Full-time, 2 year contract position

Job role
New funding may bring new opportunities for Ranger Coordinators at Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) in 2017/18. As positions become available, you may be contacted and invited to submit an application addressing the selection criteria.

Ranger Program, KJ
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) operates an Indigenous ranger program based out of the Martu communities in the Western Desert. The program delivers a range of environmental activities using a mixture of traditional knowledge and contemporary science. The ranger program forms a key part of KJ’s growing social, cultural and land management activities across the Martu native title determination comprising of 13.6 million hectares of desert country.

The broader program aims to realise Martu aspirations for getting back to their traditional country, passing on their knowledge and culture to younger generations and to actively work on country to make it healthy again.

The Ranger Coordinator positions are mentally and physically challenging, and at times they can be working long hours and in very remote settings. They are important positions that are pivotal in KJ’s land programs.

The Ranger Coordinator will work in a complementary way with other Ranger Coordinators and their team particularly if they are in the same community with the aim of achieving a co-delivery model as appropriate.

KJ is working with Martu to build strong, sustainable communities.

About KJ
KJ is a Martu organisation based out of Newman in the East Pilbara and delivering programs in the Martu native title determination, which combined with Karlamilyi National Park, spans some 15 million hectares and 4 remote communities.

Martu are among the last of Australia’s Indigenous people to make contact with the European world, with many coming in from a completely traditional desert life in only the 1950s and 1960s. Older Martu have stories of first contact with European civilisation and of coming into stations and missions from the desert.

KJ is focused on three complementary objectives:

  • to preserve and celebrate Martu culture;
  • to build a viable economy in the Martu communities;
  • to build pathways for young Martu to a healthy future.

These goals flow from a strongly-held philosophy, which values the centrality of culture in people’s lives. Culture is seen as the wellspring of identity, of confidence and of strength. This is as true for communities as it is for individuals.

KJ has a strong reputation for the delivery of programs with Martu which deliver demonstrable social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes. We are the biggest employer of Martu with over 100 Martu employed during the field season. Our staff are passionate, creative and resourceful in the design and implementation of programs and engagement with Martu.

Key duties:

The positions have the following roles:

  • Development and management of a ranger team. This includes development of work plans including schedules for training, field trips and other activities;
  • Providing leadership, mentoring and support for the rangers;
  • Work in a complementary way with other ranger coordinators and their team particularly if they are in the same community with the aim of achieving a co-delivery model as appropriate.
  • Facilitating the integration of traditional ecological knowledge with contemporary Natural Resource Management practice in on-ground activities;
  • Ensuring appropriate workplace health and safety procedures are followed to provide a safe working environment;
  • Reporting on program outcomes. As a requirement of the WoC funding, six monthly reports are required on progress to date against the work plan;
  • Providing input into the KJ’s broader programs. This involves being involved in broader planning processes and looking for opportunities to work collaboratively with other staff, projects and activities;
  • Supporting the overall objectives of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa;
  • Other duties as directed.

Selection Criteria
People from many backgrounds may be suited to the position if they have the talent and aptitude for this type of work. This may include NRM Rangers or other associated professionals within the NRM and environmental fields, anthropologists, outdoor educators, community development workers or those who have well developed leadership and group management skills. The selection criteria include:

Essential criteria

  1. Highly developed inter-personal skills and the capacity to work effectively with an Indigenous ranger team in a cross-cultural context;
  2. The ability to develop, train and manage an Indigenous ranger;
  3. Qualifications or background in natural resource management, outdoor education, community development or other associated fields;
  4. Strong demonstrated communication and public presentation skills;
  5. Strong logistical, mechanical and practical skills relevant to NRM activities in a remote setting. This may include four wheel drive operation and recovery;
  6. Self-motivation and the ability to problem solve and work without close supervision in a remote, dynamic and changing environment;
  7. The capacity and willingness to live in a remote community and a desire to participate in desert life;
  8. Sound administrative, written and computer skills.
  9. Current ‘C’ Class Driver’s License or better

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in or capacity to operate land management activities in remote arid zone Indigenous communities;
  2. A willingness and aptitude to learn language.

General Criteria

  • Australian Residency or eligibility to legally work in Australia
  • National Police Clearance
  • Working with Children’s check.

The position is located in a remote community east of Newman in Western Australia.

The positions are full-time and will involve regular and significant amounts of time away from home out on-country camping with the rangers and other traditional owners.

A remuneration package consisting of a base salary plus super, commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful applicant, will be negotiated.

The position has generous conditions including free rent and phone, salary packaging of allowable pre-tax earnings (due to KJ’s public benevolent institution (PBI) status) and 10 weeks annual leave.


To Apply

  • For an Expression of Interest application pack and enquiries please contact jrowell@hmsolutions.com.au
  • The selection criteria is for reference only and does not need to be addressed.
  • All EOI submissions should complete the application pack as well as including your resume with a covering letter explaining your interest in working with KJ.

Note: All expressions of interest will be treated as confidential.

Application closing date: Monday, 7th August 2017.