Balanggarra IPA Coordinator


Kimberley Land Council


Wyndham, Western Australia

Salary etc:

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

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to manage the Balanggarra Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Northeast Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Balanggarra land and sea country covers approximately 26.000 km² and comprises stunning tablelands, gorges and ravines, floodplains, estuaries, beaches and so on. The area has a rich biodiversity including large saltwater crocodiles, Gouldian finches, Northern Quolls, Barramundi, Black-footed Rock wallaby and many others. The area is home to the Balanggarra people who have a strong connection to their ancestral land and culture, and today live across a number of communities in the region including Wyndham, Kununurra and Kalumburru.

The Balanggarra IPA Coordinator will work together with the Balanggarra Ranger Team, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) and Traditional Owners to ensure the IPA is managed by Traditional Owners in a manner consistent with customary law and Balanggarra Healthy Country Plan 2012-2022. They will achieve this by working in close partnership other KLC staff, cultural advisors, the BAC and Healthy Country 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.

The Balanggarra IPA Coordinator will take a lead role in growing the capacity and capabilities of BAC in taking increased ownership of existing funded programs and new emerging opportunities.


There is a preference for the applicant to reside in the Wyndham community, however we will consider Kununurra residence with regular travel to Wyndham.

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/stakeholders.

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.

Selection Criteria

Please note that it is essential your application addresses each of the selection criteria by providing information about your qualifications, experience and skills as they relate to each one.


  1. Qualification(s) in Natural Resource Management / Anthropology / Ecology / Social Sciences / Community Development or other relevant field. Extensive practical experience in related fields may be considered;
  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.
  4. Coxswain Qualification and experience in Maritime Operations

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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