Project Coordinator, Land & Sea Management


Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation


Geraldton (preferred) with Perth as an option, WA

Salary etc:

$89k - $92k + Super

About the Organisation:

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) for what are described as the Pilbara and Geraldton regions of Western Australia. YMAC is run by an Aboriginal Board of Directors, representing several native title groups (each of whom have their own language, culture, traditions and protocols).

YMAC provides a range of services, including native title claim and future act representation, heritage services, community and economic development assistance, and natural resource management support.

About the Role:

YMAC is currently seeking a full time or part time (0.8 FTE) Project Coordinator to join the Land & Sea Management team to be based in either our Perth or Geraldton office (Geraldton is preferred, however Perth is an option) on a fixed term 12-month contract. The Project Coordinator will assist the Land & Sea Management Program Manager in providing direction and leadership for Indigenous land and sea management on the traditional lands of YMAC’s clients. This includes supervising existing ranger projects, identifying funding opportunities and engaging with prospective clients to develop and run new projects.

About You:

The ideal candidate will have qualifications and/or experience in Conservation and Land Management or relevant field, demonstrated experience and confidence with working with Aboriginal communities, and/or coordinating on-the-ground natural, cultural or agricultural resource management projects, preferably with Indigenous organisations and/or in arid and remote regions of Australia.

Under the guidance of the Program Manager, your position responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Provide daily leadership, coordination and supervision of the ranger projects operated by YMAC, consistent with the contractual obligations of each project.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of ranger annual work plans for the protection and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage.
  • Support and develop ranger groups in their formal and on-the-job training activities.
  • Coordinate and manage the budgets and fee for service opportunities to gradually ensure full time employment of all rangers on the various teams. 
  • Integrate traditional ecological knowledge with modern land and sea management practice, for the long-term conservation and promotion of natural and cultural values.
  • Liaise with existing and potential clients (State agencies, local government areas, conservation organisations, pastoral leaseholders, resources companies, etc.) in delivering services in land and sea management.
  • Promote responsible work practices to ensure a healthy and safe work environment while on country.
  • Provide accurate and timely project activity reports as directed by the Program Manager and as set out in project funding agreements. 
  • Provide administrative, financial and logistical support to the various ranger projects operated by YMAC.
  • Identify and develop funding applications. 
  • Occasionally provide advice on specific environmental matters, as directed by the Program Manager. 
  • Report to and liaise with the Native Title parties involved in the program, in particular the PBCs holding the Native Title rights and interests.

Selection Criteria


  • Qualification(s) in Conservation and Land Management or related field (NRM, environmental studies, anthropology), or relevant equivalent experience
  • Current manual driver’s licence
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in working with Aboriginal communities and/or coordinating on-ground natural, cultural or agricultural resource management projects, preferably with Indigenous organisations and/or in arid and remote regions of Australia
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills
  • Ability and desire to work on country, often after hours and away from home for extended periods
  • Strong organisational skills


  • Minimum of Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management, or equivalent
  • Experience in working independently with minimal supervision and demonstrated capacity to remain focused, positive and organised in a challenging work environment 
  • Demonstrated experience in project administration and finance management 
  • Experience in developing funding proposals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Personal drive and integrity
  • Strong understanding of Aboriginal cultures and heritage
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety legislation and requirements

Traditional Owners of the region are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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