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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Position Level: 
Executive Level 2
$127,022 to $147,580
Kakadu, NT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
25 October 2020
To event remaining 5 days

Australia’s natural and cultural heritage is unique. Our land and seascapes are distinctive, home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, and to some of the oldest living cultures on earth. These environments and cultures are an essential part of our national identity, and visitors travel from across the country and the world to experience them. The Director of National Parks (the Director) is responsible for six national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, 58 Australian Marine Parks and the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Parks Australia is the federal park agency that supports the Director, and they are a division of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department). We work to showcase these natural and cultural wonders to the world, demonstrating to all why these places are so special, and inspiring communities to become more invested in their care and future.

Parks Australia assists with ongoing management of the park’s natural and cultural heritage. In addition to ongoing management of the park’s natural and cultural heritage, this branch also manages strategic priorities for Parks Australia, managing a range of strategic planning and major capital projects across the three jointly managed parks.

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.

The Kakadu Park Manager – Cultural Engagement position presents a unique opportunity for a local Kakadu Bininj/Mungguy person to lead a culturally diverse workforce and to engage with Traditional Owners to work towards their vision for the future of the park. The ideal candidate for this position will have significant experience in conservation and land management practices, day to day Park operations and ability to communicate and operate in a complex cultural and social environment. This is a challenging but incredibly rewarding position for the right candidate.

Key duties

In partnership with the Park Manager – Operations, you will be responsible for leading and implementing effective Joint Management in Kakadu, working directly with Traditional Owners, the Board of Management and the Northern Land Council (NLC) to implement and monitor the effectiveness of strategies and actions in the Kakadu Plan of Management. 
In this role you will be required to: 

  • Work with Traditional Owners from across Kakadu to facilitate effective consultation and ensure that the views of all Traditional Owners are well understood and considered in decisions related to activities under the Kakadu Plan of Management.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of culturally appropriate staff training, employment and development programs aimed at strengthening cross-cultural literacy and facilitating indigenous employment pathways and opportunities. 
  • Provide cultural advice in relation to park operations and visitor services, and incorporate traditional practices in land management programs, including fire management, and feral animal and invasive weed management.
  • Oversee the protection of natural and cultural heritage sites including important rock art and sacred sites. 
  • Manage and mentor staff to work effectively within the Public Service framework, and role-modelling agreed expectations around conduct and behaviour to maintain a mutually respectful workplace.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with Traditional Owners and external stakeholders including Aboriginal Associations, Ranger groups, the NLC, the Northern Territory Government, the scientific and research communities, the tourism industry, as well as other groups and individuals with interests in the management of the Park.
  • Seek and facilitate business opportunities that support park operations, increase visitor numbers and generate new business and revenue, with a focus on Aboriginal enterprises and initiatives.
  • Manage budget and expenditure, including making joint decisions around capital and operational priorities, and ensuring compliance with requirements under the Commonwealth’s Governance and Financial legislation and frameworks.
  • Ensure a safe environment for all Park staff and visitors by working to optimise safety management systems and ensure effective management of critical risks, and role-modelling safe work practices.


The successful applicant must:

  • have the ability to obtain a First Aid Certificate,
  • hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers licence (manual) and have ability to drive 4WD vehicles,
  • note that the physical requirements of the role involve a combination of outdoor and office-based work,
  • be able to wear appropriate protective personal equipment and clothing to comply with departmental Work Health &, Safety policies and procedures

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.

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.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 people.

For more information: 
Kate Turner
0438 868 792
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