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Tebrakunna Senior Ranger

Position Description: Senior Aboriginal Ranger

Reports to: Operations Manager and MTWAC Board

Location: Tebrakunna Country (Cape Portland) and surrounding region.

Salary Range $80,000  – $90,000

Role description:

The Senior Aboriginal Ranger plays a crucial role in the protection, conservation, and management of the natural and cultural resources of Tebrakunna Country. This role combines traditional knowledge, environmental stewardship, and modern conservation practices to ensure the sustainable use of the land and preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

As the team leader of the Tebrakunna Rangers, the senior ranger will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and expertise to their fellow rangers and trainees, MTWAC Directors, Elders, and stakeholders to ensure the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural values of the region.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Leadership and Team Coordination:
  • Provide leadership and guidance to a team of rangers and trainee rangers, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of conservation and land management activities.
  • Coordinate and prioritise work tasks for the ranger team, considering both cultural and environmental factors on both land and water.
  • Mentor, train, and guide rangers and trainee rangers, fostering their personal and professional development.
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment, fostering a strong sense of teamwork and cultural pride.
  1. Natural and Cultural Resource Management:
  • Conduct regular surveys, assessments, and monitoring of biodiversity, cultural sites, and natural resources.
  • Implement and oversee land and resource management plans, including activities such as habitat restoration, invasive species management, and fire management including planned burns and fire suppression efforts.
  • Apply traditional ecological knowledge and modern conservation practices to inform decision-making and enhance resource stewardship.
  • Collaborate with scientists, researchers, and other experts to conduct studies and assessments on ecological and cultural matters.
  1. Cultural Knowledge and Practices:
  • Maintain and promote traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices related to land management.
  • Work closely with MTWAC Elders and community to integrate traditional ecological knowledge into conservation programs.
  • Contribute to the documentation and preservation of cultural heritage, including sacred sites, oral histories, language, and traditional knowledge.
  • Develop and deliver cultural awareness and education activities for visitors, stakeholders, and the broader community.
  1. Community Engagement and Collaboration:
  • Cultivate strong relationships and effective communication channels with MTWAC Elders and members, local landholders, stakeholders, and government agencies.
  • Collaborate with community members to identify and address community needs and aspirations related to land management and cultural preservation.
  • Act as a liaison between MTWAC and external organisations, fostering collaboration and ensuring community input in decision-making processes.
  • Organise and facilitate workshops, training programs, and cultural activities to promote community engagement and knowledge sharing.
  • Advocate for the interests and needs of the Aboriginal community, both locally and regionally, in matters relating to natural resource management.
  1. Documentation and Reporting:
  • Maintain accurate records, data, and reports related to ranger activities, including incident reports, patrol logs, cultural site surveys and community engagement.
  • Prepare regular reports on program activities, achievements, and challenges for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and grant applications to support ongoing conservation and cultural heritage projects.
  1. Health and Safety:
  • Ensure all team members adhere to health and safety protocols and guidelines during fieldwork and other activities.
  • Ensure all safety equipment is maintained and all team members adhere to its proper use.
  • Accurately document and report any hazards or incidents promptly to the Operations Manager and/or Chairperson.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Aboriginal heritage and strong cultural connections within the local Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Aboriginal land management practices, cultural heritage, and traditional ecological knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of safe boating operations.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of safe firearm handling.
  • Strong leadership and team coordination skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire team members.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including Aboriginal communities, government agencies, and research institutions.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with a demonstrated capacity to balance cultural, environmental, and economic considerations.
  • Proficiency in relevant software and technology for data management, reporting, and mapping.
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in remote and challenging environments, often in adverse weather conditions.
  • Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (or similar) or active progress towards attaining the qualification is required.
  • Ability to operate equipment and tools necessary for land management tasks.
  • Valid Tasmanian driver’s license and willingness to travel as required.
  • Valid Tasmanian firearms and boat operators’ licences, chainsaw operator’s licence.
  • First aid certificate and a current Working with Vulnerable Persons card.

 

Selection Criteria for Senior Aboriginal Ranger:

  1. Natural and Cultural Resource Management Experience:
  • Experience in conservation and land management, including practical knowledge of relevant strategies, techniques, and legislation.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity conservation, habitat restoration, pest and weed management, and fire management.

 

  1. Cultural Knowledge, Awareness and Connection:
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural practices, traditional land management, and ecological knowledge.
  • High level of cultural awareness and sensitivity, respecting and valuing diverse cultural perspectives and practices.
  • Strong connection to the Aboriginal culture and the MTWAC community, with the ability to integrate traditional knowledge into land management activities.
  1. Fieldwork and Practical Skills:
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in remote and challenging environments, often in adverse weather conditions.
  • Proficiency in performing on-the-ground conservation activities, such as weed control, habitat enhancement, wildlife monitoring, and cultural heritage preservation.
  1. Community Engagement and Collaboration:
  • Ability to build positive relationships and effectively collaborate with Aboriginal communities, Elders, government agencies, research institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Experience in community engagement and consultation, including the ability to communicate cultural knowledge and values to diverse audiences.
  1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex ideas and information clearly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively both as a team leader and within a team, and to engage with a range of stakeholders.
  1. Adaptability and Resilience:
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances, handle challenges, and problem-solve effectively in the field.
  • Resilience in working in remote and challenging environments, while maintaining a positive attitude and commitment to the role.
  1. Health and Safety Awareness:
  • Commitment to following health and safety protocols and guidelines during fieldwork and other activities.
  • Awareness of potential risks and hazards associated with conservation and land management work, with the ability to mitigate and address them effectively.
  1. Qualifications and Certifications:
  • Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (or a related field) or active progress towards attaining the qualification.
  • First Aid certification.
  • Tasmanian driver’s license.
  • Tasmanian Firearms Licence.
  • Tasmanian Boat Licence
  • Chainsaw Operators Certificate
  • Tasmanian RWVP card is required.

 

Preference may be given to candidates who are active members of the MTWAC community, considering the importance of cultural connection and community representation.