Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program Program Assistant 2016/17

Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program Program Assistant 2016/17

15 May, 2016

Gnaraloo is a wilderness tourism business and pastoral station situated adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area in northern Western . It abuts 65 km of coastline on the Indian Ocean, including southern parts of the Ningaloo Reef and four Marine Sanctuary Zones.



The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) monitors and protects key coastal nesting rookeries of endangered sea turtles on Gnaraloo beaches at the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery and the Gnaraloo Cape Farquhar Rookery. Turtles that nest at Gnaraloo are dominantly loggerhead (Caretta caretta), some green (Chelonia mydas) and possibly hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles. The GTCP collects baseline data on turtle nesting activities for informed management to protect them and their critical coastal nesting habitat, to engage the community and schools in conservation, to train scientists for professional careers and to knowledge share its findings.



We are seeking a Program Assistant to be part of the program from 26 September 2016 to 30 May 2017. The Program Assistant manages the GTCP field team and works onsite as part of the team to undertake daily surveys of turtle nesting and feral animal activities in the monitored rookeries, community and school participation with the program, data analysis, scientific reporting and other office work. The Program Assistant receives work instructions, direction and guidance from the offsite GTCP , an experienced , who also manages Gnaraloo’s Office.


The program interprets and works mainly with turtle and feral animal tracks. Work includes daily turtle surveys with day and night patrols. Feral animal tracks are monitored daily to report on the presence of threats in monitored rookeries for adaptive management. Office work involves daily data entry, data QA/QC, data management and analysis, preparation of the annual scientific report with GIS maps and other wide program responsibilities, including promotion through web postings and media articles. The GTCP field team also hosts and interacts with community and school groups during onsite educational field excursions and through presentations in regional Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area.


The GTCP Program Assistant manages the work by and undertakes the same duties as the GTCP field team appointed under the GTCP Scientific Internship Program and lends assistance to the GTCP Project Manager where required whether turtle or otherwise.


The GTCP Program Assistant works in Perth (September 2016), Gnaraloo (October 2016 – February 2017) and in regional and metropolitan locations in Western Australia (March – May 2017).



Work on spectacular beaches

Contribute to conservation in a world heritage area

Undertake field research of local, national and international importance

Network with professionals in your field of interest

Snorkel in a spectacular coral reef system that is abundant with marine life

Meet people from all over the world and from different backgrounds

Experience pastoral life



The position is for someone with a Master’s degree or higher in the scientific field and 3 – 5 years post degree commercial or project experience. You must have experience in and enjoy working in remote locations for extended periods of time. You must be available for the entire duration of the program, not only part thereof.


You must address the following selection criteria in your application bearing in mind that we are looking for candidates who are mature, patient, friendly, flexible, committed, determined, reliable and practical. You should have a no nonsense attitude.



  1. Ability to follow and adhere to instructions by managers and supervisors.
  2. Experience in leading and managing field teams.
  3. Experience working in remote locations.
  4. Strong work ethic with the ability to work independently and as part of various team structures.
  5. Accuracy with Attention to detail.
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  7. Excellent problem solving ability.
  8. Ability to produce technical reports and journal articles.
  9. Written English to a high professional standard.
  10. High conversational English if English is not your first language.
  11. Excellent scientific, technical and analytical abilities.
  12. Interest and enthusiasm for community engagement.
  13. Ability to produce media articles (web and print).
  14. High competency and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  15. Passion and enthusiasm for conservation and the marine .



  1. Previous sea turtle tracking (as opposed to tagging) experience with loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.


Before arrival, you must have the following (all to be valid in Western Australia and current for the duration of the program):

  • full manual driver’s licence.
  • first aid certificate.
  • police (all) and working with children clearance (Australians only).
  • travel insurance (if applicable).
  • medical insurance.



The position is as an employee of the Gnaraloo Station Trust, on contract for a defined period. The position comes with superannuation and annual leave which will be taken at the end of the contract. We provide accommodation, meals, utilities and required travel within Western Australia for program commitments. Training includes instruction in Western Australian turtle monitoring protocols, feral track identification, snake handling and 4WDriving.


You will be responsible for the cost of your travel to enter and exit the program via Perth in Western Australia, any required visas for Australia and associated costs for travel to and from Australia. The Gnaraloo Station Trust is an approved sponsor who may nominate a person for a training and research visa. Please note that successful visa processing under this category by the Government may take 3 months or longer.



You must submit the following in your application package:

  1. A cover letter describing your previous experience and other information which makes you suited to the position of Program Assistant.
  2. A completed GTCP application form.
  3. A resume including two referees of your most recent commercial or project experience.
  4. Reference letters from your two stated referees that describe why you would be able to lead and manage a field team, work positively in a small team in a remote and isolated setting, have work and personal life intertwined for months on ends, have the experience base to know when to communicate key information to the offsite GTCP Project Manager, interact and contribute positively to the small permanent work force at Gnaraloo.
  5. Copy of scientific paper(s) that you have written.


Submit your application to by 30 May 2016, under e-mail title of ‘(Insert your Surname and Country)_PA App GTCP1617’.


Gnaraloo Station is 1,055km north of Perth, via the town of Carnarvon, in Western Australia.


Direct all questions to:

Careena Crossman


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The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) is privately funded and managed by the Gnaraloo Station Trust and the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. The GTCP is supported by other partners and entities including the Australian Government, Esri Australia and Brains Design.

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