Fire Officer


Indigenous Desert Alliance


Location negotiable, SA


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 Fire Officer will be responsible for 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 Strategic Fire Coordinator to: 

  1. Support the regional fire management project activity for fire projects managed by the IDA
  2. Assist with capacity building of Indigenous people and organisations at a local and regional level
  3. Deliver fire management activity and fire management strategy through contractors or employees
  4. Develop resources and deliver presentations
  5. Participate as a member of the IDA Team

In a bit more detail, the role looks like this…

  1. Support the regional fire management project activity for fire projects managed by the IDA;
  • Participate in 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;
  • Collate, analyse and interpret remote sensing and GIS data to identify strategic fire management requirements, options and initiatives;
  • Work within 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;
  • Participate in an annual review process so that changing priorities can be identified and responded to; and
  • Contribute to the development and use of an appropriate monitoring framework to assess the impact of the project’s activities.

2. Assist with capacity building of Indigenous people and organisations at a local and regional level.

  • Promote sharing of standard operating procedures, regulatory compliance procedures or other resources between groups; and
  • Effectively liaise with stakeholder agencies as directed and organisations at local, regional level as directed.

3. Deliver fire management activities and regional fire management strategies through contractors or employees

  • Coordinate the effective, efficient, safe and legal implementation of fire-management by contractors or employees across the project area, as directed; and
  • Integrate Indigenous fire management practices and contemporary fire management techniques as required.

4. Develop Resources and Deliver Presentations

  • Assist in developing appropriate training resources;
  • 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 Indigenous fire management, climate change and carbon abatement / sequestration in a cross- cultural context to increase traditional owner participation in fire management policy and initiatives.

5. Participate as a member of the IDA team: 

  • Incorporate “IDA - Our Way of Working” into your daily work practices
  • Deliver a professional, proactive, accurate, efficient, confidential and member/partner focused service to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Comply with all IDA policies, codes and procedures.
  • Adhere to the IDA’s workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Contribute to the IDA’s operational planning, review processes and other meetings relevant to IDA and your role as directed
  • Participate in performance reviews and professional development
  • Other duties as directed by the IDA Management Team


To succeed in this role, you will need to be:

  • Passionate about working with and for Indigenous people to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Highly respectful of Indigenous people, culture and their commitment to looking after Country
  • An excellent communicator
  • People oriented and empathetic
  • Self-reliant with high levels of honesty and integrity
  • Willingness to work respectfully and in partnership with Indigenous people

You will need the following Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • Relevant qualifications in the Indigenous conservation and land management sector, community development, or experience in relevant projects
  • Ability to build relationships and work as part of a team in a cross-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel remotelyInterest in or some experience in implementing cultural and conservation burning programs

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Demonstrably positive experiences working with Indigenous people and their organisations in remote desert communities or similar
  • Indigenous land management knowledge
  • Sound written communication skills
  • Good understanding of remote Indigenous social, cultural and economic context.

Date published:


Closing date:

21-Jan-2022, 5pm