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People & Development Manager - Flexible Location

The Wilderness Society


It all started in Tasmania in the 70s with the successful campaign to stop the damming of the Franklin River. Forty five years later, the Wilderness Society is still here.

We’re here for remarkable places like the Kimberley, the Great Australian Bight and our biodiverse forests and bushlands. We’re here for endangered critters like the greater glider, swift parrot and numbat. We’re here with the power of nature-loving communities across Australia.

Join us to support the life that supports us all.


The People and Development Manager delivers timely and effective HR support to managers and employees in line with industrial instruments and organisational practices.

  • Effectively managing general HR enquiries as the central contact point and providing timely responses and solutions

  • Developing and reviewing of position descriptions, job advertisements and other recruitment administration activities

  • Oversee the full employee lifecycle including contracts, onboarding, performance management, and offboarding.

  • Interpreting and providing advice to staff and managers regarding employment conditions and organisational policies and procedures

  • Development and facilitation of intern and volunteer programs

  • Spearheading initiatives across the full HR spectrum in line with organisational strategy

  • Collecting and analysing data to facilitate appropriate changes in the workplace, driving and developing workplace culture

Reporting to the CFO, this role offers a good blend of operational and strategic work. The role works collaboratively with the Culture and Development Manager, to deliver a comprehensive HR function to the Wilderness Society.

Wilderness Society provides excellent conditions including 5 weeks’ annual leave and great flexibility. We have offices in every state capital city (plus Newcastle) and will consider any location.


We are looking for someone who loves nature and people in equal measures. You will bring passion for the value that a healthy HR support function can add to organisational culture, and pursuit of purpose. You have a willingness to pitch in when needed and work collaboratively to achieve outcomes.

The ideal candidate for this role would bring;

  • 4+ years of broad HR generalist experience

  • Strong written and oral communication skills will demonstrate confidence to manage correspondence to a diverse range of stakeholders

  • Ability to form solid relationships both internally and externally with professionalism and ease

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise, problem solve and take responsible initiative.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and adhere to the highest ethical standards.

  • Intermediate skills in all software platforms of MS Office Suite, Gmail and Google drive functions. Ability to learn new systems.

  • A proven commitment to and understanding of the not-for-profit sector

  • Experience working with collaborative processes and consulting with stakeholders

  • Desirable - completed tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, Psychology, or IR


We recommend that you review the position description (attached below) before applying.

Click Apply Now for further instructions on submitting you application.

Applications must include the following;

Your resume/CV

Your responses to the 3 questions below:

Question 1: Describe your ideal onboarding process. How does this process provide the best hiring experience for the employee and employer?

Question 2: Provide an example of an HR initiative you have developed and implemented that addressed (and remedied) an organisational or business issue and contributed to long term objectives.

Question 3: How do you influence and work with others - outside of your team/direct reports - to get things done?

If you have any questions please contact Penni Rockliff by emailing recruitment@wilderness.org.au using the subject line: People & Development Manager - Flexible Location enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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