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February

Ranger Coordinator (2 Positions)

Karajarri Traditional Lands Association - Australia,

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin

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JOB DESCRIPTION

THE CORPORATION

Karajarri people are the traditional owners of the land and waters along the southwest Kimberley coast. Karajarri country is the source of spirit, culture and language for our people. The Karajarri Traditional Lands Association (KTLA) is the Registered Native Title Body Corporate representing the Karajarri people. Through the Karajarri Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs we manage more than 32,000 square kilometres of jurarr (coastal areas) and pirra (inland areas). Our work is directed by our cultural leaders and Traditional Owners in line with our vision: Karajarri people living well, on Country.

Karajarri Traditional Lands Association website – www.ktla.org.au

POSITION LOCATION

KTLA are seeking TWO (2) Ranger Coordinators to lead its Men’s and Women’s Ranger teams based at the Bidyadanga Community 180kms south of Broome. The corporation will review living arrangements / locations with each successful candidate, however generally the Ranger Coordinators are based at the community during the week and return to Broome on Fridays for the weekend.

The Ranger Coordinators report into the Land & Sea Manager based in Broome.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Karajarri Ranger Coordinators are integral members of the Karajarri Land & Sea Management team, working closely with Indigenous rangers (male and female) and other Traditional Owners across the Karajarri Native Title Area, including the IPA. The Ranger Coordinators works closely with Traditional Owners and their representative body the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association to enable land management activities in line with the aspirations of Karajarri people. These aspirations are outlined in the Karajarri Healthy Country Plan 2012-22 which guides all work conducted by the Rangers.

The Ranger Coordinators are accountable for:

  • Working closely with the other Ranger Coordinator, Land & Sea Manager, Karajarri and Healthy Country Advisory Committee to monitor and report on Ranger activities.
  • The day-to-day coordination and management of the KTLA ranger group - leading a Head Ranger, Senior Cultural Ranger and rangers, including trainees employed through a group training organization.
  • Effective day-to-day administrative management of the Ranger program including timesheets, casual ranger and Traditional Owner payments, purchasing, scheduled maintenance and stock taking of equipment and supplies.
  • Professional development of the rangers and succession planning for the ranger unit.
  • Mentoring rangers in specialist roles, developing their capacity and confidence to progress into more senior roles within the corporation.
  • Developing and implementing work plans in conjunction with the Land & Sea Manager.
  • Management of all aspects of the various programs including compliance, budgets, assets, policy and legislative frameworks.
  • Ensuring compliance with cultural protocols and KTLA policies and procedures at all times.
  • Promoting safe work practices and instruction of rangers in Occupational Safety and Health policies and procedures.
  • Engagement of stakeholders, including participating in advisory committees and meetings and representing the corporation at community and professional forums.
  • Planning for and leading the rangers on remote field trips around the Karajarri region to deliver against work plans and fee-for-service opportunities.
  • Assisting researchers to engage in approved on-country research with rangers and other TOs
  • Working closely with key partners to implement partnership activities in the areas of fire, weed, feral and biodiversity management and ensure appropriate governance, ownership and participation by TOs in these activities.
  • The Women’s Ranger Coordinator is accountable for improving the participation of Karajarri women in the Ranger Program, employing strategies that include but are not limited to engagement as casual rangers and cultural advisers, actively encouraging women to apply for the full-time ranger positions and exploring flexible working arrangements to facilitate their engagement.

SELECTION CRITERIA - ESSENTIAL

  1. Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in natural resource management, environmental or social science and/or a related discipline.
  2. Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and supervising indigenous employees.
  3. Commitment to indigenous capacity building through mentoring, training and development.
  4. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal social and cultural challenges in the Kimberley and willingness to commit to community empowerment, training and development.
  5. Experience and knowledge of contemporary land management, including the management of fires, weed eradication, feral animal control, flora and fauna survey techniques, cultural mapping.
  6. Proven capacity to develop and manage annual work plans and budgets, compile data and produce reports and other documents.
  7. Effective and proactive communication and negotiations skills; establishing and maintaining partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders from Traditional Owners to government organisations, other ranger groups etc.
  8. Demonstrated project management experience and ability to develop reports, compile data, and conduct reviews in compliance with the organisation’s policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.
  9. Demonstrated experience using and maintaining equipment including 4WDs etc.

SELECTION CRITERIA - DESIRABLE

  1. Previous experience living and working in a remote area; particularly with Aboriginal communities coordinating on-ground natural and/or cultural resource management projects.
  2. Technical or trade skills relevant to the ranger program i.e., Geographical Information Systems, construction, small engine maintenance etc.
  3. Understanding of native title and land tenure, community governance and professional capacity development processes.

ESSENTIAL LICENCES / CLEARANCES

Initial and ongoing employment is subject to:

  1. A pre-employment medical to determine the requisite minimum standard of fitness.
    • Travel is into remote areas and the work can be physically demanding in challenging environments, accordingly there is a minimum standard of fitness required to effectively perform this role.
  2. National Police Clearance – or the ability to obtain within one month of being offered the position.
  3. Working with Children Check – or the ability to obtain within one month of being offered the position.
  4. Current driver’s licence and ability to operate a 4WD vehicle and ATVs.

BENEFITS

  • Base salary of $75k per annum
  • 5% superannuation on OTE
  • 4-weeks annual leave
  • 1-week remote leave
  • Annual leave travel time (subject to conditions)
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% paid on 4-weeks
  • District Allowance (Single $3,199 or Family $6,398k)
  • Annual Travel Allowance of $1200 after every 12-month continuous service
  • Accrual of TOIL in line with department guidelines
  • As KTLA is a Not-for-Profit organisation, salary packaging is available.
  • If recruited beyond the Kimberley Region: Relocation and removal allowances for travel and personal effects and a rental allowance of up to $250 per week may apply