Pastoral Operations Manager

  • Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation
  • Pilbara WA
  • Annual Salary: $65000-$75000 dep (salary sacrifice is available)
  • Annual Leave: 5 weeks (4 with 17.5% leave loading)
  • Accommodation: Provided rent-free at location TBA
  • Vehicle: Provided for work and limited private use
  • Additional Leave:
  • Extras: Remote allowance: $3065 annually, Phone allowance, Food allowance $125 per week on stations where meals aren't provided



Ashmulla Pastoral Company (an Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise) operates three pastoral properties in Western Australia being, Peedamulla Station, Mt Divide Station and Karbar Station. The vision for the Ashmulla enterprise is “Empowering Aboriginal people to independently operate Pastoral Stations, with highly skilled Aboriginal Management”. This is achieved through Training, Employment, direct or indirect property management assistance and development.

Each of the stations have a different focus:

Peedamulla Station – Located near Onslow in the West Pilbara, is subleased from Jundaru Aboriginal Corporation is the main breeding property. Peedamulla is also home to the residential training facility to support employment outcome for jobseekers looking for work in the pastoral industry.

Mt Divide Station – Located in the East Pilbara north of Newman, is the home to a work for the dole program and after many years of neglect will development of infrastructure will be the main focuses. Development of the livestock herd will begin in 2016.

Karbar Station – Located in the Mid-West north of Cue, has been predominantly run as a cattle stud but plans are in place to develop horticulture, tourism and training.

Visit each station to assess the current capacity of the staff and identify any risks to the organisation and provide possible solutions to these risks, eg Major breakdown and skills to rectify. Review current management structure of the three properties and offer recommendations for improvement. Review each property based on development under ESRM principles and create future development plans for each station.

• Relieve current overseer staff as needed.
• Develop station work plans
• Control budgets and explore and apply for funding
• Oversee stations procurement in line with budgets
• Review station staff contracts and ensure adherence to AAC policies and procedures
• Report to statutory bodies
• Record accurate stock numbers for the company’s livestock information system
• Monitor Asset movements and oversee planned musters and cattle sales
• In conjunction with Finance and Station Overseers, build an understanding of cost of production, risk management, budgets and cost benefit analysis.
• Review financial performance and livestock transactions regularly to ensure profitability, using sale feedback and kill data.
• Develop all station staff as a team
• Development and build appropriate networks
• Assist station overseers to understand the environmental and natural resources issues that need to be complied with.
• Explore new ventures and commercial possibilities to plan and develop enterprise on the stations.

Regular road travel between work sites is a requirement of this role.

Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

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