Environmental and Cultural Services Manager


Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation


Kimberley region, WA

  • Looking for an experienced Environmental manager to drive Indigenous Environmental & Cultural Sustainability via innovative entrepreneurial on-country programs

About the role

The Walalakoo Environmental and Cultural Services (WECS) Manager leads the strategic planning, management, implementation and reporting activities that constitute Walalakoo’s on-country operations including, but not limited to, the Yi-Mardoowarra Nyikina Mangala Ranger Program.

The WECS Manager coordinates the planning, implementation and performance measurement of the Indigenous Ranger Program, and the Indigenous Protected Area Program. The WECS Manager works with a variety of stakeholders to improve and grow the Walalakoo Environmental and Cultural Service Delivery Framework and systems supporting effective and efficient environmental and cultural services delivery. The WECS manager is responsible for value creation and increased return with the ultimate aim of achieving financial autonomy in the long term.

On a day-to-day basis- the WECS manages a Team of Rangers, Ranger Coordinator and a Cultural Coordinator as per the duty statement below.

About us

Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (‘WAC’) is the Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC) representing the Nyikina Mangala people of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Walalakoo’s vision is to be a self-sufficient organisation that adopts the world's best practice in enabling Indigenous-led, sustainable resource use and provide material prosperity and improve the wellbeing of its Nyikina and Mangala community. We aim to promote, protect and preserve culture (in the widest sense of the word), provide Indigenous employment opportunities and to operate as an influential organisation with a strong platform integrating traditional wisdom with conventional knowledge frameworks.


  • Coordinate the planning, management, and monitoring of cultural and natural resource management responsibilities outlined in the Walalakoo Healthy Country Plan as well as other contractual and partnership-based environmental and cultural management obligations/scope of works, including Ranger Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) System design and implementation that links monitoring and on-ground action with overall targets
  • Oversight of Walalakoo environmental management partnerships, including collaboration/research agreements and partnership milestones, deliverables and outputs; Work alongside Walalakoo CEO to identify and scope new business and funding opportunities via development of partnerships with philanthropic partners including clean energy and carbon-related projects and others that support land tenure on country.
  • Undertake consultations with the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner community and stakeholders to investigate the declaration of an Indigenous Protected Area in accordance with the Walalakoo NIAA IPA Grant (2021-23) and the potential of securing other protections for Nyikina Mangala Country.
  • Be responsible for the financial management and oversight of the Walalakoo cultural and natural resource management program budgets.
  • Supervise and conduct performance appraisals of unit staff, consistent with WAC’s staff performance management policy, including the identification of staff training and development needs in collaboration with key partnership groups (KLC, KGT, TAFE).
  • Support the Board and CEO representation of Walalakoo at all levels of Government, developers, resource extraction and other commercial interests, with lobbyists and environmental organisations. Develop and/or deliver formal presentations, prospectuses on Walalakoo’s service delivery capacity for environmental and/or cultural management to interested groups.
  • Develop and maintain effective, culturally appropriate working relationships with Traditional Owners and wider stakeholder groups ensuring that members are engaged and/or kept fully informed regarding the activities undertaken where relevant.
  • Support CEO in drafting of strategic cultural and natural resource management advice to WAC in the form or reports or submissions to various government and other agencies.
  • In consultation with the CEO and members of the Management Team, develop and implement policies for the efficient running of WECS and its long-term sustainability.
  • Provide input to the WAC strategic plan, operational plan and annual report.
  • Comply with WAC’s Policy and Procedures at all times.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must address the following selection criteria:


  • Experience and qualification(s) in Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management and a strong foundation in Indigenous cultural priorities or other related fields; Business management skills and experience will also be well regarded;
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence managing complex programs/projects with multiple levels, preferably Land management and Native Title with First Nations organisations and/or in remote regions of Australia;
  • A strong, broad and practical understanding of conservation management, environmental and cultural issues as they relate to First Nations peoples in Remote Australia and willingness to uphold First Nations peoples’ rights in partnership agreements;
  • Good communication, networking, negotiation and community engagement skills including ability to work with advisory groups and as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing staff, particularly when working in remote locations and significant experience in mentoring and coaching people to increase their capacity and capability;
  • Demonstrated experience in project and program administration, financial management of budgets, report writing including grant application and/or acquittal, presentation for a range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in working for recognition and scientific publication record will be highly regarded;
  • Demonstrable experience in managing large, complex datasets and databases for work planning, field data collection and analysis. Training and/or experience in using GIS software systems such as ArcGIS, or QGIS for mapping and spatial analysis for multiple projects, as well as statistical analysis using software, will be highly regarded;
  • Practical experience with the development and implementation of policies and procedures essential to compliant and effective operations of environmental service delivery;
  • Current valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD safely in remote locations, Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check (WCC) or ability to obtain one. Willingness to undergo a full medical examination commensurate with the requirements of the role.


  • Experience working with Indigenous land managers, rangers and/or IPAs;
  • Understanding of native title and land tenure, community governance and personal development processes;
  • Experience in commercial conservation and land management activities;
  • Experience working with community development in a cross-cultural setting.

Salary & Conditions

  • Salary: A base salary range of $85,000 per annum negotiated with regard to skills and qualifications.
  • District allowance: A district allowance is in addition to the salary figure. The allowance is currently $6,912.00 no dependants or $10,315 with dependants. Dependants are classified as per the Australian Tax Office definition.
  • Salary Sacrifice: Walalakoo is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) for income tax purposes and therefore capped salary sacrifice arrangements are available.
  • Air conditioning subsidy: An employee will be entitled to receive a subsidy for air conditioning at the rate of 17.21c per unit as follows:
    • Dependents: September, 640 units per month, October through April, 1,600 units per month.
    • No Dependents, September, 640 units per month, October through April, 1,120 units per month.
  • Residential Accommodation Entitlements: Where an employee is renting a house in the WAC may pay up to 36% rental subsidy up to a maximum claimable rental of $500 fortnightly upon application and qualification by the employee.

Hours of Work:

This position is required to work 37.5 hours per week, working on average 7.5 hours per day.

  • Overtime: All overtime must be approved and will be accrued as TOIL (time off in lieu).
  • Annual Leave: Employees will be entitled to five weeks (25 days) annual leave. In addition you will receive a 17.5% loading. After a minimum of twelve months continuous service an employee located in the Kimberley is entitled to an annual travel reimbursement of $1300 per annum payable on a reimbursement basis on the provision of receipts.
  • Personal Leave: You will be entitled to 15 personal leave days per year. This is cumulative from year to year but is not paid out on termination of employment.
  • Long Service Leave: 13 weeks after seven continuous years of service (excluding any periods of leave without pay). Pro rata long service leave may be taken after five continuous years of service again excluding any periods of leave without pay.
  • Superannuation: Superannuation Guarantee: WAC currently contributes 10% of fortnightly salary.

Probationary Period:

A three-month probationary period is applicable to this position. The period of probation can be extended by the manager/supervisor for an additional period of no greater than three months.

Performance Reviews:

Reviews are undertaken annually by the CEO.

Code of Conduct:

Ensure professional conduct is of the highest standard in accordance with WAC’s Code of Conduct and policies as adopted and modified from time to time.

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