Aboriginal Heritage Guide (RBGV 2.2)

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Casual

Organisation: Royal Botanic Gardens Board

Salary: $64,324 – $71,061

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Reference: VG/421977_B

For 175 years, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has connected people with nature: originally at a heritage-listed landscape in the heart of Melbourne and, more recently, with the addition of a contemporary native garden set within a natural bushland reserve at Cranbourne. These sites are home to extraordinary landscapes, innovative public programming and world-leading plant science, horticultural science and conservation research. Beyond their physical beauty, the Gardens also contribute to global and local biodiversity knowledge through research, discovery, protection, cultivation and restoration of rare and threatened plant species, both ex-situ and in the bushland, and as the insurance policy for a state’s unique flora bushfire recovery. It is also dedicated to stimulating conservation action and contributing to climate resilience, lifelong learning and unique memories for all visitors.


  • Opportunity to work for an iconic Victorian landmark
  • Casual position
  • South Yarra and Cranbourne location

About the Role

The Aboriginal Heritage Guide is responsible for conducting effective, vibrant, well-informed site tours for visitors to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. The role will contribute to the design and delivery of engaging and culturally sensitive programs with specific reference to Aboriginal culture, plant uses and land. The tours are aimed to extend learning and engagement with Aboriginal experiences, plant uses, sites and history for particularly the tourism and education sector.


Success Profile


Education / Qualifications / Specialist training

  • Qualification or equivalent experience in the delivery of relevant tour or interpretation programs
  • This is an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander designated position. The successful candidate must be recognised as an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person by their community and able to develop and maintain strong relationships within the local Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community to RBGV.


Experience / Knowledge

  • Demonstrated experience in the effective presentation of interpretive information to local and ideally international visitors and young people
  • Sound knowledge of local and nation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is essential
  • Good knowledge of plants, horticulture and/or conservation
  • Contemporary understanding of best practice customer service
  • An understanding of access needs and the ability to respond appropriately as new needs arise


Skills & Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to share stories and knowledge across diverse and often non-English speaking audiences and age groups
  • Sound judgement and problem-solving skills, with the capability to respond appropriately and effectively to customer feedback, referring issues to other personnel or emergency services as needed
  • Flexible, collaborative approach to work design and new procedures
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a minimum level of supervision and as a collaborative team member
  • Experience in or willingness to work with media to assist in tour promotion.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.


How to Apply

To apply for this role, please visit the Vic Gov Careers website https://www.careers.vic.gov.au/ and submit your application by 11.59pm Thursday 25 August 2022. Enquiries can be directed by email to Bernadette Cole – People and Culture, Business Partner at recruitment@rbg.vic.gov.au. Applications must include a recent resume and a letter of application that addresses the key selection criteria as stated in the position description found under the ‘Attachments’ heading on the Victorian Government website.


Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website.

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