Regional Fire Officer - North West


Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Broome, WA

~Help deliver effective conservation in the Kimberley through the planning and execution of AWC's prescribed burning and wildfire suppression programs~

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 30 sanctuaries in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.

AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by:

  • Operations -delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
  • Science -delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
  • Fundraising -mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.

Each year AWC’s undertakes prescribed control burning through a combination of aerial and ground operations. The objective of the program is to reduce the occurrence, extent and impacts of late dry season wildfires, increase the area of ‘long-unburnt’ vegetation, ensure the protection of riparian and rainforest pockets and secure critical assets and cultural sites from fire threats.

AWC’s regional fire management program covers approximately 6.6 million hectares of the central and north Kimberley. In a unique partnership, pastoralists, indigenous communities, private sector conservation and government agencies have collaborated since 2007 to manage fire on a massive scale. Since its inception the program has expanded and now incorporates 4 AWC sanctuaries, 7 pastoral properties, 2 Indigenous Protected Areas and the Yampi Sound Training Area under Dept of Defence.

Reporting to the Regional Operations Manager North-West, the Regional Fire Officer is responsible for the delivery of:

  • A prescribed burning program that is coordinated across property boundaries.
  • Wildfire suppression activities in association with AWC’s partners and neighbours.
  • Associated planning, monitoring, coordination, logistical support and reporting.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • proven delivery of "on-ground" fire management results,
  • a track record of excellent communication skills, demonstrating the ability to establish and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including indigenous communities, pastoralists and government agencies,
  • previous experience living and working in a rural area, preferably remote, and,
  • exceptional planning and organisational skills.

This is a newly created permanent position and offers an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to conservation in the Kimberley.

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