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Indigenous Engagement Officer - Rockhampton, QLD

Position: Indigenous Engagement Officer

Location: Rockhampton, QLD

Reporting to: Reef Aid Operations Manager

Status: Permanent Part-time


Greening Australia is a national, not-for-profit environmental organisation with a mission to conserve and restore landscapes at scale through collaborative, science-based and innovative conservation programs.

With teams in 30 locations around the country and more than 150 knowledgeable and expert staff, we are having a measurable and lasting impact on Australia’s unique environment through our programs, services and partnerships.

Function and Scope

Greening Australia are seeking candidates to fill a newly created position designed to support the Reef Aid Program by developing 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The role will oversee and facilitate the QLD (Reef Aid) Indigenous Land Conservation Project’s Indigenous Partnerships objectives.

Key Position Accountabilities

Key areas of accountability and outcomes include:

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.
  • Maintain an applied working knowledge of GA’s Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Policies, Standards, Procedures and training and ensure they are effectively implemented within the operations team and promoted more widely within the organisation.
  • Issuing clear instructions, which incorporate aspects of health and safety and ensure that they are understood and obeyed.
  • Lead the management of health and safety; promptly address any issues that arise and ensure Line Management are made aware of any issues, and ensure corrective actions are implemented as required.

Conservation Planning and Program Development including:

  • Active leadership in the establishment of new Indigenous partnerships while working with existing partners to meet the strategic objectives and outcomes of the QLD Indigenous Land Conservation Project.
  • Development and completion of QLD Indigenous Land Conservation Work Plans.
  • 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).
  • Work with Traditional Owners to develop and maintain sustainable land management practices.
  • Review of and support for governance structures of Traditional Owner groups involved in the Project as required.
  • Work with Traditional Owners to develop a business case for the establishment of a Queensland Government Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger team in the Project region.
  • In conjunction with BHP and Traditional Owners conduct skills/employment audit to identify pathways from project to employment at BHP operations.

Science-based Communication, Knowledge Transfer and Networks:

  • Act as a spokesperson for QLD (Reef Aid) Indigenous Land Conservation Project on Indigenous issues including presentations at industry conferences and supporting media activities.
  • Contribute inspirational culture-based stories to the National Marketing and Communications team.
  • Support transfer of innovation across GA ‘borders’ to achieve a high quality, nationally consistent standard.

Key Selection Criteria

The successful achievement of accountabilities and outcomes requires competencies attached and outlined in the Greening Australia Values and Behaviours

  • We put people first
  • We take action to find solutions
  • We collaborate for impact, we need each other
  • We are accountable for our commitments

Essential Criteria:

  • 7 year’s relevant experience in an Indigenous Engagement role and/or working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience in the development of community education and/or engagement 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.
  • Ability to undertake irregular inter / intra state travel for extended periods (2-3 days).


  • High level understanding of environmental issues and associated programs.
  • Experience in leading change management and continuous improvement.

Please submit your application including:

  1. A brief cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae listing two current referees.

Submit applications to [email protected]

Applications close: 8 June 2019

For further information, please contact Lynise Wearne, Reef Aid Science and Programs Manager on 0466 283 439 or email [email protected].