Learning on Country Coordinator


Ramingining School - Department of Education


Ramingining, Northern Territory

Salary etc:

Administrative Officer 6. Full-time. Duration fixed to 31 December 2020.

Primary Objective:

Under the guidance of Ramingining School and the Arafura Swamp Ranger Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC), the Learning on Country (LoC) Coordinator aims to encourage school attendance, improve literacy and numeracy skills, develop leadership, confidence and the employment capacity of students into Ranger employment and the wider job market.

The program draws upon both secondary education and vocational education and training courses of study. The program prioritises Years 9 to 12.

Context Statement:

The LoC program is a collaborative initiative of Indigenous natural and cultural resource management agencies (Ranger Groups) and Schools across 15 remote NT communities. It builds on the discourse and practice of “two-ways” education where both Indigenous and western scientific knowledge inform conservation and land management and education and training.

The program aligns with and supports community cultural, social and economic aspirations by providing relevant and sustainable education and employment opportunities for young people. At its foundation the LoC program is an important and inspiring vehicle for the intergenerational transmission of knowledge.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate, supervise and assist with the planning and delivery of the LoC program - Includes preparing an annual LoC Operational Plan and Partnership MoU, convening the Local Learning on Country Committee and most importantly organising the logistics and supporting the delivery of the school based LoC activities.
  2. Acquire, acquit, and coordinate and manage the resources necessary to support the program including use of ranger resources and local Indigenous experts required for fieldwork activities. This includes working collaboratively to negotiate with landowners to access country and to include specialist traditions, knowledge and experience into the program.
  3. Maintain regular liaison, consultation and communication with all project partners, potential employers, support agencies and organisations (VET Providers, AG, NTG, NGOs and community).
  4. Ensure contractual compliance of the program through the collection of data and the timely submission of Performance and Financial reports relative to program outcomes and key performance indicators.

Selection Criteria:


  1. A current Working with Children Clearance Notice (Ochre Card) and NT drivers licence (or ability to obtain).
  2. Demonstrated capacity to reside, work and communicate collaboratively and effectively with Aboriginal Australians;
  3. Proven ability in building and maintaining effective teams, networks and relationships with other agencies and stakeholders.
  4. Highly developed interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills with demonstrated ability to influence and engage multiple stakeholders to deliver program activities in cross-cultural contexts.
  5. Knowledge of and experience in working with secondary School and vocational education programs
  6. Knowledge of Indigenous Ranger Programs and their purpose, priorities and organisational arrangements.
  7. Demonstrated project management, administrative and time management skills including the development of budgets and acquittal of government funding.
  8. Knowledge of the Learning on Country program, the key objectives and the underpinning philosophies, including an understanding of both-ways learning and their application in the Learning on Country program.


  1. Formal qualifications in Conservation and Land Management (CLM), or Natural Cultural Resource Management (NCRM) or a related field
  2. Qualifications in Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Further Information

This position will require residing in community and delivering on country camps and excursions in remote areas and travelling, mainly on unsealed roads in 4WD vehicles. A current NT Drivers licence and 4WD training is required (or capacity to undertake training).

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