Welcome to South Endeavour Trust

Position Vacant - Reserve Manager(s) 1 to 2 FTE

Kings Plains – Alkoomie Nature Refuge and associated properties

Cooktown Area

 

South Endeavour Trust (www.southendeavour.com.au) is a privately funded conservation land trust with sixteen reserves in NSW and Queensland.  These include four contiguous reserves in the Cooktown area totaling 110,000 hectares.

 

We are seeking to employ a Reserve Manager or Managers to care for our reserves in the Cooktown area.  We are very flexible as to nature of the position(s) from the employment of a single manager, who might then employ an assistant, or a suitably qualified and committed couple in which case we would consider scenarios from 1.5 to 2 FTEs.

 

The position(s) will be based at our Kings Plains Reserve, which is 35 minutes by bitumen road to Cooktown or 20 minutes to Lakeland.

 

The manager(s) will be expected to coordinate activities with caretakers at our Alkoomie, Caloola and South Endeavour properties as well as engage suitable casual labor when required and supervise volunteers.

 

The primary duties are to manage the reserves so as to maintain and enhance their conservation values.  This will include fire, weed and feral animal management.  The manager(s) are also expected to assist with ongoing flora and fauna survey and monitoring, management planning and working with government agencies to help deliver state and national environmental outcomes.

 

Essential

  • A demonstrated commitment to conservation
  • Significant experience in land management that might have been gained on a farm or conservation reserve
  • Understanding of the general principles of fire, weed and feral animal management
  • An understanding of ecological principles
  • Familiarity with the operation of farm and heavy equipment or a strong willingness to develop such skills
  • Ability to work positively and cooperatively with a wide range of people from volunteers to professional ecologists
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision
  • Demonstrated initiative, proactive approach to emerging issues, willingness to seek advice and work with others
  • A Queensland Firearms Licence of willingness to obtain one
  • A class C drivers licence and willingness to obtain an LR licence

 

Desirable

  • Formal qualifications relevant to conservation, land management or relevant trade qualifications
  • Experience in the maintenance and repair of farm vehicles
  • Ability to apply for grant funding and to meet reporting requirements on such funding

Applications

Should be emailed to southendeavour@bigpond.com

Should be no longer than two pages, but attachments will be accepted

Should address, at a minimum, the essential and desirable criteria

Should include the names and details of at least two referees

The closing date is Monday 18 June 2018

 

Our Founder - Simon Marais 

Simon Marais

Simon Marais, the Founder of South Endeavour Trust died in February 2015 after a short but valiant battle with a very aggressive cancer.

 

While best known as a leading investment manager, conservation was Simon's passion and South Endeavour Trust stands as a legacy to this passion.

 

When it came to conservation Simon didn't want to do everything, he just wanted to make a real difference with the things that we did do. And what a difference.

 

South Endeavour's portfolio now covers a string of reserves across northern NSW from the coast to the far western desert protecting an incredible array of endangered ecological communities,

actively used habitat for many endangered species and, most recently, some of the most important water bird breeding sites in the state.

 

In Queensland, we have two major projects. The first has been enhancing rainforest connectivity on the Atherton Tablelands to benefit a diverse range of threatened and endangered species from Cassowaries and Tree Kangaroos to an incredible range of high altitude possums. The second has focused on connectivity between the Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula bioregions. Our four reserves in this area protect over 110,000 hectares of spectacularly diverse lands as the rainforest gives way to the great savanna that stretches across northern Australia. These reserves protect a very large number of threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

 

One of Simon's major concerns as he contemplated his mortality was to ensure that South Endeavour would endure for what he described as "a thousand years". We had many discussions as to his wishes for the future in the grim months before his death and we have put in place funding arrangements to ensure that South Endeavour will endure in perpetuity.

 

Simon's leaving us has left a void that can never be filled, but we are determined to build on what Simon has created and make a real difference to conservation in Australia.

 

 

About South Endeavour Trust

 

South Endeavour Trust was established in 2007 as an independent, not for profit, charitable trust with the sole purpose of contributing to nature conservation in Australia.

 

South Endeavour currently owns and manages sixteen conservation reserves. To date we have focused on four areas of great conservation need, each of which has extraordinarily diverse biodiversity values. These are: Northeastern New South Wales; the Mulga Lands and ephemeral wetlands of northwestern New South Wales; the endangered rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands; and the intersection of the Wet Tropics and Cape York bioregions in Far North Queensland.

 

At South Endeavour we believe that private individuals and private sector organisations can make a very major contribution to nature conservation in Australia, both supplementing and complementing the public reserve system. We have great admiration for the committed efforts of the national parks services throughout Australia and for organisations such as Bush Heritage Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy as well as for the myriad of smaller organisations and individuals who are doing so much to care for our precious environment.

 

We believe that there is no single right model for conservation. Rather, there are many right models that, working together, can make a very real difference to protecting the truly unique flora and fauna of this great and ancient continent.

 

Our primary objectives are three fold:
1.

To make the greatest possible contribution to nature conservation that we can, which often means doing things that others cannot or will not do.  For example, we have recently purchased two small areas of very expensive farming land on the Atherton Tablelands for revegetation to complete an essential wildlife corridor that the local community has been working on for many years. This corridor is vital in providing a range of endemic small mammals the greatest possible chance of survival in the face of climate change.

 

2.

To manage our conservation reserves as well as we practically can.  This means making good management decisions based on sound science and then carrying these decisions through on the ground, to make a real difference. Our major management focuses are: weed control, reducing feral animal numbers and using fire as a tool to maintain appropriate diversity and resilience.

 

3.

To ensure that we build a sufficient capital base such that the annual income from that capital is sufficient to meet our management costs in perpetuity. This means that we are very focused on knowing and controlling our costs and that we have great regard for future management expenses in considering properties for purchase.  As a consequence, we tend to cluster our reserves within specific geographic areas to encourage efficiency in management and that we try to buy properties where the management requirements are known and, preferably, are limited.