Conservation Land Management Officer


Arid Recovery


Olympic Dam, South Australia

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$55,000 - $65,000 p.a. + 10% super. Full-time. 3-year fixed term contract.


Arid Recovery is an independent not-for-profit research and conservation organisation whose primary purpose is to recover, enhance and sustain Australia’s unique arid zone biodiversity. Activities are focused on an experimental area near Roxby Downs in South Australia.

Established in 1997, the 123 km2 Arid Recovery Reserve is one of the largest fenced conservation reserves in Australia and home to a highly successful research program. To date, five threatened species of mammal have been re-introduced into the Reserve. Arid Recovery also seeks to inspire appreciation of arid ecosystems through school visits, tours, community events and regular communications.


In this role, you will help to maintain the feral-free status of the Arid Recovery Reserve by assisting in feral animal monitoring and control programs and maintenance of infrastructure, including the reserve’s predator-proof fence, research station and vehicles.

You will coordinate with neighbours to control and monitor both introduced and native fauna to improve survival of threatened species in a buffer around the reserve. The role will also provide support to other Arid Recovery programs including ecological monitoring, fundraising and community outreach.

You will report to the Arid Recovery General Manager, and work with other members of the team, including the Ecologist, Reintroduction & Research Officer, Community Coordinator and Administration Officer. You will at times train and supervise volunteers, students and collaborating researchers.


  • Vocational or tertiary qualification in conservation land management or equivalent
  • Current valid driver’s licence
  • Firearms licence, or willingness to obtain one

Critical competencies

  • 4WD and ATV experience
  • Experience using firearms for feral animal control
  • Good level of fitness and ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve in remote and harsh environments
  • Data recording and written communication skills, including use of Microsoft Office
  • Good verbal communication skills and ability to effectively work with a range of people
  • An enthusiasm for learning new skills and being part of an energetic team.


  • Interest in conservation
  • Animal handling or station-hand experience

A remuneration package of $55,000 - $65,000 commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience (plus 10% superannuation) is being offered.

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