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Birriliburu IPA Coordinator - Wiluna / Perth

Desert Support Services
  • Great opportunity with high profile Land Management program
  • Wiluna or Perth location
  • Full Time maximum term contract for 12 months with likely extension

Desert Support Services Pty Ltd (DSS) is committed to achieving outcomes for the Traditional Owners of the Central Desert region of Western Australia. We help our clients use their traditional lands to fulfil their highest social, cultural and economic aspirations.

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead the development of land management activities in the well-established Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) and to create long lasting ecological and social impact in the region. The Birriliburu IPA is located within the Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts. The purpose of this role is to:

  • coordinate fieldwork projects in the Birriliburu IPA;
  • develop the capacity of the community to lead and manage the IPA program; and
  • lead the implementation of the Birriliburu Science and Monitoring Plan.

The way DSS operates is to support community-based organisations to drive and sustainably manage their programs. Part of your role then, will be to help Birriliburu traditional owners lead their land management program, via direction from the locally owned land management company, Birriliburu Pty Ltd. BPL has now been operating successfully for more than a year, and is at an exciting stage of its development.

The role requires you to travel and work remotely and in Wiluna for extended periods during the field season (roughly February to November). Because of this, the position can either be Wiluna-based throughout the field season, or Perth-based.

If Perth-based you will need to be able to travel for 2 to 3 weeks per month throughout the field season. If Wiluna-based DSS will supply comfortable accommodation, a remote allowance, return travel at start and end of field season, and will fly you to Perth as required.

The successful person will: 

  • be able to work effectively with Aboriginal people to achieve shared goals;
  • be a dynamic team player;
  • have facilitation and multi-tasking skills;
  • show appropriate initiative and work productively with limited supervision;
  • have experience in working alongside traditional owner ranger groups; and 
  • have excellent practical, problem solving, organisational and communication skills. 

The successful applicant will be required to provide a current Working with Children’s Check and National Police Check (obtained within the last 6 months) or be willing to obtain the above mentioned as a condition of employment.

An attractive salary package with significant benefits including 4 weeks’ annual leave, paid Christmas shutdown, relocation assistance, leave loading, remote allowance and salary sacrifice will be offered to the successful candidate.

How do you apply for this fantastic position that offers an opportunity to work in a progressive, dynamic, rewarding and hands-on working environment?


  1. Click on Apply Now to visit the Desert Support Services website and refer to the ‘Employment page’ to view the Duty Statement (with salary) and the Selection Criteria.
  2. Complete a Cover Letter detailing your suitability to the role; and
  3. Submit your Resume and Cover Letter in PDF format via the online Application Form.

*Note: Applications will only be accepted when submitted through the Desert Support Services website and when accompanied by a detailed Cover Letter.  

To understand this opportunity in more detail, contact Stuart Bradfield on 0456 001 101.

All applications will be treated strictly confidential, and an update will be provided to you throughout the recruitment campaign.

Martu or other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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