Women’s Ranger Coordinator/Admin – 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, Women’s Centre, Bawinanga Rangers, Barlmarrk Supermarket, Fuel Supplies, Mechanical Workshops, Arts and Culture/Djomi Museum, 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 lifestyle of people on homelands by caring for country, preserving language and culture through the delivery of services to improve housing, health, education and roads. BAC is a values based organisation with an emphasis on: Respect for Culture, Country and each other, Accountability, Teamwork, Continuous Improvement and Open and Honest Communication.  These are principles and behaviours we display when working together.

Operational responsibilities: 

The Djelk Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) covers an area of 6,672 square kilometres, declared a protected area in September 2009. Landowners from more than 102 clans were consulted giving their full support for the IPA and the endorsement of the Bawinanga Rangers and their management activities. Bawinanga Rangers also manage some 3,500 square kilometres of coast and sea country adjacent to the IPA.

Purpose of the position:

  • This role is split onto two areas or responsibility – first to support, supervise and upskill women rangers team in carrying out their daily/ weekly activities, with a focus on building senior team members into management roles.
  • This position also includes 10-12 hours office administration, including weekly timesheets, processing travel allowances, placing orders and assisting with record keeping.
  • The role includes supervising the team to best carry out their work and build local capacity through developing and managing work plans and targets in conjunction with Team Leaders, and supporting training and personal development of rangers.
  • The position will have an active role in developing work plans, training schedules in conjunction with the ranger manager and senior rangers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the management of the declared IPA on behalf of the traditional owners and BAC so all cultural sites are protected and rangers are supported to complete on-the-ground activities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge, understanding and risk management of legislative, regulatory and licensing responsibilities to comply with provisions for the purchase, safe handling, maintenance and use of firearms.
  • Provision of high level administrative support for all day-to-day duties of ranger services ensuring effective coordination and management of Ranger’s fleet, workshop and assets.
  • Develop and maintain systems and databases to ensure all relevant records are captured and effective monitoring and reporting on internal and external compliance requirements are operating.
  • Coordinate relevant training and safety requirements for staff to ensure everyone is well-equipped to effectively carry out their duties including the handling of hazardous substances and use of firearms.
  • Represent Bawinanga rangers at BAC Work Health and Safety meetings and inform all rangers of updates to legislative changes, policies and procedures and the completion of documentation to ensure compliance.
  • Assist in the development of IPA Management Plans and work plans for the regional natural and cultural resource management projects as they arise.
  • Coordinate and implement all program logistics from planning, transport, equipment and stakeholder consultation and engagement with traditional owners and senior rangers.
  • Maintain positive working relationships and work cooperatively with the Rangers team, BAC staff, government and non-government agencies, local councils and community organisations and traditional owners.
  • Manage the maintenance of ranger vehicles, boats, infrastructure and equipment and other assets including the purchase, replacement or repair of assets.
  • Promote safe working practices and organise workplace occupational health and safety training, policies and procedures for the responsible management and use of land and sea assets and other training needs.
  • Comply with the Workplace Heath and Safety requirements and report any breaches to limit risk to the GM.

Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant qualification and/or demonstrated relevant experience in natural or cultural resource management or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and supporting on-the-ground work activities to manage and control protected areas to preserve and enhance land, sea, plants, animals and cultural sites.
  • Highly developed skills in program and project management; including planning, developing, monitoring and evaluation processes and coordination of training and development for the ranger team.
  • Extensive experience with exceptional organisational and prioritisation skills to deliver results in a fast-paced work environment with competing tasks and activities.
  • Ability to build rapport and work cooperatively and effectively to achieve common goals with executives, managers, project teams, local people, sub-contractors, clients and third party suppliers.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills with the ability to use empathy, discretion and judgement and influence challenging and stressful situations with clients and staff to positive outcomes.
  • Experience in office administration skills including bookkeeping, general accounts, freight logistics and stock / inventory control management.
  • Strong background in developing and implementing information systems, databases, using Microsoft Office software to manage the collection and reporting of information to maintain compliance.

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: human.resources@bawinanga.com.

PD – Women’s Ranger Coordinator and Administration – 2022

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