Community Liaison and Driver/Yard Maintenance Support

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

Website Murdoch University

About this Job

  • Fixed Term (2 years), Full Time
  • Classification HEW0505 | $75,000 – $84,000 plus 17% employer superannuation contributions
  • Additional Location Allowance
  • Salary Packaging opportunities
  • Ref: JR102569

Murdoch University is committed to becoming the university of choice for First Nations people and embracing, promoting and benefiting from Indigenous knowledges and cultural inclusivity. As a measure to improve employment opportunities and achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) will apply to this position. People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Us

Ngangk Yira Institute for Change’s scope of research aligns with the focus of Aboriginal health through firstly, health research that includes a focus on mental, social, and emotional wellbeing, as well as the impact of these on physical health; and secondly, social equity research that includes issues of education, housing, social justice and connection to Country. Ngangk Yira is a key pillar of Murdoch University and its Strategic Plan, and Reconciliation Action Plan.

Working within the Yawardani Jan-ga Project, with Yawardani Jan-ga meaning ‘horses helping’ in Yawuru language, the role harnesses the healing power of horses through innovative experiential learning to help heal trauma, enhance social and emotional wellbeing, nurture leadership, and promote positive relationships for Aboriginal children and young people.

The Role

The Community Liaison and Driver/Yard Maintenance Support position has been established to provide a high level or expert customer knowledge and support to the Yawardani Jan-ga Equine Assisted Learning Program to the Kimberley community. We are requiring an experienced member with cultural knowledge to navigate the success of the program, through establishing positive relationships within the community. There is a strong focus on ensuring community members are fully informed of all aspects of the program, and the promotion of the program into the wider community.

Key responsibilities of the role can be split into two main categories:

  • Community Liaison Officer
    • Establishing and maintaining culturally secure relationships with local schools, community groups, and Aboriginal Service providers,
    • Develop a cultural engagement plan to educate and promote the EAL program to the community,
    • Be the key point of contact for the EAL Program to community members and ensure effective cultural communication and support of the program,
    • Coordinate and plan cultural events and presentations for Yawardani Jan-ga,
    • Construct suitable social media materials to assist with promotion.


  • Driver/Yard Maintenance Support
    • Checking daily EAL booking sheet to assess transport needs with direction from EAL Co-ordinator,
    • Pick up and return EAL participants ensuring safe transport to EAL sites and back to school/work/home upon conclusion,
    • Greet and welcome guests and participants; utilising sign in book and outlining procedures,
    • Carry out yard maintenance tasks such as rubbish and vegetation removal,
    • Horse husbandry tasks; stable cleaning and cleaning of water,
    • Assist with making horse feeds.

What you’ll bring to this role

  • Combination of relevant work experience in a related area,
  • Knowledge of Kimberley Aboriginal Culture and ways of working and learning,
  • Excellent organisational skills,
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills,
  • Current “C” Class License,
  • Current WA Working with Children Check.

Applicants should refer to the Position Description for further details on the work requirements, duties, skills, and experience required for this role. Applicants must have valid work rights and be required to undertake a Police history check in accordance with the University’s Employee Background Checks Procedure.

What you’ll get in return

You will be part of a vibrant and talented team, work in an innovative and lively university community and enjoy the benefits that come with working at Murdoch.

Our people enjoy a lively, natural campus and world-class facilities, as well as a range of benefits including:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • Paid leave entitlements
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Salary packaging options
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On Campus Services and Facilities, including a Childcare Centre, Gym, Vet Hospital and Chiropractic Clinic

To Apply

Please apply by submitting the documents below:

  • A cover letter including a statement addressing the selection criteria (with reference to the Position Description)
  • Your most recent resume (CV)

Please view the position description here.

Please see the Applicant Guide for more information. Applications sent by post or email will not be accepted. Please note visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applicants who have support or access requirements, are encouraged to advise this at the time of their application, to ensure appropriate assistance is provided throughout the recruitment process.

Position contact: Prof. Juli Coffin – Ellison Professor Aboriginal Young Peoples Social and Emotional Wellbeing.

Closing date: 7 August 2024 (11:59pm AWST)

The University reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement at any time.

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