Land Manager


Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation


Katherine, Northern Territory

Salary etc:

$100,000 p.a.

The Corporation

The Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation is based in Katherine, Northern Territory and has a vision to represent and advance the views and aspirations of the Jawoyn people over the management, protection, control and development of traditional Jawoyn lands.

Traditional Jawoyn Country extends from the Regional Centre of Katherine, north-west to the town of Pine Creek, south to the town of Mataranka and north- east arc to encompass north-west Arnhem land, the southern part of the world heritage Kakadu National Park and all of Nitmiluk National Park. More than 2500 Aboriginal people live in our communities of Beswick, Barunga, Kybrook, Werenbun, Jodetluk, Manyallaluk, Rockhole, Binjjari, Kalano and Jilkminggan and members live in the towns of Katherine and Pine Creek. Many other tribal groups live in our communities.

Jawoyn Rangers

Jawoyn rangers have been caring for country, by incorporating traditional values and culture with the latest in scientific practice, since the late 1990's. The ranger program is a successful model to achieving our broader core values of managing country effectively, building employment and education opportunities, and protecting rock art and cultural sites of significance.

Operating out of Jawoyn headquarters in Katherine with a rural base at Banartjarl, we have 10 permanent rangers supported by a full-time coordinator, fire project officer and ranger mentor In the dry season, the are more than 40 rangers working on our programs. Our program now includes the Mangarrayi Rangers from Jilkminggan that will be working under the organisational administration of Jawoyn Association.

The Role

The Land Manager is critical to the planning, implementation and monitoring of a number of work plans and budgets that we use for our Land Management Program, these include:

  • Working on Country (WoC).
  • Western Arnhem Land Fire Management Agreement (WAFMA).
  • Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA).
  • Jawoyn Fire Project 1 and 2.
  • Nitmiluk and Beswick Fire Project.
  • Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program NT.
  • Fee for service activities.

Jawoyn Association has a Healthy Country Plan. The plan will be used to guide the Association's work, direct the Jawoyn Ranger Program and engage with government agencies and other stakeholders in natural resource management. In addition, it will guide land use negotiations and decision makers when considering the future of economic development across Jawoyn Country.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver the ranger program in accordance with funding guidelines.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of the healthy country plan and support the board to effectively govern the plan and ensure that strategic and operational goals are achieved.
  • Supervise and mentor the ranger team, ensuring activities are performed in a timely and safe manner.
  • Coordinate regular land patrols, surveillance work, wildlife/weed and/or feral animal surveys, control programs and appropriate burning programs.
  • Coordinate regular maintenance of cultural sites, environmental management, rehabilitation works and assets.
  • Be available to assist out of regular work hours for emergency work such as fire.
  • Oversee and supervise Ranger coordinators to manage staff and provide on-the-job training and/or arrange other training to ensure staff are suitably qualified to be able to use the required assets.
  • Complete records and associated paperwork in relation to ranger activities, training and program delivery, in accordance with organisational and reporting requirements.
  • Enforce operational and WHS procedures, ensuring rangers are compliant at all times.

Selcetion Criteria


  1. Demonstrated understanding, knowledge of, and experience in Indigenous land management. Proven experience in managing projects alongside and in partnership with Traditional Owners and key stake holders.
  2. Leadership and management experience of staff, ideally across a geographically diverse environment and in a cross cultural and multi discipline setting.
  3. Exceptional oral, interpersonal and written communication skills delivered across a wide range of target groups.
  4. High level administrative and financial management skills, including project management and budget preparation, in line with financial delegations.
  5. Well organised, with exceptional time management skills to enable deadlines to be met across competing priorities.
  6. Willingness to travel to remote communities with limited amenities by 4WD or light aircraft.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team.


  • Tertiary qualifications in either land management, natural resource management or extensive related experience in this area.
  • Current driver's licence.
  • Ability to obtain an Ochre Card/Working with Children.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn environmental management processes including weed control, feral animal control, bio-security monitoring, rubbish management and wildlife monitoring.
  • 4WD experience.
  • Experience working with Indigenous people.

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