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Plastic Free Community Coordinator

Employer: Boomerang Alliance
Work Type/s: Part Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Environment & Sustainability, Recycling & Waste Management, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Perth

Job posted on: 18 October, 2018.
Applications close: 24 October, 2018. (Expired)

Boomerang Alliance is seeking a motivated, self-starter to take up a contract role as Coordinator for our first WA Communities Taking Control program, located in the Town of Bassendean, north east of the Perth CBD.  

About Boomerang Alliance

The Boomerang Alliance (BA) is Australia's peak environmental not-for-profit organisation, with the aim of a zero-waste society. We are a community-based network advocating for waste reduction and resource recovery. Our network includes many of the key environment, conservation and litter clean-up organisations in Australia, with campaign work covering issues such as beverage and plastic bag litter, toxic tyres, electronic waste, plastic packaging, recycling and circular economics. Our network includes 48 national and state environment groups and many community organisations.

For more information go to our website.

Our focus is on litter and debris, particularly plastic pollution of both land and sea. Our aim has been the introduction of a container deposit scheme for beverage containers (bottles and cans) in each state, and with our partners, the phase-out single use plastic bags.

With the announcement and implementation of plastic bag bans and Container Refund Schemes in most Australian states and territories, Boomerang Alliance is turning its attention to addressing other single use, fossil-fuel based plastics, commonly found in the waste and litter stream.

Plastic Free Bassendean - Communities Taking Control

Boomerang Alliance’s Communities Taking Control (CTC) program has been established as a community-focused campaign to promote the switch from single-use, ‘disposable’ plastic takeaway products to better practices and alternatives. By taking a whole-of-community approach, working with business, community and with the support of local government, we aim to reduce single-use plastics in the nominated region and demonstrate to others and the government how this can be effectively achieved.

In July, Boomerang Alliance was awarded a grant through the WA Waste Authority’s Community & Industry Engagement program to undertake a 12-month pilot program with a WA community. After extensive consultation with WA local governments, the Town of Bassendean has been confirmed as the target community for the project and Boomerang Alliance will work in conjunction with the Council to create ‘Plastic Free Bassendean’.    

Utilising extensive experience gained through three pilot CTC programs in Noosa (Qld), Byron Bay (NSW) and Wollongong (NSW), the Plastic Free Bassendean initiative will directly engage with business in the Bassendean local government area, to facilitate the transition away from 6 key single-use plastic food service items. Under an action-based membership model, the project will create a highly desirable community-focused program inspiring business and producing quantifiable positive outcomes on plastic waste and pollution. 

Plastic Free Bassendean will also extend to activities and businesses operating on Council premises and land, including festivals, events and markets, with support from the Town of Bassendean local council. 

About the Role:

The CTC Coordinator will be employed on a part-time contract basis for 22.5 hours per week, for a period of 44 weeks, commencing 12th November 2018, concluding 13th September 2018 (with possibility of extension dependent on securing additional project funding), to deliver on the goals of the CTC campaign and effectively manage the tasks and activities outlined in the ‘Plastic Free Bassendean’ Action Plan. A competitive salary package includes annual leave and superannuation. 

‘The position is home based for applicants located geographically either in or within easily accessible reach of the Town of Bassendean in Perth, as the engagement will require face-to-face interaction with local businesses. Work scheduling is flexible with days/hours, but the majority must be conducted Mon-Fri to fit in with suitable hours for business engagement. Some weekend work may be occasionally necessary.’

The Coordinator will collaborate with the CTC Program Manager, who will be responsible for overseeing the campaign. Both will be responsible to the Boomerang Alliance National Campaign Manager.

With support from the BA National team, the CTC Coordinator will focus on the practical implementation of the CTC Action Plan, with specific tasks including but not limited to: 

  • Coordination / management of on-ground engagement with café/hospitality/retail, festival/events and other identified target sectors.
  • Content management of a member database / member communications.
  • Media and public spokesperson representation of the campaign as required.
  • Production of editorial copy for newsletter/media articles /media releases.
  • Social Media / communications.
  • Liaison with the CTC Program Manager to ensure project objectives are being met.
  • Data collection to support preparation of a mid-term and final project reporting 

Essential Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Self-starter with the confidence to work independently
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency with social media
  • Confident at public speaking
  • Basic data management
  • An interest in waste and plastic pollution issues.
  • Minimum Bachelors Degree qualification in environmental science, sustainability, waste management / resource recovery or related topic

Desirable Skills

  • Project Management experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • An understanding of the retail / hospitality sector would be advantageous
  • Video / image composition / editing
  • Proficiency in the use Adobe Creative Suite (or equivalent)

If you want to make a significant impact on reducing plastic pollution and creating positive environmental outcomes, then we want to hear from you.  

How to apply for this job

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