Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to protecting nature in Victoria. Our vision is that Victoria’s most threatened native plants and wildlife are protected for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with private landholders, government, organisations, Traditional Owners and businesses to help restore, protect and manage biodiversity on private land.
Our team is made up of passionate people who work with communities throughout Victoria and take practical action to care for and nurture nature. Together, we can make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment, would you like to join us?
The North West Area Manager’s role is one of leadership and coordination across the North West Area, which covers the North Central and Mallee catchment management regions. The position requires the cultivation of active relationships with new and existing funding partners to leverage funding opportunities and expand delivery of state-wide corporate and conservation goals and to oversee the delivery of conservation and corporate programs.
The key responsibilities of this role include:
- Lead the Area Team including staff, volunteers and contractors providing guidance, motivation and direction ensuring a productive and safe workplace
- Accountability for timely quality delivery of the Area’s Stewardship program, Covenanting program, Reserve Management program and all conservation projects, within budget
- Financial administration including accountability for the annual area workforce budget, and overseeing budget allocation and tracking for all projects in the area
- Lead the scoping and development of major program submissions that contribute to the delivery of TfN’s state-wide conservation plan, strategic plan and business plan for approval by the Statewide Operations Manager
- Negotiate contracts and service agreements with partners and funders, and approve/escalate (in line with delegation)
- Be accountable for all internal and external projects in the area, including; project planning, probity and contracts, budgets and reporting
- Be accountable for project procurement consistent with TfN’s policy and procedures, in relation to project expenditure, engaging contractors, allocating landholder incentives and reviewing works project agreements, and approve/escalate (in line with delegation)
- Oversee and review all project proposals in the Area, ensuring alignment with TfN’s priorities
- Oversee and review quarterly and annual reporting for projects and programs, acquitting service level agreements on track and on budget, and approve/escalate (in line with delegation)
- Within their area, establish and maintain higher-level relationships with senior staff at TfN’s natural resource management partners, Traditional Owners, Landcare and other groups, and represent TfN on higher-level partnership forums, working groups and project control groups
- Ensure the Area business meets TfN governance requirements by interpreting and applying policies, procedures and standards, and resolving issues of non-compliance; in complex scenarios without established procedures they will develop and implement solutions in collaboration with the Statewide Operations Manager
- Accountability for ensuring that TfN’s OHS Management System is implemented, maintained and followed
- Participate and contribute actively in the state-wide Conservation Operations Leadership Team, including:
- consistent approaches to major program and policy submissions and state-wide resource planning
- handling complaints and insurance matters
- reporting to the Board of Trustees
- input to fundraising operations and donor engagement
- initiating and undertaking specialist projects or organisational improvements that contribute to the state-wide work of TfN
- Contribute to the leadership of the Conservation Operations program by assisting the Statewide Operations Manager and undertaking any additional tasks as appropriate
We are searching for someone who is self-motivated and shares our passion for protecting nature in Victoria. The successful applicant will bring:
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Science, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a relevant discipline
- Experience leading teams, including managing staff in compliance with OHS legislation, policies, practices and procedures applicable to both office and field work
- Extensive advanced environmental project management experience
- Extensive experience in fostering and maintaining productive partnerships in the environmental sector, including communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Knowledgeable in relationship building with Traditional Owners and First Nations peoples
- Extensive knowledge of natural resource management issues and Victorian land use planning and biodiversity legislation and policy, and its application on private land
- Experience in the public and/or non-profit sector (desirable)
- Relevant IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office suite, GPS, GIS software (ArcGIS required), database management (Salesforce desirable)
- Proven experience leading, managing, and coaching a team of technical staff or ecologists and superior time management of multiple large concurrent projects, with a strong focus on reporting and financial administration
- Advanced experience in the conservation sector, ideally in Victoria, including experience addressing environmental and natural resource management issues, and application of relevant legislation, conservation management principles and techniques, with flora and fauna identification skills desirable
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proven success in networking, fostering, and maintaining active relationships with partners, including using your influence, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to achieve conservation outcomes
- Experience in innovative thinking to navigate to successful outcomes in a complex and unique environment
- Demonstrated experience in implementing and improving an OHS Management System
This role offers a full time base salary of $ 90,936 p.a., plus 10.5% superannuation. Please note this is a fixed-term contract to November 2023. The position is based in the North West region, ideally with the ability to work at least partly from Trust for Nature’s Castlemaine office.
Please send in a cover letter along with your resume and responses to the key selection criteria of the advert to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will close on Sunday, 27 November 2022. We intend to move quickly with this role and will be reviewing applications as they are received.
For more information about this role please refer to the position description.
Trust for Nature is committed to building an inclusive workplace and we strongly encourage job applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Please note, a National Police Check is required to be conducted as part of the selection process. Our practices are inclusive and based on equal opportunity principles. A positive result from a police check would only preclude employment in certain circumstances.
If you need further information please contact us at email@example.com using the subject line: Area Manager – North West.