Technical Lead, Neds Corner Station


Trust for Nature


Ngintait country, West of Mildura, Victoria

Salary etc:

$89,153 + 10% Super

Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting nature in Victoria. Our vision is that Victoria’s most threatened native plants and wildlife are protected for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with private landholders, government, organisations, Traditional Owners and businesses to help restore, protect and manage biodiversity on private land.

Our team is made up of 60 passionate people who work with communities throughout Victoria and take practical action to care for and nurture nature. Together, we can and will make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment, would you like to join us?

About the role:

At 30,000ha Neds Corner Station is the largest privately owned conservation reserve in Victoria. Purchased by Trust for Nature in 2002, it is on Ngintait Country and the first people of the Millewa Mallee.

The Technical Lead was created as a new position in July 2021 specifically to lead, coordinate and deliver project outcomes for the Safe Havens program at Neds Corner Station. The successful applicant will carry forward and build upon the work completed to date.

Phase 1 of the project is detailed in the Proposal for Preparation and Planning For Safe Havens at Neds Corner Station. The first phase of the project, in partnership with First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (FPMMAC), will see the development of detailed planning and on-ground works associated with the construction of a predator-proof fence enclosure of approximately 14,000 hectares at Neds Corner.

At this stage this position is funded for 12-months to December 31st, 2022 and this position will operate either as an internal secondment or external appointment. The role is based at Neds Corner Station (ideally full-time; other arrangements may be considered).

Knowledge and experience:

The role of Technical Lead requires a technical and specialist understanding of issues relating to the planning and preparation of a large-scale mammal reintroduction project, along with high-level project management and project governance experience. The particular skillsets required include ecological knowledge, understanding of various technical specifications, appropriate control and monitoring protocols, and regulatory and procedural requirements. A very good understanding of the ecological features of the Neds Corner property is highly desirable. Experience in working with Traditional Owners is essential to ensuring good communication, team satisfaction, and an understanding of particular cultural requirements.

Key selection criteria:

  • demonstrated experience in applying advanced theoretical knowledge in a specialised field to operational problem solving
  • ability to apply sound theoretical and practical expertise in development of policy options
  • authoritative in application of process
  • ability to research and develop recommendations in a specific field of expertise
  • ability to develop and implement operational policy which impacts the immediate work area
  • project management and technical problem-solving, usually under limited direction
  • strong communication skills including the ability to drive collaboration, exert influence and negotiate agreeable outcomes with stakeholders
  • leadership skills to cultivate a positive team environment for a complex project
  • manages the works programs of multi-disciplinary project teams
  • ability to prepare project scopes and briefs
  • high level report writing skill
  • ability to manage or recommend resource allocations in order to meet service delivery priorities
  • manage operational work teams
  • advanced case management, including cross-agency collaboration
  • complex and technical investigations leading to recommendations for action
  • management of complex technical tenders/contracts, and contract delivery
  • management of project delivery budget
  • independent preparation of scientific, technical and specialist advice.

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