About the role
~ A unique opportunity to help shape the future of private sector conservation in Australia ~
An exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in conservation engagement in the wild and remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. This role requires excellent communication and relevant ecological experience in Australia. If you are looking to join the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) team and help us deliver our mission of the effective conservation of all Australian animal species and the habitats in which they live, then read on.
AWC is the largest private (non-profit) owner/manager of land for conservation in Australia. AWC now owns, manages or works in partnership across 30 locations, spanning more than 6.5 million hectares, in some of the most important areas for biodiversity in Australia. Over 4.5 million hectares of this are sanctuaries and partnership areas in the Kimberley. We are seeking an exceptional, highly motivated, engaging and professional Kimberley Interpretations Guide to join our ecology guiding team at Mornington and Charnley River Wildlife Sanctuaries in the delivery of outstanding visitor experiences. This role involves running guided visitor programs on AWC sanctuaries, communicating AWC’s conservation work and the ecology of Kimberley ecosystems. Opportunities to assist AWC’s science and land management teams may also arise from time-to-time.
Reporting to the Senior Kimberley Interpretations Guide and Events Project Manager, you will work as part of a team communicating AWC’s conservation science and land management programs to public visitors and AWC supporters.
To succeed in this role, you will require:
- A passion for the conservation of Australia’s wildlife and habitats.
- A highly engaging, friendly, intelligent and confident personality.
- Outstanding communication skills – the ability to clearly convey AWC’s mission and inspire support for that mission amongst a wide variety of stakeholders.
- The confidence to lead and deliver an exceptional and thoughtful visitor experience (e.g. including bird watching and kayaking tours)
- Exceptional interpersonal skills including a demonstrated ability to:
- Work effectively as part of a small team or, as required, independently;
- Engage with high net worth individuals, the general public and/or government officials;
- Support other staff in the delivery of events.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritise and execute a large number of tasks in an efficient manner.
- A strong work ethic including a willingness to work long hours and weekends as required.
- An ability to work under pressure and a willingness to adapt.
- A good level of fitness, including competent swimming ability. The role involves physical activities including lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling loads, bending, climbing.
- Confidence driving a variety of vehicles.
- Flexibility in work hours is required to meet operational requirements of the role.
- Basic accommodation on AWC sanctuaries is provided (predominantly on-site at Mornington and Charnley River Wildlife Sanctuaries).
- Regular travel between AWC’s Charnley and Mornington Wildlife Sanctuaries.
- A willingness to work and live in a remote location.
- The ability to work and live in extreme weather conditions (hot, humid, dry, wet).
Licenses and Certificates:
- A degree in ecology (or equivalent) is essential. Honours is desirable.
- Extensive natural history guiding experience is desirable.
- Public speaking experience and ability to engage with a wide range of people.
- A current valid Australian (or recognized international license) manual driver’s license, with experience in 4WD/off-road conditions is essential. A light rigid license is also required; training/licensing will be provided to successful candidates.
- Current first aid certificate (essential), senior and/or remote first aid (desirable).
- WA or nationally accredited current RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate (desirable).
- National police clearance certificate
This role is a 6 month contract. The remuneration offer includes, in addition to salary, basic accommodation.
Please see below for a detailed position description or visit our Careers Page.
About the organisation
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife at 30 sanctuaries in which we own or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.
AWC’s mission- to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats- is achieved by:
- Operations- delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management.
- Science- delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.
- Fundraising- mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this job listing.
Please quote in application: Kimberley Interpretations Guide via Pro Bono Australia.