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Project Manager - Traditional Owner Partnerships

Great Barrier Reef Foundation


The Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) is the lead charity for the Great Barrier Reef, dedicated exclusively to funding solutions for its long-term conservation.

Made up of 2,900 reefs along 2,300km of Queensland's coastline, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest United Nations World Heritage areas. It contributes over $6bn annually to the Australian economy and generates more than 64,000 jobs.

GBRF leads the collaboration of business, science, government and philanthropy – groups who would not otherwise come together – for the benefit of the Reef. Their success is due to the quality of institutions and people they bring together – harnessing advances in science, technology and industry to ensure a future for this global treasure.


This new Brisbane based role will work as part a small cross-cultural team to deliver the Reef Trust Partnership - Traditional Owner Reef Protection Program. The purpose of this program is to improve the engagement of Traditional Owners in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

This cross-cutting program is delivered through the following priority investment areas:

  • Water Quality
  • Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Control
  • Reef Restoration and Adaptation
  • Integrated Monitoring and Reporting
  • Sustainable Funding (Futures Fund)

The program of works will take into account a process of co-design and co-delivery on Traditional Owner-led Reef protection activities; Indigenous innovation, leadership and collaboration and capacity building.

This is an opportunity for an experienced Project Manager looking to shape how reefs are protected, not only in Australia but globally. You are hardworking, flexible, adaptable, self-directed and thrive when working collaboratively.

The Traditional Owner Partnerships team is based primarily in Townsville and Cairns.


  • Provide administrative support to the team including grants administration and contract management
  • Project manage a portfolio of Traditional Owner led Reef protection on-ground projects
  • Support project monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities
  • Support the integration of the Traditional Owner Partnerships team with the broader GBRF Projects and Partnerships teams
  • Effectively engage with Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners and their partners, key government agencies, Reef industries and sectors to progress delivery of priority projects under the Reef Trust Partnership Agreement


  • Culturally competent working knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, beliefs, observances, practices and decision-making
  • Project Management qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Good written and verbal communications
  • Strong relationship building and negotiation skills
  • Budget management
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with individuals, groups and management
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience is highly desirable

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