WHO WE ARE
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.