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Skilling Queenslanders for Work Coordinator

Landsborough, Sunshine Coast QLD Conservation, Parks & Wildlife (Farming, Animals & Conservation) Contract/Temp

Barung Landcare is seeking a committed and passionate individual to undertake the supervision and coordination of our Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Traineeship Program. 

The SQW initiative is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government. SQW provides training and support for unemployed or underemployed people, with a focus on young people (including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age jobseekers, women re-entering the workforce, veterans and ex-service personnel, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The traineeship is a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management with various on-ground activities undertaken throughout the Blackall Range.

The role of the SQW Coordinator is to facilitate and guide trainees through a range of learning and development activities including restoration of natural areas and assisting with community projects, propagation of native plants in the Barung Landcare community and production nurseries, collaboration with the Barung Bush Regenerator team, gaining an understanding of revegetation sites and building skills and knowledge in workplace etiquette and safety. The SQW Coordinator is responsible for the safety, welfare, training and supervision of SQW traineeship participants on practical, on-ground projects and will be reporting to the General Manager. 

Tasks and duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Supervising (up to 10) Trainees who are undertaking a 25 week Traineeship in Certificate 1 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
  • Making logistical arrangements for the efficient completion of project activities which may include project scheduling, tool selection and site maps, details of job specification etc.
  • Ensuring the care, maintenance and safe operation of vehicles, trailers, tools and equipment.
  • Representing Barung Landcare in the general community by setting high standards of professional leadership and personal behaviour and demonstrating WHS is a key priority of the organization (enforces a strict drug and alcohol-free policy).

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Supervisory experience 
  • Experience in working with groups of volunteers / trainees of various ages and skill level and achieving successful outcomes whilst building their skills and confidence would be highly regarded
  • Knowledge of and experience in practical bush conservation/ecological restoration or nursery plant identification and propagation
  • Ability to liaise with relevant government stakeholders and community groups
  • Construction Induction Safety Certificate (White Card)
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Working with Children Blue Card
  • Ability to manage and approve timesheets and leave applications and various other human resource requirements

Essential Qualification(s)

  • Full Manual Drivers Licence
  • Minimum Cert 1 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management 
  • Construction Skills White Card

Other desirable qualifications & licences:

  • Level 1 (or) 2 Chainsaw Skillset
  • Certificate 3 in Conservation & Ecosystem Management
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • Bachelor degree in environment related area / relevant experience
  • ACDC chemical ticket

Key Selection Criteria

  • Practical experience in the management of and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety systems, processes and procedures as they apply to field work.
  • Ability to maintain records and reports as per organisational requirements
  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience in conservation or natural resource management. Weed identification and revegetation skills an advantage.
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication skills with the proven ability to liaise with people from diverse backgrounds and working experience.
  • Ability to work within a team environment 
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage team members in learning new skills and providing on-going coaching to team members.
  • Record of effective organisation and prioritisation of multiple demands to meet project objectives.

This is a current fulltime, fixed term, contract position.

We are looking for a candidate to make an immediate start to finalise the end of our current programme, which has an expected completion date of 03/03/2023.

The second Traineeship round will commence in March 2023 with a December 2023 completion date and the position will be reviewed and extended, depending on Barung Landcare securing further funding for 2024 and beyond with the Queensland Government Department of Small Business and Training.

Barung Landcare has successfully applied for and completed several previous Skilling Queenslanders for work initiatives in recent years.



VOLUNTEER Opportunities

Current Vacancies

Barung Landcare Management Committee

The Barung Landcare Management Committee is currently seeking new members to join the management committee. 

The Barung Landcare Management Committee sets the vision and the purpose for the organisation, and oversees, guides and supports the direction of the Barung Landcare team.

We are seeking people with the following qualities, skills and values (but not limited to):

  • Passion for the environment
  • Passion for working with community
  • Understanding of business operations
  • Understanding of environmental conservation / natural resource management
  • Understanding of fundraising
  • Previous experience on a committee or a board
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Open-minded

If you are interested in joining the Barung Landcare Management committee, please contact the president at

General Volunteering

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the environment and community, build social connections and improve your own physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Volunteering at Barung is an experience in both helping and learning. 

Barung Landcare operates with a small team of paid staff, and a large number of invaluable volunteers. 

By joining as a volunteer you can support Barung Landcare’s mission in helping the environment, learn about native Australian plants and ecosystems, gain valuable skills in raising native plants from seeds, and meet like-minded people with an interest in maintaining our environment. 

We welcome a range of skills, experience and interests to the team, so let us know a little about yourself and your interests by filling out the below Volunteer Registration Form. 

Barung Landcare offers a number of pathways for the community to participate in Landcare through our various volunteer programs. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Carrying out seed collections 
  • Volunteering at the native nursery 
  • Helping with tree planting and weed maintenance at our site at the  Maleny Community Precinct 
  • Helping to run community information stalls about Barung Landcare 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • The Maleny Wood Expo 

All activities undertaken through volunteering with Barung Landcare are covered by Public Liability Insurance. 

It is essential for Barung Landcare to be aware of volunteer personal details to ensure that you are able to effectively participate in the scheduled activities within the organisation without unnecessary risk to your own health or that of other staff and participants. New volunteers please complete the Barung Volunteer Form. 

For enquiries about volunteering for Barung activities, send an email to or phone 07 5494 3151.