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Field Educator (Outdoor Education)

Do you have a passion to be in the outdoors and support vulnerable participants?

Based at The Bush Hut, help facilitate therapeutic programs for young people with substance related issues, to challenge and learn through adventure activities.

  • Part time (0.6 EFT role)
  • Based on Kew, with travel to remote locations required

About the organisation

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.

Since 1977, we’ve provided services in some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research.

About the program

The Outdoor Experience (TOE) program facilitates change in the lives of participants by encouraging and assisting young people with substance related issues to challenge themselves through therapeutic bush adventure activities and journeys.

The therapeutic component encourages and gives opportunity for young people to make meaning from their experiences on the activities/journeys and find ways to incorporate change into their everyday lives.

The Outdoor Experience works collaboratively with agencies and the support networks of young people who participate, tailoring experiences and programs towards the aims of the young person and the referring agency.

About the role

Based at The Bush Hut in Kew, the role primarily focuses on outdoor education. Reporting to the Coordinator, you will work closely to engage young people and agencies, in meaningful, safe and appropriate therapeutic adventure activities and journeys.

With demonstrated experience in leading outdoor programs in safe and effective ways you will be familiar with framework around working with vulnerable young people. You will have the ability to build rapport with a range of people from various backgrounds together with experience in delivering high quality service to participants, their families/carers, other service users and referring agencies.

This is a part time (0.6 EFT) position, catering for day programs and some multi-day journeys to remote areas.

A base salary of $72,361 per annum (pro rata) is offered, plus salary packaging, together with ongoing professional and career development.

About you

This role will suit a candidate with the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Valid Working With Children Check or willing to obtain
  • Wilderness First Aid or equivalent
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Flatwater Canoe Guide is preferable
  • Experience working with vulnerable young people utilising adventure based activities.
  • Willingness to undergo a Police check

What Jesuit Social Services can offer you:

  • A comprehensive Induction and Orientation program
  • Ongoing role related training and development
  • An organisation that lives their values, through our day to day work
  • A welcoming and supportive environment
  • Employee assistance program
  • A competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
  • Generous leave

How to apply

For further information please contact Jenny Vran on 03 9421 7600 or jenny.vran@jss.org.au.

Applicants are required to send a copy of your cover letter and CV including the names and contact numbers of two referees.

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 11 March 2021.

Applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date and may be subject to change without notice.

Jesuit Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, age, gender, sexuality, disability or religious affiliation. 

Jesuit Social Services takes child protection seriously. We undertake multiple screening processes including appropriate reference and background checks, Working with Children Check and police checks to ensure the protection of children and young people in our care.

You are required to meet the behaviour standards outlined in our Code of Conduct