Regional NRM Officer


Desert Channels Queensland Ltd


Longreach, Queensland

Salary etc:

$80,000 - $100,000 p.a.

Position Objective

The achievement of effective delivery and reporting of projects; including supporting other staff to meet project deliverables and milestones. Project delivery includes project planning, data tracking, community engagement, acquittals of projects, meeting reporting obligations; and supporting project logistics.

Strategic Context

The Desert Channels Queensland Regional NRM Officer aims to:

  • Provide support to the Desert Channels Region, regional communities and individuals through activities that increase engagement and participation in natural resource management activities.
  • Ensuring widespread recognition that a healthy and resilient environment is the driver of rural productivity and community strength.
  • Equipping land managers with the information and skills to enhance environmental resilience and landscape productivity.
  • Using innovation, creativity and technology in land management and business practices.
  • Boosting community capacity by attracting and retaining a skilled and motivated workforce to meet partner, client and donor needs.
  • Increase community awareness and access to knowledge of sustainable farm and land management practices.
  • Support the uptake of and increase the number of land managers that have adopted sustainable land management practices.
  • Increase indigenous participation in community-based Landcare.

In this context, Sustainable Land Management Practices are those that:

  • Maintain, for current and future generations, the region's capacity to sustainably produce food.
  • Enhance the capacity of rural and related landscapes to deliver ecosystem services such as clean air and water, healthy soils and biodiversity conservation.

Specific Workplan Deliverables

The key activities and deliverables for this position are:

  1. Plan, design, manage and maintain assigned projects, as well as appropriate data and tracking (and acquittals if required) of DCQ projects as requested, including performance reporting material through applicable reporting systems.
  2. Support the CEO, Operations Manager, Corporate Services Manager, Field Supervisor and on-ground team in the implementation of the NRM Plan.
  3. Provide high level extension with stakeholder contacts to ensure an integrated program of actions to fulfil the funding program, meet the needs of the region and provide regional and business intelligence to DCG.
  4. Support Operations Manager when developing project funding applications, and or manage the relations with these clients and all clients.
  5. Collaborate with Research and Development Manager and GIS Officer to ensure monitoring and reporting systems are maintained.
  6. Attend team meetings and workshops as required.
  7. All work must be done in accordance with approved workplace health and safety requirements, DCQ policies and procedures.
  8. The officer will conduct themselves at all times in accordance with DCQ’s policies and procedures including WH&S policies, Code of Conduct and present a positive image of DCQ in behaviour and demeanour.
  9. Assist with continuous improvement processes including communications products and content.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Education / Qualifications

  • A background in natural resource management and/or a relevant degree is desirable.
  • Specialised Job Knowledge / Experience / Demonstrated Ability
  • A proven ability to design, deliver and report on multiple, complex, high-level outcome-based projects within required timeframes, on budget and in compliance with legislative requirements is required. Tasks require a diverse range of skills and could be administrative, technical, project operational, procedural or processing or a combination of these.
  • Skills and knowledge should be applicable to delivery of outcomes in remote rangeland environments balancing conservation and production outcomes.
  • Workloads and tasks are to be managed and prioritised to ensure that project reporting and milestones are completed to full contractual requirements.
  • Work areas and sites are governed by precedent, rules, guidelines, procedures, and instructions which must be always followed.
  • A high degree of computer literacy is essential including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite including high level spreadsheets, Google Office Suite, Finance systems, and the ability to adapt to Government report systems including ALF, MERIT and any other required system as directed by contractual obligations.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of cost control principles, including the demonstrated ability to develop, prepare and review contracts at the project level is essential.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to coordinate and to perform various tasks within a diverse team is important
  • A demonstrated ability to undertake effective extension activities with Key Stakeholders, individuals and groups is important.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, natural resource management and the issues affecting remote and regional Australia is highly desirable
  • A demonstrated ability to supervise project staff as required to achieve project outcomes within relevant timeframes is highly desirable.

Licencing Requirements

  • Queensland C Class Driver’s Licence is mandatory

Personal Attributes

  • Communication – Proven ability to connect with a range of people in diverse situations.
  • Planning – Ability to plan and prioritise work effort individually and as a team.
  • Teamwork – Ability to foster team spirit and build and maintain co-operative and productive relationships.
  • Flexibility – Ability to appropriately change responses, techniques etc to situations or problems to achieve a desired result.
  • Adaptability – Ability to act independently based on broad direction and to accommodate changes in the environment, organisation, culture, rules, values, technology, responsibility, etc.
  • Initiative – Ability to take or organise action to achieve goals – a self-starter.
  • Detail mindedness – Ability to attend to all details, no matter how small, which may affect quality or performance.
  • Work Quality – Ability to set high standards and goals for self and others.
  • Dependability – Ability to meet deadlines, schedules and time commitments, keep promises and complete tasks as arranged.

Selection Criteria

The key selection criteria that will be used to identify candidates for this role are:

  • Tertiary qualifications in natural resource management, environmental science or similar disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, managing and delivering complex outcome-based projects in a leadership role.
  • Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management issues affecting the Desert Channels region of Queensland and possible strategies to address these. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex and changing team environments with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively report on project outcomes to external funding organisations.

Date published:


Closing date:

9am, 24-Jun-2024