Work with MLDRIN

Current Vacancies

Executive Officer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

MLDRIN, is a 100% Aboriginal owned organisation, which provides a united voice for the Sovereign First Nations along the Southern part of the Murray Darling Basin. It includes delegates from over 20 First Nations, who have a unique connection to the rivers and waterways of the Murray Darling Basin. MLDRIN is focussed on caring for the rivers and the recognition of Aboriginal water rights.

MLDRIN is looking for an Executive Officer who will be a strong and strategic advocate for the achievement of water rights for its First Nation members in the Murray Darling Basin.

This is an exciting opportunity that will provide challenge, variety and a meaningful role for a person who wants to make a difference to the world they live in.

The purpose of the role is, in conjunction with the Board of MLDRIN, to provide leadership for the organisation and its eight staff. A key task will be to develop an implementation plan for the existing Strategic Plan developed by the Board in 2020, and then to implement that plan.

The MLDRIN office is based in Abbotsford in Melbourne, and whilst it is preferred that the successful applicant work from this location, alternatives arrangements will be considered.

This role is currently funded for four years and ensuring ongoing funding for the role beyond the four years will be one of the responsibilities of this position.

Required skills:

  1. Demonstrated cultural awareness and commitment to achieving outcomes for First Nations people.
  2. Financial literacy (the ability to develop and track a budget, and manage project acquittals)
  3. Demonstrated understanding and experience with effective organisational governance, including developing, implementing and reviewing policies and procedures.
  4. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and plan for sustainable organisational growth.
  5. High level communication and advocacy skills and an understanding of the role of communication in achieving outcomes.
  6. The ability to identify, build and maintain relationships with key players and/or organisations that will benefit MLDRIN.
  7. The ability and knowledge of how to plan and implement a campaign when necessary, to achieve outcomes in the face of opposition.
  8. The ability to develop agreements, such as MoUs, funding agreements and partnership agreements between MLDRIN and other parties that will support MLDRIN in achieving its objectives.
  9. The ability to understand and critique policies and understand how to input MLDRIN’s interests into the policy debates and outcomes.

How to apply and further information:

If you are interested in applying for this role and would like a copy of the Position Description and the MLDRIN Strategic Plan, please contact Cheryl on either 0417 315 690 or

The selection process for those invited for interview will include presenting to the Board on one aspect of the Strategic Plan, and how you would implement it.

Once you have received the position description and the strategic plan, please send cover letter addressing the key requirements of the role and a resume to:


To discuss the role further please contact or Will Mooney on 0404 163 700 

Applications must be submitted by COB Friday, 25 June 2021