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Manager - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Jervis Bay

Pipeline Talent
  • (Affirmative Measure - Indigenous)
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • APS Level EL1
  • $110,092 - $118,412 + Super
  • Location: Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

Who we are

Australia’s natural and cultural heritage is unique. Our land and seascapes are distinctive, home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, and to some of the oldest living cultures on earth. These environments and cultures are an essential part of our national identity, and visitors travel from across the country and the world to experience them.

The Director of National Parks (the Director) is responsible for six national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, 58 Australian Marine Parks and the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Parks Australia is the federal park agency that supports the Director, and they are a division of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department). We work to showcase these natural and cultural wonders to the world, demonstrating to all why these places are so special, and inspiring communities to become more invested in their care and future.

Booderee National Park, with its coastal habitats is one of three national parks, leased by their Aboriginal owners to the Director of National Parks, and jointly managed by Traditional Owners and Parks Australia. In addition to ongoing management of the park’s natural and cultural heritage, this branch also looks after Parks Australia’s corporate services from the office in Canberra including, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal and Customer Experience and Destination Planning.

Booderee National Park is owned by the traditional owners of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. The vision for Booderee National Park is to excel in the natural and cultural heritage management of Booderee by acknowledging and utilising traditional, contemporary, and scientific expertise.

There are several units in Booderee National Park:

  • Country and Conservation Unit
  • Park Management and Operations Unit
  • Visitor Experience and Compliance Unit
  • Office of Joint Management Unit

If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned units/sections and would like to know more, please email the contact officer to discuss further.

The Job

To be successful as an EL1, staff will be required to:

  • Work closely with, and share, the Traditional Owner’s vision for a transition to the sole management of BNP and participate in the exchange of knowledge, experience and skills to ensure the Traditional Owner’s aspirations and goals are incorporated into future planning for the park.
  • Administer and implement the BNP Management Plan and incorporate the key objectives and Park values into daily operations.
  • Provide leadership within the park and participate as an active member of the BNP management team to promote a collegiate approach and supportive workplace culture.
  • Demonstrate judgement, decision making, risk management, communication, and strategic thinking consistent with EL1 expectations.
  • Lead effective budget management, project and contract management and high-level planning, monitoring and reporting on plan of management implementations.
  • Undertake effective stakeholder engagement including preparation and presentation of board papers, as required, and represent BNP on key committees relevant to the functions of the position.
  • Lead change in the workplace and manage and mentor staff, in a cross-cultural workplace, to build skills, capacity and capability.
  • Plan for, and participate in, park operations, WHS, risk management, workplace participation and diversity programs, fire, emergency and compliance operations.
  • Adhere to all corporate requirements including but not limited to; Parks Australia Chief Executive Instructions, code of conduct, incident reporting, risk and procurement management and project deliveries.
  • Monitoring and reporting on the team’s operational plans.


  • General ranger duties are a requirement of all park staff and are part of a staff members duties in addition to other core duties listed in this position description.
  • The requirement to undertake ranger duties may depend on the number of staff within the park, the level of visitation on any given day and/or an emergency or incident response is required.
  • This role may require you to work on weekends occasionally.
  • Ranger duties may include visitor compliance, visitor education, minor maintenance, traffic management, emergency incident support or other adhoc duties to support park operations.
  • Expectations on additional duties are always commensurate to the position level, and the individual staff members skills, experience and training.

What we are looking for

Knowledge and experience

The following knowledge and experience would be considered advantageous in applying for the available positions.

Highly developed skills in:

  • The design and delivery of culturally considerate natural resource management programs including horticulture and botanic gardens management, threatened species management, invasive species management, plant conservation and/or ecological monitoring.
  • Public service administration and finance functions, asset management, work health and safety, contract and infrastructure management, planning and/or fire and emergency management; or
  • Visitor experience planning in a cultural context, monitoring and management, holiday or accommodation management, networking with tourism operators.

Qualifications, Traditional knowledge and/or extensive experience in:

  • Ecology, botany, horticulture, conservation management or zoology.
  • Public service administration, contract, procurement, WHS, finance management, protected area management and/or emergency management.
  • Visitor management, cultural interpretation, tourism, accommodation management, marketing and/or compliance.
  • Joint management, strategic partnerships, cultural heritage, community development, training and/or education.
  • Community engagement, cultural heritage, business development and/or training
  • High levels of cultural competency are essential for this role.

Skills and capabilities

  • Experience in working with Indigenous communities to collaboratively solve problems of cultural significance to develop longer term management strategies and a commitment to developing and maintaining a strong understanding of issues affecting the local Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.
  • Cultural competency and a demonstrated capacity to contribute sensitively and effectively to the joint management of Booderee National Park, and experience developing and supporting relationships based on mutual trust, respect and consideration of values and culture.
  • Highly developed skills in managing works programs, contracts, procurement processes, budgets and small projects with an ability to plan for and manage competing priorities, achieve results and meet deadlines with limited or no supervision.
  • High level written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated experience working as an effective member in a senior management team, and an ability to analyse complex information to produce correspondence and reports and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated abilities to lead, supervise and motivate diverse teams in a cross-cultural context with a focus on mentoring and developing staff to build skills, capacity and capability, lead change in the workplace, sensitively handle complex HR matters and performance manage if required.
  • Capable of showing good judgement and common sense drawing accurate conclusions based on evidence, and able to consider the ramifications of decisions made, and the long-term strategic impact of these on BNP, the community and the government.
  • Proven ability in managing diverse stakeholders across community, government, NGO and private sector, ideally in a complex or cross-jurisdiction environment.

How to apply:

This is a bulk recruitment process and vacant roles in the team will be filled via a merit pool.

Please visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environments' e-recruit portal by clicking Apply now, for more information and to submit your application.

Contact us:

parks@pipelinetalent.com.au, using the subject line: using the subject line: Manager - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Jervis Bay enquiry via EthicalJobs.
ph: 02 8001 6603

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