Fire Officer


Indigenous Desert Alliance (10 Deserts Project)




The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) is a member-organisation which empowers Indigenous rangers managing Australia's Desert Country to realise their social/cultural, environmental and economic aspirations. 

We do this through supporting capacity-building events, activities and projects for rangers and ranger teams; enhancing regional collaboration; and enabling one strong voice for the desert. The IDA has recently taken on the management of the 10 Deserts Project, an exciting Indigenous land-management collaboration across Australia’s desert country.


The Fire Officer will be responsible for delivering fire management strategies and operational activities to the highest and safest standards with a deliberate focus on outcomes. 

The position will work closely with the Strategic Fire Coordinator to:

  1. Support the regional fire management project activity for the 10 Deserts Project and other fire projects
  • Participate in planning and regional consultations with project partners, traditional owners and other relevant stakeholders to produce and refine a regional fire management strategy for the project area;
  • Collate, analyse and interpret remote sensing and GIS data to identify strategic fire management requirements, options and initiatives;
  • Work within a framework and strategies to achieve those goals and to address capacity gaps of partners and Indigenous land management organisations to undertake fire management work;
  • Participate in an annual review process so that changing priorities can be identified and responded to; and
  • Contribute to the development of and use of an appropriate monitoring framework to assess the impact of the project’s activities.
  1. Assist with capacity building of Indigenous people and organisations at a local and regional level
  • Promote sharing of standard operating procedures, regulatory compliance procedures or other resources between groups; and
  • Effectively liaise with stakeholder agencies as directed and organisations at local, regional level as directed.
  1. Deliver fire management activities and regional fire management strategies through contractors or employees
  • Coordinate the effective, efficient, safe and legal implementation of fire-management by contractors or employees across the project area, as directed; and
  • Integrate Indigenous fire management practices and contemporary fire management techniques as required.
  1. Develop Resources and Deliver Presentations
  • Assist in developing appropriate training resources;
  • Support mechanisms to develop fire management skills, experience and capacity among traditional owners and Indigenous ranger groups; and
  • Deliver presentations and represent the project at meetings and regional forums as required.
  1. Participate as a member of the IDA team


To succeed in this role, you will need to be:

  • Passionate about working with and for Indigenous people to achieve the best possible outcomes 
  • Highly respectful of Indigenous people, culture and their commitment to looking after Country
  • An excellent communicator
  • Self-reliant with high levels of honesty and integrity

You will need the following Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Interest in or some experience in implementing cultural and conservation burning programs
  • Willingness to work respectfully and in partnership with Indigenous people
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in the Indigenous conservation and land management sector, community development, or some experience in relevant projects
  • Ability to build relationships and work as part of a team in a cross-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel remotely

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Demonstrably positive experiences working with Indigenous people and their organisations in remote desert communities or similar
  • Indigenous land management knowledge
  • Good understanding of remote Indigenous social, cultural and economic context.

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