Indigenous Land Management
Indigenous land management is a broad area of work which covers those working for Indigenous communities, Indigenous business enterprises, and government and non-government agencies who manage sites and places of natural and cultural significance.
Areas of work include: managing country, working with indigenous communities, managing introduced pests and diseases, supporting community education and interpretation, assisting with policy and planning, responding to emergencies, overseeing commercial, recreational and scientific activities, management of properties and structures, supporting and overseeing tourism activities, supporting indigenous heritage and involvement in land management.
|Level||Job Role||Recommended Qualification|
|Level 2||Community Field Officer||Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management (Indigenous Land Management)|
|Level 3||Community Ranger||Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management (indigenous Land Management)|
|Level 4||Supervisor||Certificate IV in Conservation & Land Management (Indigenous Land Managment)|
|Level 5||Manager||Diploma of Conservation & Land Management (Indigenous Land Management)|
The work undertaken by a level 2 community field officer is partly supervised and may require some or all of the following tasks to be performed:
- Undertaking maintenance and construction work such as fencing, paths and walking trails, and simple retaining walls. This may also include repairing buildings and structures and checking whether they are safe.
- Operating a range of machinery and equipment which could include tractors, 4x4 vehicles, vehicles, and chainsaws.
- Working with plants and animals such as observing and report on wildlife, trapping and releasing animals, and undertaking revegetation works.
- Maintaining cultural sites and places, and recording information about country.
- Safely using chemicals to treat weeds and pests is often required at this level.
- Working in remote and isolated areas, not just on land but also on water where skills may be required to operate a small boat. This requires map reading and radio communication skills.
- Sometimes field officers will be required to assist and provide site information to tourists or work as a guide to groups of visitors.
- Assisting with fire prevention, fire fighting and cleaning up activities.
A community ranger is a skilled worker who can work effectively on their own or as part of a team and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Maintain sites and facilities including natural and cultural resource areas, aquatic environments, and recreational zones. This can include building and structure maintenance to weed and pest control.
- Work with animals including responding to wildlife emergencies and maintaining habitats for animals.
- Supervise community construction and maintenance activities especially those involving volunteer or work experience people.
- Interacting with tourists by providing them with information on Indigenous culture, monitoring recreational activities, presenting interpretive programs and responding to rescue incidents.
- Operating in an indigenous organisation and observing cultural protocols, values and customs
- Undertaking of fire prevention, fire fighting and cleaning up activities.
A supervisor will usually be responsible for a team of workers and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Daily supervision of staff and their maintenance and construction activities with responsibility for their safety and work performance. This will also include on-job training of staff.
- Monitoring of plants and animals, community facilities and visitor activities and reporting threats and problems to management.
- Recognising and protecting places of natural and cultural significance.
- Consulting with the community and recording and documenting community history.
- Operating within the community or agency's budget, legislation and policies.
- Liaising with and providing information to the media, community and special interest groups.
- Planning, scheduling, costing and organising activities such as project work or tourism activities.
A manager will usually be responsible for operational management of community or agency land and its staff and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Overall management responsibility for projects and programs on behalf of the community or agency including managing business operations and human resources.
- Preparing and monitoring budgets and financial reports.
- Manage projects and programs such as restoration of bushland, reduction of wildfire hazards and controlling weed, pest and disease infestations.
- Preparing and submitting reports, estimates and proposals for projects.
- Implementing appropriate cultural practices in the workplace
- Developing strategies for Indigenous land or sea management and for conservation of cultural resources.
- Managing community business enterprises and its integration with culture and country.