We are hiring: Coastal Weeds Project Officer

Applications must be received by 11pm Thursday 2nd December 2021

The Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA) is a community Landcare peak body with a commitment to improving the local environment and the resilience, health and well-being of the local community. The FSCLA supports over 25 Landcare groups within the Bega and Towamba Valleys and co-ordinates a range of regional environmental and sustainable agriculture projects.

FSCLA is looking to recruit a project officer to manage our Coastal Weeds Project.  We are hoping to engage a dynamic individual with a passion for improving the local environment, collaborating with Aboriginal Land Councils and building partnerships with stakeholders.  The successful applicant will need to demonstrate strong communication and networking skills, a knowledge of coastal vegetation management as well as proven skills in project management and detailed reporting. 

Please be sure to read the Position Description and Selection Criteria document below before applying.  This document provides guidelines on the application process and lists the Selection Criteria that need to be addressed in the application.  Queries can be directed to Jean at mail@fscla.org.au – Please use subject line: Job enquiry

For a good overview of the project please check out our Coastal Weeds project video, posted on YouTube 3 years ago – link here


Project officer – BEGA, NSW

Part-time at 3 to 4 days/wk. Contract until July 2023 with the likelihood of an extension .


POSITION DESCRIPTION AND SELECTION CRITERIA 

Coastal Weeds Project Officer    November 2021

Position title:Project officer
Employer:Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA)
Location:BEGA NSW
Classification / Tenure:Temporary part-time position – 3 to 4 days per week (possibly negotiable depending on applicant) for 18 months, with the likelihood of the project continuing into the future.  Flexibility in workload delivery would be an advantage as the field work is best suited to the months outside of summer (e.g. ideally annual holidays and time-in –lieu would be taken in summer).  

Remuneration:Pay rate of $40/hour ($78,000 pro rata), plus superannuation, 4 weeks annual leave (pro-rata) and leave additional allowances as per /www.fairwork.gov.au.  Vehicle mileage allowance of 72c/km.

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 (CW) Project Officer will work with FSCLA, the Project Steering Committee, project partners and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to:

* Undertake two annual coastal weed sweeps 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 Work   Agreements, Sweep Rosters, OH&S and staffing requirements are understood and agreed in advance. 

* Organise and convene quarterly meetings with the Steering Committee

* Plan, monitor and evaluate the project delivery and report these parameters at Steering Committee meetings. 

* Undertake mapping and data collection and create reports from sweeps to enable trends, progress, priorities and risks to be clearly communicated to the stakeholders.

* Liaise regularly with partner agencies to ensure a collaborative and informed approach to weed control 

* Coordinate marine debris collections as part of the sweep and work with funding partners to facilitate analysis via the Tangaroa Blue App    

Reporting/supervision arrangements:Position works under the guidance of the FSCLA Programs’ Manager and  reports to the Coastal Weeds Steering Committee.

Links to existing programs:The Coastal Weeds Project has been a successful, on-going project for the past 13 years. It continues to partner with and link to programs within the Bega Valley Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, South East Local Land Services and NSW Marine Estate. 

Application requirements– Hold, or be able to quickly attain a current driver licence, white card, Chemcert and first aid certificates.

– Access to a registered and insured 4WD.

– Be based locally in the Bega Valley or Eurobodalla shires.

– Be physically fit as the project involves significant beach walking and hand weed removal.

– Flexible with work hours over the period of employment.

– Mandatory double vaccination has been advised as we are working with a vulnerable commmunity.
Selection criterion:Please address each of the following criteria 
1. Proven expertise in project delivery including: report writing, record keeping and analysis, GPS mapping, strategic planning and project evaluation (including skills in Word, Excel and online communication).

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

3. A sound understanding of various aspects of natural resource management including native plant and weed identification, and weed control techniques.

4. Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision, use initiative, as well as being able to work as part of a team. Proven ability to build partnerships and liaise with multiple stakeholders.

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 along the BVSC coastline and occasional overnight stays in the Eurobodalla LGA 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 72c/km (depending on engine capacity)

For further information about the position, please contact the Jean Bentley at mail@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 (2 pages maximum).
3. Your claims against each of the selection criteria (3 pages maximum)
4. Contact details for 2 referees, ideally include a current or recent employer or supervisor.
5. Applications to be emailed to: mail@fscla.org.au
6. Use subject line – APPLICATION FOR PROJECT OFFICER

Closing date:Applications must be received by Thur 2nd December 2021