Healthy Country Manager (Environmental)


Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation


Derby, WA

Salary etc:

$80,000 - $85,000 Base Salary p.a. + generous remote area allowances & super package


HCM 4/22

This exciting role that will support the Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) to implement existing right-way science plans and further develop projects and partnerships. You will work together with Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owners of to protect culturally significant and threatened species such as Bilbies, Black Footed Rock Wallabies and Sawfish, as well as working to manage a range of threats to country including fire, weeds, cane toads and other feral predators.

You will learn from Nyikina Mangala Elders and help build a variety of knowledge management systems for the Traditional Owners. The Healthy Country Manager will coordinate training and mentor Rangers in western scientific methodology and assist them to work in collaboration with other land management agencies and research institutions to maximise capacity development as well as conservation and cultural outcomes.

You will have a passion for working with people and an understanding of land management and ecology along with demonstrated experience in project management and working in remote locations. You will have experience in respecting, listening to and supporting Traditional Owner knowledge and interests for looking after country.

You are confident in contract and project management and capable of supporting Indigenous groups to create and implement workplans, data management and reporting to various funding groups.

Reporting to the CEO of Walalakoo, The Healthy Country Manager role has overall responsibility for: .

  • Coordinating and managing the implementation of the Walalakoo Healthy Country Plan as part of Walalakoo's on-country operations reflected in contractual obligations with project partners, best practice environmental and cultural management principles and respectful of the wishes of Walalakoo Board and Cultural Advisers, Healthy Country Advisory Committee and the IPA Steering Committee.
  • Using Project Management principles and methods to oversee the planning, implementation and performance reporting of the Indigenous Ranger Program contract/annual workplans , and Indigenous Protected Area Consultation contract/annual workplans working with a range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the growth and expansion of environmental and cultural service delivery opportunities and maintain opportunities and relationships to achieve long-term financial sustainability of the Environmental and Cultural Programs.
  • Supporting and/or leading the Corporation's efforts to build and maintain/improve manual and cloud-based depositories to house Walalakoo's traditional and scientific knowledge-base.

On a day-to-day basis- manages a Team of Rangers, Ranger Coordinator and a Cultural Coordinator as per the duty statement below.

Duty Statement

  1. Oversee Walalakoo's environmental and cultural service deliverables and partnerships via the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of cultural and natural resource management responsibilities outlined in the Walalakoo Healthy Country Plan (HCP) as well as other contractual and partnership-based environmental and cultural management obligations/scope of works.
  2. Undertake consultations with the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner community and stakeholders towards the declaration of an Indigenous Protected Area in accordance with the Walalakoo NIAA IPA Grant (2021-23) and the potential of securing other protections for Nyikina Mangala Country.
  3. Provide timely and relevant monthly reports (verbal, written and audio/visual) to Walalakoo CEO, Board and sub-committees regarding the current status of all activities and projects including performance and significant issues. Deliver on deadlines as required by Walalakoo and other key stakeholders. Ensure reporting deadlines are met as per funding body requirements. Oversee the development of the development and roll out of the bespoke Ranger Program Scheduling and Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) support systems.
  4. Be responsible for the financial management and oversight of the Walalakoo natural resource management program budgets.
  5. Supervise and conduct performance appraisals of unit staff, consistent with WAC's staff performance management policy, including the identification of staff training and development needs in collaboration with key partnership groups (KLC, KGT, TAFE).
  6. Support the Board and CEO representation of Walalakoo via research, development of a variety of strategic cultural and natural resource management advice to WAC in the form or reports or submissions to meet various government and other agency requirements.
  7. Develop and maintain effective, culturally appropriate working relationships with Traditional Owners and wider stakeholder groups ensuring that members are engaged and/or kept fully informed regarding the activities undertaken where relevant.
  8. Work alongside the Walalakoo CEO to build a service delivery model: Develop a long-term business plan that reviews existing projects and identifies new business opportunities via development of new partnerships that benefit the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner community.
  9. In consultation with the CEO and members of the Management Team, develop and implement policies for the efficient running of Walalakoo environmental services and its long-term sustainability.
  10. Provide input to the WAC strategic plan, operational plan and annual report.
  11. Comply with WAC's Policy and Procedures at all times.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must address the following selection criteria:


  1. Qualification(s) in Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management with a strong understanding of Indigenous cultural priorities.
  2. Demonstrated experience managing Healthy Country Planning or similar programs/projects with confidence to work with Indigenous organisations and/or in remote regions of Australia.
  3. A strong, broad and practical understanding of conservation management, environmental and cultural issues as they relate to First Nations peoples in Remote Australia and willingness to uphold First Nations peoples' rights in partnership agreements.
  4. Good communication, networking, negotiation and community engagement skills including ability to work with advisory groups and as a member of a team.
  5. Demonstrated leadership experience in workforce planning and managing staff, particularly when working in remote locations and significant experience in mentoring and coaching people to increase their capacity and capability.
  6. Demonstrated experience in project and program administration, financial management of budgets, report writing including grant application and/or acquittal, presentation for a range of audiences and stakeholders.
  7. Demonstrable experience in managing large, complex datasets and databases for work planning, field data collection and analysis. Training and/or experience in using GIS software systems such as ArcGIS, or QGIS for mapping and spatial analysis for multiple projects, as well as statistical analysis using software, will be highly regarded.
  8. Practical experience with the development and implementation of policies and procedures essential to compliant and effective operations of environmental service delivery.
  9. Current valid driver's license and the ability to operate a 4WD safely in remote locations, Police Check and a Working with Children's Check (WCC) or ability to obtain one. Willingness to undergo a full medical examination commensurate with the requirements of the role and has COVID triple vaccination.


  1. Experience working with Indigenous land managers, rangers and/or IPAs.
  2. Understanding of native title and land tenure, community governance and personal development processes.
  3. Experience in business development, social enterprise and commercial operations related to conservation, land management and cultural activities.
  4. Experience working with community development in a cross-cultural setting.

Salary & Conditions


A base salary range of $85,000.00 per annum negotiated with regard to skills and qualifications.

District allowance

A district allowance is in addition to the salary figure. The allowance is currently $6,912.00 no dependants or $10,315 with dependants.

Dependants are classified as per the Australian Tax Office definition.

Salary Sacrifice

Walalakoo is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) for income tax purposes and therefore capped salary sacrifice arrangements are available.

Air conditioning subsidy

An employee will be entitled to receive a subsidy for air conditioning at the rate of 17.21c per unit as follows:

Dependants No Dependants.

September 640 units per month 640 units per month.

October through April 1600 units per month 1120 units per month.

Residential Accommodation Entitlements

Where an employee is renting a house in the WAC may pay up to 36% rental subsidy up to a maximum claimable rental of $350 fortnightly upon application and qualification by the employee.

Hours of Work:

This position is required to work 37.5 hours per week, working on average 7.5 hours per day.


All overtime must be approved and will be accrued as TOIL (time off in lieu).

Annual Leave:

Employees will be entitled to five weeks (25 DAYS) annual leave. In addition you will receive a 17.5% loading. After a minimum of twelve months continuous service an employee located in the Kimberley is entitled to an annual travel reimbursement of $1300 per annum payable on a reimbursement basis on the provision of receipts.

Personal Leave:

You will be entitled to (15) fifteen personal leave days per year. This is cumulative from year to year but is not paid out on termination of employment.

Long Service Leave:

Thirteen (13) weeks after seven (7) continuous years of service (excluding any periods of leave without pay). Pro rata long service leave may be taken after five (5) continuous years of service again excluding any periods of leave without pay.


Superannuation Guarantee: WAC currently contributes 10% of fortnightly salary.

Probationary Period:

A three-month probationary period is applicable to this position. The period of probation can be extended by the manager/supervisor for an additional period of no greater than three months.

Performance Reviews:

Reviews are undertaken annually by the CEO.

Code of Conduct:

Ensure professional conduct is of the highest standard in accordance with WAC's Code of Conduct and policies as adopted and modified from time to time.


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