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Title:

Ranger Coordinator - Indigenous Community

Advertiser:

Deewin Kirim Aboriginal Corporation

Location:

Peppimenarti, NT

Salary etc:

Fixed-term.

Deewin Kirim is an indigenous corporation based in Peppimenarti Northern Territory, a community of about 220 people, 320km southwest of Darwin.

Rangers have to actively engage with Traditional Owners and community members in natural and cultural resource management.

Currently this indigenous corporation is looking for a Ranger Coordinator to lead the team of 6-8 rangers in daily work operations. The work supports Traditional Owners' aspirations across core land management functions of weed, feral and fire management as well as many other Natural Resource Management (NRM) projects including recycling and waste reduction, community cultural and education.

Applicants should have tertiary qualifications in NRM or related field experience and will have experience in community development in a contemporary indigenous context; an ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural context and to manage small teams in a remote setting; and excellent written or oral communication and computer skills with solid reporting abilities.

There will be significant travel into remote areas, so possession of a driver’s license and an ability to use and maintain vehicle assets is essential.

The position is for a term of 12 months with an option to renew. Salary will be based on experience and skills, commencing as soon as possible. The employment package also includes superannuation guarantee, a relocation subsidy and free accommodation, including utility bills.

Position Description and Selection Criteria

Position Title

Ranger Coordinator for Indigenous Community

Grade

Depending on experience and skills

Department

Rangers

Reporting to

CEO/General Manager

Financial Authority/Capacity

In collaboration with the CEO, finance officer and Board of community members, advise and assist to manage the annual budget, procurement, and human resources.

Number of Direct Reports

6-8 including full-time and part-time Rangers.

Other Internal Contacts

Accountants, Management and Staff, Board of Directors.

External Contacts

Traditional Owners and community residents, Working on Country staff (National Indigenous Australians Agency, NIAA), local service providers, other government departments and agencies (Fisheries, NAQS, DENR, NTG, EPA, etc.), the regional council, outstations, trainers, researchers, AAPA, auditors, and others.

Location

320km southwest of Darwin in the Daly River Port Keats Aboriginal Land Trust

Aim of Position

The Ranger Coordinator is required to oversee, support and empower Ranger program participants in completing their duties and responsibilities as per the Project Schedule “Jobs, Land and Economy”.

Daily planning, organisation and oversight of male and female rangers as they carry out their duties for the employer’s ‘Working on Country’ program, as well as other associated contracts and activities including fee-for-service work, government contracts, research, nursery, and other projects. Ensure activities and projects are adequately supported, managed and reported against. Contribute to weekly, monthly and annual planning as necessary.

Key Focus Areas
  1. Support and supervision of employees in a culturally diverse environment.
  2. Empower staff and support staff training and development.
  3. Natural and Cultural Resource Management activities.
  4. Stakeholder engagement - Traditional Owners, government agencies, partners and funding bodies, trainers, etc.
  5. Asset management and maintenance.
  6. Monitoring, analysis, reporting and record management.
  7. Basic finance and admin support as required.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Help lead weekly meetings with the Ranger team to plan work duties, and discuss any issues, problems, plan for visitors’ training and other activities.
  2. Support and empower Rangers to undertake daily duties, including organising vehicle and equipment requirements and carrying out duties to a safe and effective standard.
  3. Plan, organise and take the lead in operations in the delivery of 3 core projects - fire management, weed eradication and feral animals.
  4. Liaise and consult with Traditional Owners and other stakeholders to develop strategies and Rangers’ work plans.
  5. Take the lead in asset and equipment management and maintenance, including weekly vehicle checks and cleans, regular maintenance, including preventative maintenance and ensure any problems or repairs are reported and actioned.
  6. Ensure WHS standards are followed, including appropriate use of PPE and help to report any issues as they arise.
  7. Provide timely and accurate reports to the Board, and to funding bodies.
  8. Ensure the program, at all times, complies with the relevant funding agreements including that KPIs are successfully met. Undertake monitoring, reporting and analysis of projects and support Rangers to do basic reporting of outcomes and any relevant issues.
  9. Assist in the efficient management of the Ranger team in line with board requirements, HR policies and social, cultural and Ranger program needs.
  10. Support admin, finance and work reporting duties as needed.
  11. Support coordination of meetings with TOs, Rangers and other stakeholders.
  12. Support Ranger development and capacity building through coordinating certified training and supporting informal mentoring.
  13. Be prepared to attend and contribute at meetings, conferences, training and other necessary events.
  14. Regularly travel around the Region, in remote areas, involving physically demanding work and overnights where required.
  15. Other reasonable duties as requested by the CEO or in his/her absence, the Board.
Person Specification
  1. High level of communication skills (written and oral)
  2. People management skills
  3. Accountable, honest, acts with integrity
  4. Experience in environmental land management
  5. Excellent organisational and time management skills
  6. Administration and financial skills
  7. Intermediate to high level of computer skills
  8. Problem solving and troubleshooting ability
  9. Physically fit and capable to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Qualifications

Tertiary qualification in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Community Development, or an equivalent level of on-the-job experience.

Experience

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role is required. Experience working in a remote indigenous community is preferred.

Selection Criteria
  1. Tertiary qualifications in Natural Resource Management, or related field, or demonstrated equivalent expertise.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of contemporary natural and cultural management theory and practice in an indigenous context.
  3. Sound knowledge of procedures and practices involved in land management including the management of fires, weed eradication, feral animals, and sea country work.
  4. A team player and leader who is flexible and well organised.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders in a cross-cultural context.
  6. Demonstrated ability in the management of staff, preferably in a remote indigenous context.
  7. Demonstrated ability to implement, oversee and report on land management projects.
  8. Demonstrated ability to use and maintain assets (cars, boats, trailers, quads, etc.).
  9. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholder, Indigenous Traditional Owners, government, and others.
  10. Demonstrated ability to operate under pressure with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.
  11. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information and situations.
  12. Proficient in the use of computers including the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Outlook) as well data collation and attention to detail.
  13. Must have an NT Drivers Licence, Police Check and Ochre Card. Note: If you have applied for these but have not received them when lodging your application, a receipt will suffice.
Key performance indicators
  1. Ensures Rangers are supervised and supported to undertake duties, including fire management, weed eradication and recycling, in a timely and safe manner and that these are appropriately reported on.
  2. Leads and mentors a team in a cross-cultural context
  3. Establishes and maintains good working relationships with Traditional Owners and stakeholders while mentoring a team.
  4. Ensures work is properly completed and reported on.
  5. Ensures equipment and assets are maintained.
  6. Supports planning and coordination tasks with CEO, staff and other stakeholders.
  7. Learns quickly, uses own initiative, and displays attention to detail.
Other Requirements

If you are interested in becoming part of a diverse team and value challenging & rewarding work please send through your recent CV and Cover Letter addressing the above selection criteria and 2 referees.

Date published:

16-Dec-2021