Full time, live-in position to start Jan 2020
What is Wollangarra?
Wollangarra is an independent, non-profit organisation situated beside the Macalister River south of Licola, Victoria. Through outdoor education, Wollangarra aims to provide a small but vital step towards a healthier environment, a stronger community and happier young people.
Wollangarra is a unique and simple place. There is no electricity and access is via flying fox across the river. Everything is in the old style, including wood fired stoves and boilers, open fire places and old style gas lights.
The pioneer style homestead accommodates up to 24 young people in a simple but comfortable way. There are no timetables or bells, watches or mobile phones. Wollangarra offers young people the chance get away from all that and discover the heart of Victoria’s high country in small, well supervised hiking groups. They are then given the opportunity to return on follow-up programs and become part of an ongoing program of practical conservation in the nearby mountains.
Role of Director/s
As Director/s you will oversee the safe and effective running of programs for young people which focus on practical conservation through outdoor education in the Victorian mountains. Your leadership, communication and mediation skills will be relied upon by Wollangarra to maintain a capable and cohesive staff team. You will be required to oversee the maintenance of Wollangarra facilities and equipment to an appropriate safe standard. Furthermore you will be required to manage school bookings, maintain finances and work to a budget. The Director/s are employed by the Wollangarra Council and reports to the Council.
This is a live-in position. Director/s can either choose to live in the main homestead onsite, or in the separate Directors cottage directly abutting the Macalister River. The cottage would be large enough for a small family. In the event of a couple being successfully employed, it would be expected that one person takes on the role of director and the other takes on either a business manager role, a program manager role, or a property manager role to support the director in line with their skill set.
In the event of a single director being appointed, an additional team member may be employed in a program manager or business manager capacity. It would be expected that the director would be able to identify the most appropriate way to fill this second position. It is highly recommended that prospective applicants experience Wollangarra first hand. Those who are new to Wollangarra may also wish to visit the website (www.wollangarra.org.au) to familiarise themselves with the program structure.
Applications close: Friday, 15th November 2019.