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The Firesticks Alliance is an Indigenous not for profit organisation that provides leadership, advocacy & action to protect, conserve & enhance cultural & natural values of people and Country through cultural fire & land management practices. Firesticks values & respects country, local knowledge, protocols of Elders and ancestors & are committed to providing a supportive Indigenous led network that fosters a community of practice to maintain & share Cultural fire knowledge & practice on Country.
The role of the Associate Fire Practitioner is to support Indigenous communities to conduct Indigenous led cultural fire management on country, provide support to the Firesticks community and grow a network of professional cultural fire practitioners, mentors and trainers. CORE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES ● Cultural Knowledge and compliance ● Support the Regional Coordinator to work with local Aboriginal communities in increasing capacity to utilise cultural fire management practices ● Support the Regional Coordinator and local Indigenous communities to implement programs, projects or initiatives that promote landscape and cultural fire management across all land tenures. ● Support the Regional Coordinator and local Indigenous communities to ensure that work is Indigenous led, including working across different land tenures and with diverse stakeholders and valuing the importance of communicating with different audiences. ● Contribute to the production of communications materials and educational resources that supports Firesticks’ initiatives. ● Working with the Regional Coordinator and Program Manager facilitate as appropriate Intellectual property agreements with Aboriginal communities’ individuals and organisations. WHS & Equipment ● Responsible for ensuring compliance with WHS requirements under the WHS Act ● Ensure practices are compliant with WHS requirements under the WHS Act ● Ensure protocols are in place, and follow those protocols, in managing risks, hazards, incidents or illness ● Ability to operate or rapidly acquire the ability to operate a 4WD ● Ability to maintain equipment and maintenance register ● Fire Management ● Support the Lead Fire Practitioner and Indigenous community knowledge holders and practitioners to practice fire management on country to achieve the desired project outcomes ● Support Indigenous communities to conduct Indigenous led cultural fire management on country, provide support to the Firesticks community and grow a network of professional cultural fire practitioners, mentors and trainers Planning and implementation of cultural continuance and practice of cultural fire management on country in compliance with Indigenous community protocol, Firesticks and other relevant policies and procedures, including risk management and WHS. ● Support the planning and implementation of cultural continuance and practice of cultural fire management on country in compliance with Indigenous community protocol, Firesticks and other relevant policies and procedures, including risk management and WHS. Education, Mentoring and Training ● Engage with the wider Firesticks community to support training and mentorship opportunities ● Support engagement with agencies and other organisations engaged in fire management to support the resourcing and increase of cultural fire on-country ● Represent Firesticks, its programs and values appropriately to a variety of stakeholders and partners ● Support Firesticks to deliver cultural fire mentoring, training and certification programs on-country and build a network of professional cultural fire practitioners Reporting ● Support regular IMPACT reporting using a variety of multi-media and scientific tools
This is an identified position that requires a person to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage The best fit for this role is somebody who has: ● Experience in or willingness to acquire skills and knowledge at working in Indigenous cultural frameworks ● On-ground, practical experience in or demonstrated willingness to acquire skills and knowledge in Indigenous cultural fire management &/or related cultural & natural resource management ● Experience in or willingness to acquire skills and knowledge in engaging and working with Aboriginal peoples/communities on sensitive environmental and cultural issues ● Experience in or willingness to acquire skills and knowledge in supporting development and delivery of culturally appropriate projects with Indigenous people ● Demonstrated experience or willingness to acquire skills and knowledge in project delivery, including ability to support delivery of projects within allocated budgets ● Demonstrated ability to support the management of multiple tasks and deliver outputs within specified timeframes ● Ability to be supervised remotely and work autonomously ● Ability to complete tasks ● Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team ● Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Firesticks, with a track record of working with communities and individuals to create positive impact
This is a Fixed Term contract to 30 June 2024 with the Firesticks Alliance. Base Salary is $60,900 per annum plus superannuation and allowances. This is a full-time employment contract (5 days/per week) on a fixed term contract until 30 June 2024, ideally commencing ASAP. To successfully fulfil their job requirements, the successful candidate will be sometimes required to travel within Australia and work outside normal work hours.
This is a remote based opportunity, we will consider applicants who are located in TAS. HOW TO APPLY: To apply for this role, please submit a CV and a separate Cover letter detailing your suitability for the role via this link and indicated the region you are applying for.