Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 30 sanctuaries in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. 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:
- Operations- delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
- Science- delivering the largest national biological survey program with a focus on measuring the population of indicator species and the extent of threatening processes as well as conducting research on key issues such as feral cat control.
- Fundraising- mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of field updates from around the AWC estate.
We are seeking an exceptionally talented and motivated Lawyer to join the team to provide legal advice on a broad range of issues. This role reports to the Legal Counsel and is based upon 3 days per week (0.6 FTE). The fixed term contract is for 8 months, commencing mid-August 2020.
Your primary responsibilities will include the following, in conjunction with the Legal Counsel:
- Preparing, reviewing and advising on a wide range of commercial documents including contracts, agreements and collaborative arrangements between AWC and its suppliers, contractors, Government agencies and Universities.
- Providing guidance and assistance to the HR Manager on employment related matters.
- Providing advice and assistance on land tenure issues for AWC’s freehold and leasehold properties, and properties managed by AWC for Government or other bodies.
- Providing advice in relation to Native title interests.
- Overseeing mining/exploration interests on AWC land.
- Providing advice on other legal issues as they arise.
The allocation of responsibility for specific areas will be determined by the Legal Counsel, in consultation with you.
To be successful you will have:
- Broad commercial law experience.
- Excellent commercial drafting skills.
- Employment law, native title, property, and/or mining law are highly desirable.
- Able to clearly identify and convey legal issues and risks.
- A Law degree and current unrestricted practicing certificate, with 5+ years of experience.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- A willingness to learn and stretch your skill set.
- Self-motivation and the ability to work independently.
Based in Subiaco, Perth, this is a rare opportunity to be actively involved in protecting Australia’s endangered wildlife by using your powers for good and helping shape the development of an organisation delivering measurable results where it really counts â in the field. An attractive remuneration package is available for a candidate with suitable professional, commercial experience.
Ruth Cairns, Legal Counsel | Ruth.Cairns@australianwildlife.org | 08 9380 9633
Applications via: australianwildlife.org/work-with-awc/careers/
To submit an application, visit our careers page (linked above), select the relevant job vacancy, click ‘APPLY’ and follow the prompts.
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.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 19 July 2020
- 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.
- If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.
To learn more about AWC’s sanctuaries, please visit our website: australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/