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Indigenous Fire Coordinator - Flexible Location


We are creating a world where people live in harmony with nature. Join us. Because together, anything is possible.

  • Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane Offices or other East Coast locations neg.
  • Flexible working up to 38 hpw, including RDO's (2 year position)

About the organisation

WWF's global vision is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world's leading, independent conservation organisation. We are active in over 100 countries and have close to 5 million supporters internationally. In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet's natural resources.

WWF's mission is to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. We do this by addressing the threats that affect them using the best available science while working in partnership with communities, Indigenous groups, government and business. The world is changing fast. Our wildlife and wild places face unprecedented challenges. The result is people yearn more for nature and are connected with each other like never before. We know that we can achieve more by partnering, sharing, empowering communities, forming alliances and building a movement for the environment. Working together is the answer. It is our goal to bring about this unified voice for nature.

About the team

As part of the Conservation - Healthy Land and Seascapes team, the Social Development unit manage a portfolio of community-based conservation and sustainable development projects and partnerships in Australia and overseas. The unit also provides technical support and guidance on the application of sustainable livelihoods, inclusive conservation, and Indigenous and local community engagement approaches across the organisation.

About the role

This newly created position will project manage WWF-Australia's partnerships with Indigenous cultural fire practitioners & supports our broader engagement with Traditional Owner & Indigenous ranger groups. A key part of the role is to collaborate with scientists & experts to combine western science with Indigenous knowledge of Country, relating to cultural burning practices to improve environmental & community outcomes at the landscape level. The role works closely with the Indigenous Engagement Manager & Women Rangers Environment Network Coordinator to increase the capacity of WWF-Australia to understand & support Indigenous cultural fire management.

The position will work closely with Indigenous partner organisations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • On-ground, practical experience in Indigenous cultural fire management &/or related cultural & natural resource management.
  • A working knowledge of, & experience in developing, coordinating & implementing projects in partnership with Indigenous stakeholders & Traditional Owners.
  • Project management experience, including developing work plans & budgets.
  • Experience combining traditional Indigenous knowledge & western science relating to land & sea ranger development, Indigenous knowledge systems, cultural heritage &/or sustainable development practices.
  • Well developed interpersonal, written & verbal communication skills, including an ability to contribute ideas for digital communications to support donor journeys.
  • An ability to work autonomously, & with a range of diverse stakeholders, often in remote settings.
  • Workplace health & safety experience within a field work context.
  • Administrative, reporting, monitoring & impact assessment skills including skills in MS Office.

The ideal candidate will have an ability to work constructively within a team and be aligned with WWF's vision, mission and I-KODE Values.
WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Please see the job description for more details. Applicants can apply by clicking Apply Now. Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.

Please include the following two attachments: (1) a cover letter/statements against the selection criteria and (2) your resume (CV), including two referees. Please name your documents with your last name and first name in that order.

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