Paruku IPA Coordinator


Kimberley Land Council


Mulan, Western Australia

Salary etc:

18-month contract, base salary starting $87,655.07

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work on the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Southeast Kimberley / Great Sandy Desert region of Western Australia.

This area adjacent to the Tanami HIghway takes in incredible desert country, and the floodways and river systems which flow into the vast permanent water source of Paruku (Lake Gregory). The area has a rich biodiversity including bilbies, yellow chats, migratory shorebirds, and the elusive night parrot amongst many others. The area is home to the Walmajarri people who have a strong living connection to their ancestral land and culture.

The Paruku IPA Coordinator will work together with the Paruku Ranger Coordinator and Tjurabalan Traditional Owners to ensure the IPA is managed by Traditional Owners in a manner consistent with customary law and the Paruku IPA Management Plan. They will achieve this by working in close partnership with the ranger team, other KLC staff, cultural advisors, the PBC and Advisory Group, as well as external project partners, on activities ranging from strategic planning and cross-functional collaborations to on-ground conservation and land management and monitoring.


There is a preference for the applicant to reside in the Mulan community, however we will consider Broome residence with regular extended field trips to the Paraku IPA.

What are we looking for?

  • A dynamic individual who is passionate about living and working in this fascinating part of Australia.
  • Someone with an interest in managing and supporting land and sea management programs in a cross-cultural context.
  • A natural leader who can build bridges of common understanding on often difficult and contentious issues.
  • Someone with a can-do attitude and the ability to work both independently and in a team, whilst assuring proper consultation with the Traditional Owners.

What do you get in return?

The Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (KLC) is an association of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region. Established in 1978 by Aboriginal people to work for the protection of traditional land and waters, the KLC is charged with the responsibility to protect, enhance and gain formal status (legal, social and political) for the customs, laws and traditions of Kimberley Traditional Owners.

KLC offers the opportunity to work in one of Australia’s most stunning landscapes where you will be able to join the rangers on trips to amazing sites, work with threatened species, learn traditional land management principles from the oldest living culture in the world, work and travel in some of the most remote and unspoilt landscapes in Australia, and take advantage of attractive salary and employment conditions.

Selction Criteria

  1. Qualification(s) in Natural Resource Management / Anthropology / Ecology / other relevant field and/or extensive practical experience in Indigenous cultural and natural resource management and conservation;
  2. Experience and confidence working with Aboriginal land/sea managers and communities, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people;
  3. Understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal social and cultural challenges in Northern or Central Australia and willingness to commit to community empowerment, training and development;
  4. A collaborative attitude with a high degree of integrity and an ability to work well in a team, independently, and with colleagues and partners across the region and country;
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to write reports for a range of audiences and to communicate sensitively and effectively with both indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders;
  6. Ability to manage a broad range of stakeholders with diverging or conflicting views and interests;
  7. Experience in project administration and finance management including grant writing and acquittals;
  8. Practical experience in consensus building and participatory methods of governance.
  9. Current valid driver’s licence (manual);
  10. Western Australian Working with Children Check (WWC) or ability to obtain one.


  1. Understanding of native title and land tenure and community governance
  2. Technical or trade skills relevant to the ranger program (i.e. construction, fire and weed management, GIS, cultural mapping, plant and animal identification, small engine maintenance);
  3. Experience working with community development in a cross cultural setting.

Salary and Benefits:

18-month contract, an attractive salary package including a level L6 base salary, starting at 87,655.07, with significant benefits including 5 weeks’ annual leave, relocation, leave loading, district allowance, rental subsidy and the option to salary sacrifice up to $15,889 per annum will be offered to the successful candidates.

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