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CDP Activity Coordinator (Nursery) – Maningrida Based

BAC is a large and complex regional community development organisation providing services to homelands in the Maningrida region, administering some 50 grants and managing a suite of businesses and programs including:  Housing, Civil Works, Essential Services, Bábbarra Women’s Centre, Bawinanga Rangers, Barlmarrk Supermarket, Fuel Supplies, Mechanical Workshops, Arts and Culture/Djomi Museum, Wild Foods Café, Community Patrol, Employment Services and Money Management Services.

BAC is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by corporation members every two years.  BAC enacts policies developed at the executive level through the leadership of the CEO and the Senior Management team.

BAC’s mission is to improve the lifeways of our people on land and sea in order to preserve and grow culture and language.  BAC is a values-based organisation with an emphasis on: Trust, Respect, Transparency, Innovation and Partnership.

These are principles and behaviours we display when working together.

Purpose of the Position:

This position is responsible for coordinating CDP and business activities based at the Maningrida nursery. These include horticultural work managing the Maningrida nursery and small garden projects on the homelands and managing day-to-day operations of the bush foods enterprise. It also facilitates communication and collaboration between key stakeholders and coordinates and develops program participants. While reporting to the Community Development Program Manager, primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the Maningrida horticultural nursery facility, including nursery upkeep, irrigation, propagation, pest and weed management, native plant identification.
  • Regularly seed propagating of seeds collected around town or out bush for an ongoing supply of plants for the retail nursery and nursery food gardens.
  • Composting and creating new garden beds, retail nursery maintenance, weeding, growing seeds and pricing plans.
  • Assist homelands residents to achieve horticultural outcomes, such as designing and implementing garden projects and harvesting bush foods
  • Coordinate daily breakfast and lunch for CDP Participant and work with community organisations to implement horticultural projects.
  • Use these activities to develop the skill and capability of local Aboriginal people to be job ready
  • Design and coordinate events and activities for participants to increase positive experiences and achieve best possible outcomes for the job seekers and the community.
  • Coordinate and develop activity logistics, scheduling of participant attendance and appropriate supervision of activities.
  • Continually organise and engage key community stakeholders to develop and agree on joined-up opportunities and activities, identify solutions to barriers and broker sustainable programs of work.
  • Collaborate respectfully with elders, traditional owners and influential community members to develop targeted and sustainable approaches and meet greatest needs.
  • Build relationships with external service providers and gain agreement on opportunities for mutually beneficial outcomes for community, participant and program activities.
  • Lead, motivate, coach and mentor team members as necessary and ensure they understand their contractual obligations through the provision of training and development opportunities.
  • Ensure the achievement of established benchmarks and performance expectations and perform duties and responsibilities in a manner that reflects and responds to continuous improvement principles.
  • Achieve all financial targets through the effective management of staffing, budgeting and purchasing of appropriate resources and efficient program administration.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with requirements of the WHS legislation and regulations.

Selection Criteria:


  • Working knowledge of horticulture and interest in learning about species endemic to Arnhem Land and ability to share this knowledge with local people
  • Proven experience to work effectively in culturally diverse teams and in cross-cultural contexts, including excellent relationship building skills to motivate and build rapport with others.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, assessment and observation skills with an ability to rapidly create understanding to apply new learning.
  • A proven track record delivering community development programs and community and stakeholder engagement practices to assist vulnerable people to improve their employment prospects.
  • Well-developed project management, planning, time management and organisational skills to manage competing deadlines, balance relationships and remain compliant within government operational guidelines.
  • Advanced computer skills including word processing, spread sheets, asset registers and CDP task management database to accurately record, document and report on activity and engagement outcomes.
  • Demonstrated capacity to prepare quality written reports, minutes, briefings, plain language community information tools and other materials as required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and compliance of contractual obligations and meeting different legislative requirements under the Australian and Territory Governments.
  • Strong mentoring skills and extensive experience in building, managing and motivating teams.
  • Applied knowledge in continuous quality improvement of systems and databases.
  • Experience driving and maintain a 4-wheel drive
  • Current Drivers Licence, First Aid and National Police Clearance


  • Experience living and working in remote communities
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Aboriginal culture and communities and how they operate

What are we offering you?…..In return for your skills and experience you will be rewarded with:

A generous salary package
6 weeks Annual Leave
Salary Sacrificing options
17.5% Annual Leave loading
Rent free accommodation if you are relocating to Maningrida
12% superannuation
Most importantly you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in culture while creating memories, experiences and engaging with people that will change your life.

This position is in Maningrida, an indigenous community 500 km north east of Darwin. This is not a FIFO role, living and working in a remote community is not for everyone, please consider this before applying.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application by emailing your current resume and detailed cover letter addressing the essential selection criteria to:

PD – CDP Activity Coordinator – Nursery

Expression of interest