Coordinator - Whitsunday Reef Islands Initiative


Reef Catchments


Mackay or Proserpine, Queensland

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Base salary: $70,000 - $95,000 (Dependent on skills, qualifications & experience). Full-time to 31 December 2021.

Whitsunday Reef Islands Initiative

The Reef Islands Initiative is a $14 million, 10-year collaboration between the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Lendlease, Australian Government’s Reef Trust, Queensland Government and the Fitzgerald Family Foundation, that aims to protect and restore critical island values and habitats in the face of a changing climate. The Whitsunday Project component of the Reef Islands Initiative is led by Reef Catchments.

The RII Whitsunday project aims to position the Whitsundays as a recognised global hub for inshore fringing reef stewardship, with the area a key demonstration site for piloting restoration intervention techniques, by trialling and testing a suite of tools and techniques for ridge to reef restoration (i.e. mangrove to corals).

This core stream of work will be underpinned by an evidence base that will integrate existing research, cultural heritage knowledge, mapping, modelling, social and economic values to develop a baseline map to understand where to deploy interventions and enable adaptive management decisions. 


Reef Catchments is a regional community not-for-profit business focused on enhanced use and management of natural resources (land, water, vegetation and ecosystem health) while maintaining a viable regional community.

About the Role

Reef Catchments manage the Whitsunday Reef Islands Initiative. Strategic oversight of the Reef Island Initiative is provided by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The role is responsible for autonomously managing the design, coordination and on-ground implementation of the Whitsunday Project through what is expected to be a suite of activities to be delivered by different delivery providers as part of an integrated program of activities.

Key Responsibilities

The Coordinator Whitsunday Reef Islands Initiative will:

  • Manage the design, coordination and on-ground implementation of the Reef Islands Initiative (RII) Whitsundays Project on a day-to-day basis,
  • Provide project management oversight of the RII which includes a well-integrated set of restoration actions across the key themes of initiative
  • Participate in and provide secretariat function for the Whitsunday Project Advisory Group
  • Participate in the RII Communications Working Group as the Whitsundays Project representative, and drive communications outcomes for the project
  • Lead the development and design of the annual project work plan and budget, including through identifying ongoing activities and other initiatives in the region and consulting with potential partners and other stakeholders to ensure that the project design is relevant and practical for the region and delivering the overarching project outcomes
  • Facilitate engagement of community, tourism, research, and Traditional Owners to build support for and participation in the project, particularly with a view to increase the sustainability/enduring outcomes of the project
  • Lead the request for and assessment of detailed proposals from potential delivery providers, and negotiate the terms and scope of services for selected projects
  • Coordinate engagement and alignment between the project and other regional initiatives in order to foster collaboration, deliver co-benefits, maximise synergies and co-investment and minimize duplication and redundancies
  • Oversee the implementation and delivery of all project activities using best practice management, including managing risks, tracking performance, and ensuring implementation and reporting by delivery providers
  • Develop and implement actions (e.g. a Technical Advisory Group) to address project needs in relation to technical advice that demonstrate clear links to whole-of-Reef, regional or local strategies or programs

Reports to: CEO – Reef Catchments

Key skills and attributes required of the position

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field such as Applied Science, Environmental Science or Management, Marine Biology, or Natural Resource Management
  • Demonstrated experience in the establishment and effective execution of multi-stakeholder, impact-driven, on-ground research and conservation programs; experience in the reef space will be looked upon favourably
  • Experience designing, measuring, evaluating and reporting on the impact of projects and programs, drawing on the lessons learned and proactively implementing adaptive management strategies
  • Strong track record in project management, including governance
  • A track record in building and maintaining effective partnerships across a range of stakeholders (including research, tourism and Traditional Owners), including strong relationships and networks within the Whitsundays region
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with experts and non-experts both orally and in writing.

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