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 Strategic Fire Coordinator will be responsible for developing and delivering fire management strategies and operations to the highest and safest standards with a deliberate focus on outcomes. The position will work closely with the Major Projects Manager to:
- Develop, Deliver and Manage a refined Regional Fire Management Project Strategy for the 10 Deserts Project and other major fire projects
- Manage and coordinate the distribution and effective allocation of funds, over the lifetime of fire-related projects;
- Manage 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;
- Establish mechanisms to improve regional based traditional owners’ decision making with regards to fire management;
- Define the various ecosystems;
- Identify areas of high cultural (where appropriate), natural and conservation value;
- Identify threatened species that are under threat from altered fire regimes;
- Describe current fire management activity and capacity;
- Collate, analyse and interpret remote sensing and GIS data to identify strategic fire management requirements, options and initiatives;
- Develop 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;
- Articulate an annual review process so that changing priorities can be identified and responded to; and
- Outline a monitoring framework to assess the impact of the project’s activities.
- Coordinate Capacity Building for Indigenous People and Organisations at a Local and Regional Level
- Promote sharing of standard operating procedures, regulatory compliance procedures or other resources between groups;
- Effectively liaise with stakeholder agencies and organisations at local, regional and national levels as required and develop processes that improve traditional owner input into fire management decision-making processes and policy development
- Lead project fire management activities and regional fire management strategies through contractors or employees
- Management of contractors or employees as required;
- When required coordinate the effective, efficient, safe and legal implementation of fire-management by contractors or employees across the project area;
- Integrate Aboriginal fire management practices and contemporary fire management techniques as required.
- Develop Resources and Deliver Presentations
- Develop appropriate training resources such as aerial burning courses;
- Support mechanisms to develop fire management skills, experience and capacity among traditional owners and indigenous ranger groups;
- Deliver presentations and represent the project at meetings and regional forums as required; and
- Input into the development of materials that raise awareness of Aboriginal fire management, climate change and carbon abatement / sequestration in a cross- cultural context to increase traditional owner participation in fire management policy and initiatives.
- Participate as a member of the IDA team