Reserve Manager


Bush Heritage Australia


Bon Bon Reserve, SA

  • Help to deliver on our vision of Healthy Country, protected forever
  • Coordinate land management activities across Bon Bon Reserve
  • Full time permanent position based on Bush Heritage’s Bon Bon Reserve

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a very real contribution to the protection of Australia’s unique wildlife and their habitat.

Bush Heritage Australia, an independent, leading conservation not-for-profit, is seeking a Reserve Manger.

Our vision of Healthy Country, protected forever sees us work where we are needed most: in areas of high conservation value with low levels of protection. With the help of our donors, we buy and manage land, so we can protect our irreplaceable landscapes and our magnificent native species forever.

Currently we own 39 reserves and we protect and help manage 11.3 million hectares of land across the country. In our mission to return the bush to good health, we provide habitat for 6,700 native species, including at least 226 threatened species.  Two proven approaches underline what we do: we carefully select, purchase and manage landscapes of high conservation value; and we work in partnership with others, including Traditional Owners the Antakirinja-Yankunytjatjara people to achieve key conservation outcomes.

Bon Bon Reserve is a former sheep property in the Stony Plains and Gawler Bioregions of South Australia.

Bon Bon has a wonderful diversity of vegetation communities and land systems including the buckshot plains, mulga (Acacia aneura) and western myall (Acacia papyrocarpa) woodlands, salt bush and blue bush (chenopod) shrub lands, sand dunes, freshwater and salt lakes. This region features boom and bust cycles typical of arid, inland Australia. Rainfall is highly variable and only averages about 150mm a year.

About the role:

The function of the Reserve Manager is primarily to ensure that day-to-day management of Bon Bon Reserve meets the conservation and organisational goals of Bush Heritage.

Management of the Reserve occurs within the context of day-to-day implementation of the Bon Bon Reserve Management Plan. You will be expected to represent and promote Bush Heritage in the region, building upon positive relationships with key stakeholder groups including Arid Recovery, Traditional Owners, neighbouring pastoral stations, Universities, local conservation groups and others.

You will have a strong understanding of, and practical experience in natural resource management - weeds, feral animals, fire and fences. Capability to manage land, plant, equipment and a positive and collaborative work approach able to supervise staff and experience living and working in remote locations. Experience developing work plans and managing budgets. Ability to work independently and be a practical, pro-active and creative thinker.

Bush Heritage Australia actively encourages applicants from diverse groups and communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women, people with diverse ability and LGBTIQ (sexuality and gender diverse and intersex) communities.

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