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Sanctuary, Land Management & Maintenance - Lancefield

Edgar's Mission

About Us:

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Set on 153 peaceable acres situated just outside of Lancefield, the sanctuary is nestled in the tranquillity of the Macedon Ranges.

Edgar’s Mission rescues and provides sanctuary to farmed animals in need, currently providing lifelong love and care to over 450 rescued animals. Through education, outreach, advocacy, community enrichment and sanctuary tours, we encourage people to expand their circle of compassion to include all animals.

Position Purpose

This role is integral to ensuring the Sanctuary infrastructure is in good working order, and that land management & maintenance plans and actions are carried out in a timely, cost effective manner.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead sanctuary land management & maintenance objectives to ensure high standards are met and maintained, including but not limited to securing a whole farm sanctuary plan, establishing trees for shelter, shade and habitat.

  • Assist in the development, implementation and management of various Sanctuary projects.

  • Ensure the integrity and reputation of Edgar’s Mission is upheld and maintained at all times

  • Actively identify and promote areas within the sanctuary for improvement or enhancement.

  • Ensure the seasonal preparedness of the sanctuary to safety and reputational standards. Including but not limited to; pasture management, fire season preparedness, burning off, events, weed eradication, tree pruning and maintenance.

  • Follow weekly plan and ensure set tasks are met

  • Assist Sanctuary Maintenance team where required

  • Schedule team Land Maintenance tasks

  • Tree trimming (internal through volunteer/contractor, external through council)

  • Tree planting and watering

  • Orchard (fruit trees – watering, mulching, trimming)

  • Gauze management (internal and neighbours [council])

  • Weed management internally

  • Mowing & whipper snipping (roster)

  • Compost management

  • Paddock rotation and/or fertilisation

  • Soil and water quality testing as required

Other responsibilities include:

  • Comply with relevant Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

  • Other duties as required.

Essential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills

  • Exceptional time management

  • Proven strong planning, organisational and prioritising skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently, but is also a team player

  • Reliable, dependable, flexible and effective.

  • Personal commitment to the goals and values of Edgar’s Mission and the promotion of kindness.

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

  • Strong communications skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.

  • Excellent observational skills

  • A high level understanding of what farmed animals require in pasture, shelter/shade, paddock enrichment and home grown feed.

  • A willingness to work on weekends (as required)

  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence

  • Willing to get a Working with Children’s Check

  • Current Police Check (less than 12months)

  • Can Drive a tractor, ride-on mower, and tow a trailer or horse float

  • Thorough understanding of health & safety requirements.

  • Physical fitness and the willingness to perform manual and hands-on work in all weather condition

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to animal welfare, either through paid or volunteer work with animals.

  • Excellent data recording skills

  • A certificate or diploma in horticulture would be well-regarded.

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