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Malgana Land & Sea Management Coordinator

Malgana Land & Sea Management Coordinator

Application Closing Date: July 31, 2018

YMAC is currently seeking a talented and committed Malgana Land and Sea Management Coordinator to coordinate the “Pathway to a Malgana Country land and sea management program”, a new initiative funded by the State Government’s Aboriginal Ranger Program and hosted by YMAC.

Under the general direction of YMAC’s Program Manager, Land and Sea Management, your primary function will be to coordinate land and sea management activities as identified in the work plan and the funding agreement between the State Government and YMAC.

The ideal candidate will have qualifications and/or experience in Natural Resource Management or relevant field, demonstrated experience and confidence with working with Aboriginal communities, and/or coordinating on-the-ground natural and/or cultural resource management projects, preferably with Aboriginal organisations.

Under Section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, Aboriginality is a genuine requirement for this position with preference given to Malgana community members or approved Malgana applicants.

Position responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  1. Coordinate on-the-ground activities under the “Pathway to a Malgana Country land and sea management program” (aka the Malgana LSM program).
  2. Support the Malgana LSM Reference Group (e.g. organisation of meetings, including logistics, and acting as secretariat), and implement the recommendations and resolutions passed by the group, as appropriate.
  3. Coordinate daily interactions of the Malgana LSM program with various stakeholders – both internal and external – ensuring transparency, complementarity and synergies between LSM initiatives in the Shark Bay area.
  4. Take the lead in promoting joint-planning between stakeholders involved in LSM activities in the Shark Bay area.
  5. Identify additional funding priorities and opportunities, including for the development of a Malgana Healthy Country Plan and long-term resourcing for the future Malgana ranger program.
  6. Assist in developing future funding applications.
  7. Coordinate the conservation and land management training program – in close partnership with Central Regional TAFE – targeting six Malgana persons. Where and when possible, liaise with third-party organisations (e.g. the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Bush Heritage Australia, Western Mulga, etc.) to provide hands-on land management opportunities and experiences for the students to develop and apply their skills.
  8. Liaise with neighbouring landowners, including the DBCA, other governmental departments (both State and Federal), pastoral stations, local government entities, the private sector, and other stakeholders to ensure complementary LSM efforts are being delivered across the area.
  9. Identify opportunities for building the capacity of Malgana Traditional Owners involved in conducting LSM activities.
  10. Produce accurate and timely reports, in compliance with the existing funding agreement.
  11. Provide administrative and financial backstopping for the Malgana LSM program.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  1. Qualification(s) in Natural Resource Management or other related field. Equivalent long-term experience in a similar role is also acceptable.
  2. Demonstrated experience and confidence in working with Aboriginal communities and/or coordinating on-the-ground natural, cultural or agricultural resource management projects, preferably with Aboriginal people and/or organisations.
  3. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal social and cultural challenges in Australia and willingness to commit to community empowerment, training and development.
  4. Experience working independently with minimal supervision in a regional area and demonstrated capacity to remain focused, positive and organised in a challenging work environment.
  5. Good communication, negotiation and community consultation skills, including the ability to work with an Aboriginal LSM Reference Group and as a member of a team.
  6. Current valid driver’s licence (C Class, Manual).

Desirable

  1. Demonstrated experience in negotiating potentially conflicting priorities while working in collaboration with stakeholders and partners.
  2. Demonstrated experience in project administration, reporting and finance management.

The position is to be based in Denham with regular trips to Carnarvon and Geraldton, and on Malgana Country in the Shark Bay area.

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