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Watarru Indigenous Protected Area Coordinator - Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY)
  • Position Level: Level 3: Salary in accordance with the APY Enterprise Agreement
  • Responsible to: Reports to the Land Management Manager
  • Location: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, SA


Working with Anangu in spectacular country, the IPA project uses traditional ecological knowledge and contemporary land management practices to deliver the management of IPA programs in the APY lands and other land management functions.

This role is to organise and coordinate and engage ranger and IPA Steering committee activity in the Watarru IPA area. Regular liaison with traditional owners, IPA rangers, the Warru coordinator land management staff and contractors is required.

The position works under the guidance of the Land Management Program Manager and implements the annual works program which has been developed from the IPA working on country plan and the IPA Steering Committee. 

The Watarru IPA community is not living in the area. This role also helps provide operational support for land management across the APY. At times you may work in other Land Management areas.

Regular liaison with traditional owners, IPA rangers, the Warru coordinator land management staff and contractors is required. 

This is a physically demanding role requiring long walks over rugged terrain and may require carrying knapsacks and working in harsh conditions and some camping out. There is also a high percentage of time driving in 4WD vehicles over rugged areas.

Main Duties:

Work in a cross-cultural environment

  • Together with the Steering Committee and other Land Management staff plan the works program with regards to the IPA Caring for Country Plan for the financial year
  • Regularly communicate with Anangu Traditional Owners about work in the IPA program
  • Employ communication techniques appropriate to cross-cultural environments
  • Day-to-day involvement with Anangu Ranger team, provide management of their activities
  • Participating in and facilitate a range of meetings with Traditional Owners, IPA Rangers, APY Staff and External Stakeholders
  • Maintains networks outside the Lands in the field of NRM and Indigenous Land Management, including with scientists, experts, other ranger groups and organisations

Manage Field operations

  • Ensuring all field work equipment, project resources, vehicle and APY property are maintained in good condition
  • Engaging with consultants, researchers and contractors to run specific field and training activities with IPA rangers
  • Managing operational logistics, such as timely sourcing, ordering and maintaining supplies, staffing needs, vehicles, tools and equipment
  • Facilitate training opportunities for Rangers, including on-the-job training in natural resource management and connecting with formal trainers such as community TAFE and Land Management’s Conservation Land Management Cert II program
  • Field work with Ranger teams in line with the annual works program, including:
    • patch burning (if APY Insurance concerns have been addressed)
    • threatened species monitoring using appropriate methods (camera-traps, long-walk searches, tracks/scats, photo-points,)
    • cultural site management
    • pest plant and animal management
    • Put in place the requirements for survey of threatened species and the requirements for survey teams to work effectively on site.
  • Operate a fully equipped 4WD vehicle, ensure that the vehicle is maintained, and all vehicle safety procedures are followed by all staff and rangers.
  • Ensure all APY Work Health Safety policies are adhered to during all activities, including remote safety check-in procedures
  • Support the Land Management team with Operational and safety programs

Support Land Management planning and Steering Committee meetings

  • Engaging with the Land Management Coordinators and project officers to provide support for IPA and Warru Committee meetings (around 2 meetings per year) and Operation Plan development
  • Support the Land Management Program Manager in the development and activities of the Land Management Advisory Committee which provides directional input to the Land Management Program and consists of membership from each IPA and Warru Steering Committees
  • Ensure the plans are developed in a timely manner

 Project data collection and reporting

  • Using different technologies (IPad, photos, GIS), collect and store data on works and activities
  • Train Anangu Rangers in data collection procedures
  • With guidance from the Land Management Program Manager, prepare timely project reports and applications as required
  • With Anangu, promote the IPA work through newsletters, radio, social media, presentations and interactions with community and school groups

Project human resource management and budget management

  • Carry out all procedures relating to the financial and human resource management of ranger teams, including submitting timesheets, referring to HR on enquiries for staff
  • Monitoring the project budget and expenditure of funds, including purchasing of project supplies, under the guidance of the Program Manager

Other duties

  • Supporting and managing consultants, researchers, and contractors to run specific field activities or training with Anangu Rangers
  • Adhere to appropriate practices and procedures and work within the APY Code of Conduct
  • Carry out a range of additional Land Management tasks, as directed, such as helping other Ranger teams with large field trips and policy development

Working Relationships

  • Works under the guidance and reports to and receives direction from the Land Management Program Manager
  • Works in close collaboration with the APY Land Management Ecologist to ensure ecological goals and data collection procedures are being met
  • Works with other APY staff as directed, including APY Anthropology and Administration
  • Maintains good working relationships with traditional owners of Aboriginal land, native title holders and residents of other Aboriginal communities
  • Maintains good working relationships with other Government and Non-government service providers on the APY Lands


  • History of work in a similar role
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment
  • Ability to manage small teams
  • Ability to work as a team member and under Traditional Owner direction
  • Ability to work independently in carrying out position responsibilities
  • Ability to managing consultants, researchers, and contractors to run specific field activities or training with Anangu Rangers
  • Experience of using different technologies (IPad, photos, GIS), collect and store data on all on-ground works and activities
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational, project and budget management skills
  • Ability to live and work in a remote location and over difficult terrain and location
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Current SA or NT Driver’s Licence


  • Certificate 111-IV or and or/ relevant experience in a relevant field
  • Relevant trade qualifications with industry experience


  • Previous experience working with Indigenous people
  • Project management skills
  • Degree or Diploma in ecology or equivalent relevant field with relevant work-related experience or  work experience in team leadership role in similar environment
  • PC literacy
  • An understanding of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
  • previous experience in the field desirable
  • 4WD experience or willing to learn

General Conditions

  • This is a full-time position
  • As per the APY Enterprise Agreement

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