Cultural Burning Officer (Designated Indigenous Position)
Location: Negotiable in the Port Phillip area
Salary: $90,067 to $102,192 + super.
Position number: 50944256
Work with Traditional Owners on self-determined priorities to support the appointment, planning and delivery of Traditional Burns in the Port Phillip area, ensuring they occur within the process designated by the Traditional Owner (the applicable) and the Joint Fuel Management Program (JFMP).
The Cultural Burning Officer will support First Nations groups in their aspirations for cultural fire and stewardship of the country. These aspirations may include cultural burning or other land management activities determined by local First Nations groups. The role will work on the appointment, planning and delivery of cultural burns in the region, through the Traditional Owner and Joint Fuel Management Program (JFMP) processes and assist in the delivery of cultural burns as required .
The role will work within the Port Phillip area fuel management team and be the primary interface with local First Nations groups on issues related to operational fire and forest management. This position will work closely with the region’s Indigenous Partnership and Cultural Heritage teams to ensure a cohesive approach to engagement with First Nations groups and to support the region’s cultural learning network and implementation. implementation of the Pupangarli Marnmarnepu local action plan.
Cultural Burning Officers from each of the regions, including this position, support each other and work together in a virtual team to navigate the evolving space of self-determination in Victoria. The Cultural Burning Officer will also have the opportunity to join various groups while working in the Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning (DELWP) including the Indigenous Staff Network, the Port Phillip Area First Wardens and many more.
- An appropriate qualification in science, natural resource management or equivalent experience would be desirable, but is not required.
- Knowledge and understanding of land and fire management in Victoria, including working knowledge of fire planning processes.
- Good knowledge of Victorian Traditional Owner groups, as well as Victorian Traditional Owner cultural fire strategy.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with Indigenous peoples and ability to communicate sensitively on cultural safety issues.
This is a term position available until June 30, 2024. The location of this position is negotiable in the Port Phillip area.
To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing their skills and relevant experience.
For more information, please refer to the attached job description.
Applications close at midnight on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Other relevant information:
For this particular vacancy, priority applies to the Victorian Public Service (VPS) and certain Victorian Public Sector employees who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) job board platform ).
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a declaration and consent form and a national police check.
This the post is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under the Special Measures Section 12 of the Equal Opportunities Act 2010. Aboriginal confirmation will be required for appointment to this position. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people can apply.
We recognize the important responsibility to enable self-determination, to be accountable to traditional owners and to provide opportunities to strengthen the connection of First Peoples to the country. We are committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued, and able to celebrate their culture and their spiritual and belief systems.
For general information on Indigenous employment at DELWP, please contact [email protected].