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Senior Land Management Officer

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 31 sanctuaries in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.

AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by:

  • Operations - delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
  • Science - delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
  • Fundraising - mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.

Three of AWC’s sanctuaries are in the Kimberley region: Mornington, Marion Downs, and Charnley-River, along with four partnerships, the Dambimangari, Wilinggin, and Yulmbu Aboriginal Corporations, and the Commonwealth Department of Defence controlled Yampi Sound Training Area. In total, these sanctuaries and partnerships cover a combined area of over 4.3 million ha and protect numerous threatened habitats and species. The Wildlife Link Centre for Research and Conservation at Mornington is the base for an award-winning land management and science program.

The North West region consists of a team of permanent staff, and also utilises interns, research students, and a range of casual staff and volunteers working across seven different management zones. The region is managed, overall, by a Regional Operations Manager (Operations) and by a Regional Ecologist (Science). Day-to-day operations are overseen by the individual Operations Managers and science programs by a Senior Ecologist, who are responsible for each management zone. The two staff streams (operations and science) work together in an integrated manner to design, implement and measure the effectiveness of land management strategies.

about the role

The Senior Land Management Officer will report to, and support, the Operations Manager with the planning and implementation of conservation and operational programs.

While the Senior Land Management position is based at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, AWC North West Region, the position works on a cooperative approach across all management zones. You may, for reasonable periods of time, be required to work on other management zones within the region. In emergency situations, such as the occurrence of widespread and threatening wildfires, you may be required to assist on management zones outside of the region.

The Senior Land Management Officer act in the role of Operations Manager in their absence.

Good communication skills across a wide range of groups including neighbouring landholders, scientists, traditional owners, volunteers, contractors and visitors is essential. You will need to be organised, hands-on, experienced in living and working in remote areas and have a background or interest in nature conservation.

This is a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia by carrying out land management that is closely integrated with comprehensive science and monitoring programs in one of Australia’s most important ecological regions. The successful applicant will be offered a competitive salary based on skills and experience. Basic accommodation will be provided.

how to apply

To submit an application, click ‘APPLY NOW’ on this job and complete an application form.

A position description is available here: Position Description - Senior LMO (MMDT) 2021

Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description/position profile. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.

Enquiries: Lewis Marr, Operations Manager at lewis.marr@australianwildlife.org using the subject line: Senior Land Management Officer - Multiple Locations enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Please note:

  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
  • If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.
  • Any application submitted to AWC will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, available on our website. By providing us with your contact details, your consent to receive communications and direct educational material will remain current until you advise us otherwise.

To learn more about AWC’s Sanctuaries and Partnerships, please visit our website www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/.

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