Ranger Coordinator – Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa – Australia

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) is seeking applications for the role of Ranger Coordinator with its highly successful Martu Ranger Program.

About KJ

KJ is working with Martu to build strong, sustainable communities.

KJ is a Martu owned and directed organisation servicing and supporting Martu in remote communities and towns in around the Martu Native Title Determination Area (Martu Country) and Karlamilyi National Park in the East Pilbara of WA.

Martu are among the last of Australia’s Indigenous people to come in contact with the European world. Many Martu ‘came in from the bush’ where they lived a completely traditional desert life as recently as the 1950s and 1960s. Older Martu have stories of first contact with European civilisation and of coming into stations and missions from the desert.

KJ is focused on three complementary objectives:

  • Preserve, perpetuate and celebrate Martu culture;
  • Build a viable economy in Martu communities;
  • Establish pathways for young Martu to a healthy future.

These goals flow from a strongly-held philosophy which values the centrality of culture in people’s lives. Culture is seen as the wellspring of identity, of confidence and of strength. This is as true for communities as it is for individuals.

With headquarters in the East Pilbara town of Newman, KJ delivers a suite of social, cultural, environmental and economic programs across of the Martu Determination and Karlamilyi National Park which is approximately 15 million hectares in size. KJ has a strong reputation for engaging and supporting Martu in successful delivery of these programs. KJ is the biggest employer of Martu in the region. Over 100 Martu are employed on a weekly basis during the field season which runs from March/April to October.

Our staff are passionate, creative and resourceful in the design and implementation of programs and engagement with Martu.

For more information about KJ, its mission and background, please refer to the document ‘An Introduction to Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa’ provided with the application pack.

About the Community – Parnngurr

Parnngurr Aboriginal Community is located approximately 380km northeast of Newman in the Gibson Desert and Karlamilyi National Park. Parnngurr is home to 80 – 100 Martu though this can fluctuate based on time of year and cultural obligations.

Many of the older Parnngurr community members were born in the desert and lived a traditional desert life into their late teens and earlytwenties. Their contact with Europeans and European settlements occurred in the 1960s. Parnngurr was established in the mid-1980s as part of the Martuhomelands movement.

Parnngurr Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1989 and oversees the day-to-day running of the community, including community office, store, visitor accommodation, mechanics workshop, airstrip and recreational facilities. There is also a health clinic run by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service and an artist’s workshop run by Martumili Arts Centre.

The predominant languages spoken in Parnngurr are Manyjilyjarra, Warnman, Martu Wangka (a combination of languages spoken by Martu) and English.

For more information on Parnngurr please visit www.parnngurr.com

About KJ’s Martu Ranger Program

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) operates an Indigenous ranger program with teams in each of the Martu communities of Kunawarritji, Parnngurr, Punmu and Jigalong. The Martu Ranger Program forms a key part of KJ’s ever-growing social, cultural, environmental and economic activities across the Martu Country.

The broader program aims to realise Martu aspirations for maintaining connection to country, getting back to more remote parts of traditional country, passing on knowledge and culture to younger generations and actively maintaining the health of country.

The role of a Ranger Coordinator is both challenging and highly rewarding. Being community-based, it is an important position, pivotal to the success of KJ’s programs as well as the community itself.

The successful applicant will work in a complementary way with other Ranger Coordinators and their teams, particularly if they are in the same community, program staff and managers from KJ’s other programs, as well community staff and service providers be they visitors or residents.

Ranger Coordinator Duties

The position of Ranger Coordinator has the following duties:

  • Development, management, leadership and mentoring of a ranger team.
  • Work in a complementary and collaborative way with other Ranger Coordinators and their teams, other KJ program staff and managers, community staff and service providers.
  • Facilitating integration of traditional ecological knowledge with contemporary Natural Resource Management practice.
  • Ensuring appropriate workplace health and safety procedures are followed to provide a safe working environment;
  • Reporting on program outcomes.
  • Providing input into KJ’s broader programs.
  • Supporting Martu to engage with mainstream processes and functions, including advocating for Martu in cross-cultural settings.
  • Supporting the overall objectives of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.
  • Other duties as directed.

Selection Criteria

People from many backgrounds may be suited to the role of Ranger Coordinator with KJ.

Selection criteria for the position are as follows:

Essential Criteria

  • Highly developed inter-personal skills and the capacity to work effectively with Indigenous people in a cross-cultural context;
  • The ability to develop, train and manage individuals and groups in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Demonstrated high-level communication and public presentation skills;
  • Strong logistical and practical skills relevant to planning and running activities in a remote setting;
  • Ability to liaise with a variety of institutions and organisations on behalf of others, particularly in the role of advocate;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to problem solve and work without close supervision in a remote and dynamic environment;
  • The capacity and willingness to live in a remote community and a desire to participate in desert life;
  • Sound administrative, written and computer skills.
  • Current ‘C’ Class Driver’s License or better.

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of, or experience in, natural resource management, outdoor education, community development or other associated fields.
  • Experience in or capacity to operate in remote arid zone Indigenous communities.
  • A willingness and aptitude to learn another language or languages.

General Criteria

  • Australian residency or eligibility to legally work in Australia
  • National Police Clearance
  • Working with Children’s check


The position is located in Parnngurr, a remote community northeast of Newman in Western Australia.


The position is full-time. Regular and significant amounts of time away from home, camping on-country with Martu, other KJ staff, partners and stakeholders, will also be required during the field season.


A remuneration package consisting of a base salary plus superannuation, commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful applicant, will be negotiated.

The position has generous conditions including free rent and phone, salary packaging of allowable pre-tax earnings (due to KJ’s public benevolent institution (PBI) status) and 10 weeks annual leave.

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