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Healthy Country Manager - Derby

Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation


Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (‘Walalakoo’) is the Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC) representing the Nyikina Mangala people of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Strategically, Walalakoo’s vision is to have self-sufficient environmental and cultural services that adopts the best practice, Indigenous-led, sustainable resource use. In doing so, we seek to improve material prosperity and wellbeing of its Nyikina Mangala communities. We aim to promote, protect, preserve, and integrate culture in our work. On a day-to-day basis we operate as small, busy organisation integrating traditional wisdom with conventional knowledge frameworks supporting our highly regarded, Indigenous Rangers and relevant programmes on country. This includes the creation of an Indigneous Protected Area.


The position has an attractive salary with 10% superannuation and additional monetary allowances including district allowance, annual airfare where applicable, air-conditioning subsidy, rental assistance where applicable, salary sacrificing options and 5 weeks annual leave.


The Walalakoo Healthy Country Manager is tasked with building and development of capacity of a stand-alone and self- sufficient business unit, capable of delivering a variety of environmental and cultural services based on a social enterprise business model.

The Healthy Country Manager (HCM) will:

  • Oversee the growth of Environmental Services and identifies and/or maintains opportunities and relationships to achieve long-term financial sustainability of the Unit.
  • Strategically manage cultural and natural resource management activities as part of Walalakoo’s on-country operations.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation and reporting of the Indigenous Ranger Program, and coordinates consultations for the Walalakoo Indigenous Protected Area Working with a range of partners and stakeholders. On a day-to-day basis- the HCM manages a Team of Rangers, Ranger Coordinator and a Cultural Coordinator as per the duty statement below.
  • The role of the HCM will ensure that Walalakoo’s cultural and environmental services are delivered effectively and efficiently.


  • Work alongside the Walalakoo CEO to build a service delivery model: Develop a long-term business plan that reviews existing projects and identifies new business opportunities via development of new partnerships that benefit the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner community.
  • Oversee Walalakoo’s environmental and cultural service deliverables and partnerships via the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of cultural and natural resource management responsibilities outlined in the Walalakoo Healthy Country Plan (HCP) as well as other contractual and partnership-based environmental and cultural management obligations/scope of works.
  • Undertake consultations with the Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner community and stakeholders towards the declaration of an Indigenous Protected Area in accordance with the Walalakoo NIAA IPA Grant (2021-23) and the potential of securing other protections for Nyikina Mangala Country.
  • Oversee the development of the development and roll out of the Ranger Program Scheduling and Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) support systems to ensure the effective on-ground delivery of cultural and environmental services while achieving broader WAC and HCP goals.
  • Be responsible for the financial management and oversight of the Walalakoo cultural and natural resource management program budgets.
  • Supervise and conduct performance appraisals of unit staff, consistent with WAC’s staff performance management policy, including the identification of staff training and development needs in collaboration with key partnership groups (KLC, KGT, TAFE).
  • Support the Board and CEO representation of Walalakoo via research, development of a variety of strategic cultural and natural resource management advice to WAC in the form or reports or submissions to meet various government and other agency requirements.
  • Develop and maintain effective, culturally appropriate working relationships with Traditional Owners and wider stakeholder groups ensuring that members are engaged and/or kept fully informed regarding the activities undertaken where relevant.
  • In consultation with the CEO and members of the Management Team, develop and implement policies for the efficient running of WECS and its long-term sustainability.
  • Provide input to the WAC strategic plan, operational plan and annual report.
  • Comply with WAC’s Policy and Procedures at all times.


Applicants must address the following selection criteria:


  1. Experience and qualification(s) in Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management and a strong foundation in Indigenous cultural priorities or other related fields; Business management skills and experience will be highly regarded;
  2. Demonstrated experience and confidence managing complex programs/projects with multiple levels, preferably Land management and Native Title with First Nations organisations and/or in remote regions of Australia;
  3. A strong, broad and practical understanding of conservation management, environmental and cultural issues as they relate to First Nations peoples in Remote Australia and willingness to uphold First Nations peoples’ rights in partnership agreements;
  4. Good communication, networking, negotiation and community engagement skills including ability to work with advisory groups and as a member of a team;
  5. Demonstrated leadership experience managing staff, particularly when working in remote locations and significant experience in mentoring and coaching people to increase their capacity and capability;
  6. Demonstrated experience in project and program administration, financial management of budgets, report writing including grant application and/or acquittal, presentation for a range of audiences and stakeholders.
  7. Demonstrated understanding of and experience in working for recognition and scientific publication record will be highly regarded;
  8. Demonstrable experience in managing large, complex datasets and databases for work planning, field data collection and analysis. Training and/or experience in using GIS software systems such as ArcGIS, or QGIS for mapping and spatial analysis for multiple projects, as well as statistical analysis using software, will be highly regarded;
  9. Practical experience with the development and implementation of policies and procedures essential to compliant and effective operations of environmental service delivery;
  10. Current valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD safely in remote locations, Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check (WCC) or ability to obtain one. Willingness to undergo a full medical examination commensurate with the requirements of the role.


  1. Experience working with Indigenous land managers, rangers and/or IPAs;
  2. Understanding of native title and land tenure, community governance and personal development processes;
  3. Experience in business development, social enterprise and commercial operations related to conservation, land management and cultural activities;
  4. Experience working with community development in a cross-cultural setting.


Salary: A base salary range of $85,000.00 per annum negotiated with regard to skills and qualifications.

District Allowance: A district allowance is in addition to the salary figure. The allowance is currently $6,912.00 no dependants or $10,315 with dependants.

Dependants are classified as per the Australian Tax Office definition.

Salary Sacrifice: Walalakoo is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) for income tax purposes and therefore capped salary sacrifice arrangements are available.


An employee will be entitled to receive a subsidy for air conditioning at the rate of 17.21c per unit as follows:

Dependants No Dependants

September 640 units per month 640 units per month

October through April 1600 units per month 1120 units per month


Where an employee is renting a house in the WAC may pay up to 36% rental subsidy up to a maximum claimable rental of $350 fortnightly upon application and qualification by the employee.


This position is required to work 37.5 hours per week, working on average 7.5 hours per day.


All overtime must be approved and will be accrued as TOIL (time off in lieu).


Employees will be entitled to five weeks (25 DAYS) annual leave. In addition you will receive a 17.5% loading. After a minimum of twelve months continuous service an employee located in the Kimberley is entitled to an annual travel reimbursement of $1300 per annum payable on a reimbursement basis on the provision of receipts.


You will be entitled to (15) fifteen personal leave days per year. This is cumulative from year to year but is not paid out on termination of employment.


Thirteen (13) weeks after seven (7) continuous years of service (excluding any periods of leave without pay). Pro rata long service leave may be taken after five (5) continuous years of service again excluding any periods of leave without pay.


Superannuation Guarantee: WAC currently contributes 10% of fortnightly salary.


A three-month probationary period is applicable to this position. The period of probation can be extended by the manager/supervisor for an additional period of no greater than three months.


Reviews are undertaken annually by the CEO.


Ensure professional conduct is of the highest standard in accordance with WAC’s Code of Conduct and policies as adopted and modified from time to time.

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