Landcare Project Officer


Whitsunday Catchment Landcare Inc.


Proserpine, Queensland

Salary etc:

$55,000 - $65,000 p.a. + super.

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare is a community, not-for-profit, incorporated association. We work with the community and stakeholders to develop and implement priority NRM projects to undertake activities such as: conducting property visits and providing land management advice; on-ground rehabilitation projects; native plant propagation; engaging youth and volunteers in educational and practical Landcare activities, and general awareness raising within the community.

The position is Full-Time to Part-Time (50 to 76 hours/fortnight, negotiable) for 6 months with the possibility of extension pending continued funding. The position involves a good combination of office work and on-ground activities.

Purpose of Position

To assist with the implementation of grant funded projects and contract services, including undertaking technical support and on-ground works for the development and implementation of NRM projects. This position will manage and execute delivery of projects as specified under relevant project service agreements, meeting all required project milestones. They will assist in development of new projects. The position will encourage the involvement of the community and land managers in NRM and contribute to community capacity building on NRM issues via facilitation of awareness raising events, workshops and regular volunteer activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development, coordination and implementation of various projects including undertaking on-ground bush and coastal regeneration projects, contract weed control, revegetation, site maintenance; in physically demanding and potentially adverse environmental conditions.
  • Provide on-the-ground training to and coordination of a small team of volunteers and/or casual staff for on-ground works such as weed control, revegetation, marine debris clean-ups, and seed collection.
  • The position will also be required to operate motorised chemical application equipment e.g. trailer mounted Quikspray, Splatter Guns, and other small plant and equipment; and ensure that such equipment and vehicles are maintained in clean, working order.
  • Manage individual Contract budgets; coordinate the day-to-day management of the Contract Services, including scheduling works with staff and volunteers; and keep concise and accurate records.
  • Provide technical advice, training and support to project participants including land managers, volunteers, schools and community groups.
  • Prepare regular reports and contribute to WCL communications.


  • Good physical fitness.
  • A minimum Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management, Horticulture; Natural Resource Management, Agricultural Science; Environmental Science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication; project management skills and ability to liaise, negotiate with and transfer knowledge to a wide range of people and stakeholders and to work as part of a multi-skilled team.
  • An ability to plan, facilitate and coordinate a range of projects with minimal supervision, and to prioritise, organise and complete project tasks & risk management.
  • A minimum of 12 months' practical experience in bush and/or coastal regeneration techniques.
  • Experience in using and maintaining a variety of small plant and equipment e.g. brush cutters, chainsaw, power spray equipment etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and manage small teams to ensure duties are performed to high standards and within established timeframes.
  • A current 'C' class manual driver's licence.
  • The following certificates or ability to rapidly acquire upon commencement:
    • Unrestricted Commercial Operator's Licence (Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Act).
    • Senior First Aid.
    • Working with Children Blue Card.
    • Chainsaw Accreditation.

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