Land Management Officer (Mallee Cliffs NP)


Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Mildura, Victoria

About us

Australian  Wildlife  Conservancy  (AWC)  is  the  largest  private  (non-profit)  owner  of  land  for conservation  in  Australia,  protecting  endangered  wildlife at  31 sanctuaries in which  we  own  or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Lake Eyre.   With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.   

AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by: 

  • Operations -delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management. 
  • Science -delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.  
  • Fundraising -mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.   

About the role

AWC has been contracted by the NSW Government to reintroduce up to 10 species of threatened mammals into two NSW protected areas- Mallee Cliffs National Park in the south-west NSW, and part of the Pilliga forest in north-central NSW.

At Mallee Cliffs, AWC has constructed the largest feral predator-free fenced area on mainland Australia (9,500 Ha), into which locally-extinct mammal species will be reintroduced. The reintroduction program commenced in 2019 with the release of the Greater Bilby and a further 7 species are scheduled for release in 2021. AWC is also responsible for delivering conservation management and an associated science program including long-term ecological monitoring and research across the Park. This position may be required to assist with delivery of the regional program and elsewhere across AWC as required.

The Land Management Officer (LMO) will support the Operations Manager with the delivery of land management activities across the Mallee Cliffs NP. The LMO may also be required to assist at other Sanctuaries and NP’s from time to time, particularly Pilliga forest SCA & NP and Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary. Mallee Cliffs NP and Pilliga Forest NP/SCA are part of a historic partnership between AWC and the NSW National Parks to implement a program to reintroduce threatened and /or regionally extinct species through the construction of large feral proof fenced areas.

These properties span a vast array of habitats, terrain and geography. Each NP has its own unique requirements for the management of fire, weeds and feral animal control, asset and infrastructure development, and the restoration of ecosystems and the management of visitors.

You will work alongside other land management and science staff (Land Management Officers, Operations/Sanctuary Managers, Field Ecologists and Wildlife Ecologists), and also engage volunteers for a range of projects.

This role is initially based in Mildura, VIC. Construction of accommodation will be undertaken on the Mallee Cliffs site. Until such time this is completed, the Senior Land Management Officer will live at home (Mildura), and travel to site (Mallee Cliffs).

This a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia.

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