Regional Support Officer (x2)


Indigenous Desert Alliance


Alice Springs or Adelaide


Ref: Alice Springs or Adelaide

About Us

The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) is a member-based, Indigenous-led organisation that plays a vital role in securing the future health of the Australian desert and its people. It does this by strengthening the existing connections between desert people, empowering Indigenous groups to look after their country and by promoting the importance of the Australian desert.

We work with over 65 ranger groups from across the desert to support in our role 'Keeping the Desert Connected' to empower a united voice for the desert.

The Indigenous Land Management (ILM) sector includes Traditional Owners, Indigenous Rangers and their land management organisations who undertake a wide range of cultural, environmental, and natural resource management activities. In Australia's desert regions, which includes 22 Indigenous Protected Areas, these activities may include:

  • Cultural and ecological knowledge transfer initiatives.
  • Fire management.
  • Cultural site and heritage management.
  • Feral animal and weed control.
  • Threatened species monitoring and recovery projects.
  • fee for service economic activities.

About the role

2x positions available : Alice Springs and Adelaide
Fixed Term, 2 year contract

Based in Alice Springs and Adelaide, the Regional Support Officers (RSO) will provide operational support and other backbone services directly to IDA member organisations. This diverse role will support ranger programs operating in the desert, based on their specific individual needs and will include field work, project management, consultation and coordination with members; as well as project and system development and implementation.

This role requires passion for working with and for indigenous people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The Regional Support Officer will:

  • undertake field support work, including working directly with rangers and ranger coordinators on Country on Indigenous Protected Areas and other Indigenous conservation areas.
  • provide strategic and project management support, including coordination of consultation meetings and working groups, assisting with the development of workplans, budgets, reporting, acquittals and other project management tasks.
  • work as part of a team to develop resources and systems to enable efficiencies for ranger organisations.
  • provide mentoring the rangers and key ranger staff, ensuring they are connected to local networks of similar organisations and people.
  • coordinate training and skills development activities .
  • coordinate logistics and safety management plans for field work, travel to and from cities and remote areas .
  • contribute to strategic activities and projects as required e.g. writing funding proposals, attending meetings. 

The specific duties and responsibilities of the regional support officer may vary depending on the needs of the Indigenous ranger team(s), the host organisation, and the region in which they operate.

To be successful in this challenging and rewarding role you will:

  • have a strong understanding and respect for Indigenous people, culture and commitment to looking after country.
  • have experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with Indigenous people, organisations and other stakeholders.
  • have proven success in working in Indigenous conservation and land management sector, or other relevant job role.
  • have high level project management skills, with a solutions-focussed outlook.
  • have demonstrated experience in two-way communication and learning.
  • a good understanding of Indigenous land management and remote Indigenous social, cultural and economic context.
  • be highly organised and self-reliant.
  • be willing and able to undertake extensive remote field work in the desert and spend extended periods of time in remote communities.

The position requires a strong commitment to working collaboratively with and at the direction of Indigenous people and community-based organisations, and an understanding of:

  • The challenges faced by organisations operating in a remote community.
  • Working in a cross-cultural context.
  • Roles and responsibilities of Native Title bodies.
  • The value of partnership and network building.
  • Cultural and environmental values of Native Title areas.

The role(s) will be based in Alice Springs and Adelaide with significant, extended remote travel into the desert.

The IDA reserves the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient suitable applications for the role. Our recruitment and selection process include a variety of assessment methods that may encompass reference checks and verification of working rights in Australia. Preferred candidates will be required to return a satisfactory National Police Clearance prior to an offer of employment being extended.

The IDA is committed to safeguarding vulnerable people. We require all successful applicants to undergo a screening process prior to appointment.

The IDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, welcoming applicants from all backgrounds including Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people, physical ability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and family background.


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