Local recruitment: Water Policy Officer via LinkedIn


Sydney NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

About the job

Working as a representative of Jaithmathang Traditional Ancestral Bloodline Original Owners First Nation Aboriginal Corporation (“Jaithmathang TABOO”), this role will contribute to the development and delivery of projects for managing water on Jaithmathang Country in line with the aspirations of Jaithmathang Peoples.

Aboriginal Water Officers play a significant role in leading local projects and programs to contribute to environmental and economic outcomes for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities and support the Victorian Government to deliver on several legislative and policy commitments. This position will assist in the development of Traditional Owner-led approach to water management in Victoria.

The Aboriginal Water Officer (or their equivalents) should aim to contribute towards progressing the following actions outlined in Water for Victoria Chapter 6:

  • Action 6.1: to recognise Aboriginal values and objectives of water
  • Action 6.2: to include Aboriginal values and traditional ecological knowledge in water planning
  • Action 6.3: to support Aboriginal access to water for economic development
  • Action 6.4: to build capacity to increase Aboriginal participation in water management
  • Action 10.8: to increase Aboriginal inclusion in the water sector
  • Action 10.9: to support economic development through Aboriginal participation.


Partnership Development: Play a key role in the development of strategic partnerships with a variety of government agencies, non-for-project organisations, land managers, and the broader community in relation to Jaithmathang people aspirations for water on Country.

Project Management & Delivery: Help manage and deliver on projects related to Jaithmathang people aspirations for water on Country.

Contributing to a Culturally Safe Workplace: Contribute to creating and promoting a culturally safe workplace for all employees and contractors.

Building Organisational and Community Capacity: Support empowering and promoting the interests and aspirations of Jaithmathang people by engaging our community to develop our capacity to care for Country, Culture and Community in a self-determined way.


  1. Qualifications (preferably tertiary degree) in Natural Resource Management, Water, and/ or another related discipline and at least two years demonstrated relevant experience or at least five years demonstrated relevant experience.
  2. Demonstrated cultural awareness and understanding of cultural protocols informing work with Traditional Owner communities.
  3. Well-developed project management and planning skills, and ability to manage several projects, contractors and or contracts.
  4. The demonstrated capacity to plan, coordinate, organise and deliver work in a self- motivated manner.
  5. Demonstrated experience in leading, supervising and motivating a team including employees, contractors and consultants.
  6. Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills including presentation, consultation and negotiation and the demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of multi- disciplinary and/or community-based groups.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge in water management, project management and/or natural resource management.
  8. Current driver licence, Working with Children and Police Check.

Additionally, it will be considered desirable for the candidate to demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • An understanding of Victoria’s water resources, the legislative framework for their management and of the requirements of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
  • Knowledge of native titles laws and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.




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