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'Strzelecki Koala' Outreach Coordinator

Friends of the Earth

About Us

Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne is a not-for-profit community based organisation working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future for more than 40 years. Friends of the Earth Melbourne is an anti hierarchical organisation and a local member group of the national federation known as Friends of the Earth Australia, which in turn is the country member of Friends of the Earth International. The broader Friends of the Earth International network has over 5,000 local branches across the globe and is the world's largest grassroots environmental network with over 2 million members and supporters around the world. FoE campaigns from the local to the global on today's most urgent environmental and social issues; challenging the current model of economic and corporate neoliberal globalisation, and promoting solutions to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

About the Role

Friends of the Earth are seeking a highly organised and motivated Strzelecki Koala Outreach Coordinator to help ensure the long term survival of Victoria’s only endemic koala population.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne has campaigned in Victoria’s Strzelecki Ranges in South Gippsland since the mid 1990’s. The culmination of this work has been the creation of the Brataualung Forest Reserve, which will total 8,000 ha by 2027.

The Strzeleckis and South Gippsland region are the home to Victoria’s only endemic koala population. Because of its unique genetics, the Strzelecki koala is the key to the preservation of the animal in Victoria and South Australia.

Since 2013, FoE has been involved in koala surveys work in the region. The work has helped identify key koala tree species, key koala locations and an estimated population size.

During 2021 FoE plans to undertake more surveys in the region, focussing on areas that have not been surveyed before. The findings of these surveys will help FoE’s goal to see the Strzelecki koala listed under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, similar to koala populations in New South Wales and Queensland.

Key Responsibilities

The Strzelecki Koala Outreach Coordinator will work to:

  • Use Nation Builder, email lists, social media and other digital campaigning platforms to ensure that supporters, donors and members are kept up to date on recent news, information and events and activities.
  • Convene regular meetings of SKAT Collective volunteers (fortnightly or monthly, TBC) to build a team of skilled volunteers who jointly develop strategies, tactics and activities with community stakeholders.
  • Organise creative events, fundraisers, and actions throughout the year that build awareness, capacity and movement for the protection of the Strzelecki Koala
  • Assist on the ground with citizen science activities in regional areas.
  • Assist in organising a regional Koala forum and organise a bus trip for major donors supporting our work.
  • Assist with lobbying efforts of Federal and State Politicians

Accountability

The ‘Strzelecki Koala Outreach Coordinator” will work out of Friends of The Earth Melbourne in Collingwood and be accountable to the Friends of the Earth Melbourne SKAT collective, the Operations Collective and Strategy collective, where required.

Salary & Conditions

This is a fixed term 12 month contract, beginning March 2021

The Strzelecki Koala Outreach Coordinator will be employed under the Friends of the Earth Melbourne worker's agreement. Friends of the Earth Melbourne has a policy of wage equity and as such all workers are paid at the same hourly rate.

The current commencing pay rate for this position is $35.50 per hour with a yearly salary of $14,768.00 per annum, plus superannuation and entitlements.

This position may require a willingness to travel to events in regional Victoria.

Hours of work

This is a fixed term 12 month contract for 1 day/8 hours per week (0.2 FTE)

At Friends of the Earth Melbourne we consider a working day to be 8 hours, with the option of flexi time within a working day or week.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice
  • Strong interpersonal skills – proven ability to build relationships and communicate with a diverse range of people
  • Experience working with volunteers and teams
  • Experience organising events, fundraising and awareness raising activities

Desirable:

  • Commitment to grassroots community activism and working as part of an anti-hierarchical collective.
  • Experience with online databases (particularly NationBuilder) and website maintenance.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to koalas and forests.
  • Driver’s licence

A position description is attached.

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