About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration and respect.

AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world. Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure, unique data-sets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.

About this Opportunity

Traditional Owners of tropical Australian Sea Country and the Australian Institute of Marine Science are building strong and productive relationships in marine science. Through the AIMS Strategy 2025, we work with Traditional Owners to create new shared research that weaves Indigenous Knowledge of sea country with other sciences. Natural synergies exist between AIMS’ research and the management and protection of sea country by Traditional Owners on the coasts and continental shelf of northern Australia – from Exmouth to the southern Great Barrier Reef. We partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, learning from each other through two-way knowledge sharing of the marine environment, to ensure its future for all.

As a member of the Indigenous Partnerships team, you will assist in the implementation of the AIMS Indigenous Partnerships Plan (IPP) which is a roadmap to achieve meaningful marine science partnerships between AIMS and Traditional Owners of sea country where AIMS works. You will achieve this through the coordination of a range of activities that assist AIMS staff and collaborators to engage and develop sound relationships with Traditional Owners, with a particular focus on Reef Restoration and Adaptation research.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AMS AOF Level 5 Salary ($103,633 to $113,610 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year opportunity
  • Commuter Travel Arrangements
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

AIMS considers that being a male of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational requirement as outlined in section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (1991) and permitted as a 'special measure' under section 8 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and by articles 1(4) and 2(2) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

You will have a formal qualifications or equivalent experience in sustainability, natural resource management, natural sciences particularly marine science, or indigenous Australian culture. Then reflecting on your track record of engaging with extensive networks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous groups on land and/or sea management projects particularly on coral reefs, and experience leading liaison between Traditional Owners and non‐Indigenous research/management agencies you’ll be able to demonstrate your:

  • Comprehensive understanding of contemporary marine science issues in tropical coastal/marine Australia particularly coral reefs, including those of interest and concern to Indigenous and non‐Indigenous people and organisations;
  • Excellent inter‐personal and diplomacy skills and highly developed cultural competency, and a track record showing diverse and adaptable communication skills across a range of genres (writing, presentations) to a variety of audiences (Indigenous and non‐Indigenous), including leading 2‐way communication in cross‐cultural contexts; and
  • Ability to work as part of a team, contributing to group priorities, providing support to a range of users, and providing influential thought leadership within areas of own expertise and experience.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the position description available via the link below.  If, after reviewing the position description, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in receiving your application.

Instructions on how to apply are detailed in our Recruitment Guidelines, including the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria which is listed on the position description.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Position enquiries can be directed to Libby Evans-Illidge at e.evansillidge@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: Monday, 2 March 2020

The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
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