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Indigenous Engagement and Development Lead

Position:          Indigenous Engagement and Development Lead

Location:         Perth, Western Australia or Sydney, NSW

Reporting to:   Chief Operations Officer

Status:             Full-time

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


Greening Australia is a national, action orientated, environmental enterprise. Our mission is to restore landscapes at scale through collaborative, science-based and innovative programs.  We collaborate with a broad range of partners to plan, develop and deliver scalable solutions for the biggest environmental challenges facing Australia.

We believe that people thrive when nature thrives, and we work to translate this shared value into practice. We integrate societal, environmental and financial benefits for our clients by delivering on ground win / win solutions.

Our program objectives:

  • Improving farm productivity using proven regenerative agriculture methods;
  • Storing CO2 emissions through accredited biodiverse carbon offsetting;
  • Conserving Australian landscapes through innovative and large-scale approaches to biodiverse restoration; and
  • Supporting Traditional Owners and Indigenous organisations to participate in the restoration sector.

The Expanding Restoration Sector

GA is at the forefront of the current expansion of the restoration sector and this expansion represents a corresponding demand for a massive increase in a skilled national restoration workforce.

We believe the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this work is pivotal and to support this we have developed our Thriving on Country framework.

Thriving on Country

Thriving on Country (TOC) integrates community engagement and co-design with knowledge and skill-sharing actions to support pathways for employment and enterprise development, within the restoration sector, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

TOC is interwoven throughout all Greening Australia’s programs to ensure delivery of large-scale environmental outcomes while providing economic and social wellbeing benefits to Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Reconciliation Action Plan

We understand that First Nations People’s diverse ways of knowing and caring for Lands and Sea Country, and the inter-generational transfer of Traditional Ecological Knowledge is essential to the success of our work.

In recognising this and that we have the opportunity to make a difference, Greening Australia is excited and proud to begin implementing our first Reconciliation Action Plan, 2021 – 2023.

Function and Scope

This position will work across all of our national program teams to continue the development and implementation of our Thriving on Country program and will guide the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan.

The role will partner with our business development team to support the development of new business opportunities and our operations teams to ensure we continue to have a measurable and lasting impact on Australia’s unique environment through our programs, services and partnerships.

Key Position Accountabilities

Thriving on Country Program Expansion

Active leadership in design and delivery of TOC national expansion:

  • Review and implement our TOC program logic and strategy
  • Work with Chief Operations Officer and National Program Leads to build a ToC national team
  • Liaise with National Program and Science Leads to communicate full understanding of ToC Program strategy in relation to GA target delivery and support identification of opportunities for integration of ToC activities into all programs
  • Support Commercial Development team across revenue generation:

GA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Work with the COO and the RAP Working Group to guide the delivery of GA’s Innovate RAP 2021 – 2023. Lead and support maintenance of our existing partnerships with First Nations partners and proactively support our teams to identify and build new partnership opportunities

Key Selection Criteria

  • Passion, commitment and a desire to make a difference
  • Tertiary qualifications in Biological / Environmental Science or equivalent;
  • 7 year’s relevant experience in an Indigenous Engagement role and/or working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people OR
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the development of new business opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating on-country activities with multiple stakeholders
  • Understanding of Indigenous cultural values, worldviews and aspirations for reconciliation, OR
  • Significant experience and a proven ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural context
  • Experience in the development of community engagement and / or development programs or activities.
  • Ability to undertake inter / intra state travel.

Desirable Criteria

  • Understanding of historical and current context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Experience in leading change management and continuous improvement

Please submit your application including:

  1. a cover letter that addresses the key areas of responsibility; and
  2. your current resume.

Submit applications via SEEK

Applications close: COB Wednesday, 16 May 2021.

For further information on the role, please contact Anne Smith, Engagement and Development Lead.