Regional Operations Manager (North-West)


Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Broome / Derby / 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.

The Regional Operations Manager North West (ROM NW) is responsible for delivering effective conservation across the region.

Success in this position (ie, effective conservation) will be measured by reference to key metrics which track:

  • The populations (or other metric) of indicator species.
  • The extent to which threatening processes are reduced including:
    • Avoiding or limiting wildfires;
    • Reducing the density/population of feral animals; and
    • Reducing the area of occupancy of invasive weeds.
  • The cost at which outcomes are delivered (our aim is to deliver the highest outcomes at the lowest cost).
  • The ongoing success of the AWC ‘s partnerships with Dambimangari, Wilinggin and Yulmbu Aboriginal Corporations.
  • The successful execution of AWC’s contract with the Commonwealth Department of Defence.
  • The implementation and promotion of AWC values and culture.
  • The implementation and maintenance of the full range of AWC policy and procedures in relation HR, Finance and Operations.
  • The cultivation and maintenance of productive and collaborative relationships with Native Title holder groups.

To achieve success, you will need to manage and direct resources efficiently and in accordance with an approved budget and operating plan, informed by science-based strategies. The level of on-ground activity (feral animal control, weed control, fire management) is measured and reported on a regular basis.

You will be responsible for ensuring tight integration with the Science and Development (fundraising) teams and management of your region as part of a national AWC approach to conservation. Engagement with key stakeholders and AWC supporters, including through sanctuary events and the operation of visitor programs, and contributing to AWC’s communications program are also important functions of this role. The Mornington property has AWC’s most significant visitor infrastructure facility, the Mornington Wilderness Camp. The running of the camp also sits under the responsibility of the role. In this respect, you need to be a strong advocate for AWC’s conservation model and achievements.

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.

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