Ranger Team Coordinator


Ngaanyatjarra Council Group


Ngaanyatjarra Lands, NT

Salary etc:

Permanent, Full-time.

About Ngaanyatjarra Council Group

We are a multi-functional non-government organisation. Our purpose is to make a significant contribution and impact to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands to ensure the reliable delivery of services including housing, power, water and community engagement and development. Additionally, we provide health services to the community through Ngaanyatjarra Health Service.

Our Vision: 'Ngaanyatjarra people living on their country and keeping strong'.

An opportunity exists with the Ngaanyatjarra Land & Culture Program for a Ranger Team Coordinator to join our team based on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, WA. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated person, to live and work in the Western Desert supporting Ngaanyatjarra people to look after and manage country.

As part of the Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture Program, the Coordinator will work with the Rangers (employed under the Commonwealth funded Indigenous Ranger Program) to implement the Ngaanyatjarra Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) Plan that covers 9.8 million ha of desert country. The Ngaanyatjarra IPA Plan has a strong focus on supporting Ngaanyatjarra people to maintain their connection to country and Indigenous knowledge/practice for the protection of environmental values. The plan recognises the importance of economic development for the well-being of communities. The role also involves assisting Ngaanyatjarra Rangers and senior knowledge holders to undertake cultural heritage protection and other fees for service activities in relation to land access issues in the region.

About the role

The successful candidate will be prepared to undertake the following duties and possess the following qualities for this role:

  • Support Ngaanyatjarra people to look after and manage country and support engagement with the Land and Culture program.
  • Facilitate and support Traditional Owners/ Community in the continuity of inter generational transfer of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice.
  • Provide on-ground support, primarily to Indigenous Rangers, employed under the Ngaanyatjarra Ranger Project and Traditional Owners to deliver Land and Culture program objectives.
  • Facilitate the implementation of yearly Ranger teamwork plans, including logistics (planning and conducting regular field trips to remote area locations) procurement and administrative requirements.
  • Facilitate delivery of a range of field activities including cultural heritage management, threatened and pest species management, fire management, capacity building, rock hole cleaning and visitor and tourist management.
  • Assist the Ranger teams in the development of annual work plans and delivery of reporting requirements, in line with funding agreements.
  • Work collaboratively with Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture program staff to undertake land access activities including fieldwork and other research associated with Native Title issues. Assist in Anthropological work at the direction of the Principal and Senior Anthropologist.
  • Work collaboratively with other Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture anthropology staff to undertake land access activities including fieldwork and other research associated with Native Title issues.
  • Work collaboratively with other Ngaanyatjarra Land and Culture program staff to implement the program's land and cultural heritage management projects, including managing grants and project budgets reporting and acquittals.
  • Collect and manage Geographic Information System (GIS) data.
  • Maintain ongoing accurate records of project activities.
  • Provide field support to other Land and Culture staff.
  • Provide support to feral camel management activities of the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company.
  • Attend the general maintenance and upkeep of vehicles and equipment used in fieldwork.
  • Prepare project plans, reports, funding applications, budgets and financial acquittals as required.
  • Communicate project outcomes to a wider audience.
  • Additional tasks as directed by the Land and Culture General Manager.

Selection Criteria


  • Enthusiasm and willingness to live in a remote Aboriginal community.
  • Qualifications in relevant fields: Anthropology (highly desirable); Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Agricultural Sciences, or extensive relevant experience including logistical support for land management/ heritage projects (especially in remote environments); bore and machinery maintenance.
  • Ability to work independently and in small teams; ability to prioritise & plan flexible & creative work programs.
  • Practical aptitude for technical manual tasks and a demonstrated ability to pass skills on to others.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to write reports and/ or deliver presentations for a range of audiences and to communicate effectively with a range of indigenous and non-indigenous audiences.
  • Good word processing and spreadsheet skills.
  • Current driver's licence and Working with Children Check or ability / willingness to obtain these.
  • Willingness to undergo a full medical as this position requires a high level of fitness to perform the role.


  • Additional allowances included.
  • The position will receive 8 weeks leave.
  • Ngaanyatjarra Council is a public benevolent institution (PBI) for income tax purposes, making available excellent salary packaging arrangements. • A fully furnished house in community is provided including utilities and access to a work vehicle.
  • Opportunity to work for an Organisation dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.
  • Supportive and inclusive work environment.

Please note: If successful you will be required to complete a Pre-Employment Medical including Drug Test and a Police Clearance.


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