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 a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
- Fundraising -mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.
Six of AWC’s properties - Scotia (NSW), Newhaven (NT) and Buckaringa, Yookamurra, Dakalanta and Kalamurina (SA), are in southeastern (SE) Australia, covering a combined area in excess of 1 million hectares, which protect a diversity of threatened species and habitats.
Located on the NSW-SA border, around 150 kilometres south of Broken Hill, Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary is dominated by majestic old-growth mallee woodlands and stunning red sand dunes. The sanctuary is nearly 65,000 ha in size, placed within the Murray Mallee subregion of the Murray Darling Depression Bioregion and is one of the most important nature reserves in the Murray-Darling basin. Together with adjacent reserves in NSW and SA, it helps protect one of the largest areas of intact mallee woodland in Australia.
The sanctuary contains one of the largest fox and cat-free areas on mainland Australia, and is home to some of the largest remaining populations of threatened mammals such as Bilbies, Numbats, and Bridled Nailtail Wallabies. Outside the feral predator-free area, AWC’s land management protects a wealth of other inland biodiversity, such as a diverse population of small mammals, including threatened species such as the Southern Ningaui and Bolam’s Mouse. There are over 170 bird species such as Malleefowl, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Scarlet-chested Parrot, Striated Grasswren, Pied Honeyeater and Chestnut Quail-thrush, and over 50 reptiles including threatened species such as the Western Blue-tongue and the Marbled Delma.
AWC is seeking an experienced Senior Land Management Officer to be based at Scotia to support the Sanctuary Manager and other staff in the range of land management, asset and infrastructure programs.
The successful applicant will be a very practical person with a passion for saving Australia’s wildlife and landscape, is well-organised and has sound knowledge of and be able to demonstrate experience in the delivery of land management programs for conservation including fire management, weed and feral animal control. With the guidance and support of the Sanctuary Manager, the Senior Land Management Officer will be responsible for coordinating the day to day activities of personnel working in the Operations Program and will liaise with all southeast staff (operations and science) in order to fulfill the duties required of this role, a key component of which is the facilitation and coordination of efficient operations.
The role of the Senior Land Management Officer extends to a broad range of tasks including asset and infrastructure maintenance. As such, a broad knowledge and experience of all trades, practical skills in relation to asset and infrastructure repair and maintenance, and the ability to use a wide range of plant and equipment is essential. Bush firefighting and/or training would also be desirable.
The successful candidate will be capable of coordinating multiple projects and work with a range of stakeholders including scientists, students, volunteers, visitors, contractors, neighbouring landholders including indigenous communities and government, and will be committed to helping AWC develop and implement a new model for conservation.
This a unique opportunity to join Australia’s largest non-government conservation organisation and help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia.
Hamish Longbottom, Sanctuary Manager| Hamish.Longbottom@australianwildlife.org | 03 5027 1200
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 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.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 28 February 2021
- 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.