Vacancy Details

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Applications must be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘PN459 Assistant Director - Sea Country Values'

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Contact Officer: Shelby McMorran - Davidson Recruitment - (07) 3023 1022

The Position

You will lead a small Sea Country Values Mapping team to drive the Sea Country Cultural Values program for the Reef Authority, focusing on heritage protection and management partnerships. This requires an ability to develop and maintain strong and sustainable partnerships with Traditional Owners and oversee the negotiation, development and implementation of multi-jurisdictional sea estate management that aligns with Traditional Owner aspirations, self-determination, and heritage protection. Specific responsibilities include development and management of on-ground Sea Country projects in partnership with Traditional Owners and implementation of improvements to Traditional Owner involvement in management within the Reef Authority. 

We are seeking a candidate with extensive experience in government policy and program development and implementation along with excellent communication skills and extensive Traditional Owner engagement experience. The person needs a strong understanding of the current uses of the Marine Park and their management, including Indigenous Cultural Heritage Values. You will have excellent negotiation and leadership skills and be a team player, working closely and collaboratively with other areas of the Reef Authority, the Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef Joint Field Management Program and a diverse network of stakeholders and Traditional Owners.

This position is an identified position and is one in which the duties involve extensive engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Traditional Owners, Indigenous communities or their representatives. The successful applicant must have:

  • an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and
  • an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The current position is ongoing however through this process may create a merit pool to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing positions that become available within the next 18 months.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme, you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.  For more information visit:

How to apply for the position

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.

You will be required to prepare a response document (“pitch”) in MSWord or PDF format using standard margins and size 11 Arial font.

Please prepare a ‘pitch’ (cover letter), which does not exceed two pages, in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  1. how your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities would enable you to perform the duties and meet the technical and behavioural capabilities of the role,
  2. any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role,
  3. how you meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications for the position.

When you include an example, you should explain;

  • your personal role in the task,
  • the methods you used,
  • any barriers you were able to overcome, and
  • the outcome.

When crafting your response, we encourage you to review ‘Cracking the Code’ and the relevant Australian Public Service Work Level Standards which can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission website:

Your application must include:

  1. completed Applicant Details Form 
  2. your ‘pitch’ (as described above)
  3. proof of Australian citizenship
  4. a current curriculum vitae (resume) that includes 
    • an outline of your career history 
    • qualifications and/or formal/informal training relevant to the position, and 
  5. contact details for at least two recent referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor must be provided to be considered a valid application.

Applicants are advised to read the Tools and Tips provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Careers website.

Please refer to the Davidson website for further details.

Applications should be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘PN459 Assistant Director Sea Country Values’