Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Coordinator
Application Closing Date: September 29, 2017
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is the Native Title Representative Body for Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia and provides a range of professional services to the Traditional Owners of these regions. YMAC represents 24 different groups, all with their own culture, language, and traditions. YMAC’s representative area covers over 1 million square kilometres. YMAC provides anthropological and archaeological research and Knowledge Partnerships services on behalf of claimants for the purposes of Native Title and heritage protection. The Knowledge Partnerships initiative extends our services to create ethical partnerships and collaborative projects to let Traditional Owners meet their aspirations for their community and country.
YMAC is currently seeking a talented and committed IPA Coordinator to coordinate the Nyangumarta land and sea program. The Nyangumarta Warrarn IPA covers an area of more than 28,000 km² extending from Eighty-Mile Beach to the Great Sandy Desert, some 300 km inland.
Under the general direction of the Program Manager, Land and Sea Management, your primary function will be to coordinate land and sea management activities as identified in the plan of management for the IPA.
The ideal candidate will have qualifications in Natural Resource Management or relevant fields, demonstrated experience and confidence with working with Aboriginal communities, and/or coordinating on-ground natural or cultural resource management project, preferably with Indigenous organisations.
Position responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:
- Coordinate the preparation of annual and monthly workplans, and the regular updating of relevant management plans and other strategic plans
- Supervise the Ngangumarta Ranger Coordinator and the Senior Cultural Advisor.
- Responsible to produce accurate and timely reports, in compliance with existing funding arrangements.
- Lead the monitoring and evaluation of the Nyangumarta IPA and Ranger program, such as the tracking of key performance indicators and field data analysis (production of maps and syntheses showing land management impact and trends)
- Liaise with neighbouring IPAs, the Parks and Wildlife Service, other government departments (State and Federal), pastoral stations, local government entities, the private sector and other stakeholders.
- Provide input into funding applications directly relevant to the IPA and ranger program.
- Identify opportunities for building the capacity of Traditional Owners involved in conducting land and sea management activities.
- Qualification(s) in Natural Resource Management or other related field;
- Demonstrated experience and confidence in working with Aboriginal communities and/or coordinating on-ground natural, cultural or agricultural resource management projects, preferably with Indigenous organisations and/or in arid and remote regions of Australia;
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal social and cultural challenges in remote Australia and willingness to commit to community empowerment, training and development;
- Experience in working independently with minimal supervision in a remote area and demonstrated capacity to remain focused, positive and organised in a challenging work environment;
- Good communication, negotiation and community consultation skills including ability to work with an IPA Advisory Committee and as a member of a team;
- Demonstrated experience in fauna and flora monitoring, in using and analysing spatial information, and in data analysis.
- Demonstrated experience in project administration, reporting and finance management.
- Current valid driver’s licence.
- Working with Children card or ability to obtain one.
- Experience in ranger infrastructure planning and development (ranger bases and stations).
- Familiarity with conservation and land management legislation in Western Australia, including joint management and joint vesting.
The position is to be based in Broome with regular trips to Bidyadanga Community and the Nyangumarta Warrarn IPA.
The successful candidate will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus salary sacrifice options. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an innovative and supportive team that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Traditional Owners and delivering positive outcomes in land management. All applications must include a covering letter, completed application form, resume, and a statement addressing the selection criteria.
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