Department of Regional NSW
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Aboriginal Ranger Program Trainee

Aboriginal Ranger Program Trainee

  • 499226
  • Conservation
  • Environmental Science
  • Field Officer
  • Identified Positions
  • Natural and Physical Science
  • Projects
  • Temporary full time to 31 December 2023
  • Located in Coonabarabran, Deniliquin, Narrandera & Tamworth
  • Salary dependent on age and level of schooling completed - starting from $31,000 pa + super
  • Please note this position is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants only.

We 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. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

Local Land Services (LLS) is currently looking for 16 deadly Aboriginal people to come on board as trainees for the newly created Aboriginal Ranger Program (ARP).

Running until the end of 2023, the program is operating in Coonabarabran, Tamworth, Narrandera and Deniliquin, and our trainees (4 in each location) will undertake a combination of structured training and work activities to gain experience in Local Land Services core service areas with a focus on Caring for Country related land management and environmental projects and activities.

Interested? As an ARP trainee you will be:

  • Carrying out the hands-on implementation of land management and environmental projects
  • Participating in and contributing to the daily activities of your team
  • Undertaking all required training, including a Cert lll Conservation and Ecosystem Management and Implementation of Cultural Burning
  • Contributing to project reporting, monitoring, and evaluation to gain skills in the preparation of reporting documentation and other paperwork
  • Working closely with the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal Elders on community projects.

This is a great opportunity to work on country and undertake training that will support your personal development while giving you the skills required to gain further employment.   

To be successful you’ll need:

  • A flexible, self-motivated attitude, with a passion for supporting and helping others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A keen interest in cultural land management and working on Country
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity when working across multiple Aboriginal communities and groups.
  • Capacity and willingness to successfully complete all training required plus travel throughout NSW as required (including overnight stays).

A current NSW Driver Licence would be an advantage but is not essential.

So, if you’re passionate about Caring for Country and are focused on providing a better tomorrow today, we want to hear from you!

Why work for us?

  • You’ll be in a role with real purpose - helping to deliver projects focused on Caring for Country across regional NSW
  • Internal support and mentoring are on tap, with collaboration and cooperation encouraged
  • You’ll become part of an amazing, experienced, professional & friendly team, contributing and learning from some of the best in the field
  • You’ll be working for an organisation whose flexible work environment allows you to better manage your lifestyle and work commitments

We are passionate about what we do, and if you share the same vision and drive, we want to work with you!

Are you up for the challenge?
Send us your resume and a cover letter telling us why this is the job for you. We will then get back in touch after the closing date with the next steps.

Closing Date:  Monday 23rd May 2022 @ 11:55pm

Want more information?
Call Graham Kelly for a yarn on 0437 693 443.  You can also download the Role Description.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for this position applicants must be of Aboriginal descent through parentage, identification 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

We will review applications once the advertisement period has closed. Our process includes one assessment task (which could be via video, written responses or presentations) and an in-person (or video) interview. Other checks will include a functional health assessment and reference checking prior to any appointments being made. We would ideally like to have our selected candidate start in July 2022.

Additional Information:
A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

All Department of Regional NSW employees are required to show evidence of:

  • being fully vaccinated with a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and; or
  • having an approved medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or approved COVID19 Vaccination medical exemption at the time of your application submission.

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