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Australian Wildlife Conservancy is one of the world’s largest conservation organisations, delivering and influencing effective conservation across more than 12.9 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.
AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by delivering practical land management (fire management, feral animal control and weed eradication), as well as threatened species reintroductions and strategic conservation science. Fundraising, primarily tax deductible donations from the general public and philanthropists, enables our work.
Situated in the South-West region, we have 4 sanctuaries: Karakamia, Paruna, Faure Island and Mount Gibson, an internationally recognised "biodiversity hotspot".
Mount Gibson is a large property (over 130,000 ha) that lies within a transition zone between the eucalypt-dominated southwestern Botanical Province and the mulga-dominated Eremaean Botanical Province, and consequently the property has rich flora. In 2013 AWC launched the Mount Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project, which involved establishing a 7,800 ha feral predator-free area at Mount Gibson. This is the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland WA. Since September 2015, eight endangered mammal species have been reintroduced to the feral predator free area.
About the role
AWC is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Feral Animal Control/Land Management Officer to be based at Mount Gibson (approximately 4 Â½ hours north-east of Perth near Wubin). The position is for 12 months initially with possible extension. This position will support the implementation of a range of land management programs (fire management including prescribed burning and wildfire suppression, feral animal control and weed management).
This is an exciting opportunity to carry out land management that is closely integrated with comprehensive science and monitoring programs on Australia’s largest wildlife restoration project, reintroducing nine of Australia’s most endangered mammals back into habitat where they were previously regionally extinct.
The successful candidates will work alongside other AWC land management and science staff, researchers and volunteers. You will work closely with the land management team to support ongoing fire management, feral animal control, weed management and visitor management programs.
- Demonstrated experience across a broad range of natural resource / land management functions
- Good communication and interpersonal skills across a wide range of groups including neighbouring landholders, scientists, traditional owners, volunteers, contractors and visitors is essential.
- Demonstrated capability to work alone or equally able to work as part of a small team.
- A demonstrated ability to organise, co-ordinate, prioritise and execute a number of tasks in an efficient manner.
- Ability to use standard business software packages including Word, Excel, and email.
- Previous experience of, and ability to, work and live in remote areas and a willingness to spend extended periods in the field.
- The ability to improvise and ‘problem-solve’, developing practical solutions with limited resources.
- Understanding of and interest in Australian ecology and conservation issues.
Based at Mount Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary, this position is offered on a 10:4 arrangement with the opportunity to travel to Perth (or surrounding) during days off. Whilst on sanctuary, basic, on-site single accommodation will be provided.
This is a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation, and contribute to the future of wildlife conservation in Australia.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 16 October 2022
Matt Lynn, Sanctuary Manager (Matthew.Lynn@australianwildlife.org)
Fiona Tran, People Advisor (Fiona.Tran@australianwildlife.org)
To submit an application, click ‘APPLY’ and complete an application form.
Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing the critical competencies listed in the detailed job description on our website or the attachment. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.
- Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
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- Applicants must be able to comply with AWC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which is available on request.