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ASRAC Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Coordinator

Term: Full-time, two-year contract

Location: Ramingining, Arnhem Land NT

Remuneration: $87,763-$91,912 pa + 12.5 % Super + subsidised accommodation. Salary sacrifice is available.

Closing date: 16 May 2022

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC)

Under the direction of the traditional landowners, the corporation undertakes land and sea management activities in the areas surrounding Gurruwiling - the Arafura Swamp. Located in north-east Arnhem Land, the greater Arafura Swamp comprises a vast pristine wetland surrounded by an 11,000 km2 catchment extending from Castlereagh Bay to the upper reaches of the Goyder and Glyde Rivers. Traditional country of Yolngu and Bi people, the area shares an unbroken history of Aboriginal ownership and management. With many landowners still residing in their homelands, the region is a stronghold for Indigenous culture, including a large diversity of living languages. Long considered an area of exceptional conservation value, the catchment was listed on the Register of the National Estate, the central swamp being a Wetland of National Importance and a Site of Conservation Significance. Currently landowners are considering dedicating the area as an Indigenous Protected Area.

ASRAC is unusual in that it acts as an umbrella organisation comprised of multiple ranger groups. Each group has its own identity and special responsibilities in a particular area. ASRAC rangers consult and work with the area’s traditional owners and people with customary management responsibilities to implement, monitor and update the ASRAC Healthy Country Plan. This plan identifies priority targets and threats for management that grouped under the categories: our people, our culture, our knowledge, and our country.

ASRAC aims to maintain the health of country and cultural knowledge and practices by:
The role

  • Effectively managing fire.
  • Conducting feral animal control in line with landowner expectations and requests.
  • Mapping and managing weeds, with emphasis on early interventions preventing weed spread.
  • Conducting flora and fauna surveys to inform management of habitat condition.
  • Protecting and documenting cultural sites and supporting and conserving cultural practices.
  • Working collaboratively with other Indigenous ranger groups, the local school and other local organisations.
  • Supporting people to get out on country and transfer knowledge.
  • Managing visitors.
  • Undertaking other land management activities as required by landowners and the Board.

Under the general direction of the CEO and in consultation with the landowners, the IPA Coordinator will support men and women ranger teams to deliver land management and cultural maintenance activities in the ASRAC management area.

ASRAC rangers conduct land and sea management activities including fire management, weed management, sea patrols, monitoring and evaluation, biodiversity and threatened species surveys, plus cultural knowledge transfer projects such as culture camps and supporting the Learning on Country programme in the Ramingining School. The coordinator organises and supports the delivery of the rangers’ activities. This is a practical, hands-on coordination role that supports a workforce of permanent and casual staff working from Ramingining and from the satellite bases in the surrounding homelands. Delivering on-the-job training and leading by example are essential. The IPA Coordinator role has a strong focus on capacity building.

For more information contact Ian Brown on 0487 021 431 (8am-6pm ACST) or email admin@asrac.org.au for a position description and selection criteria.

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Healthy Country Plan

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