Position Vacant: Project Facilitator – Smart Farms Grant

The Far South Coast Landcare Association is seeking to employ a part-time Project Facilitator (2 days per week, for 2 years) to delivery our new Smart Farms Grant.  The successful applicant will need strong facilitation skills, a solid understanding of both sustainable agriculture and the principles of EMS, as well as a keen interest in harnessing the power of peer learning and experiential learning techniques.

The primary objective of this project is to use EMS principles to support practice change for a small and dedicated group of beef & sheep farmers in the Bega Valley.

Closing date for applications is 3pm Fri 23thNov 2018


Position title: Project Facilitator
Employer: Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA)
Location: BEGA NSW
Classification / Tenure: Temporary, two year part-time position, equivalent to 2 days/wk. There is flexibility in how the workload is delivered (e.g. the applicant could negotiation a regular 2 days/wk arrangement or blocks of time). Completion date is 18th Dec 2020.
Remuneration: Pay rate of $45/hour, plus superannuation and 4 weeks annual leave (pro rata) plus 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:
  • Support a core group of interested beef and sheep farmers in an experiential learning environment to better understand the principles of EMS and motivate practice change.
  • Design and deliver (with the support from specialist expertise and trainers) learning module for 8 pillars of EMS: water, soils, pastures, biodiversity, legislation, livestock health, human resource management and waste & energy efficiency.
  • Utilise and draw on relevant existing EMSs / sustainability frameworks to assist in understanding and adopting principles in a local context.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the project’s outcomes, and report to project partners and committees.
Reporting/supervision arrangements: The Project Facilitator will report to both the FSCLA Committee and a project steering group.
Links to existing programs: This project will work closely with the FSCLA Farmers’ Network, as well as other established farmer, industry, conservation and Landcare networks.
Application requirements
  • Hold, or be able to quickly attain a current driver’s licence, and have access to a registered and insured vehicle.
  • Be based locally in the Bega Valley Shire.
  • Have some flexibility with work hours over the period of employment.
Selection criterion: Please address each of the following criteria

  1. Strong facilitation skills, including driving peer learning with small farmer groups and a keen interest in Kolb’s experiential learning.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in sustainable farming practices relevant to the local beef and sheep industry.
  3. A thorough understanding of Environmental Management Systems and how their principles might be applied to improve practices, productivity and profitability in a local context.
  4. Extensive expertise in project delivery with minimum supervision, including project design, industry networking and report writing skills.
Additional Information:
  • FSCLA is an equal opportunity employer, with employment under the organisation’s standard employment agreement or as negotiated.
  • Occasional attendance at meetings outside of normal work hours 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 at 50c/km.
  • For further information about the position, please contact the Jean Bentley at mail@fscla.org.au or phone 6494 7856 (Tue, Wed or Thurs) or phone Chris Post on 0411 594 092
Applying for the position: To apply, please provide the following:

  1. Brief cover 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 in total)
  4. Contact details for two referees, which should include a current or recent employer or supervisor.
  5. Applications to be emailed to: mail@fscla.org.au
Closing date: Applications must be received by 3pm, Nov 23rd 2018