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Plastic Free Community Coordinator


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

Job posted on: 18 July, 2019.
Applications close: 02 August, 2019.

About Boomerang Alliance

The Boomerang Alliance (www.boomerangalliance.org.au) was formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero-waste society. We are a community-based organisation 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 49 national and state environment groups and many community organisations.

Our current focus is on litter, particularly plastic pollution. Previously, our aim has been the introduction of a container deposit scheme for beverage containers in each state, and the phase-out single use plastic bags. With the announcement and implementation of these in most Australian states and territories, Boomerang Alliance is now looking to address other single-use, fossil-fuel based plastics, commonly found in the waste and litter stream.

Plastic Free Adelaide

Boomerang Alliance’s Plastic Free Places (PFP) program has been established as a community-focused program 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 on procurement decisions, and with the support of state and local government - we work to reduce single-use plastics, demonstrating how this can be effectively achieved and receive acceptability.

In July, Boomerang Alliance was contracted by the state government agency Green Industries South Australia to undertake a 12-month program in Adelaide, to pilot the phase-out of single-use plastic products and items. This program will help identify opportunities, challenges and barriers associated with transitioning away from single-use plastic products. Utilising extensive experience gained through three PFP programs in Noosa (Qld), Byron Bay (NSW) and Perth (WA), the ‘Plastic Free Adelaide’ (preliminary name) initiative will directly engage with food retailers in Adelaide to facilitate the transition away from key single-use plastic food service items. To learn more about how our programs operate, visit www.plasticfreenoosa.org.

About the Role

The Coordinator will be employed for 30 hours per week to deliver on the goals of the program, commencing ideally on August 26th, 2019. The position is home-based and 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.

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

  • Coordination of on-ground engagement with café/food retail/product suppliers and other identified sectors.
  • Media and public spokesperson representation of the project where required.
  • Production of copy for newsletters/media releases.
  • Production of regular social media content (Facebook and Instagram).
  • Liaison with the PFP Program Manager, Green Industries SA and other stakeholders to ensure project objectives are being met.
  • Content management of member database.
  • Data collection and reporting.

For information on conditions and salary, please see the supporting document attached.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • A bachelor’s degree qualification, preferably related to an environment or communications field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Self-starter with the confidence to work independently.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency with social media.
  • Confidence with public speaking.
  • Confidence working with a range of business and government stakeholders.
  • An interest in waste and plastic pollution issues.

Desirable

  • Experience within the food retail / hospitality sector (management experience would be well regarded).
  • A skillset in marketing, graphic design or copywriting would be well regarded.
  • A knowledge of the issues surrounding waste, recycling and plastic pollution.
How to apply for this job

Please email your resume and cover letter addressing your suitability to the role and selection criteria to Kellie: kellie.lindsay@boomerangalliance.org.au, using the subject line: Plastic Free Community Coordinator application via EthicalJobs.

Please also use this email for any enquiries relating to this role.

Applications close Friday, August 2nd, 5pm.

Supporting materials  PFP coordinator Terms and Conditions.docx