Chief executive officer

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation

Logo of Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal CorporationUnder the direction of the traditional land owners, Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation (ASRAC) undertakes land and sea management activities in the areas surrounding the Arafura swamp.

Located in north-east Arnhem Land, the greater Arafura Swamp comprises a vast pristine wetland surrounded by an 11,000 km2 catchment extending from Castlereagh Bay to the upper reaches of the Goyder and Glyde Rivers. Traditional Country of Yolngu and Bi people, the area shares an unbroken history of Aboriginal ownership and management. With many landowners still residing in their homelands, the region is a stronghold for Indigenous culture, including an astonishing diversity of living languages. Long considered an area of exceptional conservation value, the catchment is listed on the Register of the National Estate, the central swamp being a Wetland of national importance.

ASRAC is unique Indigenous ranger initiative in that it is comprised of multiple satellite groups. Each has its own identity and special responsibilities in a particular area. ASRAC Rangers consult and work with the area’s Traditional Owners and people with customary management responsibilities to implement, monitor and update the ASRAC Healthy Country Plan. This plan identifies priority targets and threats for management that can be summarized as: our people, our culture, our knowledge and our country (swamp, saltwater, freshwater, woodland, jungle, and rock country).

ASRAC aims to maintain the health of country and cultural knowledge and practices by:

  • managing fire effectively by prescribed burning and wildfire response
  • conducting feral animal control in line with landowner expectations and requests
  • mapping and managing weeds, with emphasis on early intervention to prevent weed spread
  • conducting flora and fauna surveys to inform management of habitat condition
  • protecting and documenting sites of cultural significance and supporting cultural practices
  • working collaboratively with other Indigenous ranger groups and local organisations
  • supporting people to get out on country and transfer knowledge
  • managing visitors and assisting with emergency response, including rescue and recovery
  • undertaking other land management activities as required by landowners and the ASRAC Board.

ASRAC employs more than 20 full-time and part-time staff, plus casuals, and manages a budget in excess of $3 million per annum. The organisation has an Indigenous Ranger Grant under the Australian Government’s Jobs Land and Economy Program to deliver land management and cultural activities. ASRAC is also contracted to an Indigenous-owned carbon business—Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) Ltd—to undertake prescribed burning and fire management. The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have funded ASRAC to build a crocodile hatchery and growing facility. ASRAC receives grant funding from Australian and international NGOs to deliver a range of conservation and cultural support projects.

Closing date: 

5pm, 5 January 2020


Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT)


Northern Territory

Job category: 

  • Executive

Type of vacancy: 

Full time

Salary and conditions: 

$110–130,000 per annum, negotiable


  • 12.5 % superannuation
  • company vehicle for work-associated use
  • salary sacrifice arrangements are available

Job description/overview: 

The CEO will ensure the capacity of the ASRAC to deliver on all grant and fee-for-service commitments. They will also be responsible for the delivery of a work program consistent with the Healthy Country Plan, and support the board to effectively govern the organisation and ensure that strategic and operational goals are achieved.

Position objectives:

  • Develop and maintain effective management relationships between ASRAC, Traditional Landowners, ASRAC employees, government and non-government entities working with ASRAC rangers.
  • Facilitate the success of the ASRAC Healthy Country Plan through effective implementation of the ASRAC Business, Strategic, and Operational plans, and ensure management complies with relevant laws and regulations and the policies and directions of the ASRAC Board.
  • Ensure all plans are up to date and reviewed regularly
  • Provide effective leadership and direction to all staff through building and maintaining productive teams.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of ASRAC through the on-site Ranger Manager, consistent with the vision of the landowners and the board.
  • Monitor and review practices and policies in conjunction with the board, to ensure a high standard of service delivery and the efficient and productive use of resources.
  • Report back to Landholders through on-country meetings
  • Represent ASRAC in negotiations with government and non-government agencies, and other groups / individuals with interests in the management area
  • Represent ASRAC on steering committees, at conferences, in the media and at conferences and other public occasions, and assist staff and Board members in those roles
  • Ensure ASRAC complies with the regulatory, contractual and legal obligations for financial and operational matters, including, but not limited to, those required by The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Worksafe NT, the Fair Work Act and the Australian Taxation Office
  • Support the ASRAC Board to meet regularly and prepare all Board papers in a timely manner
  • Enable the Arafura Swamp Rangers to take advantage of the opportunities to pursue a local agenda through a strategic understanding of shifts in government and NGO policies and programs 

For further information please download the position documentation, below.

Contact person and how to apply: 

Peter Gamlin, phone 0417 721 693, email

More information: 

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