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Ranger Coordinator - Ngaanyatjarra lands

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Job Ref:  610
Employer:  Ngaanyatjarra Council
Job Type:  Full Time
Ngaanyatjarraku, WA, Australia (Show on map)


Ngaanyatjarra Council is currently seeking a Working on Country Coordinator to work with Indigenous Land Management Officers. This position is a fixed contract ending 27 September 2018 subject to the availability of funding.

About the role

The position is based on the Ngaanyatjarra lands, Western Australia and will include fully furnished accommodation. The successful candidate will work as part of the Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture coordinating an Indigenous ranger team.

The role would suit applicants with a Degree or significant experience in Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and / or Anthropology who have a desire and / or experience to work closely with remote Aboriginal people. The aim is to support and maintain ongoing, sustainable and skilled employment in land management for our members who are the people of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. 

Your key duties will include but not limited to:

  • Provide on-ground support, primarily to Indigenous Land Management staff, employed under the Working on Country program and Traditional Owners.
  • Plan and conduct regular field trips to remote area locations and be prepared to drive very long distances.
  • Facilitate and support Traditional Owners in the continuity of inter-generational transfer of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice.
  • Facilitate the implementation of yearly work plans including: remote bore maintenance, rockhole cleaning, threatened and pest species management, fire management, capacity building, and visitor and tourist management.
  • Work collaboratively with other Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture program staff to implement the programs land and cultural heritage management projects.
  • Assist in Anthropological work at the direction of the Principal and Senior Anthropologist.
  • Provide field support to other Land and Culture staff.
  • Provide support to feral camel management activities of the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company
  • Collect and manage Geographic Information System (GIS) data.
  • Maintain ongoing accurate records of project activities.
  • Attend to the general maintenance and upkeep of vehicles and equipment used in fieldwork.
  • Prepare project plans, reports, funding applications, budgets and financial acquittals.
  • Communicate project outcomes to a wider audience.
  • Additional tasks as directed.

About You

The attributes and skills required to be considered for this role include: 

  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant field, i.e. Anthropology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Agricultural Sciences or extensive relevant experience.
  • A knowledge and understanding of Western Desert / Aboriginal life and culture and the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australian society.
  • Practical aptitude for technical manual tasks and a demonstrated ability to pass skills on to others.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to live in a remote aboriginal community.
  • Ability to work independently and in small teams and to prioritise & plan flexible & creative work programs.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Good word processing and spreadsheet skills.
  • Current drivers licence.
  • Willingness to undergo a full medical as this position requires a high level of fitness to perform the role


Base salary $67,328 to $72,960 per annum (pro rata) commensurate with skills and experience, 9.5% Superannuation and a generous additional remote allowance. Access to Salary Packaging available. Fully subsidized accommodation and utilities provided plus fully maintained work vehicle.

Closing date: 18 June 2018

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