Aboriginal Programs Officer

The Aboriginal Programs Officer is responsible for providing support, project coordination, advice and partnership development for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, to achieve effective and impactful engagement by, with and for Aboriginal communities at Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens. This position generates ideas for new collaborations, projects and programs, and completes the research, development and implementation steps to coordinate strong program outcomes for diverse audiences at RBGV.
Job Details
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Department: Royal Botanic Gardens
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Education and Training
Classification: RBGV 3.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/421648
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2018
Salary Range: $64,524 - $71,435
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Aboriginal Programs Officer - August 2018.pdf (PDF, 230KB)

Contact: Kasia Gabrys

Position Details

This is a specified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV)

• Predominantly Melbourne Gardens location

• Some program delivery at Cranbourne Gardens

• Full time position

• Sound knowledge of local and nationwide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and plants

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is comprised of two significant sites of the Melbourne and the Cranbourne Gardens. The Melbourne Gardens is a world-renowned heritage landscape with a significant state-owned collection of indigenous, native and non-native plants, much loved by Melburnians. The Cranbourne Gardens is a significant conservation and design site dedicated to Australian indigenous and native flora and fauna, including the internationally award-winning Australian Garden.  Together, the two sites provide extraordinary opportunities for community engagement and cultural expression, recreation, learning, participation, and celebration, as well as Australian and Victorian tourism. The Gardens also plays an active role in promoting Melbourne and Cranbourne as resilient communities, contributing to social cohesion and enhanced scientific and Indigenous science literacy, toward our vision of a healthy planet and flourishing local community.

Within a growing Aboriginal specified team of facilitators, this role is the main contact to advise on the Aboriginal Programs Facilitator team's cultural protocols, logistical and program content requirements. The main aim of the team is to successfully deliver exceptional, culturally-sensitive and well-researched Aboriginal public and education tours and programs that focus on Aboriginal living culture, heritage, plants and land.  Though mainly based at the Melbourne site, the candidate will also work to extend and develop new learning and engagement programs with Aboriginal experiences, sites and history at the Cranbourne site.

The ideal candidate will have experience in developing and facilitating tours that are preferably focused on Aboriginal culture and heritage, demonstrated experience in the effective presentation of interpretive information to local and international visitors and excellent knowledge of native and indigenous plants and cultural uses.  Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to share stories and knowledge across diverse and often non-English speaking audiences is also essential to be successful in this role, as is the ability to effectively lead a small team and research, develop and deliver existing and new high quality public engagement programs.  

Please refer to the position description for more detail.

For more information and to apply for this role, please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's website at http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/about-us/job-opportunities or http://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au by COB 5 October 2018.

Enquiries can be directed to Kasia Gabrys, Creative Producer Cross Cultural Programs on phone: (03) 9252 2322 or email: kasia.gabrys@rbgv.vic.gov.au

Applications should address the Success Profile as stated in the position description found under the ‘Attachments' heading on the Victorian Government website.

Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website.

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