Program leader

Program leader

We are looking to appoint a smart, innovative and experienced person to the role of program leader role in the 10 Deserts Project (10DP) – a major Indigenous land management and capacity building collaboration across Australia’s deserts (further information can be found at www.10deserts.org).  The project is currently being managed by Desert Support Services (DSS).

DSS is committed to assisting Traditional Owners (TO) and their representative bodies to use their traditional lands to fulfil their social, cultural and economic aspirations to achieve a sustainable and independent future.

The 10DP collaboration, which includes Indigenous organisations, and international and regional conservation organisations, is delivering a range of activities to enhance environmental resilience, improve Indigenous livelihoods and develop a strong Indigenous representative body for Indigenous Rangers and their organisations across the deserts. The project started in 2018 and will run through until December 2022.

Program leader

This position is a full-time position (or possibly 4 days a week) for 24 months, with the possibility of extension for 6-12 months. The position will ideally commence in November – December 2020, though there is some flexibility around this.

In essence, this position is about ensuring the 10DP ‘story’ is coherent, accurate, powerful, promoted and sustainable.

Specifically, the position involves taking forward several aspects of the project, including:

The position will be part of a small project management team headed up by the general manager (GM) 10DP; and reports directly to the GM.

If you have at least eight (8) years’ experience and relevant qualifications for the role (as set out in the duty statement) and are keen to work with a progressive not-for-profit organisation in Indigenous affairs, then this position could be for you.

The successful candidate will be based in our West Perth office and should be available to travel to remote desert communities or interstate as required.

The position will be subject to a successful probation period after three (3) months.


For further information on this position, contact Phil Sparrow on 0415 4242 48, or in relation to the application process the DSS HR office on 08 9425 2099.

How to Apply:

To apply for the position simply visit the Desert Support Services employment page at www.desertsupportservices.com to:

Applications close Friday 30 October 2020 at 5.00pm (AWST).

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.



* Applications will only be accepted when submitted through the Desert Support Services website and when the selection criteria have been separately and clearly addressed.

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