Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Aboriginal Project Officer

Aboriginal Project Officer

  • 494293
  • Environmental
  • Excellent opportunity to make a difference within the local Aboriginal communities of the central region
  • Located in Taylors Beach
  • Full time salary starting from $97,152 + super
  • Temporary (fixed term) opportunity until 30th June 2022


You will be joining the Aboriginal Fishing & Marine & Coastal Environments (AFMCE) and Fisheries Research Branches of the DPI Fisheries to conduct and support Aboriginal projects aimed at protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage and values of Sea Country as part of the Marine Estate Management Strategy.


About you


The key component of this role is to implement key actions of the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy 2018-28 Initiative 4 “Protecting the Aboriginal Cultural Values of the Marine Estate”.  This will require you to establish a network of Aboriginal community stakeholders to deliver projects that improve the protection of Aboriginal cultures and aims to integrate Aboriginal cultures, views and values into marine park and marine estate management.


As part of your role, you will acknowledge and respect Aboriginal communities’ expertise and cultural knowledges in caring for Sea Country. You will contribute to supporting DPI colleagues to improve knowledge across the branch ensuring that policy and marine estate planning considers and respects Aboriginal cultural values. In addition, you will develop and implement projects that will include early engagement of Aboriginal people in Sea Country management to reduce threats and risks to Aboriginal cultures and cultural heritage. This presents an amazing opportunity to make a difference to the overall health and wellbeing of local Aboriginal people, their cultural practices and traditions as they relate to Sea Country.


To be considered for this role you will be/have the following:


  • Be of Aboriginal descent through parentage, identify as being Aboriginal and accepted in the community as such. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14(d) of the Antidiscrimination Act 1997
  • Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal people, government organisations and communities with the ability to communicate in a diverse environment
  • Knowledge, respect and understanding of Aboriginal cultures and marine estate issues relevant to the Aboriginal people of the east coast central region of NSW
  • Current NSW Driver Licence


If you have the skills, networks and passion required to be successful in this role, then we want to hear from you.


Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 


Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government. 



Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 


Our people:  

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story. 


Apply now:


All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.


To find out more about this role, please contact Kylie Jacky on or click here to access the role description


Applications close on Sunday 25th April, 2021


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. 


Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Regional NSW Cluster welcomes and encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. The Department of Regional NSW provides dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require a reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.


Closing date: Apr 25, 2021

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