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Senior Land Management Officer


Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, Kimberley, WA

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 Kati Thanda-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.   

Three of AWC’s sanctuaries are in the Kimberley region: Mornington, Marion Downs, and Charnley-River, along with four partnerships, the Dambimangari, Wilinggin, and Yulmbu Aboriginal Corporations, and the Commonwealth Department of Defence controlled Yampi Sound Training Area. In total, these sanctuaries and partnerships cover a combined area of over 4.3 million ha and protect numerous threatened habitats and species. The Wildlife Link Centre for Research and Conservation at Mornington is the base for an award-winning land management and science program.

While the Senior Land Management position is based at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, AWC North West Region, works on a cooperative approach across all management zones. You may, for reasonable periods of time, be required to work on other management zones within the region. In emergency situations, such as the occurrence of widespread and threatening wildfires, you may be required to assist on management zones outside of the region.

The North West region consists of a team of permanent staff, and also utilises interns, research students, and a range of casual staff and volunteers working across seven different management zones. The region is managed, overall, by a Regional Operations Manager (Operations) and by a Regional Ecologist (Science). Day-to-day operations are overseen by the individual Operations Managers and science programs by a Senior Ecologist, who are responsible for each management zone. The two staff streams (operations and science) work together in an integrated manner to design, implement and measure the effectiveness of land management strategies. The Senior Land Management Officer will report to, and support, the Operations Manager with the planning and implementation of conservation and operational programs.

The Senior Land Management Officer act in the role of Operations Manager in their absence.

Good communication skills across a wide range of groups including neighbouring landholders, scientists, traditional owners, volunteers, contractors and visitors is essential. You will need to be organised, hands-on, experienced in living and working in remote areas and have a background or interest in nature conservation.

This is a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia by carrying out land management that is closely integrated with comprehensive science and monitoring programs in one of Australia’s most important ecological regions. The successful applicant will be offered a competitive salary based on skills and experience. Basic accommodation will be provided.

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