Project Officer – Biodiversity (Indigenous Identified)

Position description

Title:                 Project Officer – Biodiversity (Indigenous Identified)
Tenure:             Part Time (30.40 hrs p/w) or Full Time Position until 30 June 2022 (with possibility of ext.)
Base Salary:     $65,000 to $80,000
Location:          Mackay
Reports to:       Project Coordinator – Coasts & Biodiversity

Reef Catchments is a regional community not-for-profit business focused on enhanced use and management of natural resources (land, water, vegetation and ecosystem health) while maintaining a viable regional community.

More information about Reef Catchments and its activities

Reef Catchments is currently seeking a Project Officer – Biodiversity (Indigenous Identified) with experience in the Natural Resource Management Industry.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer and this position will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. The possible recruitment of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD).

We are seeking someone who is highly motivated, has a strong commitment to safety and can work well in a team environment.

The Role
Join a dynamic and versatile team to support coastal and biodiversity Natural Resource Management (NRM) projects and outcomes in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with partners and stakeholders in the prioritisation, planning and implementation of on ground outcomes for the coastal and island locations across the region. The project provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing our coast and island areas.

This is a highly varied role, requiring an energetic and passionate individual. We are looking for a team player with a positive and engaging personality.

In return, we offer a flexible and positive work environment, with excellent conditions, and an opportunity to enhance and build your skills in multiple areas.

Tenure is Part Time (30.40 hrs per week) or Full Time Position until 30 June 2022 (with possibility of extension). Please specify preference in your application Cover letter.

Key Responsibilities for the position
The Project Officer – Biodiversity will:

  • Support the Coasts & Biodiversity Team to develop and implement the regional coasts program focused on improving coastal, wetland and island management practices and community engagement to achieve improved ecosystem outcomes.
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of priority projects for the improvement of ecological function and condition of Threatened Ecological Communities with Traditional Owners, farmers, working groups, industry, local government, state government, landholders and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and programs.
  • Collect, coordinate, and manage data, and spatial mapping to monitor and report on implementation and improvements through Threatened Ecological Communities projects.

Selection Criteria – (to be addressed within your application)


  • Project management experience, with a focus on natural resource projects, including responsibility for site assessments, operational planning, works supervision, budget management, stakeholder management, monitoring, and evaluation and reporting.
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of:
    • coastal and/or island habitats and restoration
  • Building and maintaining productive partnerships in the development and delivery of projects, with a focus on Traditional Owners, farmers, community groups and government agencies.
  • Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with influence, to a diverse client base including landholders, industry groups, government and contractors.
  • Current manual Driver’s Licence.


  • A deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples, particularly around procurement, workforce, and community engagement.
  • Prior experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Experience in developing and/or implementing Cultural Heritage Management Plans and/or Caring for Country Plans.

How you will be assessed
Those wishing to express an interest in the position are required to:

  1. Attach your current resume (of no more than 4 pages) including names and contact details of at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your work;
  2. Provide a response to the questions listed under Selection Criteria, outlining your skills and attributes and suitability for the position. Your response should be no more than 3 pages;

The selection panel will assess your ability to perform the work required of the position based on your response and resume and other selection processes which may include an interview and/or work test.

Referees will be contacted to verify the information you provide and to comment on how you demonstrate the attributes being sought.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:
Human Resources
Phone: (07) 4968 4222 or email

Please submit your application and selection criteria via Seek by close of business, Wednesday 5 May 2021.