Noongar Ranger Program

SWALSC Win Ranger Funding: Job Applications Now Open

SWALSC was recently announced as one of thirteen Aboriginal organisations across the State to share in the first round of funding from the from the WA State government’s five-year $20m Aboriginal ranger program.

The $1.17m in funding SWALSC has secured will pay for the first round of a Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership, which will be delivered by SWALSC via a service contract with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

There are a total of 12 full-time positions currently available on 16-month long fixed-term s.50D contracts. Six of these contracts are for Noongar men and six are for Noongar women. One Noongar man and one Noongar woman will be working on country in each of the six Noongar regions, in DBCA Regional Office locations that have been selected for the high quality of training available at those locations.

Over the 16-month program, the 12 successful candidates will undertake a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, and DBCA’s Fire Fighting Crew Member Course.  Candidates who already have Certificate II qualifications will receive a modified training program to meet their individual training needs.

During their paid training placements, the successful applicants will work in a wide range of land and sea management activities including biodiversity monitoring and research; prescribed burning and bushfire supression and control; fauna and flora protection; cultural site management; feral animal and weed management; construction and maintenance of infrastructure; tourism management; and education programs and mentoring.

The project will increase capacity in the Noongar community to undertake conservation and land management activities on the lands that will come back to Noongar ownership and control, and to undertake joint management of the conservation estate in Noongar Boodja once the South West Native Title Settlement is implemented.

Where are the positions based?

One Noongar man and one Noongar woman will be working on country in each of the six Noongar regions, in DBCA Regional Office locations that have been selected for the high quality of training available at those locations.

  • Albany (Wagyl Kaip / DBCA South Coast Regional Headquarters)
  • Jurien Bay (Yued / DBCA Moora District)
  • Mundaring (Whadjuk / DBCA Perth Hills District)
  • Collie (Gnaala Karla Booja / DBCA Wellington District)
  • Busselton (South West Boojarah / DBCA Blackwood District)
  • Narrogin (Ballardong / DBCA Wheatbelt Regional Headquarters)

Who is eligible to apply?

The positions are only for Noongar people, with preference given to Noongar community members who have a demonstrated ancestral and/or historical connection to the country where the applicants will be working. This connection to country will be assesed during the selection process. Two of the three people on the selection panel assessing the applications and conducting the interviews will be Noongar people.

How to Apply

If you, or one of your family members, wants to apply for one of these mentored training jobs, applications are now open.  All of the information about the positions and the application forms can be downloaded from the links below: 

Job Description Form

Job Application Form

Job Notice

Link to on-line Job Application

Nominations close at midday Monday 7 May 2018, followed by a selection process with interviews to be held in mid to late May 2018, and with work starting late June 2018.