Assistant Project and Communications Officer


Ginninderra Catchment Group


Belconnen, Canberra

Salary etc:

Approximately 15 hours per week at $32 per hour + super

Our Organisation

GCG is one of three Catchment Groups in the ACT and holds strong partnerships with local, regional and national bodies.
GCG is both a community-based natural resource management organisation and a Landcare network, operating primarily in the north-west ACT Region. As such, we support 26 Landcare Groups (including Parkcare, urban, rural, junior, and Aboriginal Landcare Groups) and coordinate numerous community engagement and landscape-scale restoration programs, including improving and protecting Natural Temperate Grassland.

GCG provides a network for its member groups and volunteers; linking the catchment community with the ACT Government and other stakeholders, providing assistance with project development and implementation, and facilitating community forums for ideas and discussion.

In addition, GCG undertakes a range of citizen science programs, namely FrogWatch (ACT and Region wide) and Waterwatch (Ginninderra Creek catchment and Yass catchment).

Our dedicated team covers a diverse range of functions, and includes a Catchment Coordinator, Project officer, FrogWatch Program Coordinator, Waterwatch Program Coordinator and Financial officer.

Role and Responsibilities

The Ginninderra Catchment Group is currently seeking applications for the role of Assistant Project and Communications Officer. This position will be a part time position (15hrs/week) which reports mainly to the Catchment Coordinator. The position is currently offered until 30th June 2022, with the possibility of extension, depending on funding. Remuneration is $62,400 annual full-time, prorated to 15 hours a week part-time, equivalent to $32/hour. This is exclusive of superannuation.

The objective is to assist with the delivery of new and existing Landcare projects and to raise the profile of GCG, its programs and its volunteer groups with key internal and external stakeholders, as well as the wider community, to demonstrate:

  • The value of the work undertaken from a grassroots level up
  • The value and outcomes derived from funding allocated
  • To emphasise the significance and importance of working closely with and learning from the Ngunnawal community
  • To attract and retain funding
  • To engage the public and potential new participants
  • To assist in educating the wider community in urban Landcare issues

The Assistant Project Officer will assist GCG staff and member groups to undertake Landcare projects across the catchment. The role also includes communications work through the use of social media, newsletter and printed media as well as a systemic update of the GCG webpage. Effective communication with all staff and volunteers is essential for this position to achieve the expected objectives.

As a small team flexibility, strong team communication, and the ability to help out in other activities is essential.

  • Assistant Project Officer tasks (approximately 7.5hrs/week but subject to priorities)
    • Assist with project management and implementation of Landcare events, including revegetation, weed management, guided walks and tours, community education.
    • Promote events through various communication channels, including Facebook, website, newsletters, printed new media, promotional posters.
    • Support staff with-day operations and administrative tasks including maintaining equipment and resources, maintenance of small community nursery infrastructure
    • Written administrative tasks including developing draft grant proposals and project reports, maintaining databases and libraries
  • Communications Officer tasks (approximately 7.5hrs/week but subject to priorities)
    • Update and maintain the GCG website
    • Social media posts (2-3 per week) on GCG related activities, engaging with content created by associated organisations
    • Produce a quarterly GCG newsletter using MailChimp.
    • Produce and maintain a monthly calendar of events newsletter
    • Media engagement with radio and newspapers, promoting events and projects within the catchment as they arise 

Qualifications / Experience

Project Skills:

  • General office skills
    • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office features, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experience and interest in Landcare
    • Background in environmental science, including experience in hands-on engagement, fieldwork and/or involvement in citizen science or research activities

Communication skills:

  • Interpersonal communication skills
    • Good communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with people from a diverse background and knowledge base
    • Ability to write for a wide audience, ranging from professionals in land management through to novices and the wider community.
  • Online communication skills
    • Experience in effectively creating and distributing online communication, i.e.,using newsletters and appropriate distribution programs (Mailchimp preferred), and a range of online social media tools and programs, including Facebook, WordPress etc.

Desirable Attributes

  • A current ACT or equivalent driver’s licence
  • A degree or diploma of an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, which is appropriate to the duties of the position
  • Knowledge of Wordpress webpage software desirable
  • Experience in dealing with the press directly and via press releases.
  • Current first aid certificate and experience

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