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Positions Available for Green Army Participants

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Position: Participants, Green Army

Location: Southern Otways (Apollo Bay and associated locations)

The Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN) and the Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) deliver a diverse range of Natural Resource Management projects including habitat restoration, revegetation, flora and fauna monitoring, sustainable agriculture and pest plant and animal control. SOLN and the CEC are pleased to be hosting three consecutive Green Army teams along the Great Ocean Road to deliver local conservation outcomes.

 

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in the environmental and heritage conservation fields through participation in practical projects that deliver benefit to our natural and cultural environment.

 

Participants in the Green Army must be Australian citizens between the ages of 17 and 24.

You should have an interest in the environment, a desire to learn through practical work and the ability to work in a team environment with other young people.

 

You will be involved in Green Army work for up to 30 hours a week (Mon – Thur) for 20 – 26 weeks from mid April and will undertake accredited training modules working towards a Certificate II Conservation & Land Management.

Participants receive an allowance of between $10.34 – $16.78 an hour. This depending on year of completion of secondary schooling.

 

To apply, please contact Dylan James at the Southern Otway Landcare Network on dylan.landcare@soln.org / 5237 6904

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Upcoming events – vegetation mapping and nature photography

IAN ROBERTS: MAPPING THE VEGETATION OF THE OTWAYS. You are invited to join us for a presentation from Ian Roberts of Earth Resources Analysis from 7.30pm on the evening of Wednesday November 2 at Marrar Woorn. Ian has been mapping the landscapes of the Otways for many years, his work leading to the identification of the Barham Big Tree Reserve. He has recently been considering issues relating to the impact of a warming climate on the cool temperate rainforests of the Otways. Ian is also interested in the role of blackwoods in our vegetation communities. We will provide light snacks so an RSVP for catering purposes would be greatly appreciated: libby.landcare@soln.org / 5237 6904. Cost is free.

 

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY  We are thrilled to announce our first joint event with Apollo Bay Arts Inc: The Art and Science of Nature Photography with Alison Pouliot and Valerie Chetalat. This highly interactive two-day workshop with both theoretical and practical components, focusses on developing participants’ technical and creative skills for photographing a range of environmental themes. It includes:
Overview of camera operation and photographic technique for environmental subjects.
• In situ environmental photography from macro to landscape scales.
• Improving observation skills.
• Overcoming tricky lighting situations.
• Developing composition skills.
• Exploring the intersections where aesthetic and scientific photography meet.
• Photographing people in natural environments.
• Photopoint Monitoring and Digital Asset Management.
• Photo critique session.
The workshop will be run by ecologist and environmental photographer, Alison Pouliot and cultural history photographer and mountaineer, Valérie Chételat and is supported by Southern Otways Landcare Network and Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Dates: November 26 and 27. Cost: $200- includes lunches, morning tea and field notes.
Enquiries and Bookings: libby.landcare@soln.org

 

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Employment opportunity: Project Officer, Part Time (Apollo Bay)

The Southern Otway Landcare Network is currently seeking to recruit a Project Officer on a part time basis.

Title:                                          Landcare Project Officer

Advertiser:                               Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN), Apollo Bay

Location:                                Apollo Bay, Victoria

Salary etc:                              12 Month Contract Part Time (3 days a week) Salary Range $50,798 – $55,168 p.a. (pro rata) plus superannuation

SOLN  is a voluntary, not for profit, community organisation with skilled staff, volunteers, over 200 members and the ability to make a difference.

Based in Southern Victoria’s iconic Otway Ranges, SOLN plays a central role in the protection and restoration of biodiversity in a flagship region – of national environmental significance.

SOLN is an umbrella organisation that unifies five Landcare groups and provides a mechanism to apply for funding from a number of different sources to support projects and staff employment.

Objective of the Role

  • The Landcare Coordinator will: Work as part of a team and drive innovative decision making.
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of Natural Resources Management.
  • Coordinate Landcare projects, ensuring that contract timelines, delivery and expenditure are
  • Develop and manage partnerships to share knowledge and encourage involvement of funding organisations, agencies (for technical advice), other community groups, networks and community members in the program of work.

To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Appropriate qualifications in Natural Resource Management or other relevant field.
  • An understanding of land management concepts, principles and procedures relating to sustainable land management and catchment systems.
  • Plant identification skills and pest plant and animal experience or knowledge.
  • Project management experience in an NRM environment.
  • Experience in grant writing and funding applications (desirable).
  • A sound knowledge of regional, state and federal policies and investment programs as they relate to Landcare or equivalent organisations (desirable).
  • Strong computer skills including experience with GIS.
  • Experience with seed collection, cleaning and storage (desirable).
  • Ability to work in a team that delivers a community led program.

Desired skills:

  • Chemical Handlers Training.
  • Chainsaw Accreditation.
  • Off road 4WD experience.

Please refer to the full Position Description:

PD Project Officer July 2016

For more information about the role please contact our Landcare Manager Libby Riches on (03) 5237 6904.

To apply, please email the following documents to libby.landcare@soln.org with the subject line: ‘Application- ‘Landcare Project Officer’.

  • a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (no more than 4 pages)
  • your curriculum vitae, including contact details for two referees

by 9am Monday, 1st  August 2016.

 

 

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The Vine, Edition 1

Welcome to the first edition of the Landcare Vine. This is really just a revamped version of the old SOLN eNews, but with a hopefully more catchy title and a greater diversity of content!

Contents:

  1. Green Army on the ground in the Southern Otways
  2. Fungi in Focus Workshop, April 16
  3. Nestbox Programme
  4. Funding updates
  5. New fox and wild dog bait available
  6. Horse Landcare
  7. … It’s AGM time again!

Green Army are on the ground

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We’re very pleased to welcome Georgia Tsaikos to the Southern Otway Landcare Network as our Green Army Team Leader. Georgia has worked extremely hard to get our team of 5 participants up and running in a very short time frame. We are currently in the first of 3 six month projects. This project focuses on works in the catchment of the Barham River and the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway. The first week has seen crew work on seed collection and the propagation of cuttings to support our upcoming revegetation projects. From September this year we will move our focus to habitat restoration on the Great Ocean Road National Heritage Place. We expect that this work will include establishing nest boxes throughout the fire affected areas of Wye Rive and Separation Creek.

Recruitment for the projects is ongoing so if you know someone who is aged between 17 – 24 and is looking for some onground experience in the beautiful Otways, please get in touch with georgia.landcare@soln.org. We are finding that affordable, available accommodation is proving a significant barrier to attracting participants so if you have anything to offer we would love to hear from you.

Fungi in Focus

17-20 Earth Star fungi

Alison Pouliot is back again this year on April 16. The cool Otway Forests are home to an incredible diversity of fungi. With their peculiar forms and amazing array of colours, fungi make intriguing photographic subjects. This workshop extends knowledge from fungus workshops and surveys held in the region over the past six years.

Participants will learn how to photograph fungi in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic nature. We will focus on the particular challenges of macro-photography such as high contrast, low light, colour and issues and techniques for controlling depth of field, addressing both technical aspects of exposure management and creative aspects of composition.   Photographs are also an important part of the scientific survey of fungi. Images contribute to knowledge of the distribution and ecology of fungi. Requirements for taking appropriate images for scientific data repositories will also be discussed. Photography boffins welcome, even if not interested in fungi (like it’s even possible to not be interested in fungi)!   Following an indoor interactive theoretical session, the afternoon will be spent in the field putting techniques into practice. Cost $75. Lunch will be provided. Bring good walking shoes and a coat in case of rain. Enquiries and bookings to libby.landcare@soln.org.

 

Nest box programme

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The Southern Otway Landcare Network are taking orders for Nest Boxes. Nest boxes provide habitat for birds and mammals, replacing the hollows provided by old, mature trees. Hollows provide shelter, protection from predators and places to roost, however they are typically found in mature trees 100 – 200 years old. If you are using nest boxes to replace naturally occurring hollows, it is important to consider which species you are hoping to provide habitat for. Arboreal (tree dwelling mammals) use them for breeding dens and shelter, while owls use them for day time roosting and rearing chicks. Nest boxes are also important for microbats whose insectivorous diet makes them a good friend to gardeners. As a result, there are a number of different next box designs for different types of animal. We can provide boxes bats, gliders, possums and a variety of bird species. Boxes are made locally and a basic model costs $50. or an extra $10 we invite you to sponsor a species of your choice. We will customise the box entry to suit your chosen species and your sponsorship will support SOLN’s wildlife monitoring programme. This spectacularly cure image of a feathertail glider is courtesy of http://www.zoo.org.au/news/colour-my-world-tiny-glider where you can read about changes in their tagging technology.

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Funding updates

Recently opened grant opportunities include Coastcare and a second round of the Threatened Species Initiative. We have spoken to a number of you about these programmes and are in the process of preparing projects. Coastcare supports conservation projects on private and public land with public benefit outcomes.  These are small projects from a small funding round. Please contact the office for more details.   The Threatened Species Initiative is focused on monitoring and habitat restoration for Threatened Species and has a strong focus on community involvement and volunteering.

Site assessments are currently taking place for the CCMA’s River Health Programme. Because of delays in the implementation of the programme, there will be no 2016 revegetation for new projects. Successful projects will be undertaking fencing this year in preparation for planting in 2017. We’ve enjoyed visiting sites with Jannes Demetrious from the Catchment Management Authority and the opportunity to work directly on project design with the funding body and believe that this will generate better outcomes for everyone.

New fox and wild dog baits available

A new product has been approved for use in controlling dogs and foxes. The baits contain an active constituent called 4-aminopropiophenon (PAPP). These are restricted Schedule 7 poisons and use is restricted to appropriately trained and authorised persons. Please note that if you possess a standard ACUP,  you ARE NOT authorised to use PAPP products. You must hold a 1080 endorsement to use the new baits.

Horse Landcare

Horses can present a major problem for land managers. Their highly selective grazing habits tend to result in a  combination of over grazed areas and tall undergrazed areas around manure that become rank. These are called “horse sick” pastures. Over time, horse sick pastures can result in severe degradation of land health. Karen O’Keefe is the Regional Landcare Facilitator with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and has been developing a Horse Landcare Programme. She is inviting horse owners to attend a session on Designing and Managing Your Horse Property with American expert Alayne Blickle on May the 17th. Details can be accessed on the link below.

International guest speaker Alayne Blickle

…It’s AGM time again!

All group executives are advised that it is time for local groups to hold their AGMs and appoint their representatives to the SOLN Committee of Management. This needs to occur ahead of the SOLN AGM which will be held in May / June.

 

 

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Employment Available at the Southern Otway Landcare Network

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Positions are currently available for Green Army in 2016.

Position: Green Army Team Leader

Location: Southern Otways (Negotiable within the region)

Salary $54,000 per annum plus superannuation (pro rata 6 month limited tenure).

The Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN) and the Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) deliver a diverse range of Natural Resource Management projects including habitat restoration, revegetation, flora and fauna monitoring, sustainable agriculture and pest plant and animal control. SOLN and the CEC are pleased to be hosting three consecutive Green Army teams along the Great Ocean Road to deliver local conservation outcomes. The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in the environmental and heritage conservation fields through participation in practical projects that deliver benefit to our  natural and cultural environment. .

We are seeking a suitably qualified person to supervise our Green Army Team. The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing Green Army participants,  ensuring the delivery of  onground projects whilst ensuring their safety and welfare.   This is a six- month fixed term contract, with the option to extend to an additional two six-month fixed term contracts.

Selection criteria and qualifications       

  • Leadership and communication skills and a commitment to working with young people in manner which emphasises personal and team development.
  • Relevant formal qualifications in youth development, community development and / or conservation.
  • Project management and delivery skills
  • Practical experience with project delivery, ideally in the field of Natural Resource Management
  • Experience working with community groups

For further details, please refer to the attached position description.

Team Leader PD

To apply, forward your CV and a response to the Key Selection criteria  found in the PD, to Mike Nurse mike.landcare@soln.org. Applications close January 22,  2016.

Position: Green Army Participant

Location: Southern Otways (Apollo Bay and associated locations)

The Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN) and the Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) deliver a diverse range of Natural Resource Management projects including habitat restoration, revegetation, flora and fauna monitoring, sustainable agriculture and pest plant and animal control. SOLN and the CEC are pleased to be hosting three consecutive Green Army teams along the Great Ocean Road to deliver local conservation outcomes. The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in the environmental and heritage conservation fields through participation in practical projects that deliver benefit to our  natural and cultural environment.

Participants in the Green Army must be an Australian citizen between the ages of 17 and 24. They should have an interest in the environment, a desire to learn through practical work and the ability to work in a team environment with other young people. You will be involved in Green Army work for up to 30 hours a week for 20 – 26 weeks and will undertake accredited training modules working towards a Certificate II.

Participants receive an allowance of between $10.24 – $16.61 an hour.

To apply, please complete the attached application form and send by email to mike.landcare@soln.org by February 5, 2016. A copy of this form as a Word Document can be requested from mike.landcare@soln.org

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