Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Parks Australia Division
Salary: $127,022 – $147,580 pa. + super (EL 2)
Full-time, on-going position
Job Ref – 2020/2918

  • Lead a culturally diverse workforce and to engage with Traditional Owners to work towards their vision for the future of the park
  • Lead and implementing effective Joint Management in Kakadu
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with Traditional Owners and external stakeholders

Kakadu National Park is a world-heritage site, listed for both its natural and cultural values. It has been home to Bininj/Mungguy for thousands of years and is leased by the Aboriginal owners to the Director of National Parks. Under a joint management program, Traditional Owners and Parks Australia work together to implement management programs that ensure the preservation of Kakadu’s rich cultural heritage and unique natural landscapes, and to provide a safe and awe-inspiring destination for visitors from around the world for many generations to come.

We are looking for a talented applicant who can work closely with the joint Board of Management and can lead a dedicate team to enrich this iconic World heritage listed Park through a unique period of change and opportunity.

You will be responsible managing a large team of staff, while engaging with Aboriginal Traditional Owners to understand and work towards their vision for the future of the park. You will work with a broad range of stakeholders, manage the day to day operations and bring strong strategic direction to all aspects of Kakadu’s planning and operations.

This position is identified. An identified position is one of which part or all the duties involve interaction with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, including service delivery.

This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding position for the right candidate.


  • To be eligible for any position in the Department you must be an Australian Citizen.
  • Affirmative measure – Indigenous employment – The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975’. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Identified position – This position is an ‘Identified’ position which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People.

The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement at https://www.awe.gov.au/about/jobs/conditions

How to apply

  • To apply visit the Department’s online recruitment system at: https://www.awe.gov.au/about/jobs/apply
  • Applicants are required to submit a statement of claims/cover letter (750 words maximum) outlining why you are interested in this position and why you believe that you have the skills, capabilities, knowledge and experience to be considered for this role.
  • An up-to-date resume including the contact details of two referees is required.

To obtain more information about the position please contact Kate Turner on 0438 868 792 or kate.turner@awe.gov.au

For selection documents or recruitment specific questions please contact Tanya Tape on 02 6274 1614 or PAD-humanresources@awe.gov.au

Applications close: Sunday, 8 November 2020 at 11:00 PM (AEDT).

Flexible employment arrangements are available with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.