The Hunter Region Landcare Network is looking for a new Landcare Coordinator – Upper Hunter

Applications Close 5th May 2018.

Host Organisation: Hunter Region Landcare Network with support from Hunter Wetlands Australia, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Shire Councils

Location: Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter local government areas

Classification / Tenure: This part-time position (24 hours per week) is fixed term until 30th June 2019. Note: Continuation of this project past this date is dependant on satisfactory performance of the project and the availability of on-going funding

Remuneration: $35.78 – $38.53 plus super

Organisational profile: The Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) supports Community Landcare groups across our region. We are the Host Organisation for 3 Local Landcare Coordinator projects; Lower Hunter, Mid Hunter and Upper Hunter.
Our project partners include Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Shire Councils who will provide office accommodation and support to the Coordinator.

Position / role objectives: The Local Landcare Coordinator will work with their host organisation, our community and our partners, to increase the capacity of Community Landcare across our region. This position will:
• Support and increase community engagement in NRM
• Support and develop local and district Landcare networks and groups
• Contribute to project planning and the development of partnerships to secure resources for onground NRM projects
• Monitor, evaluate and report on Landcare projects and activities
• Improve financial sustainability and long-term viability of the program by contributing to the sourcing of external funding and support
• Effectively participate in NRM activities that address critical agricultural and environmental issues
• Link to the programs of Local Land Services, the Office of Environment and Heritage and other government agencies and organisations to develop onground NRM projects, in line with community, regional, state and national priorities
• Local Landcare Coordinators also participate in, and contribute to a regional and state Landcare Community of Practice

Reporting / supervision arrangements: The position reports to the Hunter Region Landcare Network project manager and nominated partners with guidance and direction from a community-based steering group.

Competencies: The Local Landcare Coordinator;
• will be proactive with a community-minded attitude
• have excellent networking and people skills
• have good communication, administration and computing skills
• have a strong understanding of and commitment to local environmental and agricultural land management issues
• will be able to manage their workload effectively
• will be flexible about their working hours over the period of employment
• have a current drivers licence

Selection criterion: Please address each of the following criteria as a short separate paragraph:
1. Sound understanding of natural resource management issues in the Hunter region and empathy with the local community.
2. Demonstrated well-developed written and oral communication skills, including competence in the use of Word, Excel, email and internet.
3. Demonstrated ability to work with and develop community groups, including group facilitation, action planning and mediation skills.
4. Experience in project planning, project management, record keeping and report writing.
5. Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision, use initiative and work as part of a team and network.
6. Proven ability to build partnerships with local and state government agencies, community, including landholders, schools and Indigenous groups.
7. Experience in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Sustainable Agriculture or similar.
8. Ability and willingness to work outside standard office hours to contact land holders and to attend community group meetings.
9. Current drivers licence.

Additional information:
• Attendance at meetings outside of normal hours may be required. Travel around the region and infrequent travel within the state, requiring overnight stays will also be required.
• A Council pool car will be available for most activities. However, you may be required to use your own vehicle from time to time for work purposes. As a result, copies of your comprehensive vehicle insurance policy will be required.
• Private vehicle use will be reimbursed on a per kilometre basis.

For more information about this position, please contact:
John Hughson 0478 214 498

Applying for the position: To apply, please provide the following:
1. A brief covering letter outlining your interest in this position.
2. Your current CV/resume (4 pages maximum)
3. Your claims against each of the selection criteria (4 pages maximum)
4. Contact details for 2 referees, which should include a current or recent employer or supervisor.

Send to: Applications to be emailed to: hunterregionlandcare@gmail.com

Closing date: Applications must be received by: 5pm Friday 4th May 2018