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Kariyarra Land and Sea Manager - South Hedland

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation
  • South Hedland location
  • Senior role
  • Housing allowance and benefits

About Kariyarra

The Kariyarra People live in the towns of Port and South Hedland, as well as neighbouring towns and communities in the Pilbara region in the north-west of Western Australia. Kariyarra country is bound by Ngarla country to the north east, Nyamal to the east, Palyku to the south east, Panyjima to the south and Ngarluma to the west.

The Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 8355) is the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) which holds native title in trust for the Kariyarra People, who are the native title holders.

The Kariyarra Determination Area is home to places of special significance to the Kariyarra People, including ceremonial sites, songlines, permanent pools and natural resources.

While all country is important to the Kariyarra People, areas of particular cultural and environmental significance within the Determination Area include the Yandeyarra Reserve, the Woodstock/Abydos Protected Area, Two Mile Ridge Protected Area (containing many petroglyphs), Mumbillina Bluff, Friendly Creek, Wamaranya, Marrapikurinya, Mt Dove, Kangan, Boodarie Station, Portree Pool, Mt Frisco and Munda Station.

The Kariyarra Determination Area contains several major rivers, the largest being the Yule (Kakurrka Muri) and the Turner (Kapankalanha), which are major topographic features within the Determination Area and importantly, are home to the mythological water serpent – the Warlu.

About the Position

The primary objective of this position is to lead and manage the Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation’s (Corporation’s) Strategic Plan that outlines KAC's shared Healthy Country vision to connect people to traditional Law and to protect country.

The Kariyarra Land and Sea Manager is primarily responsible for the environmental management functions on behalf of the Corporation, requiring high-level liaison and ensuring coordination occurs between all parties in relation to proposed activities impacting on Kariyarra country. The position manages the Kariyarra Ranger Program.

This position is supported by the Kariyarra Elders and is responsible to the Chief Executive Officer, and through that position to the Corporation’s Board of Directors.

The position will work across a diverse and inspiring landscape, assisting the Kariyarra People to gather, pass on environmental knowledge and culture to younger generations, look after country and to help protect environmentally sensitive areas.

There is a fire management component to this role.

Selection Criteria


  1. Highly developed management, leadership, networking and influencing capability across multiple disciplinary activities;
  2. Demonstrated understanding and experience in working with Indigenous peoples, government agencies, NGO's, the pastoral and mining sectors and other landholders;
  3. Appropriate experience and knowledge of natural resource management (NRM), Community Development and/or an equivalent qualification (degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline);
  4. Relevant experience and commitment to working as part of a leadership team and dealing with conflict situations;
  5. Experience in strategic and business planning processes with demonstrated project management and organisational capabilities;
  6. Demonstrated understanding of and experience with conservation, property management and addressing conservation needs across a range of Australian environments, ecosystems or contexts;
  7. Sound knowledge of risk management practices and Health, Safety and Environment legislative requirements;
  8. Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication; and
  9. Willingness to move to Hedland.


  1. High level of computer literacy and proficiency with PVC’s/Apple computers including word processing, spreadsheet and data software.

Qualifications and experience required/to be maintained:

  • A current WA C Class Driver’s Licence; and
  • Working with children check.

You may also be required to:

  • Provide a National Police Check;
  • Undertake First Aid and 4WD training;
  • Obtain a HR Class Drivers Licence;
  • Become a member of the Hedland Volunteer Bushfire Brigade; and
  • Obtain a Coxswain qualification (at a grade determined by the Corporation)

To Apply

For further information and to obtain a full job description please email Jodie Rowell at jrowell@hmsolutions.com.au using the subject line: Kariyarra Land and Sea Manager - South Hedland enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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