Traditional Owner Engagement Officer

Position Vacant – Indigenous Identified Senior Project Officer

Reef Catchments is seeking either a full time or part time Indigenous Identified Senior Project Officer to develop and maintain communication pathways between Reef Catchments and Traditional Owner groups, working groups, industry, local government and state government.

About Us

Reef Catchments is the Natural Resource Management (NRM) group for the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region with offices situated in Mackay and Proserpine.  We facilitate change and work for long-term solutions to sustain, protect, and improve our region’s natural resources and environment, both now an into the future.

Read more information about Reef Catchments and our activities here.

Our Values

Reef Catchments believes a positive work culture matters and we have created a harmonious workplace culture by putting into practice our core Organisational Values daily. These are:

    • Purposeful
    • Connected
    • Respect
    • Evolve
    • Accountable

Learn more about our vision and values here.


The Role

Reporting to the Coordinator – Conservation and Communities, the Senior Project Officer – Traditional Owner Engagement, will work in partnership with management and employees to integrate opportunities for Traditional Owner involvement and capacity building in existing and future projects. The Officer will be responsible for the implementation of conservation projects within the region that aim to engage the local community, improve the adoption of best conservation practice, and contribute towards improved ecosystem outcomes.

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


Selection criteria


  • Experience in developing and/or implementing Cultural Heritage Management Plans, Indigenous Ranger Programs and/or Caring for Country Plans
  • Project management experience
  • 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
  • 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
  • A clear understanding of cultural protocol, practices and native title
  • Be able to adapt to cultural protocols with the Traditional Owner Groups within the region
  • A clear understanding of indigenous governance integrated into Reef Catchments policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated innovative mindset for continuous improvement
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Current valid Working with Children Check (desirable) or have the ability to obtain a blue card
  • This role provides affords a rewarding professional career and considerable work/life balance opportunities


Key Attributes

  • Positive nature and open positive mindset
  • Outcome driven
  • Always looking for new and improved ways of building mobs capacity and building meaningful relationships
  • Always willing to learn


How you will be assessed

Those wishing to express an interest in the position are required to:

  • Attach your current resume (of no more than 4 pages)
  • Provide a response to the essential requirements 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.

Referees will be contacted to verify the information you provide and to comment on how you demonstrate the attributes being sought (upon successful interview).

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Kira Andrews – Coordinator – Conservation and Communities