Rangers in monitoring, evaluation and scientific methodology;
  • Facilitate the integration of Traditional and Ecological Knowledge with contemporary natural resource management practice in on-ground activities;
  • Assist in developing funding submissions and preparing program evaluation and milestone reports;
  • Assist with responsible and effective financial management of annual budgets; and,
  • Assist to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders such as traditional owners, pastoralists, local government and other agencies relevant to the Waayni Ranger Program.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Tertiary level qualifications in Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Science, Fire Ecology or equivalent;
  2. Demonstrated experience in establishing a new ranger program with the ability to ensure that infrastructure and the identification and procurement of vital resources is suitable for a new ranger program;
  3. Demonstrated experience and confidence in working with Aboriginal communities, managing small teams and/or coordinating on-ground natural and cultural resource management projects, preferably with Indigenous organisations in remote regions of Australia;
  4. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia and willingness to commit to community training and development;
  5. Experience in working independently with minimal supervision in a remote area and demonstrated capacity to remain focused, positive and organised in a challenging work environment;
  6. Good communication, negotiation and community consultation skills including ability to work with an advisory group and as a member of a team;
  7. Demonstrated experience in project administration and finance management including grant writing, reporting and acquittals;
  8. High level computer literacy and proven experience managing emails and other documents (where relevant provide detail of experience with specialised software); and
  9. Current ‘C’ class driver’s licence and Blue Card Positive Notice “Working with Children” (WCC) or the ability to obtain one.

What we offer:

This position is a full-time position and will involve travel throughout the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria region:

  • Salary Range: $62,452 - $81,796 per annum depending on skills and experience.
  • The CLCAC is a Private Benevolent Institution: Salary sacrifice arrangements are available.
  • Leave entitlements will include 5 weeks annual leave plus paid shutdown over Christmas.

To obtain a copy of the full Position Description please contact Janine Copland (People and Payroll Officer) on 07 4041 3833.

An application package is attached.

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