Advert ID: 20008462
Project Officer - Keeping Cats Safe at Home
Yagoona, Sydney, NSW
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals NSW is Australia's preeminent animal welfare organisation. We provide a strong voice for animals experiencing cruelty and neglect. RSPCA NSW is committed to the care and welfare of animals, providing extensive professional facilities, including fully equipped veterinary hospitals and our state-wide shelter network, with hundreds of staff across NSW to care for animals. The RSPCA NSW Community department aims to increase awareness and education around positive pet ownership, support people and pets in need and improve community access to affordable and inclusive essential veterinary services.
RSPCA NSW Community is looking for an energetic and motivated Project Officer to assist in delivering the human behaviour change project Keeping Cats Safe at Home. This position is full-time on a 12-month contract.
The Project 'Keeping Cats Safe at Home'
Keeping Cats Safe at Home is an exciting new behaviour change project funded by a major grant from the NSW Environmental Trust. This education and social marketing project aims to encourage cat owners to keep their cats contained to their properties both to keep cats safe and to reduce negative impacts on wildlife.
The project will be conducted in 10 local government areas across NSW and will involve working closely with local stakeholders including councils, veterinarians, wildlife organisations, animal welfare organisations and the public.
The first phase of the project (year 1) will involve extensive community consultation to develop tailored behaviour change strategies that address specific local barriers and drivers to cat containment.
The second phase of the project (years 2-4) will involve implementing the behaviour change strategies. These will be informed by the community consultation phase but might include components such as an advertising campaign, community engagement events, targeted incentives such as free or subsidised desexing, school education visits and a phone advice line.
The project’s impacts will be measured through two research projects in collaboration with the University of New England. The first will investigate cat owner behaviour change. The second will evaluate ecological impacts of the project through GPS and camera trap monitoring of cat activity.
The Project Officer will support the Project Manager to deliver this 4-year project in accordance with the project business plan. The Project Officer will also assist the RSPCA Community team with initiatives such as Community Outreach programs providing essential veterinary services including subsidised or free desexing, health checks, vaccinations and microchipping to underserved communities across NSW; Education and Training; activities with RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches and Supporter Groups across NSW
Note: This role offers flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home
This role will require regular work-related travel within NSW and some work on weekends and outside usual business hours.
We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences including from people with a disability.