Noongar Ranger Program

Background from Round One

In February 2018, SWALSC was 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 secured from this grant program paid for the first round of a Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership, which is being delivered by SWALSC via a service contract with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

12 full-time positions on 16-month long fixed-term s.50D contracts were advertised for six Noongar men and six Noongar women, with one Noongar man and one Noongar woman working on country in each of the six Noongar regions, in DBCA Regional Office location selected for the high quality of training available at those locations.

After a competitive selection process, overseen by a majority Noongar selection panel, 12 Noongar people were employed to into these positions. Over the 16-month program, these 12 successful candidates undertook a Certificate II and/or III in Conservation and Land Management and DBCA’s Fire Fighting Crew Member Course.  Successful candidates who already had Certificate II or III qualifications received a modified training program to meet their individual training needs.

During their paid training placements, the Noongar Trainee Rangers worked in a wide range of land and sea management activities including biodiversity monitoring and research; prescribed burning and bushfire suppression 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.

Background for Round Two

In September 2019, SWALSC was announced as one of the successful applicants for second round funding from the State's Aboriginal Ranger Program, with an additional offer of $1.32m in funding.

This funding will allow SWALSC to continue the paid training partnership with the DBCA that has created 12 full-time paid traineeships for Noongar people delivered from six locations across Noongar Boodja for a further 16 months.

Six of the Trainees from Round 1 of the program will stay on into Round 2 to continue their training up to Certificate IV level, and the remaining six vacancies created by trainees who have left the program to take on other work or pursue other interests will be filled through a competitive recruitment process.

The six vacancies currently available for Round 2 are based in the following work locations:

  • 2 vacancies in Albany;

  • 2 vacancies in Collie;

  • 1 vacancy in Mundaring (Perth Hills); and

  • 1 vacancy in Narrogin.

How Can I Apply for One of the Six Vacancies?

You need to submit these three things in your application:

  1. A resume that shows all of your work and life experiences, including what type of work you can do. Please indicate your preferred location.

  2. A written statement of no more than two (2) pages, describing how you meet the requirements of the first four (4) selection criteria. (The four selection criteria are listed below.)

  3. A completed Application Form. (Click here for the Job Application Kit which includes the Application Form.)

First Four Selection Criteria

In a total of no more than two (2) pages, explain in writing how you meet all of these four selection criteria in a way that describes why you would be a good person for the job. Use of headings and examples of your person experiences is encouraged.

  1. These positions are employment and training opportunities for Noongar people with a preference given to people who are connected to the Agreement Group Area where the position is located. Ability to live in or around locations is preferred.

  2. Interest or experience in working on country and ability to participate in manual activities related to conservation and recreation management; including maintenance and construction of visitor facilities, flora and fauna protection and fire suppression and control.

  3. Ability and willingness to work towards nationally recognised units of competency in Conservation and Land Management and fire operations.

  4. Evidence of ability to liaise and interact in a positive manner. Have good communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively in a team.

Click here for the link to the online application process.

Applications can also be handed in person at the following office locations:

DBCA Kensington (Head Office)  17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington 6151

DBCA Mundaring  275 Allen Road, Mundaring 6073

DBCA Albany  120 Albany Highway, Albany 6330

DBCA Manjimup  Brain Street, Manjimup 6258

DBCA Collie  147 Wittenoom Street, Collie 6225

DBCA Narrogin  7 Wald Street, Narrogin 6312

Applications close 12 noon, Tuesday, 8 October 2019.

Where are the 12 positions based?

This project is increasing 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.

Six Noongar men and six 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)