EMPLOYMENT

 

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About the Organisation

Desert Support Services (DSS) provides a range of services that are geared towards supporting Aboriginal Corporations to achieve a sustainable and independent future through building independence and sustainability.  Over a number of years we have developed outstanding land management projects and partnerships across the Central Desert region that empower traditional owners to manage their lands and achieve their objectives for people, country and culture.  

DSS forms part of the Central Desert Group (CDG) of companies that also include Central Desert Native Title Services and Rockhole Funds Management.  Each company is separately incorporated and operates independently, but work closely together where there are clients and interests in common.

CDG shares a vision that the people of the Central Desert are using their traditional lands to fulfil their highest social, cultural and economic aspirations and the values that drive our behaviour:

  • Community focused
  • Innovative and adaptive
  • Professional
  • Collaborative
  • Goal oriented

Advertised Roles

Wiluna Ranger Team Coordinator (1807)

*Application Submission Time Extended*

DSS provides high quality project development, management and implementation support to community based organisations in the Central Desert region in the areas of land management, community development and partnership brokerage. We are committed to supporting community based organisations to manage their programs and part of your role will be equipping Wiluna traditional owners with the capacity to manage the land management program over time. 

DSS facilitates and manages the highly successful Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), the Wiluna Martu Ranger Program in partnership with Northern Star Resources Jundee mine (see video here) and other associated Wiluna land management projects, under the direction of the Wiluna native title holders (see Facebook page here for more detail). We have also just received funding to set up a new part-time Ranger Team for the Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara IPA and a Martu Women in Science project which will complement the existing IPA and Wiluna Martu Ranger programs.

The Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara IPA Country Management Plan sets out a strategic framework for the use and management of the IPA and surrounding Wiluna country. 

The plan is available on our website:

Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara IPA Country Management Plan

This document, along with the Wiluna Martu Ranger Program MoU and the Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara IPA Aboriginal Ranger Project contract, will guide the operational objectives of the roles.

The successful applicant will be required to travel and work remotely in the field for extended periods of time during the field season (e.g. 2-3 weeks per month, March to December). We are looking for a committed person to work with Wiluna traditional owners and other partners to achieve outstanding results.  Experience working with the mining and resource sector is essential.

Find out more about Wiluna and related projects by following the links in our website and our Facebook page here.

Wiluna Ranger Team Coordinator Duty Statement and Selection Criteria

How do you apply?

Simply:

  1. Complete a Cover Letter clearly addressing your ability to perform the duties outlined under the selection criteria; 
  2. Ensure that you clearly define which selection criteria point you are addressing within your Cover Letter*;
  3. Submit an up-to-date Resume;
  4. Submit your Resume and Cover Letter in PDF format by following the requirements of the Application Form below; and
  5. Clearly state which position you are applying for.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Monday 25th June 2018; 4.30 pm (WST)**.

*Applications that do not include a completed Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

**Late applications will not be accepted.

 

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About the Indigenous Desert Alliance

See http://indigenousdesertalliance.com/

The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) commenced in 2014 as an informal network of Indigenous land management organisations, aiming to connect Indigenous rangers who are working on desert country throughout Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory to support cultural, environmental and social outcomes.

As a collective, the IDA is committed to:

  1. Enabling rangers to speak with one strong voice for the desert;
  2. Supporting capacity building for desert ranger teams;
  3. Enhancing regional project collaboration; and 
  4. Inspiring other desert groups to create strong ranger teams.

To fulfil these commitments, the IDA currently coordinates and hosts a number of forums:

  • An annual three-day IDA Forum.  This forum is attended by Indigenous Ranger teams from across NT, WA and SA.  At these well attended forums the IDA focuses on developing the alliance, discussing matters of regional importance, sharing information and regional project development and management;
  • An annual Southern Desert Ranger Forum which is aimed at bringing ranger teams together to build relationships, share information, enhance skills and set priorities for regional collaboration (see here, for example); and
  • A biennial Threatened Species Forum which is aimed at bringing ranger teams with an interest in particular threatened species together to share information on the protection of threatened species (see here, for example).

In addition, the IDA supports project-working groups to meet regularly during the year in order to maintain strong collaboration on regional projects.

The IDA has strong linkages with the BHP Billiton Foundation funded Ten Deserts Project (see https://tendeserts.org/).  This project will provide foundational support for the operations of the IDA over the next 5 years.  

For the past three years, DSS has provided part-time coordination services to support the IDA.  Over this time the membership and business of the IDA has grown to stage where it can now become an independent entity and employ its own staff.  The work to incorporate the IDA and to appoint its inaugural board is underway and expected to be finalised in 2018.

The successful applicant will initially be employed by DSS and transition to the IDA upon its incorporation.

Positions Advertised

IDA Executive Officer (1810)

Full-Time Maximum Term – 24 Months with possibility of extension

Based in Alice Springs.

Click here for the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria for this position.

IDA Coordinator (1811)

Full-Time Maximum Term – 24 Months with possibility of extension

Based in Alice Springs (preferred) or East Perth Office.

Click here for the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria for this position.

How do you apply?

  • Download the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria document located above.
  • Complete a Cover Letter expressing your interest and suitability for the advertised position.
  • Complete a written response clearly addressing all the areas outlined under the Selection Criteria. This includes the essential and desirable qualifications, skills and experience*
  • Submit your Resume and Cover Letter with the Selection Criteria attached in PDF format to the Application Form below.
  • Follow the prompts as directed.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Friday 6th July 2018, 4.30pm (WST)**

*Applications that do not include a completed Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

**Late applications will not be accepted.

 

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Regional Fire Management Officer (1812)

Full-Time Maximum Term – until December 2022

Located in East Perth, Desert Support Services Pty Ltd (DSS - part of the Central Desert Group) is committed to assisting traditional owners and their representative bodies to use their traditional lands to fulfil their social, cultural and economic aspirations to achieve a sustainable and independent future.

This is an exciting position within the 10 Deserts Project (10DP) responsible for implementing and managing the regional fire management activity.

The 10DP is an Indigenous led partnership which aims to build environmental resilience, improve Indigenous well-being and create a strong Indigenous voice for Australia’s deserts.  It will do this by building the capacity of Indigenous people and organisations to look after their country through a range of regional and local project activities.

More information about the project can be found atwww.tendeserts.org

The regional fire management officer will develop strategies, planning processes and implement creative solutions to address the lightning fire regime which is a common threat to desert ecosystems.

The person we are seeking will be suitably qualified or have significant experience of fire management in the desert, be able to build strong collaborations amongst partners and stakeholders as well as have a background and commitment to working with traditional owners in remote desert communities.

This position will be part of a small project management team headed up by the General Manager - Ten Deserts Project.  This position will be based in East Perth and initially be located within DSS who is managing the 10DP but will eventually transition to Indigenous Desert Alliance http://indigenousdesertalliance.com/

For further information on this position contact:

In relation to the application process the HR Officer on 9425 2099 or details related to the role Peter See on 0419 732 970.

Click here for the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria.

How do you apply?

  • Download the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria document located above.
  • Complete a Cover Letter expressing your interest and suitability for the advertised position.
  • Complete a written response clearly addressing all the areas outlined under the Selection Criteria. This includes the essential and desirable qualifications, skills and experience*
  • Submit your Resume and Cover Letter with the Selection Criteria attached in PDF format to the Application Form below.
  • Follow the prompts as directed.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Monday 9th July 2018, 5.00pm (WST)**

*Applications that do not include a completed Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

**Late applications will not be accepted.

 

Additional Information

How to Address Selection Criteria - Click Here for Information provided by Work for SA

For more information contact the HR Officer on 9425 2099

For further employment opportunities within the Central Desert Group visit The Central Desert Website

 

Expression of Interest - Casual Employment Pool

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Desert Support Services (DSS) is establishing a casual employment pool where suitable applicants can apply to work for our industry-leading organisation. We use recruitment pools to develop groups of people who we feel are suited to assist in casual roles on an as needs basis plus they may be suited to future positions within Desert Support Services.

When applicants lodge their interest for consideration in the casual employment pool, their application is passed on to our Senior Management Team for assessment. Applicants who we believe have the necessary qualification/s, experience and skillsets that match casual opportunities will be contacted for interview for the casual employment pool.

When applicants are part of a pool, we can offer them casual vacancies that come up if their qualifications, experience and skillsets match the opportunity available.

A pool will generally continue for a twelve (12) month period. If you are in a pool you may be offered an opportunity within the relevant time period, however your appointment to a position is not guaranteed.

Everyone who receives an interview is advised in writing of the outcome of their application. You will be advised that you have been:

  • recommended for the casual employment pool; or
  • unsuccessful in your application.

If you would like your application to remain in the casual employment pool after twelve (12) months please ensure you reapply with an updated application.

Applicants wishing to apply to the casual employment pool should read the following forms:

Casual Employment Pool Information Sheet

Employment Position Description(s):

None Currently Advertised

Applicants wishing to apply to the casual employment pool should complete the following forms:

DSS Employment EOI Form

How to lodge your expression of interest:

  1. Complete the details requested under the ‘Application Form’ template below.
  2. Upload your Resume in PDF format.
  3. Upload your completed DSS Employment EOI form under the ‘Upload Cover Letter’ section below.
  4. Press Submit.

Due to the large number of applicants we anticipate to receive we are unable to reply to every candidate who lodges an expression of interest. However, if an opportunity is identified and you possess the necessary skills and qualifications for the role a member of our team will be in contact with you.

DSS embraces diversity and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, young people and people with disabilities.