Remote Infrastructure Manager


Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation


Derby, WA

Salary etc:

Salary package range: $99,000 - $105,000 p.a. + super

Once in a lifetime opportunity to manage the development of community infrastructure along one of the most remote coastlines in Australia.

  • Competitive salary package ($99,000-$105,000) plus super with salary packaging
  • Training and development opportunities in a supportive team environment
  • 5 weeks annual leave with office closure over the Christmas period

About the Role:

The Remote Infrastructure Manager is responsible for the management of refurbishing, maintaining and redeveloping of remote community infrastructure on the Kimberley coast to enable Traditional Owners to achieve their vision of returning to live and work sustainability and self-sufficiently on their dambeema ('homelands'). You will hit the ground running, with four (4) current outstations with existing infrastructure being the first priority.

About Us:

We are the Traditional Owners of the land and waters along the north-west Kimberley coastline, extending from the Robinson River, just north of Derby to the Prince Regent River in the far north of the Kimberley region in WA. It has been our home for many thousands of years. We carry the cultural responsibilities of our ancestors to look after Country.  Our Country is of great conservation significance, home to many threatened and endemic species, mighty rivers, coral reefs, powerful whirlpools, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and more than 700 islands.

Dambeemangaddee are part of the Wandjina Woongudd community. We all share a unique body of beliefs and cultural practices going back to Lalai, the Dreaming when the creator beings Wandjina and Woongudd helped shape the land, sea, heaven, and all living things in our Country. They set out how we must look after culture, plants, animals, people, and country to keep them healthy. We maintain strong connections to our land through our Law, Culture, songs and stories. We visit our Country when we can and have set up homeland communities on our remote coastline.  We want to return to Country, live on our homelands, regain control, and teach future generations.

About the Corporation:

Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) provides a unique opportunity to work closely with Aboriginal people in one of the most remote and spectacular regions of the Kimberley. DAC is a small Aboriginal Corporation dedicated to the benefit of our members, Dambimangari Traditional Owners. DAC is the governing body for all Dambimangari business on behalf of our members, and in line with traditional Law and Culture. We employ more than 30 staff, the majority of whom are Traditional Owners. The Corporation’s key functions include:

  • Managing Native Title including engaging with mining, tourism and other access and development proposals.
  • Members Services like health and education.
  • Land and sea management (Indigenous Protected Area, Ranger Program & Jointly Managed Marine Park).
  • Cultural heritage management.
  • Economic development.
  • Visitor management.
  • Cultural programs.
  • Remote infrastructure.
  • Corporate Services including finance, administration and payroll. 

What We Are Looking For:

We are seeking an experienced project manager/facilities manager/infrastructure manager with exceptional experience in managing the lifecycle of infrastructure development and redevelopment, and ongoing maintenance. You will have excellent consultation skills and the ability to work closely with the Board, family groups, members, and community, as well as contractors. You will possess strong attention to detail, along with problem-solving skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

Duties will include:

  • Consulting with the Dambimangari Board and family groups to ensure strong community input into all phases of remote infrastructure and land use planning.
  • Working closely with family groups to develop individual site plans for use, access and opportunities for current and future outstations.
  • Leading the development of a Remote Infrastructure Project Plan for the refurbishment and ongoing maintenance of existing infrastructure and future developments, including project timelines and budgets.
  • Developing detailed project plans, timelines and budgets for each location, including repairs, redevelopment and maintenance.
  • Engaging contractors and trades to conduct infrastructure repairs, maintenance and upgrades, and removal of hard rubbish.
  • Developing and maintaining asset and inventory register for each outstation, and managing update, replacement or disposal of assets as required.
  • Seeking funding and developing partnerships to support the maintenance, repairs, and redevelopment of current and future outstations.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing infrastructure projects in extremely remote settings, including budgeting
  • Demonstrated experience working with or within Aboriginal communities, preferably in a remote context.
  • Ability to manage projects in a cross cultural and remote environment; including capacity to lead a team, set work priorities, solve problems, work creatively under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability and interpersonal skills to work with Australian Indigenous people at a community and organisational level.
  • Relevant qualification in landscape architecture, engineering, architecture, town planning, business administration, construction or other relevant field (Desirable)
  • Relevant trade such as construction/building, carpentry, electrical or plumbing (Advantageous)
  • Ability to travel in the course of work, by air, land or sea and spend significant time away from home in remote, coastal Kimberley locations.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • MS Office Suite proficient.
  • C Class Driver’s License.
  • Working with Children’s Check and Police Clearance, or ability to obtain

Further Information:

Role is based in Derby WA 6728, relocation support provided to the successful candidate.

All appointments are subject to the successful applicant having at least two COVID-19 vaccinations, WWC check and police clearance prior to commencement of employment.

Full Australian Working Rights are a requirement of this role.


Date published:


Closing date: