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Land Management Coordinator - Nepabunna

Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Corporation

Our Story: The People of the Rocks.

We are the Adnyamathanha (ad-nya-mut-na) people. “Adnya” means “rock” and “matha” means “group” or “group of people”. Our people used to roam throughout this country from the Northern Flinders South to Port Augusta and as far east as Broken Hill. When pastoral leases were established our people were forced to camp together and travel less. Five tribes then came together the Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala

NANTAWARRINA - Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)

Twenty years ago Nepabunna was successful in starting the first IPA at Nantawarrina. The station property was degraded and we were able to take over management. With the help of the IPA programme, and using our knowledge, we were able to restore the land. Ever since, things have been improving there, for the flora and fauna. We are proud of that.

Our Organisation

Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Community (NCAC) body responsible for the management of all governance, programs and services at the community of Nepabunna in South Australia. Nepabunna is nestled in the picturesque northern Flinders Ranges region, 65km east of Leigh Creek on Adnyamathanha traditional lands. NCAC also manages the 58,000ha Nantawarrina, Australia’s first officially declared IPA.

The Opportunity

NCAC is seeking an experienced applicant to fill the role of Land Management Coordinator. This position supports the Indigenous Rangers in natural and cultural resource management activities undertaken on the Nantawarrina IPA situated in the Nepabunna Community traditional homelands of the Adnyamathanha people.

An IPA is an area of land or sea that is voluntarily dedicated by its Traditional Owners to be managed for biodiversity and cultural resource conservation. IPA’s make a significant contribution to Australian biodiversity conservation and management and form part of Australia’s National Reserve System. As well as protecting biodiversity, IPAs deliver cultural, social, health and wellbeing and economic benefits to Indigenous communities including employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous people in remote areas.

The Australian Government supports the NCAC landowners through the Nantawarrina IPA and Working on our Yarta in the Northern Flinders Ranges of SA (Rangers) Activities. Funding is provided to NCAC to manage these activities including the protection, conservation and management of environmental and cultural values and threats, natural and cultural resource management, including Indigenous knowledge transfer, and protection of species.

Selection Criteria


  1. Demonstrated cross cultural communication skills and an understanding of issues associated with working in remote and isolated indigenous communities.
  2. Demonstrated ability in supervising and building a team, resolving conflicts, and developing and implementing work plans to effectively organise resources and monitor performance.
  3. Understanding of SA Work, Health and Safety legislative requirements and the capacity to apply them in the workplace.
  4. Competent computer skills, experience with the preparation of a range of reports and the ability to prepare funding submissions to attract additional resources into the projects.
  5. Possession of a current driver’s licence, four-wheel drive experience and a current senior first aid certificate.
  6. Willingness to live in a remote Aboriginal community.

Desirable (but not essential)

  1. Formal qualifications and/or equivalent experience in Conservation and Land Management or related field.

General Benefits Package Information & Conditions

  • A competitive salary negotiated (depending on qualifications and experience) with the successful applicant.
  • This is an ongoing position depending on Government funding.
    • Plus, statutory superannuation payments (currently 10%).
  • Furnished accommodation at Nepabunna Community provided at a nominal rent.
  • Access to salary sacrifice facilities.
  • Home internet service at a nominal cost.
  • Shared vehicle access for work purposes.
  • Six weeks annual leave.
  • Some flexibility in hours of work arrangements.

It is also expected that the successful candidate may also benefit professionally from valuable network opportunities forged through future partnerships with other funding bodies, professional visitors and research institutions as well as professional recognition for work completed in this unique and internationally awarded IPA.

Should you require any further information about this position, please contact Ms Marnie Smith, Rowe & Partners, Port Augusta telephone: 08 0641 9300 or 1800 ROWE.

Should you require any further information about this position, please contact Ms Marnie Smith, Rowe & Partners, Port Augusta telephone: 08 0641 9300 or 1800 ROWE, cbss@rowepartners.com.au, using the subject line: Land Management Coordinator - Nepabunna enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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