First listed on: 25 November 2018

Land & Water Projects Officer

The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) is an inclusive organisation that represents Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people, their culture and heritage. The BLCAC provides a unified voice for its members and supports its people’s cultural goals and aspirations.

The BLCAC was appointed as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) from 19 July 2017.  BLCAC has cultural heritage responsibilities under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 over its Registered Aboriginal Party appointed area. 

The BLCAC is actively engaged with those government agencies and water corporations responsible for land, water, and/or natural resources planning and management, and who also have policy obligations to collaborate with Victorian Traditional Owner organisations.


Traditional Owners have cultural, spiritual and economic connections to land, water and resources through their associations and relationship with Country. Traditional Owners have managed land and water sustainably over thousands of generations. These connections are important for Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

As with previous Caring for Country programs, Aboriginal values and traditional ecological knowledge are now being recognised in the water policy, planning, management frameworks (e.g. Water for Victoria).

BLCAC’s Land and Water group has a critical role in ensuring that Bunurong values and traditional ecological knowledge are understood, documented and embedded into future projects and processes for the benefit of the Bunurong community.


This position is a project, programs and policy role that works within the Land and Water team.  The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of a range of professional services across a number of projects and programs, policy and strategy development, and to support broader BLCAC community objectives and outcomes.


Salary range:

$72,800 - $80,600 (subject to demonstrated experience)
+ 9.5% Superannuation

+ Travel/Phone Allowance

Employment type:

1 year contract (but could be extended subject to future funding)


Under supervision from Manager, Land & Water, the Land & Water Projects Officer will:

  • Action deliverables the BLCAC has committed to across a number of externally funded projects.
  • Undertake or oversee Aboriginal water assessments (AWA) and other culturally significant NRM assessments. 
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborative working relationships and professional networks (e.g.  Government Agencies, Water Corporations, Catchment Management Authorities, Aboriginal Water Officers’ and other NRM networks).
  • Represent BLCAC across a range of Government-led programs and working groups including, but not limited to, Integrated Water Management, Healthy Waterways Strategy, Biodiversity, and other land and water related program groups.
  • Coordinate development of a ‘BLCAC land and water planning framework’ and ‘land and water management strategy’.
  • Manage the day to day operations including bookings, quotations, enquiries, client liaison of BLCAC NRM and Sea Ranger Team.
  • Ensure comprehensive implementation of funded projects including monitoring, evaluation and reporting on agreed deliverables.
  • Actively seek funding opportunities.
  • Other non-designated activities from time to time as required (including participating in cultural heritage assessments).

Position specific requirements

  • Victorian Driver’s License is required.
  • This position will require periods of regional travel.
  • This position may require out of hours work that may involve evening or weekend work including occasional overnight travel.


Specialist/Technical Expertise

  • Qualifications and/or experience in natural resource management (including water) is desirable. Other relevant disciplines (e.g. project management, stakeholder engagement, land management, etc) will also be considered.
  • Previous experience working within an Aboriginal Corporation is desirable.

Knowledge and Skills

Project Management

  • Experience in budget preparation, financial management and project scheduling.
  • Provides guidance and support to identify risks and overcome obstacles.
  • Influences key stakeholders to support the project.

Stakeholder Management

  • Identifies and manages a range of complex and often competing needs.
  • Identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses them to build mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Finds innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues.

Analytical Ability

  • Ability to handle high level concepts and complexity.
  • Synthesises information from a range of disparate sources and events.
  • Anticipates potential problems and pre-empts required actions.

Focus to Detail

  • Considers broad issues while observing fine details.
  • Is thorough and able to identify errors and inconsistencies in logic.
  • Maintains consistent quality in all aspects of work.

Commercial Acumen:

  • Actively seeks new business and business development opportunities.
  • Makes linkages between and across the various responsibility areas of the role to identify future opportunities for BLCAC.
  • Operates confidentially when dealing with sensitive BLCAC commercial and cultural sensitivity.

How to Apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are encouraged to apply.

All applications must include:

  • A resume.
  • A cover letter addressing experience and the key selection criteria.

Applications should be emailed to

For enquiries, please contact Rohan Henry, Manager, Land & Waters via (03) 9770 1273.

Applications close: Monday 10 December 2018.

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