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 of 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 datasets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.

At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About RRAP

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is leading the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP). RRAP is the largest collaborative effort to help the Great Barrier Reef survive climate change in partnership with several distinguished research organisation. This ambitious undertaking requires not only our best minds working in partnership across many organisations and fields of expertise, but importantly, the input and support of Traditional Owners, reef communities and industries, and the wider Australian public. The RRAP Indigenous Engagement Framework recognises the inherent rights and interests of Traditional Owners.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

At AIMS we’ve recognised the natural synergies 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.

Through our AIMS Strategy 2025 and AIMS Indigenous Partnerships Plan, and backed by our Indigenous Partnerships Policy, we are working with Traditional Owners to create new shared research that weaves Indigenous Knowledge of sea country with other sciences.

About this Opportunity

Our Indigenous Partnership Coordinator (RRAP) is primarily responsible for implementing the Indigenous Engagement Framework across RRAP collaborating partners. The position will also assist in the implementation of the closely aligned AIMS Indigenous Partnerships Plan (IPP)’s policy and protocols, to achieve meaningful marine science partnerships with Traditional Owners of sea country where AIMS and RRAP research takes place.

A key component is to obtain Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) for research that strongly intersects with sea Country, for example by the collection of samples, deployment of instruments of the conduct of in-sea experiments. As a member of the Indigenous Partnerships team, this position will coordinate and facilitate a range of activities that assist RRAP and AIMS staff and collaborators to engage with Traditional Owners to seek FPIC, and develop sound relationships for 2‐way exchange of scientific and Traditional information about marine research.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. In line with our Enterprise Agreement, The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 to 5 Salary Per Annum ($85,970 to $118,200), depending on successful applicants’ relevant qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience.
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions, Flexible Work Arrangement considered
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed-term opportunity (with possibility of extension)
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland (with travel to remote locations)

About you

You will have achieved bachelor’s degree level qualifications (or equivalent experience) in sustainability, natural resource management, natural sciences particularly marine science, or Indigenous Australian culture. Along with your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ancestry, your experience in espousing Indigenous values and knowledge within large non-Indigenous corporations and forums, enables you to authentically communicate with, and present AIMS and RRAP information, to both Indigenous and non‐Indigenous audiences in a dignified and culturally sensitive manner.

Your understanding of issues in remote areas of Australia, and willingness to travel to remote regions for consultation requirements of this position, will enable you to identify areas of synergy between AIMS and RRAP research interests and capacity, capability, and the science needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, as a basis for the co‐development of future collaborative projects to meet mutual scientific needs.

NB: AIMS considers that being 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.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find a link to our Recruitment Application Guide, which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description as is detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your application: Prior to clicking on the APPLY NOW button below, please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, CV and cover letter) ready to attach to your on-line application form.

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: Wednesday, 09-June-2021, Midnight, AEST (Qld time).

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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