Community Liaison Officer Jobs in Northern Territory


Job title: Community Liaison Officer


Expected salary: $72002 – 78386 per year

Location: Broome, WA – Darwin, NT

Community Liaison Officer Job Details:

The Community Liaison Officer will be working alongside scientists and Indigenous Rangers that monitor for exotic pests and diseases in Northern Australia

  • Community Engagement.
  • Working with Indigenous Rangers across northern Australia.
  • Help manage biosecurity risks to Australian agriculture, the environment and our way of life.

The Community Liaison Officer position requires an officer to work as part of a team and independently under general supervisory direction. At the APS 4 level this will include undertaking established priorities while exercising some autonomy about how work tasks are performed. The work includes a range of functions supporting the delivery of biosecurity monitoring and public awareness services by contracted Indigenous ranger groups across northern Australia.

The duties of the role include:

  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with remote communities in northern Australia, with a particular focus on Indigenous ranger groups and related organisations.
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities to strengthen Indigenous ranger participation in biosecurity service delivery.
  • Ensuring community engagement activities are delivered according to technical directions from specialist scientific staff and the department’s service priorities for northern Australia.
  • Providing logistic and liaison support to surveys associated with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) program.
  • Requesting and reviewing fee for service invoices.
  • Maintaining an operational plan based on fee for service planned activities.
  • Preparing reports and performing administrative functions to a high standard and in a timely manner in accordance with agreed workflows.
  • Assisting in the delivery of remote field services according to applicable work health and safety regulations and departmental requirements, policies and procedures, including adhering to the APS Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Taking responsibility for maintaining equipment checks and maintenance schedules.
  • Working with a wide range of key stakeholders, including government and non-government agencies.

The role will require the officer to demonstrate strong communication skills, high levels of personal responsibility, integrity and initiative:

  • Build and sustain supportive, effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Maintain close consultation with Indigenous Communities and their representatives, government agencies and other community stakeholders.
  • Operate safely in remote areas of northern Australia.
  • Be flexible to travel to and work in remote communities in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, for extended periods of time.
  • Work outdoors in adverse weather conditions (hot, dry and wet conditions).
  • Be sensitive to cultural differences and social complexities.
  • Be prepared to obtain and maintain special permits and licences (manual driver).
  • Consider efficiency and value for money, and have forward planning with regards to fieldwork trips.
  • Sound computer literacy skills with an ability to use standard office programs (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite and mobile applications).
  • The ability to adapt to, and keep up to date with changing IT systems and technology.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.
  • Positive outlook and solution focus.
  • Manage competing and multiple priorities.

Flexible employment arrangements are available with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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