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IMOS Indigenous Engagement Officer

Apply now Job no: 499639
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Community & Engagement

Indigenous Engagement Officer – Integrated Marine Observing System

  • Enhance connections with Indigenous community to build respect & understanding
  • Work in a friendly team, with great working conditions
  • Opportunities for career growth and collaboration at National Conferences

About the University and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian Government. It is operated as an unincorporated joint venture (UJV), with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent. IMOS provides a national, multi-institutional capability to undertake systematic and sustained observing of the marine environment, from the open ocean onto the continental shelf and into the coast, and across physical, chemical and biological variables. IMOS is implemented through a national portfolio of over 60 platform and technology-based Facilities.

The Opportunity

As the IMOS Indigenous Engagement Officer you will work to enhance and expand the IMOS program through helping identify, develop and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous community. This will include supporting new initiatives that have high relevance to Indigenous people such as coastal research infrastructure. In addition, you will:

  • Identify and advance opportunities for linkage, co-design and co-delivery of marine and estuarine research infrastructure with Indigenous people.
  • Leverage and enhance existing IMOS partnerships and help develop new partnerships with Indigenous community to build mutual respect and understanding, collect data and share knowledge on marine ecosystems, coastal habitats and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Identify and support Indigenous community priorities and establish clear Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP) protocols for IMOS to protect any sharing or use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Provide guidance to establish and foster high levels of cultural competency within IMOS ensuring CARE principles for Indigenous data governance.
  • Help develop and implement tools to track, evaluate and improve Indigenous partnerships and engagement.
  • Provide strategic advice to IMOS and CoastRI to inform planning and operations.

What you will need to succeed

To be successful in this exciting role you will have:

  • Experience with Indigenous community engagement, including understanding cultural perspectives and restrictions.
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in social science, Indigenous Australian culture, or environmental science.
  • The ability to prepare written content for and speak to various audiences including cultural competency that allows for diverse and adaptable communication.
  • Organisational and time management skills including the ability to manage and prioritise multiple projects.
  • Ability to work autonomously to deadlines to achieve desired outcomes, as well as the ability to work in a team environment and with a range of partner organisations.

This is an Identified Position. You must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates must provide eligibility documentation with their application. Please contact to discuss the documentation required.

What’s on offer?

On offer is a full time, fixed-term role with the potential to extend depending on business needs. This role will attract a base salary starting from $107,829 plus 17% superannuation. The position is covered by the UTAS 2021 – 2025 Staff Agreement and the salary offer will be commensurate with relevant skills and experience. Relocation assistance is available for those considering a move to Tasmania as well as flexible working arrangements. The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. You’ll have access to staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few.

Preferably based at Hobart’s world-renowned Salamanca waterfront, you will have the opportunity to work across a meaningful marine science infrastructure program that is making a tangible difference to society, science and the natural environment. Working locations outside of Hobart may be considered on request.

IMOS and UTAS offer a great social environment with many organised social events as well as opportunities for specialised skills training and conferences to enrich your professional development.

Belong - Be You

People are at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is to ensure that our people feel encouraged and supported to bring their whole selves to work. Fostering diversity and inclusion is our key priority, supporting our communities to come together in ways that empower connection, learning, belonging and growth. Celebrating the strengths that diversity brings will enable us to achieve our vision and mission. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Please provide your up-to-date resume
  • A 1–2-page cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills and experience align to the success criteria in the position description.

For further information about this position, please contact

Applications close 11:55pm Sunday 25th of February 2024  

Download File IMOS Indigenous Engagement Officer Position Description.pdf

COVID-19 Update: The University of Tasmania strongly encourages employees to maintain COVID-19 vaccination in line with relevant Australian Government health advice.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.

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