Position Vacant – Coastal Weeds Project Officer

The Far South Cost Landcare Association is seeking to employ a part-time Project Officer to delivery on-ground works as part of the Coastal Weeds Project.  The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, scheduling and delivery of works undertaken with Local Aboriginal Land Council work crews.  Project delivery will include the mapping and removal of priority coastal weed species from the beaches and foredunes within the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires.  Sweeps will be conducted in Spring and Autumn from Wonboyn in the south, to Potato Point in the North.

Position Description and Selection Criteria 

Position title: Project officer
Employer: Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA)
Location: BEGA NSW
Classification / Tenure: Temporary part-time position until 30th June 2019 (with the possibility of the project continuing, pending funding).  Seasonal work during Spring and Autumn equating to 20 weeks of full-time work.
Remuneration: Pay rate of $40/hour, plus superannuation and 4 weeks annual leave (pro rata).  Vehicle mileage allowance.
Organisation profile: Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA) is a volunteer non-government organisation that supports groups and individuals working to improve our land and water resources on the Far South Coast. Our vision is to have resilient and biodiverse landscapes on the far south coast.
Position/role objectives: The Coastal Weeds Project Officer will work with FSCLA, the Project Steering Committee and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to:

  • Undertake a Spring and Autumn coastal weed sweep from Wonboyn in the south, to Potato Point in the North, mapping and removing priority coastal weed species.
  • Work with and mentor Aboriginal work crews undertaking the coastal weed sweeps.
  • Liaise with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to ensure project milestones, OH&S and staffing requirements are met.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the project’s outcomes, and report to project partners.
Reporting/supervision: Position reports to FSCLA Committee and the Coastal Weeds Steering Committee.
Links to existing programs: The Coastal Weeds Project has been a continuous project for the past 10 years. It continues to partner with and link to programs within the Bega Valley Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, South East Local Land Services and Crown Lands.
Application requirements
  • Hold, or be able to quickly attain a driver licence, white card, Chemcert and First Aid cert.
  • Access to a registered and insured 4WD.
  • Be based locally in the Bega or Eurobodalla shires.
  • Be physically fit as the project involves a lot of walking and hand weed removal.
  • Flexible with work hours over the period of employment.
Selection criterion: Please address each of the following criteria in your application 

1. Demonstrate the skills required to coordinate and build the capacity of small Aboriginal work crews.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of various aspects of natural resource management including native plant and weed identification, and weed control techniques.

3. Proven expertise in project delivery including: record keeping, monitoring, GPS mapping, project evaluation and report writing skills (including skills in Word, Excel and online communication).

4. Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision, use initiative and work as part of a team or network.

5. Proven ability to build partnerships and liaise with Aboriginal Land Councils, Government agencies, community groups and landholders.

6. A sound understanding of Workplace Health & Safety requirements.


Additional Information: FSCLA is an equal opportunity employer, with employment under the organisation’s standard employment agreement or as negotiated.

Attendance at meetings outside of normal work hours may be required. Travel around the region and infrequent travel and overnight stays intra state will be required.

You will be required to use your own vehicle for work purposes and provide us with copies of comprehensive or at least Third Party Property insurance for your vehicle.  Vehicle use will be reimbursed on a per kilometre basis at 50c/km (depending on engine capacity)

For further information about the position, please contact Chris Post on 0411 594 092 or email chris@fscla.org.au

Applying for the position: To apply, please provide the following:

1.       Brief covering letter, outlining why you seek this position (1 page)

2.       A current CV/resume (3 pages maximum).

3.       Your claims against each of the selection criteria (3 pages maximum)

4.       Contact details for two referees, including a current or recent supervisor.

5.       Applications to be emailed to: chris@fscla.org.au

6.       Use subject line – APPLICATION FOR PROJECT OFFICER

Closing date: Applications must be received by 3pm, July 27th 2018