Leschenault Biosecurity Group, Bunbury, WA
Communications Officer (part time 0.4FTE) 12 month fixed-term contract. Available for immediate start.
Annual Salary Range $72,670 to $77,818 Pro-rated at 0.4 FTE
The Leschenault Biosecurity Group (LBG) is a not for profit community group made up of volunteer landholders who are passionate about the control and management of declared pests. Our operational area covers the City of Bunbury, Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup in the south west region of Western Australia.
LBG is seeking to employ a part-time Communications Officer (0.4FTE; 2 days per week) on a 12 month fixed-term contract with a view to extension. The Communications Officer role requires a highly motivated and collaborative person willing to work in a dynamic and purposeful workplace to help deliver our strategic goals.
The successful applicant must be able to build and maintain good working relationships and negotiate agreements with a range of stakeholders including local and state Government, private landholders, businesses and contractors. A background in communications is a requirement and knowledge or experience in the Landcare sector will be considered advantageous.
Key responsibilities include:
● Coordinate LBG marketing and communications, including publications, newsletters, direct marketing material, social media and website.
● Liaising with and providing support to stakeholder groups such as local and state Government bodies, private landholders and other community groups
● Event promotion and support, including development of promotional and branding material
● Source, research, write and edit media releases, including radio and newspaper interviews
● Coordinate all marketing and communications to ensure consistency across all platforms
● Research, advise and implement where directed on the use of new digital communications solutions as required.
o Excellent written and verbal communication skills
o Experience in web and social media design
o Good computer and word processing skills, including proficient use of the Microsoft Office Suite
o Self-motivated and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
o The ability to communicate positively with a broad range of people, including those from an agricultural or an environmental background
o Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
o Knowledge of and interest in environmental and/or social issues
o WA C Class Drivers Licence.
o Experience in writing media releases
o Previous experience working in NRM/Land care sector
o Strong public speaking experience
o Experience in developing video and audio content.
This is a part-time position (0.4FTE) available for immediate start. It is initially a performance based fixed term contract for 12 months, with an opportunity for extension. Flexible working arrangements are available.
How to apply:
Applications must include a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, a current resume with at least two references and an indication of availability to start.
Email applications and queries to Katrina Zeehandelaar-Adams, LBG Executive Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact her on (08) 9791 4773 for more information.
Applications close by 5.00pm Wednesday 4thSeptember 2019.
LCC Project Officer Johnny Prefumo down at Kingston Reserve with students from Mercy Campus for National Schools Tree Day today. Great job everyone! If you’re interested in being part of National Tree Day the LCC are holding a community planting day this Sunday. Head over to our events page for all the details. ???
Kevin Fitzgerald from Indigenous Workabout was asked for some words on the significance of NAIDOC week and to reflect on his work with LCC and Workabout:
"NAIDOC week is a fantastic week where we can embrace all nations and all peoples because it’s celebrated with respect and with dignity and I guess with a great celebration. This year our Federal Indigenous member Ken Wyatt is working towards an agreement to have Aboriginal people recognised in our constitution. Mr Wyatt is looking to expand what the Uluru Statement asked for – he doesn’t want a ‘singular voice’ but change in all tiers of Government to stop and listen to the voices of Indigenous Australians. We want to manage our own destiny and as a nation of people we believe in having a voice that tells government what and where things should be. The new Uluru Statement comes from the hearts of all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we are pushing.
The Great Spirit says we must look after our Country – this country is our Mother, and we need to look after it. When we are planting trees and working in the forest and replanting and revegetating, the Great Spirit is with us because we are looking after our Country. We love our work, we love what we do alongside the LCC, and it’s part of our – I guess – spirituality, that we are revegetating the land we love."
Attracting small beneficial animals to your garden is about getting in the zone and understanding what that animal needs to exist. Foraging, nesting, roosting, calling and breeding sites need to be taken into account. There's also some myth busting to do, such as the types of plants we are told attract birds - like bottlebrushes and grevilleas. Too many of these plants will result in a monoculture of aggressive nectarivorous birds and drive out the timid small insectivorous birds such as robins and wrens. The benefit of understanding these relationships is that you will attract insects, birds and frogs that provide pollination and predator services for you in the home garden. Which means less chemicals and toxins in your garden. Here are a couple of valuable resources for creating a possum friendly garden provided by Busselton Possum Centre and Nature Conservation Margaret River.