Fire Officer

Indigenous Desert Alliance
Regional NT
Full Time
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The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) is a member-organisation that empowers Indigenous rangers managing Australia's Desert Country to realise their social/cultural, environmental and economic aspirations. 

We do this through supporting capacity-building events, activities and projects for rangers and ranger teams; enhancing regional collaboration; and enabling one strong voice for the desert. 


The Fire Officer will be responsible for delivering fire management strategies and operations to the highest and safest standards with a deliberate focus on outcomes.  

The position will work closely with the Strategic Fire Coordinator to: 

  1. Support the regional fire management project activity for fire projects managed by the IDA
  2. Assist with capacity building of Indigenous people and organisations at a local and regional level
  3. Deliver fire management activity and fire management strategy through contractors or employees
  4. Develop resources and deliver presentations
  5. Participate as a member of the IDA Team 

In a bit more detail, the role looks like this…

1. Support the regional fire management project activity for fire projects managed by the IDA;

  • Participate in planning and regional consultations with project partners, traditional owners and other relevant stakeholders to produce and refine a regional fire management strategy for the project area;
  • Collate, analyse and interpret remote sensing and GIS data to identify strategic fire management requirements, options and initiatives;
  • Work within a framework and strategies to achieve those goals and to address capacity gaps of partners and Indigenous land management organisations to undertake fire management work;
  • Participate in an annual review process so that changing priorities can be identified and responded to; and
  • Contribute to the development and use of an appropriate monitoring framework to assess the impact of the project’s activities.

2. Assist with capacity building of Indigenous people and organisations at a local and regional level.

  • Promote sharing of standard operating procedures, regulatory compliance procedures or other resources between groups; and
  • Effectively liaise with stakeholder agencies as directed and organisations at local, regional levels as directed.

3. Deliver fire management activities and regional fire management strategies through contractors or employees

  • Coordinate the effective, efficient, safe and legal implementation of fire-management by contractors or employees across the project area, as directed; and
  • Integrate Indigenous fire management practices and contemporary fire management techniques as required.

4. Develop Resources and Deliver Presentations

  • Assist in developing appropriate training resources;
  • Support mechanisms to develop fire management skills, experience and capacity among traditional owners and Indigenous ranger groups;
  • Deliver presentations and represent the project at meetings and regional forums as required; and
  • Input into the development of materials that raise awareness of Indigenous fire management, climate change and carbon abatement/sequestration in a cross-cultural context to increase traditional owner participation in fire management policy and initiatives.

5. Participate as a member of the IDA team: 

  • Incorporate “IDA - Our Way of Working” into your daily work practices
  • Deliver a professional, proactive, accurate, efficient, confidential and member/partner-focused service to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Comply with all IDA policies, codes and procedures.
  • Adhere to the IDA’s workplace health and safety policies and procedures
  • Contribute to the IDA’s operational planning, review processes and other meetings relevant to IDA and your role as directed
  • Participate in performance reviews and professional development
  • Other duties as directed by the IDA Management Team


To succeed in this role, you will need to be:

  • Passionate about working with and for Indigenous people to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Highly respectful of Indigenous people, culture and their commitment to looking after Country
  • An excellent communicator
  • People-oriented and empathetic
  • Self-reliant with high levels of honesty and integrity
  • Willingness to work respectfully and in partnership with Indigenous people

You will need the following Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • Relevant qualifications in the Indigenous conservation and land management sector, community development, or experience in relevant projects
  • Ability to build relationships and work as part of a team in a cross-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel remotely interest in or some experience in implementing cultural and conservation burning programs

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Demonstrably positive experiences working with Indigenous people and their organisations in remote desert communities or similar
  • Indigenous land management knowledge
  • Sound written communication skills
  • Good understanding of remote Indigenous social, cultural and economic context. 

How to apply:

If this sounds like a role you would like to take on, please send us a cover letter (2-page max) addressing the job requirements telling us why you think you're the right person for the job and what your approach would be. Please also send your resume to let us know a bit more about you and what you've done.

Please have your application in by 5 pm AWST Friday, 21st of January 2022 to: [email protected]

If you have any queries, please also contact: [email protected]

Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for this role.

18 Month Contract (Possibility to extend subject to funding)

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