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Indigenous Engagement Coordinator

Location: Rockhampton region, QLD preferred

Contract: Permanent Full-time

Greening Australia is Australia’s largest environmental enterprise with a mission to conserve and restore land and seascapes at scale through collaborative, science-based and innovative conservation programs. With teams in locations across Australia, we are having a measurable and lasting impact on Australia’s unique environment through our programs, services and partnerships.

Function and scope of the role

Greening Australia is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to fill the newly created position of Indigenous Engagement Officer. This role is designed to support Greening Australia’s Reef Aid Program by implementing an engagement framework for Traditional Owner groups that is inclusive and values culture, connection to country, financial sustainability and independence.

The primary focus of the position is to strengthen existing relationships and foster new connections between Greening Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The role will oversee and facilitate delivery of objectives and outcome of the Queensland Indigenous Land Conservation Project’s Indigenous Partnerships.

Key position accountabilities

Workplace Health and Safety

  • Set a leading example regarding WHS principles at all times.
  • Fulfil the obligations of our staff under health and safety legislation including demonstrating a duty of care.

Conservation Planning and Program Development

  • Active leadership in the establishment of new Indigenous partnerships while working with existing partners to meet the strategic objectives and outcomes of the Queensland Indigenous Land Conservation Project (QILC Project)
  • Work with Traditional Owners to develop Healthy Country Plans for the development of integrated land management projects that deliver multiple benefits for Traditional Owners (social, cultural, economic, environmental)
  • Liaise and coordinate with consultants, planners and other specialists as required to ensure QILC Project activities, objectives and outcomes are achieved efficiently and effectively
  • Development, implementation, monitoring and adaptation of QILC Project Work Plans
  • Integration with, and support for, existing governance structures of Traditional Owner groups involved in the Project as required
  • Guided by aspirations of Traditional Owners and in-conjunction with BHP, support a skills/employment audit to identify pathways to employment at BHP operations that may be within the scope of the QILC Project to support
  • Support Traditional Owners to establish a Queensland Government Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger team or teams in the Project region
  • Coordinate delivery of training identified by Traditional Owners groups
  • Coordinate and play an active role in meetings of the QILC Project Steering Committee and other stakeholder meetings as required

Science-based Communication, Knowledge Transfer and Networks

  • Act as a spokesperson for the QILC Project on Indigenous issues including presentations at industry conferences and supporting media activities
  • Support transfer of innovation across Greening Australia at a national level to achieve a high quality, nationally consistent standard in Indigenous engagement

Essential Criteria:

  • 7 year’s relevant experience in an Indigenous Engagement role and/or working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people OR Significant experience and a proven ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural context
  • Understanding of Indigenous cultural values, worldviews and aspirations for reconciliation
  • Experience in the development of community engagement and/or development programs or activities
  • Applied understanding of key issues in relation to Indigenous engagement including formal policy settings and cultural requirements
  • Proven, demonstrated experience in the engagement of landholders from multiple sectors.


  • Understanding of historical and current context of Indigenous Peoples in Central Queensland
  • High level understanding of environmental issues and associated programs relevant to Central Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience in leading change management and continuous improvement
  • Identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

How to apply:

Email your application, including your resume listing two current referees and a brief cover letter outlining your suitability for the position, to [email protected]

Applications close COB Friday 7 February 2020

For further information, please contact Dr Lynise Wearne, Reef Aid Program Director on 04668) 9287 8300 or email [email protected]