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Regional Rural Enterprise Officer

Job No: 73833
Location: Alice Springs

  • Assist Aboriginal people to carry out sustainable commercial activity on their land with an innovative land council in central Australia!
  • Enjoy an attractive remuneration range of $67,058 - $83,199 PLUS super, PLUS salary sacrifice options PLUS remote area allowance!
  • Relocation assistance and fully furnished subsidised housing for your first 4 months in the role!
  • Full time role with flexible working hours, enjoy great work-life balance!

About the Organisation

The Central Land Council (CLC) is a Commonwealth Government statutory authority covering the entire southern half of the Northern Territory - an area of 776,549 square kilometres. The Council consists of 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities in the southern half of the Northern Territory. More than 200 people work at the CLC and at least half of its employees are Aboriginal.

The Central Land Council provides a number of services for the benefit of traditional owners and other Aboriginal residents of the CLC region, including:

  • Providing a strong voice for the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.
  • Helping Aboriginal people get back country.
  • Helping Aboriginal people manage their land.
  • Consulting with landowners on mining activity, employment, development and other land use proposals.
  • Protecting Aboriginal culture and sacred sites.
  • Assisting with economic projects on Aboriginal land.
  • Promoting community development and improving service delivery.
  • Fighting for legal recognition of Aboriginal people's rights.
  • Helping resolve land disputes, native title claims and compensation cases.
  • Running the permit system for visitors to Aboriginal land.  

About the Opportunity

The Central Land Council has an opportunity for a Regional Rural Enterprise Officer to join their social team in a full time capacity, based in Alice Springs. 

Reporting to the Manager – Land Management and working with the Coordinator for Employment and Enterprise, you will assist Aboriginal people to carry out sustainable commercial activities on their land by providing practical support to the pastoral and the other rural enterprise planning, development and management. 

Your responsibilities in this varied role will include:

  • Undertaking consultations with traditional landowners to represent their interests to relevant agencies and stakeholders;
  • Liaising with government and non-government agencies on matters relating to rural enterprise development;
  • Providing technical and practical assistance particularly relating to livestock management and infrastructure;
  • Facilitating access to strategic, financial and business planning experts and consultants to develop skillsets and knowledge for Aboriginal owners;
  • Providing advocacy and advice in the preparation of submissions and funding proposals;
  • Developing inspection programs for licensing and compliance requirements; and
  • Organising awareness raising initiatives to enhance understanding in the areas of land management and animal welfare.

The successful candidate will hold relevant tertiary qualifications or certificates in the areas of rural science or business as well as extensive practical experience in the development of commercial activities in remote areas. 

Liaising with traditional owners, comprehensive knowledge of Aboriginal society and culture as well as an understanding of issues facing indigenous communities is a must for this role. In addition, you'll need good interpersonal communication skills and an enthusiastic approach to help drive active community engagement and on-the-ground outcomes. 

Importantly, you'll need to be able to provide practical advice to landowners in the planning and implementing of rural enterprise projects and be able to identify their needs for funding and resource requirements. You'll need demonstrated experience with budgeting, record keeping and professional written communications including reports, field assessments and submissions as required. 

Sound computer literacy skills are required. 

You'll need a reasonable degree of physical fitness, a current drivers license with four-wheel driving experience as well as the ability to drive long distances and conduct extended field work involving traditional land owners, staff, and others.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a devoted land council, helping traditional land owners and live and work in a stunning remote area location. You'll have the chance to work with culturally diverse stakeholders and truly make a difference to the local communities. 

Central Land Council are dedicated to delivering ongoing professional development and career progression for their people. You'll have the opportunity to undertake ongoing learning opportunities to further grow your specialisation in this exciting and very important industry. 

In return for your hard work and dedication, you'll be rewarded with an attractive salary range of $67,058 - $83,199 plus super, salary sacrifice options, remote area allowance and subsidised, fully furnished accommodation for the first 4 months!

Most importantly, this role will allow you to work in a diverse environment where you have the potential to affect real change. 

You will also get to travel across the region, giving you the chance to see the beautiful areas overseen by the CLC. 

If you're interested in joining an innovative Land Council in Australia and want to make a real difference - Apply Now!

Please note, applications for this role close on January 15th, 2016 at 5pm AEST.

Central Land Council are also recruiting for the following positions: Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Coordinator, Electronic Document & Records Management Systems Officer, and a Mapping Team Leader. If you're interested in applying for any of these roles, click the title of the position to be re-directed to it's online application form.

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